1969 Ferrari 365 GTS news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 12473
Engine Num: 12473
High bid of $3,450,000 at 2015 RM Sothebys. (did not sell)
Ferrari has certainly perfected the art of creating elegant, high-performance, rare, and exotic vehicles with the capacity to carry two individuals plus their luggage. The cars, with their plethora of torque from their V-12 engines, were easily capable of high-speed cruising on the German autobahns. The Ferrari 365 GTS models wore similar styling to the 330 GTS it replaced. Mechanically, they were much improved and they were the most technologically advanced open Ferrari vehicle to-date.

The Ferrari 365 GTS came equipped with a 4.4-liter V-12 engine that was first seen in the limited-production Ferrari 365 California. The V-12 produced 320 horsepower, with the help of single overhead-camshaft per bank and triple Weber carburetor setup. The engine output of the 365 GTS was a 20-BHP increase over the 330 GTS. The 365 GTS was also given a five-speed manual and an independent rear suspension with Lobro halfshafts of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

Production of the Ferrari 365 GTS was short, produced only in 1969. They had the same mechanical and cosmetic components as the 365 GTC, but with a convertible top. In total, just 20 examples of the 365 GTS were built.

Chassis number 12473 was completed in May of 1969. It is the 17th example of 20 Ferrari 365 GTSes produced. It is a European model that left the factory in Bleu Ribot (2.443.631) over a Beige leather interior (VM 3218) and was destined for Germany. The car was delivered new through German Ferrari importer Auto-Bekcer in Dusseldorf in June 1969 to its first private owner, Mr. Thomas Teves. Mr. Teves retained the car for his personal use at this residence in Bad Homburg, Germany. The car was owned by Mr. Teves for six years before being sold to the Etienne Aigner Leather Manufacturing Company in Munich in 1975, possibly for use by Etienne Aigner himself. It was later repainted in yellow and then sold by Aigner to Peter Lorenz, of Koblenz, Germany, in 1980. Mr. Lorenz kept the car for four years and had it restored in Ferrari red over a black interior. In 1984, it was sold to Josef Brunlehner, and then passed to collector Erich Traber, of Toffen, Switzerland. The car remained in Traber's care for four years before it was acquired by Fritz Kroymans of Hilversum, Netherlands, in 1989. After twenty years in Mr. Kroyman's care, the car was sold to its current United States-based collector.

The car has been treated to a recent restoration which included having the engine and gearbox fully stripped and rebuilt, using new parts where necessary. The car is currently finished in Grigio Fumo paint with Cuoio upholstery. After the work was completed, the car was shown twice at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, once in 2012 and again in 2013.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2015
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 12243
Engine Num: 12243
Sold for $1,265,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
This 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS is one of only 20 examples produced, and is a matching numbers example. It is chassis number 12243 making it just the fifth of the 20 365 GTS examples ever produced. When it left the factory, it was painted in a rare combination of silver blue with a black leather interior. It was delivered from the factory to Crepaldi S.A.S. of Milan. A short time later, it was sent to Renato Nocenti, the owner of the official Florence-based Ferrari dealer Garage La Rotonda. It stayed with Nocenti for only a year as the vehicle was sold to the Societa Pacific Cinematografica in Rome, Italy.

Over the next decade, the car was in the ownership of several enthusiasts in Italy and Austria. In 1986, the engine was brought back to its original condition by Sauro Mingarelli's shop in Bologna. That same year, the car was repainted in the current red livery and was fitted with a blue leather interior and top, fabricated by Tappezzeria Luppi in Modena.

The car was exported to Switzerland in 1988 and into the care of its next owner, Peter Von Muralt. It remained with Muralt for the next decade, before ownership was transferred to another Swiss collector in 1998. In 2004, the car was sent to the United States, where it has remained since. Prior to its arrival in the US, a new black interior, dashboard and matching soft top were fabricated and installed.

In 2008, this Ferrari 365 GTS was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California and was estimated to sell for $1,000,000 - $1,300,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for the sum of $1,265,000, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 12489
Sold for $3,602,500 at 2017 RM Sothebys.
The 19th of 20 cars built. It was originally delivered new to Auto Becker in Germany. This car went through a total restoration in Switzerland in 1992. The present caretaker purchased it seven years ago and has worked hard on making it the best 365 GTS possible. It has won many various awards including the Stan Nowak Award for Outstanding GT Ferrari at Concorso Italiano in 2002. This car has traveled 2000 kilometers since its restoration.
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 12455
The 365 GTS replaced the 330 GTS. It was produced only in the 1969 model year, and was considered technologically advanced at the time. Features included a 4.4-liter V12 engine that was first seen in the limited-production Ferrari 365 California. The V-12 produced 320 horsepower aided by a triple Weber carburetor setup. The engine output of the 365 GTS was a 20 horsepower increase over the 330 GTS. The 365 GTS was also given a five-speed manual transmission and an independent rear suspension.

