Classic 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Review Jan 26, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was the most popular model of the evolutionary Ferrari 365 that had been released in 1967. The 1968 GT benefited from minor revisions and a new suspension, unique styling, and powerful engine. Classic and comfortable, the GT is appreciated by enthusiasts and collectors around the world.
In its earlier days, Ferrari GT was different than some of the Grand Touring models from other automakers. Ferrari GTs were slightly more comfortable than the regular Ferrari race cars, but the company still focused on performance instead of drivability or interior amenities. However, the American versions were always different. The American cars were more spacious with additional room for luggage as well, a necessary option for highway driving that ensured steady sales to American customers. The growing utility of the GT became clear with the 250 GT/E at the end of the 1950s, paving the way for more models to come. Before the 365 GT would arrive, the 250 GT/E would be followed by the 330 GT 2+2. Finally, the 365 was the culmination of an ongoing trend at Ferrari and represented a new combination of style, power, and driving dynamics that didn’t sacrifice usability and relative comfort.
The 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was the most popular of the various body styles for this model. It also looked very different than the other available models, the Daytona and the Berlinetta Boxer. Designed by Aldo Brovarone at Pininfarina, the sleek styling was an undoubted part of the model’s success. The 365 received further attention because the Daytona was the quickest production car in the world at the time. More popular with buyers, however, was the GT: the largest and most luxurious Ferrari ever. The 365 GT measures 195.82 inches long with a width of 70.31 inches, a height of 52.95 inches, and a wheelbase of 104.33 inches.
Inside the 365 GT 2+2
The interior of the 365 GT 2+2 looks very different from other Ferraris of the time, including both sports cars and grand tourers. Instead of a cramped area and bare metal dash, it came standard with air conditioning, a stereo, and power windows along with leather upholstery throughout, including on the armrests. Impressively enough, the rear seat wasn’t just there for the ability to say it existed; passengers can sit comfortably and make use of the rear center armrest.
The 365 didn’t sacrifice power for the sake of comfort. Ferrari had been increasing the size of their powertrains throughout the 1960s, culminating with the 4.4L V12 in the 365 GT. This increase in size led to a slight bump in horsepower, to 320 horses, and a larger boost to torque, up to 308 pound-feet. To make driving easier, these classic cars also came with power brakes and power steering. It was also historic as it was the first Ferrari to have an independent rear suspension and a leveling system to keep the driver and passengers riding in comfort. Combining performance and drivability, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was an evolutionary development for Ferrari and one of the most appreciated classic cars on the market.
Tour the interior and take this car for a test drive with SuperCarClassics in a 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, on loan from The Gallery in Brummen, The Netherlands. Shots of the interior reveal the more luxurious trimmings than previous models and the elegant craftsmanship of the wheel, dashboard, and shifter. Combining performance and drivability, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was an evolutionary development for Ferrari and one of the most appreciated classic cars on the market.