Some additional information about this car obtained via FChat:
"It's an early car to have TRXs (and the Nardi wheel). However despite an early 1980 build date, it was not sold until 4 June 1981 so I suspect that it was given 1981 model updates prior to sale. First owner was Pierre Chave of Switzerland who later had a 288 GTO. When Doyle Schiffman bought it at the end of 1988 it had 33,000 miles at that point (and 36,705 miles by early 1990) so has hardly been used since then given it is now showing 37,607 miles."
I got ahold of this Dutch press map / brochure by Kroymans. Not very spectacular but still a nice piece to have. It does have all the specs, pictures, leaflet and pricelist for the available Ferrari models in 1987. A complete scan is now available in the download folder (brochure directory).
Only 300 of these press maps have been printed. One page had a nice overview of the production numbers per year. Interesting to see the climb up of production number year by year untill 1973 which thens shows a dip for a few years caused by the oil crisis. It takes till 1978 to reach higher selling numbers as in 1972.
The 1987 pricelist was also a kind reminder how expensive such car was back then. The 328 and Mondial were fairly cheap compared to the 412 and the Testarossa. You would be surprised to see the mondial being more expensive as the 328.
Looks like another fine specimen with low mileage and very little owners according to the advert. If it's in really good condition the estimated price range looks right to me. I suspect it's slightly going to tip over the 6 mark figure.
LES GRANDES HEURES AUTOMOBILES : LA VENTE OFFICIELLE
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Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, Avenue Georges Boillot 91310 Linas
1 of 6 Automatics ever built. 1 of 4 known in existence
This Ferrari is the rarest 365GT 2+2 ever built. There were only 6 of these cars build by the factory in 1969 with an automatic gearbox for Luigi Chinetti Motors distributor for the Ferrari Factory in the United States. This is one of only four known in existence. Shown at several Ferrari Concours, this Ferrari has won first place at Philadelphia Ferrari Festival and the Garden State Ferrari Festival, in addition to receiving the Dino Ferrari Award (Preservation Award) "Best Unrestored" at the 1991 Reading Ferrari Concours d'Elegance where it served as the actual poster car for the original artwork created by famous Italian automotive artist Giovanni Cremonini. The car was also featured in Cavallino Febuary/March issue in 2009.
Finished in stunning Azzurro Hyperion with black leather interior, this superbly original matching numbers 365GT comes accompanied by its factory build sheet, Marcel Massini history report, books, records, and jack. The leather tool pouch is is included but the tools are missing.
Luigi Chenetti commissioned Ferrari to build 6 automatic 365GTs. This particualr example was built in December 1969 and left the factory in April 1970. The car was shipped to Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc., who was the distributor for the Ferrari Factory in the United States. Sold new by Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc on June 7, 1970 to Millionaire Paul H. Folwell, an automobile enthusiast from Bronxville, New York who took delivery on June 18, 1970. Mr. Folwell bought the car as a gift for his wife's 65th birthday. Sold back to Luigi Motors, Inc. on January 31, 1972. The reason for selling being that this Ferrari was too powerful for Mr. Folwell's wife. Sold by Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc. on March 5th 1972 to Arne Robert Gudheim, Jr., an international industrialist from Petersham, Massachusetts, and a close friend of Luigi Chinetti. Mileage 9,000. Sold by Arne Robert Gudheim Jr. in December 1986 to Pietro Castiglioni, an engineer from Reading Pennsylvania. Mr. Castiglioni is the founder of the Reading Ferrari Concours d'Elegance and a well-known publisher of Ferrari books and articles.
Would be interesting to know if the buyer paid for the previouser owner name tag or if he's a true 400 passionate. Despite the famous first owner it's still a rare and unique piece. Curious to see where it will show up.