Saratoga Motorcar Auction offers a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 with a great ownership history for sale

By | September 15, 2023

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A Ferrari rich in history and prestige.

The mere mention of “Ferrari” evokes a sense of speed, luxury and unparalleled craftsmanship. But not all Ferraris are the same, and the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 currently being delivered is a testament to this. This historic vehicle carries not only the legacy of an iconic brand, but also a series of compelling narratives from the worlds of racing, royalty and literature.

Delivered by a Ferrari luminary: Mr. Dick Fritz

Adding a touch of grandeur to the story of this Ferrari is Mr. Dick Fritz, the individual behind the expedition. Fritz is not just any name in Ferrari circles. As the former general manager of Chinetti Motors, the North American importer and distributor of Ferrari, he oversaw the entry of numerous iconic vehicles onto American soil. But that is not all. Mr. Fritz also managed the NART (North American Racing Team), the Ferrari Factory-backed team that showcased the Italian manufacturer’s might in renowned competitions such as LeMans, Daytona and Sebring.

The royal connection: Prince Bernard of the Netherlands

As if cared for by the hands of fate, this 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was originally ordered and delivered to Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, a man who was a confidant of Enzo Ferrari himself. With a serial number S/N 14467, this automotive gem arrived at the royal garage in September 1971, shimmering in a majestic shade of Verde Scaro, a deep green that was the Prince’s favorite color.

A Journey Through Literature: Property of Cornelius Ryan

The narrative takes another intriguing turn as the car was later sold to Cornelius Ryan, the famous author of such war epics as “The Longest Day” and “A Bridge Too Far.” Ryan’s widow later transferred ownership to Chinetti Motors after her passing in 1976.

Documented provenance and impeccable condition

This expedition represents an unparalleled opportunity to own not only a classic car, but a treasure of history. Boasting less than 2,000 miles since a complete engine rebuild and just over 16,000 miles on the odometer, the vehicle is in near mint condition. What further distinguishes this expedition is the wealth of documentation that accompanies it. Photos of Prince Bernhard with Enzo Ferrari, letters between the Prince and Mr. Ryan, and receipts for the engine rebuild are all part of this extraordinary package.

An arsenal of accessories

But that is not all. The car is equipped with a number of extras:

  • A work order for the recent engine rebuild and new clutch

  • 4 European QI headlights

  • Ferrari Factory 365 GTC/4 muffler central sections for both the left and right sides

  • An additional set of alloy wheels fitted with Michelin XWX tires with 95% tread.

  • A Ferrari briefcase tool kit

  • A jack hammer and lead

  • A new, unassembled exterior mirror

  • Repair manuals and factory parts

  • A signed copy of “The Last Battle” by Cornelius Ryan

A piece of history awaits its new custodian

To say that this 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is a collector’s dream would be an understatement. From its royal lineage to its sporting heritage, and even its literary connection, this car encapsulates an intriguing slice of the 20th century. It is more than a means of transportation; it’s a journey through time.

Saratoga Auto Auctions, now in its seventh year, will take place in Saratoga Springs, New York, on September 22 and 23, 2023 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel. Gates will open at 3pm and the auction will begin at 5pm on Friday. The gates will open at 9am and the auction will begin at 10am on Saturday.

To drop off your vehicle, contact Bill Windham at 518-401-5180 or Kyle Hennessey at 518-275-6865

You can also register to bid.

Auction parking can be found at the Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

100% of the proceeds from the Saratoga Motorcar Auction support the Saratoga Automobile Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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