A Ferrari Steeped in History and Prestige.
The mere mention of "Ferrari" evokes a sense of speed, luxury, and unrivaled craftsmanship. But not all Ferraris are created equal, and the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 currently up for consignment is a testament to that. This historic vehicle carries not just the legacy of an iconic brand but a series of compelling narratives from the worlds of racing, royalty, and literature.
Consigned by a Ferrari Luminary: Mr. Dick Fritz
Adding a layer of grandeur to this Ferrari's story is Mr. Dick Fritz, the individual behind the consignment. Fritz is no ordinary name in Ferrari circles. As the former General Manager of Chinetti Motors—the North American importer and distributor of Ferraris—he has overseen the entry of numerous iconic vehicles onto American soil. But that's not all. Mr. Fritz also managed NART (North American Racing Team), the Ferrari Factory-supported team that showcased the Italian manufacturer's might in renowned competitions like LeMans, Daytona, and Sebring.
The Royal Connection: Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
As if curated by the hands of destiny, this 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was originally ordered and delivered to Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands—a man who was a confidant to Enzo Ferrari himself. With a serial number of S/N 14467, this automotive gem arrived at the royal garage in September 1971, gleaming in a majestic shade of Verde Scaro, a rich green that was the Prince's color of choice.
A Journey Through Literature: Ownership by Cornelius Ryan
The narrative takes another intriguing twist as the car was later sold to Cornelius Ryan, the famed author behind war epics like "The Longest Day" and "A Bridge Too Far." Ryan’s widow subsequently transferred ownership to Chinetti Motors following his passing in 1976.
Documented Provenance and Impeccable Condition
This consignment presents an unparalleled opportunity to own not just a classic car but a treasure trove of history. Boasting less than 2000 miles since a comprehensive engine rebuild and with just over 16,000 miles on the odometer, the vehicle is in near-mint condition. What further sets this consignment apart 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’s not all. The car comes with a host of extras:
A work order for the recent engine rebuild and new clutch
4 European QI headlights
Ferrari Factory 365 GTC/4 muffler center sections for both left and right sides
An additional set of alloy wheels mounted with Michelin XWX tires boasting 95% tread
A Ferrari Brief Case Tool Kit
A jack and lead knock-off hammer
A new, unmounted outside mirror
Factory repair and parts manuals
A signed copy of "The Last Battle" by Cornelius Ryan
A Piece of History Awaits Its New Custodian
To say this 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is a collector's dream would be an understatement. From its royal lineage to its racing heritage, and even its literary connection, this car encapsulates an intriguing slice of the 20th century. It's more than a means of transportation; it's a journey through time.
The Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, now in its seventh year, will take place in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 22 & 23, 2023 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel. Gates open at 3:00 pm and the Auction will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday. Gates open at 9:00 am and the Auction will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday.
To consign your vehicle, please 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), not-for-profit.