The spe­cial­ist’s view

Classic Cars (UK) - - Driven -

Si­mon Raw of mar­que spe­cial­ist Hoyle Fox Clas­sics is well-versed in clas­sic front-en­gined V12 Fer­raris, the 365GTC be­ing among his favourites, but then he did re­vive the ex­am­ple tested here. Says Raw, ‘With the restora­tion of any Six­ties Fer­rari, the hard­est as­pect is mak­ing a car as good as it should have been when it left the fac­tory. By that, I should say prob­a­bly bet­ter than in pe­riod while pre­serv­ing as many orig­i­nal parts as pos­si­ble; re­tain­ing the orig­i­nal run­ning gear, car­bu­ret­tors, dis­trib­u­tors, and so on. We also have to en­sure that the car will com­ply with Fer­rari’s Clas­siche cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme so any in­cor­rect parts fit­ted over the years need to be re­moved and re­placed with orig­i­nal items.

‘Right-hand-drive cars com­mand a premium be­cause of their rar­ity. Run­ning costs are not nec­es­sar­ily hor­ren­dous but they quickly es­ca­late if a car re­quires ma­jor re­build/restora­tion work. An­nual ser­vic­ing costs would prob­a­bly be some­where in the £600-1000 range. A full en­gine re­build would be any­where from £20,000 up­wards depend­ing on the con­di­tion of the en­gine to be­gin with. Trans­mis­sion re­builds would likely be £5000 up­wards, but again that’s de­pen­dent on con­di­tion.’

‘The 365GTC has many sim­i­lar­i­ties to the 330GTC; su­pe­rior brakes to the 275GTB, an im­proved pow­er­train over early 275s for that mat­ter, but with a sim­i­lar sus­pen­sion ar­range­ment and trans­mis­sion. The 365 is also no­tice­ably torquier than the 275 or 330 mod­els.’

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