This car is the 11th of twenty produced. The current owner and his brother have vehicles with consecutive serial numbers. It was subjected to a three year restoration.
The 365 Series were introduced in the late 1960's and stayed in production until the early 1970's. The 365's were often powered by a Columbo SOHC 4390 cc V-12 engine with three Weber carburetors capable of producing around 300 horsepower. The front and rear suspension for most of the series was independent with double wishbones and coil springs. The 365 GT4 2+2 had an independent with transverse parallelograms and coil springs suspension. The 365 California had a live axle with coil springs rear suspension. The chassis was an oval tube ladder type frame layout.

Disc brakes were standard on all the vehicles, as was the five-speed manual gearbox. Many of the series received standard options such as power steering and air conditioning, uncommon at the time. When most manufacturers such as Lamborghini and DeTomaso were creating vehicles with mid-engined design, Ferrari continued to use their tried-and-true front-engined, rear wheel design.

In 1967 Ferrari dominated the Daytona 24 Hours race with a first, second, and third place finish. At the 1968 Paris Auto Show the public and press were expecting Ferrari's new berlinetta to be dubbed 'Daytona'. They were proven wrong when Ferrari dubbed the vehicle the 365 GTB/4, however, the name Daytona is a common reference to the vehicle even to this day. Ferrari had intended on using 'Daytona' but it was revealed prematurely so the traditional Ferrari naming sequence was used.

During its production lifespan lasting from 1968 through 1974, 1383 examples of the Pinifarina designed 365 GTB/4 Daytona vehicles were created.

The famous coachbuilder Pininfarina was tasked with creating many of the designs for the 365 Series. The designs were not new, rather they borrowed many of the styling cues of the prior 330 GTC and 275 GTS models. The headlights were courtesy of the 500 Superfast. The result was a visually stunning automobile with proven Ferrari mechanics and performance.

GT represented Gran Turismo. GTB represented Berlinetta or coupe. GTS stood for open models which were either a targa roof or a full convertible. '4' represented four-cam engines. 'C' represented 'Competizione' or 'Corsa' meaning 'to race'.

365 California
In 1966 Ferrari introduced the 365 California at the Geneva Auto Show as a replacement for the Ferrari 500 Superfast. The famous coachbuilder, Pininfarina, had been tasked with creating the body for the vehicle. The result was a two door, two-seat, convertible. The 365 borrowed many of the mechanics of its predecessor including the five-speed manual gearbox, chassis, and suspension. The front of vehicle was similar in design to the 500 with the remaining portions all new. With a top speed of 240 km/h, it was the fastest convertible in the world at the time. Disc brakes provided excellent stopping power for the 1300 kg vehicle. Production continued for only a year with a total of fourteen examples being created.

365 GT2+2
In 1967 Ferrari introduced the 365 GT2+2, only its second production four-seater vehicle. The vehicle would stay in production until 1971 during which around 800 examples being created.

The rear passengers had limited headroom but there was sufficient legroom for most passengers. The purpose of the vehicle was to provided performance and comfort. As a result the vehicle was outfitted with electric windows, leather interior, power assisted brakes, full carpeting, and optional air conditioning.

365 GTC
Near the close of 1968, Ferrari introduced the 365 GTC which stayed in production until 1970. During the production lifespan, 168 examples were produced. The 365 GTC was basically a 330 GTC with a SOHC 4390 cc V-12 engine. Visually, the vehicle was very similar to its predecessor except for the air vents in the front wings had been removed. In their place were black vents placed in the back corners of the hood.

365 GTS
The 365 GTS was a replacement for the 330 GTS. It featured a 4390 cc SOHC engine and had its cooling vents removed in favor of vents in the hood. Only twenty examples were created.

365 GTC/4
In 1971 Ferrari introduced the 365 GTC/4 as a replacement for the 365 GT 2+2. It sat atop a Daytona chassis and given an independent suspension. The same Daytona ventilated disc brakes were used. The gearbox was mounted in the front and the engine was the 4390 cc V12 but with six sidedraught Weber carburetors and wet sump lubrication resulting in 340 horsepower.

The design was once again handled by Pininfarina. The two-door, 2+2 coupe had pop-up headlights and five-spoke alloy wheels. During its production lifespan lasting until 1972, around 500 examples were produced. Strict American safety and emission regulations were partly responsible for the demise of the GTC/4.

365 GT4 2+2
The 365 GT4 2+2 was debuted to the public at the 1972 Paris Auto Show as a replacement for the 365 GT 2+2 and the 365 GTC/4. It sat atop an enlarged 365 GTC/4 chassis and given the same mechanics. The larger chassis meant more interior room for the passengers, especially the rear passengers, and their luggage. The styling was once again assigned to Pininfarina. The design was different from the prior 365 models.

During its production lifespan lasting until 1976, around 470 examples were created.

365 GT4 BB
The 365 GT4 BB, meaning Berlinetta Boxer, was introduced to the public at the 1971 Turin Auto Show. Its styling was similar to the P6 show car built in 1968. The engine was a flat-12 cylinder power-plant mounted longitudinal. The gearbox was mounted under the engine. This was a great design but ultimately created an unbalanced weight distribution with most of the weight over the rear axle. The weight distribution problem and the fact that the engine was mounted high in the vehicle resulted in a car that had poor handling and never achieved successful racing status.

The 365 GT4 BB was replaced by the 512 BB in 1976. The 512 BB was similar in design but featured a five-liter engine.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
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