The specialist’s view
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.’