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Delivered new to the then Ferrari dealers in Hong Kong Teco Mecchetti Ltd, 206 Shell House, Hong Kong., and first registered ,DH9517 according to the Hong Kong registration document , on Thursday 28th May 1970.Finished in Blu Ribot Metallizato 2.443.631 with Beige leather and Nero carpets. A Blaupunkt radio was also specified Paperwork with the car would suggest the first owner was a William Lo, who seemed to use it sparingly, as in September 1984, Kevin Wong had Italian Motors, the Ferrari agents for Hong Kong, carried out what appears to a re-commissioning for the road. The mileage by now was a mere 9,257 recorded miles! This included a major service including valve clearances, new shock absorbers all round, new self levelling units, all water hoses were replaced. The body was stripped of all trim, weather-strips etc and then cleaned prepared and re painted in grey metallic. Wherever possible new and factory original trims, seals were re fitted, the leather renovated. In all invoice No 40152 came to a total of HK$68,929.00.Various invoices over the next 10 months show the car covered some 1,200 miles and was returned to Italian Motors for some “fettling” to sort out engine tuning, loose carpets, new clock to name a few of the items. Italian Motors had the car back in October 1985 to repaint the car again due to a mistake in the original colour choice. This is the colour the car is now finished in, namely Blue Ribot. This cost a further HK$10,000.
The car was purchased by Ferrari collector Mr Brandon Wang who was recorded as the new owner on the 17th February 1986 .Mr Wang had the car shipped to the UK on the container ship Nihon arriving at Felixstowe, on the 7th April 1986.The car was delivered to the Ferrari main agents, Graypaul in Leicestershire, who carried out an appraisal of the car. This culminated in the car being MOT tested in February 1987 with 11,995 miles recorded. It was then registered for the first time in the UK to Mr Wang on the 16th February 1987.The car went to Ferrari specialist Moto Technique in May 1988 where the bumpers were re chromed along with the wheels spinners, the wheels re finished and a new clutch fitted. Further work at Moto Technique in July 1988 included overhauling the front brake callipers, new throttle cable and clutch cable culminating in a MOT on the13th July 1988 at 16,788 recorded miles. Mr Wang sold the car in March 1989 to Hong Kong lawyer, Mr John Whyte ,(Mr Whyte also had a home on the South coast of England ) for HK$1,000,000-or a rather less impressive £74,035! It was duly registered to Mr Whyte on the 6th June 1989 with some 18,000 recorded miles and a joined a small collection of Ferraris including a Daytona, 246,330 GTC and a Maserati Ghibli Spider,
Graypaul valued the car for insurance purposes at £145,000 in July 1989 .It would appear that the car was garaged in the Eastbourne area where it was tended to by a local garage for routine servicing, MOTs and repairs. It moved to Dorset in mid 1991were Beaulieu Cars Ltd tended to its every day requirements. It came to Rardley Motors in December 1994 with some 20,394 recorded miles and had the head gaskets replaced and the front suspension greased and the poor running attended to.
Over the next couple of years it covered a couple of thousand miles, before being sold, by Forza 288 in May 2001 , following a road test report by Ferrari specialists ,Verdi ,to the penultimate owner Mr Alan Rose then of Berkshire. Verdi immediately took the car from Mr Rose, overhauling the gearbox, fitting a new clutch. ,a complete –including manifolds-stainless steel exhaust system, four new tyres and a service which included re torquing the cylinder heads and re setting valve clearances. In all some £13,500 was spent on this occasion. It was serviced annually and MOT tested whilst in Mr Rose's possession .It was joined by a 355 and a 456 GTA. The car was stored in a de humidified garage-which seemed to dry out the leather resulting in Mr Rose having the car re trimmed in "Cognac" coloured hide ,with new black wool carpets by Derek Smith trimming of Cornwall in 2010.
The last owners from Berkshire bought the car in December 2010 with 28,800 miles and has used the car sparingly adding 3,000 miles in t he past six plus years. Recent work included refurbishment of the four magnesium wheels.
The car is complete with a replacement tool roll and ORIGINAL handbook, warranty card, parts book and Bulletin De Garantie!
The car comes with a comprehensive file of invoices, MOTs detailing the cars 46 years whilst Ferrari should be able to confirm the cars earliest history.
365 GT 2+2
The 365 GT 2+2 was presented at the 1967 Paris Motor Show, and was heir to the 500 Superfast, upholding the traditions of the 250 GTE and 330 GT 2+2. With its elegant, imposing lines, it was the first Ferrari to feature power steering and air conditioning as standard for the American market, as well as a spacious luggage compartment and two proper rear seats.
The 365 GT 2+2 Coupé was presented at the 1967 Paris Salon to replace the 330 GT 2+2, and stayed in production for just over three years until early 1971. The body was by Pininfarina and the cars were constructed and trimmed at their works, before shipment to the Ferrari factory for fitment of the mechanical components.
The new model bore a resemblance to the 365 California at the front, although the quarter bumpers were bulkier, and incorporated side/turn light assemblies in the front face that were unique to this model. It also featured black plastic engine bay exhaust air louvres on the scuttle, either side of the trailing edge of the bonnet.
The five-glass cabin profile was longer than that of its predecessor, the 330 GT 2+2, with a longer and shallower slope to the rear screen, which ran into a virtually flat boot lid terminating in an angular Kamm tail.
The tail panel had a pair of horizontal triple circular lens light assemblies mounted in a rectangular chrome surround bezel, below which was a full width chrome-plated bumper. A hydro-pneumatic, self-levelling rear suspension system was developed with Koni to guarantee excellent road-holding whatever the load. Approximately 800 cars were built between 1967 and 1971.
Although the 365 GT 2+2 shared the same wheel base as the 330 GT 2+2, it was wider, and whilst low and elegant looked big, due to increased front and rear overhangs, which extended the overall length by more than 130 mm. Initially it was fitted with similar design 10-hole alloy wheels as had been used on the Series II 330 GT 2+2, and then later with five-spoke ‘star’ patterns.
Borrani wire wheels remained available as an option throughout production. At about the same time as the change of wheel design, the plexiglass covers over the headlights were deleted, although the light position in deep wing recesses remained.
Chassis and Engine
The bodies were mounted on a 2650 mm wheel base chassis, which had factory reference number 591, and all were numbered in the odd chassis number road car sequence. It was constructed along similar lines to the preceding model, with large section oval main tubes, substantial cross bracing, and sub-assemblies welded to the main frame to support the body, plus ancillary equipment. An innovation to this model was the self-levelling independent rear suspension, to maintain a constant ride height irrespective of load. It was also the first large series production Ferrari to feature power-assisted steering as standard, and was available as either left-or right-hand drive.
The engine was a single overhead camshaft per bank 4.4 litre V12 unit, with factory type reference 245. It had a total cubic capacity of 4,390 cc and a bore and stroke of 81 x 71 mm, with outside the vee spark plug arrangement, fitted with a bank of three twin choke Weber 40 DFI/5 carburettors. A twin coil and distributor ignition system mounted to the rear of the engine claimed to produce 320 hp. The engine was coupled to a 5-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the differential unit, with drive shafts to each independently sprung rear wheel.
Taken from Ferraris own website
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