First presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 was introduced as a replacement for the Ferrari 330 and the Ferrari 500 Superfast. The new front engined, rear wheel drive grand tourer line was produced between 1966 and 1971. The car featured a 4.4 L Colombo V12 engine, which was based on Ferrari’s previous Colombo units (with a modified 81 mm bore).
The first 365 model was the Ferrari 365 California, which retained the chassis for the 500 Steadfast, but with an evolutionary cabriolet body designed by Pininfarina. Only fourteen models were produced, which makes them highly treasured in the car collector market. In fact, in 2005 a mint quality Ferrari 365 California sold for almost $900,000.
The 365 GT 2+2 was released in 1968, replacing the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Unlike its predecessor, the model had a live rear axle on leaf springs. The luxurious car featured power steering and breaks, leather seats, air conditioning, and electric windows. An estimated eight hundred units were produced between 1968 and 1971, quickly becoming the company’s best selling model.
The third 365 model was the 365 GTC and GTS, which were pretty much a re-engine of the 330 GTC/GTS. The styling was fairly the same, with some minor details being updated and moved around for the new series.