Registry Information for 15079
Model Info: 1972 RHD
Assy Seq/Body: 159/111
Delivered To: McDriver in United Kingdom
Color: Rosso Sir Ivor/ Nero
Mileage: 49295km (in 2022)
Owner: (Limited to Owners Only)
Location: (Limited to Owners Only)
Details: (Limited to Owners Only)
History: (Limited to Owners Only)
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Described As: KEY FACTS This Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is a stylish and rare 1970s grand tourer with excellent provenance, finished in its original factory colour. Records indicate this is the only UK-market car to have been ordered from the factory in Rosso Sir Ivor. In this era, Pininfarina named its colours after famous race horses, and Sir Ivor was a champion thoroughbred. Under the bonnet is the evocative 4.4-litre ‘Colombo’ V12, officially producing up to 335bhp from the factory, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The car was ordered through the UK’s Maranello Concessionaires, but was specified in left-hand drive as it was to be used in Switzerland. Its first owner was Charles Ronald (‘Ronnie’) Driver, father of Hollywood actress Minnie Driver. Initially registered in continental Europe, it was imported to the UK in 1979 by famous Jaguar dealer and race entrant, John Coombs, but not registered with the DVLA until January 1986. Another former owner was the well-known Ferrari collector and racer, Pierre Mellinger. Between 2006 and 2014, it was owned by the late Martin Lange, a former chairman of Brentford FC and a well-known figure in the UK’s classic Ferrari community. It is being offered on behalf of its current owner; a specialist Ferrari technician who was trained by the Maranello factory to work on the 365 GTC/4 model when it was a new car in the 1970s. The current keeper was also responsible for the servicing under the previous ownership, so he has kept the car well maintained for the last 16 years. EQUIPMENT AND FEATURES Ordered in late 1971, this 365 GTC/4 was specified in Rosso Sir Ivor with black upholstery, with collection planned at the factory in March 1972. It was supplied from the factory with ‘EE’ export plates, and was driven to Switzerland. It now rides on 15-inch Campagnolo magnesium alloy wheels, as used on the earlier 365 GT, wrapped in Pirelli P4000 tyres. A full-size spare is located under the boot floor. An original set of five-spoke Cromodora alloy wheels (without tyres) is also included, as shown in the photo gallery. The interior has been re-trimmed in Tan leather upholstery for the seats and door panels, while the dashboard and centre console are finished in the correct ‘mousehair’ material. It also has the correct type steering wheel trimmed in black leather. As standard, the GTC/4 came with electric windows, air conditioning, and a Voxson radio with electric antenna. The rear seat backs flip down to provide an occasional luggage shelf, in addition to the spacious boot. This example has been retrofitted with electronic ignition, a polished metal gear knob, and a retro-styled but modern stereo head unit. The original starter motor and black gear knob accompany the car. Copies of the wonderful original Maranello Concessionaires file are included, showing the correspondence between the importer and the car’s first owner, Charles ‘Ronnie’ Driver, discussing specifications as well as various logistical matters. There is also a large A4 lever arch file containing a raft of paperwork for parts, maintenance and restoration work over the years, the highlights of which are shown in the gallery. The car retains its numbers-matching engine and back axle. While the transmission is not original to the car, it is of the correct type. It was featured in Classic & Sports Car magazine in June 2006, in a triple test written by Andrew Noakes where it was up against the Lamborghini Jarama and Maserati Khamsin. A copy of the feature is in the history file. A handbook and parts book for the 365 GTC/4 are also included. CONDITION There is no known previous accident damage. Photos of the underside in the gallery below reveal the impressive appearance of the chassis and suspension components. Its Rosso Sir Ivor paintwork is reported to be in excellent condition, and is well documented in the photo gallery. It has clearly been well cared-for, and exhibits a bright and glossy finish across the panels. Some paint refurbishment was carried out to the nearside front wing and front bumper by Ross Packard in April 2014. Inside, the Tan leather across the seats and door cards is a relatively recent re-trim, and is still in superb order, with signs of use but no significant wear. The ‘mousehair’ dashboard and centre console trim appear to be original. Specialist upholsterer Nick Artusa carried out the re-trim in 2009, recovering the front and rear seats, as well as the door panels and armrests, with matching fluting throughout. New interior Wilton carpet was also installed, with the total for all this work coming to £5,675. While all four tyres seem to have plenty of tread, they should be replaced based on age regardless. The most recent MOT test was on 4 August 2021 at 49,263 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with no advisories. The online MOT history documents the last 15 years of tests, and shows zero failures during that period, further indicating the quality of this example. SERVICE HISTORY This 365 GTC/4 has been maintained by its current owner, a factory-trained Ferrari mechanic, over the last 16 years; servicing it for the previous owner between 2006 and 2014, and since then during his own custodianship. Between 2008 and 2010, the car was treated to a full gearbox rebuild and a new clutch, which is documented in invoices for parts from Maranello Concessionaires. During the same time, the suspension was overhauled, fitted with new bushes, various new ball joints and replacement dust covers. Two new shock absorbers were also installed. Invoices from 2010 and 2011 cover the replacement exhaust system built in mild steel at a cost of nearly £4,500, plus new exhaust manifolds with ceramic coating. Between 2007 and 2010, various refurbishment of the braking system was carried out, with a new brake booster and pump unit, EBC Redstuff ceramic brake pads, new front callipers and refurbished rear callipers, and a reconditioned master cylinder. In 2007, a Crane HI-6S electronic ignition system was sourced. There are further invoices on file from 2009 showing the distributor being correctly converted to work with the new ignition by Tom Meadows of Marelli Service, at a cost of just over $1,000. The radiator was modified and re-cored in 2008. SUMMARY This Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is an impressive example of the breed, and a rare model with just 503 built. Furthermore, this is the only UK-market car to have been ordered in Rosso Sir Ivor, lending it extra desirability for collectors. With excellent provenance, and maintained fastidiously by a factory-trained mechanic for the last 16 years, it is presented in very good order throughout. The seller reports that it drives very well, and it will no doubt prove a fine addition to any collection of Ferraris or other classics.
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