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In 1972, at the Paris Auto Salon, Ferrari unveiled an all new series to the world. It was a fast, svelte and elegant 2+2 powered by the classic VI2 engine, and through various iterations remained the most expensive model in Ferrari's range for the next 17 years. First available as the 365 GT4 2+2, it was followed in later years by the 400 and 412 series, with production ending in 1989. The 365 GT4 2+2 is easily distinguished from its stable mates by its six rear tail lights, knock off alloy wheels and lack of a front spoiler and 521 were produced between 1972 and 1976, only 55 being in right-hand drive. The bodies were formed and fully trimmed at the Pininfarina works in Turin, and then shipped to the Ferrari factory in Maranello for the installation of the mechanical components. Under the bonnet, Ferrari squeezed in their 4.4 litre V12 unit producing 340bhp at 7000rpm, making it , at the time, the world's most potent full four-seater. Despite its 1450 kilos, the car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 155 mph. This wonderful example was owned in the early 1980s by none other than boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper. Famous for his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali, they became great friends, as titans and two of the greatest boxers in the world. Following his retirement from the sport, 'Our Enry' continued his career as a television and radio personality, and to date is the only boxer to be awarded a knighthood. He loved his cars, was a great motor sport enthusiast and at one point did some Club racing alongside his great friend Graham Hill. A copy of the V5 shows Henry as the keeper, listing his home address in Hendon, North London. Numerous marque specialists have also known this car as 'Enry's Ferrari'. Fast forward to the present day, this 60,000 mile car presents beautifully, finished in Rosso with complementing immaculate tan hide. The substantial history file, with lots of receipts and MoTs dating from 1986, shows significant ongoing maintenance over the years and the car is currently MoT'd until March 2016. A full toolkit and jack also accompany the car. The current vendor recently instructed marque specialists to carry out brake calliper and clutch works, ensuring that this elegant bruiser is boxing clever. It should be noted that this car has the pedigree of the prancing horse, the presence of a heavyweight and the provenance to ensure it is a sound investment as well as a driver's car, and is on offer at No Reserve.