The 365 GTC was introduced in 1968 with the V12 cylinder 4.390cc engine producing 320 bhp at 6.600 rpm. It had independent rear suspension, employing coil springs and wishbones.  Stopping power came from servo-assisted disc brakes all-round with a split circuit system.150 examples were built  between the 1968 and 1970 (including 22 in right hand drive; mine was Cha:12107).

I ordered it in metallic silver with mid-blue leather interior, to replace by 275 GTB which did not really have enough interior space to accommodate all the odds and sods one needs to carry when travelling. I loved the GTB (see Chapter 22) and thought that the GTC might well be a disappointment. I was wrong.

Having consulted 'control' we decided to collect it from the factory in Modena and to drive back via Aosta, through the St. Bernard Pass, Geneva for lunch and then on to Paris via Dijon. After a night at the 'Mont Tabor' Hotel in Paris, shopping at the 'Galeries Lafayette', dinner at 'Boeuf sur la Toit' and another night at the Hotel it would be back home the next day. What a great trip it was. What a splendid Grand Tourer the 365 turned out to be. As I am appending a road test of my actual car by 'Autocar' magazine, there is no need for me to dwell on how the car performs, but rather to briefly mention other highlights of the trip. These included a 1964 Corton Charlemagne in Modena, a 1961 Premier Cru Chablis in Geneva, and a 1959 Grand Cru Saint-Emilion in Paris. The food was good too. Altogether an extremely good way of arranging delivery of the new motor.

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