1967 Ferrari 365 California
The 365 California Spider was built as a successor to the 500 Superfast and was sold primarily to Ferrari's VIP clients. Originally purchased by Mrs. Carla Sacchi Toffolini, of Milan, Italy, the car stayed in the Toffolini family for over 34 years untouched!! This fine example is still in original condition with 22,140 Kilometers. Bought by Peter Simon in 2001, the car was shipped to ÚSA. It was shown and won the preservation award at the Ferrari National Meeting in 2003. This is probably the most original of the fourteen examples built of a 365 California Spider.Source - Blackhawk Collection
Ferrari 365 California with chassis number 9935 is the 9th constructed. It was built on August 11th of 1967. It was sent to Chinetti in New York who sent it to Waldorf Leasing Corp. It was leased to Jenksbury of LA, California in 1967. In 1968 Charles Carretson of Detroit, Mi became the cars next owner. In 1969 it was in the possession of Kirk F. White Motorcars of Philadelphia, PA. In 1969 it was sent to Bob Grossman Motors of Nyack, New York.
The cars next owner was Donald J. Grove in 1971. In 1978 the car was treated to a restoration which was performed by The Motorcar Company, Ltd., of Cranbury, NJ.By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007
Sold for $966,180 (€715,000) at 2007 RM Auctions Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione.
Chassis number 9849 is one of 14 built. Elegant and distinctive, these cars were the last of the limited production body styles. The Ferrari 365 California was a convertible with seating for four people. This top-of-the-line Ferrari was designed by Pininfarina and first introduced at the 1966 Geneva Salon. With only fourteen units created and only eight exported to the United States, the 365 California is a very rare vehicle.
Ferrari 365 California with chassis number 9447 was the third 365 California constructed. It is a left hand drive and was completed on October 13th of 1966. It was sold to its first owner on December 19th of 1966. It was a Torino Show Car in 1967.
Its next owner was Charlie Schmidt of St. Louis who kept the car for a while before selling it to Robert Baskowitz. Baskowitz entered the car in the 1977 Monterey Historic Races.
In 1978 the car was sold to Sam Drummy of LA, California. He entered the car in the 1978 running on the Monterey Historic Races.
It was sold to Iris Jennings Vail in August of 1978. It was restored by Steve Griswold in1 980 and then shown at the Ferrari Club of America annual meeting.
It is now on display at the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007
To a sports car enthusiast, there is nothing to equal the sound of a Ferrari V12; its intemperate exhaust booming through four shining tailpipes with the syncopated fury of distant drums. Enclose this mechanical furor with dazzling hand-built coachwork and you have created one of history's great combinations of passion and poetry, Ferrari's 365 California Spyder. This example represents an amazing composite of Ferrari designs; a 2+2 convertible uniting elements from the ritzy 500 Superfast, the luxurious 330 GTC and the sleek 206 Dino, all seamlessly tied to the formidable power of Ferrari's 4.4-liter, 320 horsepower V12. Like its luxury counterparts, the 365 offered power steering, power windows and air conditioning. Only 14 examples of this car were built, and each one that remains is a rare treasure.
High bid of $550,000 at 2005 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona. (did not sell)Sold for $1,375,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.Sold for $2,970,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
Tom Tjaarda, working for Pininfarina as head-designer at the time, designed the 365 California. This ultra-exclusive vehicle had rear-end styling similar to the Kamm tail found on the legendary 250 GTO. The front had covered headlights, pop-up driving lights, and similar design cues from the 550 Superfast and the 330 GTC. The sides had expanding air ducts which would later become a recognizable feature on the Dino GT.
By the mid-1960s, the Colombo-designed V12 engine was nearly two-decades old. It benefited from years of modifications and development, keeping it smooth, reliable, and powerful. The 365 California Spyder utilized the 4390cc single-overhead camshaft engine, fitted with three Weber downdraft carburetors, and had 320 horsepower at its disposal. It was a derivative of the recent 365P race cars.
The chassis was courtesy of the 330 GT 2+2. The interior was a familiar Ferrari design, with instruments set back into circular pods.
In 1967, the price tag for the California Spyder was around $21,000, guarantying its exclusivity. Only fourteen examples were ever constructed, making it rarer than the 500 SF.
This example, the 13th created, is chassis number 10327 and has matching engine number. The original owner was James Ettinger of Norwalk, Connecticut, who took possession in the winter of 1967. There were only two examples of this model that did not have a pair of retracting auxiliary headlamps; 10327 is one of the two.
This car is painted in Rosso Ciaro and has a white-hide leather interior. Since new, this car has been owned by Harley Cluxton, Al Garthwaite, and a few others. It has been driven a mere 36,300 miles since new and has been well cared for its entire life. In the mid-to-late 1990s, it was treated to a complete restoration.
In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, CA where it was estimated to sell for $900,000-$1,100,000. Though this was not the highest sale of the auction, it did join the a few other cars that were sold above the magic million dollar mark. Bidding surpassed the estimated value, settling at $1,375,000 including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
Enzo Ferrari presented the 365 California Spyder at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1966, and over the following two years just 14 Spyders were assembled, making this one of the rarest series-built Ferraris in the world. It used the same chassis as its predecessor, the 500 Superfast, and was Ferrari's most expensive road car at that time. The coachwork is by Pininfarina, and it was the first 365 model to be fitted with the V12 long-block 4.4-liter engine. The 365 California was only offered to a small selection of Ferrari's VIP clients whom Enzo Ferrari thought deserved the more exclusive and striking grand tourer.
This car is one of two built with right-hand drive. It has spent much of its time in the United Kingdom, with a brief two-year period in the Bahamas. It has recently been restored to its original specification of Blu Sera paintwork and tan leather interior.
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.
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