Ferrari's 1964 330 2+2 was a sensible sportscar. So when Modena thought about a replacement model, practicality was one of the top priorities. Introduced in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 shared the same wheelbase as its predecessor but was wider and lower, and thanks to its stretched front and rear overhangs, was also 130mm longer. Designed and coach-built by Pininfarina, it had a fascia that resembled the 365 California and styling cues from many other models including the 500 Superfast and the 330.
Power came from a 4.4-litre V12, bored out of the previous 4.0-litre Colombo engine, coupled to a five-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox. Although it was on the heavier side, the V12's increased output of 320bhp made sure that the car's performance wasn't affected. It also boasted a self-levelling, hydro-pneumatic independent rear suspension that helped the car maintain a constant ride height despite the additional load of two more passengers.
It was also the first large series production Ferrari to feature power-assisted steering and air conditioning as standard. These comfort features were complemented by a plush interior awash in wood and leather. All these factors made it a successful and much-loved Grand Tourer, although only around 800 were built between 1967 and 1971.
Despite its impressive performance, superlative GT credentials and relatively limited production numbers, the 365 GT 2+2's prices average at around a relatively reasonable Dh750K. However, there will be potentially costly maintenance issues such as rust, which is common to all cars from the period, as well as problems with the electrical system and the self-levelling rear suspension. Earlier models with glass fairings over their headlights are preferred in the classic car circles over the post-1968 ones with naked lights.
Irrespective of whether you choose an early model or a later one, the 365 GT 2+2 is a great choice if you're after a classic four-seater Ferrari with a Colombo V12 under its bonnet.