1975 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer

Matching Numbers. Original colour combination. The 1975 London Motor Show Car. Ordered on 10th July 1975 by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd (number order 806) for a Rosso Cordoba Metallizato (106-R-7) with Beige (VM 3234) hide, with a note stating that the car was needed late September to early October. The car was invoiced by the factory on 17th September 1975 for delivery to the UK by truck later that month. This would appear to be the 372nd of the 387 cars built, or the fifteenth from last car built. It was also one of 119 365 GT4 BBs built in 1975, and one of just 58 examples officially imported by Maranello Concessionaires. The car was exhibited at the 60th London Motor Show at Earls Court on Maranello Concessionaires’ stand, which also saw the launch of the 308 GTB. Featuring on the press day with Nicki Lauda, along with his 312B3(T),winner of the Formula One constructors’ championship. The car went on to be sold by Maranello Concessionaires sales director, Mike Salmon, to AL Harding and Sons (Parkside Service Station) in Cambridge with a 12.5% discount equating to £15,495.03, for their customer, Mr John MacDonald of Lancashire, who took delivery on 10th December 1975. Being registered KVE 826P, a Cambridgeshire registration number, the then (October 1975) list price was £16,380.00 plus delivery, number plates and road tax. For the next 10 years, the car covered 28,000 miles, with substantial invoices to document the car’s maintenance with Parkside Service station. Purchased by the second owner, J.F. Ward of Henley on Thames, on 12th October 1987, it was during Mr Ward’s ownership that the car was re-trimmed by Mike Presgrave of Moto-Trim (invoice no. 0950 at £2397.75). Adams McCall Engineering Ltd of Buckinghamshire totally stripped and repainted the car, with much mechanical detailing to the engine, suspension and brakes etc., some £16,000 plus being spent on it. It has to be remembered that prices peeked in late 1989, with 365 GT4 BBs being offered for sale at dealerships such as Modena Engineering for £225,000, hence owners were prepared to spend large sums on bettering their cars. It was purchased by owner Mr Fraser Mills of Edinburgh, in September 1991 via the then Ferrari agents in Dorset, Nigel Mansell Sports Cars. It was then offered for sale by Porters of Kensington and Portfield of Chichester in 1994. Lawyer and multiple Ferrari owner, Mr David McCarthy of Surrey, purchased the car in 1995 from Longstone Motor Company of Edinburgh (who acted on behalf of Mr Mills), part-exchanging a Porsche 928 GT, which he later bought back! Whilst in Mr McCarthy’s ownership, the car was annually maintained by Maranello, Talacrest and Graypaul. In 1996, and with 32,384 miles recorded, following the failure of an oil pressure relief valve, the engine was damaged, requiring a full strip-down and rebuild by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd at some £9526. In addition a new differential was supplied and fitted at the same time. In 1997, Maranello Concessionaires Ltd/Ferrari UK stripped and repainted the car for a second time. Maintenance was continued over the next 13 years with Maranello Conc. and Graypaul, with a service in 2003 with Talacrest. The registration number BOX 365 was applied to the car on 2nd November 1995. In June 1998, the car featured on the front cover and extensively in Classic & Sports Car magazine, in an article written by Steve Cropley. The car also featured on the front cover and an article in Auto Italia magazine, for the February 2003 edition. Mike Wheeler of Rardley Motors brokered a deal between David McCarthy and an American, Mr Scott Sherwood of Berkshire, then Vice President and General Manager of Colgate Palmolive in Portugal. Scott bought the car on 19th July 2005, at 38,950 miles. The car joined a left hand drive 512 BBi. During Scott’s brief ownership the car was maintained by respected marque specialist, Neil Corns, of Omega Motorsports. Scott’s job meant that he was constantly on the move, so in August 2006 he sold the car via Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale, and it was bought by Mr Richard Moore of Gloucestershire where it joined a small private collection. The seventh owner, Mr Steven Richardson of Cheshire bought the car on 11th June 2009 from Legends Automotive Ltd of Gloucestershire with 40,300 miles recorded. The penultimate and eighth owner, A well known private collector from Hampshire, a long standing Ferrari owner, bought the car on 20th September 2014 still with 40,000 miles. The car was transported to former Maranello Concessionaires Ltd Ferrari mechanic, Vince Mezzullo of Surrey. Vince took the engine out to carry out the cam belt service, but after discussions with the owner, it was decided to strip the engine and gear box, as it was to be a “keeper”. New pistons liners and rings, new valves, replaced the sodium filled exhaust items. The gearbox was stripped and any worn components replaced “so it does not jump out of gear”, a new crown wheel and pinion was made, a “notorious weak spot on a 365 GT4 BB”. New wheel bearings, front to rear water pipes, hoses, and both water and fuel pumps were renewed, with the brakes overhauled and the wheels refinished in the correct silver-grey. Most recently (June 2018) with its ninth and current owner, the car received a service and replacement cam belts at SMDG Ferrari, at 40,311 miles. Finished in its original colour specification, rarely does a car with such a full and comprehensive history with invoices dating back to 1975 come to market. POA  Click here to enquire about this car

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