Ferrari 365 California
Now, we’ll talk about the Ferrari 365 history. The great successor for the Ferrari 500 Superfast, the 365 California, presented in 1966 at the Geneva Motorshow, used vehicle suspension, chassis, and gearbox. A new evolution of the company’s surviving V12 with 320 bhp resulted in a 4390 cc unit, which gave California a peak speed of around 240 km/h.
|1966 365 California Spyder|
The body, by Pininfarina, was a convertible with two seats. The front end side was comparable to the Superfast, yet the other parts were brand-new. Besides being the fastest production cabriolet in the world at the time, this car was equipped with air conditioning and power-assisted steering as standard. Quite unusual because they only built 14 units before production was stopped in 1967.
We can say if this is only a 330GTS car (a re-engined 275GTS) with a 4390 cc SOHC engine. Another significant difference was installing ventilation on the hood and eliminating cooling vents behind the car’s front wheels. Ferarri managed to make a total production of 20 vehicles for this model in the Ferrari 365 history.
Ferrari 365GTC model was introduced to the public in late 1968, and the 330 GTC had a 4390 cc SOHC engine. Previously the same as the GTS model, they removed the air vents on the front wings and replaced them with matt black vents in the hood’s rear corner. Meanwhile, a minor internal facelift enhances the cockpit’s appearance. They made these cars from 1969 to 1970 and produced around 150 vehicles were. The technical details are the same as 365 GTS.
365 GT 2+2
Ferrari 365 GT 2 + 2, introduced in 1967 as the second production of four-seater Ferrari. They designed it to replace the 250GTE / 330GT with the primary objective to provide performance and comfort according to Ferrari standards.
For this purpose, Ferrari is equipped with air conditioning as an option, assisted brakes for better safety, whole carpeting, power-assisted steering, a more elegant leather interior, and efficient electric windows. To meet the 365 GT 2 + 2 performance standards using a V12 4390 cc, 320bhp. This car also has a reliable 5-speed manual gearbox, independent suspension, and responsive all-around type disc brakes.
In the Ferrari 365 history, Pininfarina carried out the design and followed roughly the maintenance of a well-established Ferrari nose, coupled with a large overhang on the back to provide a beneficial boot. Even though the headroom was limited, rear passengers still had sufficient legroom when the front seats weren’t too far back.
Until its production ended in 1971, this car has been produced as many as 800 units. Indeed a significant figure from a fantastic Ferarri model.
There is a separate page on this 365 GTB model.
365 GTC / 4 was made to supersede the 365 GT 2 + 2 models in 1971. Also, it followed 365GTC and 330GTC in business. The Daytona chassis is mechanically used by this car, especially with its independent suspension and unique front-mounted gearbox. The 4312 ccs V12 engine was updated with carburetors (type 6-sides draft webers) installed outside the ‘V’ on the cylinder heads sies.
The engine was able to produce 340 bhp of power with a wet sump lubrication system. Also, first, the Daytona ventilated discs were used in this car. While other Ferrari cars contribute to the self-leveling rear suspension, power steering, and air conditioning units. Once again, Pininfarina always did the design.
They made a 2 + 2 seat coupe model with two doors. The five-spoke alloy wheels and headlamps with pop-up designs were still in use. Ferrari managed to produce 500 units before it was stopped in 1972.
365 GT4 2+2
Ferrari 365 GT4 2 + 2 was made to replace the 365 GTC / 4 model on the production line and the 365 GT 2 + 2 models as a four-seat Ferrari on the market. In 1972, this car was released at the famous Paris Motorshow. All car body designs are made fresh with the same transmission, engine, brakes, suspension, and 365 GTC 4 stretched chassis.
While still having only two doors, rear passengers get more room and significantly increased storage capacity. Pininfarina gave a fresh touch of external style, and the angular look looked like there was no connection with the previous Ferrari model, except for five-spoke wheels. In the Ferrari 365 history, around 470 units have been manufactured, and production lasted until 1976 until it was replaced by the 400 as a derivative.
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