1967 FERRARI 330 GTC
As Ferrari rolled into the second half of the 1960s, a sizeable gap had emerged in their lineup between the hard-edged 275 GTB/4 and the luxurious four-passenger 330 GT 2+2. Previously, the 250 Europa and 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe had filled that void, and customers were itching for a new GT to take over the baton. Buyers wanted a Ferrari that was more nimble than the 330 2+2 but with sufficient luggage space, long-distance comfort, and abundant power for long journeys. Enter the 330 GTC, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The taut, muscular and sophisticated Pininfarina form had an obvious bloodline with the open-topped 275 GTS, but with elements of the large, ultra-exclusive 500 Superfast evident in its graceful fixed roof. Compared to the 275 GTB’s classic long bonnet/short deck proportions, the 330 GTC was more balanced and airy, but while retaining the perfect amount of aggression to hint at the car’s stellar performance.
The 330 GTC’s performance credentials are assured thanks to the 3,960 c.c. SOHC V12 under the bonnet, fed by a trio of Weber carburetors to make 300 horsepower. Like the 275 GTB, the GTC features a rear-mounted 5-speed transaxle for balanced weight distribution. Suspension is by independent wishbones with Koni dampers and disc brakes at all four corners. The mechanical spec is relatively straightforward in Ferrari terms, yet it forms an indescribable harmony that makes the 330 GTC one of the finest GT cars of all time. Ferrari hit a home run with the GTC, producing 598 examples between 1966 and 1968 and adding exclusive variants, including the open GTS and the “factory hot-rod” 365 GTC. The 330 GTC is widely regarded as one of Ferrari’s finest front-engine V12 driver’s cars, and in the past decade-plus, collectors and enthusiasts have cemented its legacy in Maranello’s history.
Chassis number 09487 is an outstanding, beautifully presented 330 GTC with a well-documented history and a superb restoration at the hands of respected marque specialists. Per records provided by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 09487 was completed in December 1966, finished in Argento Metallizzato (25090A) over Nero Franzi interior, and destined for the Italian market. In January 1967, it arrived at the official dealer Crepaldi Automobili in Milan and was sold a month later to Mr. Luigi Coli, also of Milan. Records show Dino Armando Genghini exported the GTC to the USA in 1970.
In 1983, Mr. Alan Abreu acquired 09487 from Ferrari of Los Gatos. The car had covered just 70,000km and was still in its original livery of silver over black leather and Borrani wire wheels. The GTC remained in Mr. Abreu’s care for 30 years, and accompanying documents - including ten years of receipts from Patrick Ottis – show he spared little expense in its maintenance during his tenure. In 2007, Abreu hired Brian Hoyt of Perfect Reflections to perform the body restoration and bare-metal respray in a beautiful shade of “Rosso Rubino” and a new interior in beige leather by Autos International, Inc. In 2013, Mr. Abreu’s beloved 330 GTC found a new home with Ed Blais of Utah. Blais continued to enjoy the car to the fullest, maintaining it in superb condition. In 2017, the owner sent it to Dugan Enterprises in California for extensive mechanical and cosmetic fettling and detailing. Finally, just before finding its most recent owner in 2018, a complete original equipment Ferrari air conditioning system was sourced, overhauled, and installed at a cost of over $15,000.
Resplendent in its gorgeous Rosso Rubino paint and sparkling Borrani wire wheels, the 330 GTC presents beautifully today. Paint quality is excellent, and the body is crisp and well defined with impeccable body fit and panel gaps. A minor crack in the paint of the driver’s side headlamp “sugar scoop” is the only imperfection of note. Otherwise, the exterior trim is superb, and it is appropriately detailed with S.E.V. Marchal headlamps, polished Borranis, Michelin XWX radials, and a Talbot Ray-Dot exterior mirror. Supple natural tan leather is used on the seats and door cards and is accented with black on the dash, door caps, and console. The updated factory air conditioning blends seamlessly in the fascia, and equipment includes a Becker Europa radio and electric windows. The boot houses a matching Borrani spare wheel, and the original handbooks, jack, and complete tool kit are included.
The original, numbers-matching V12 engine remains in its rightful place and is detailed to near-concours standards with proper hoses, clamps, hardware, paint, and plating. Once out on the road, it is difficult to find fault with this GTC, as the glorious V12 sings through the Ansa exhaust system and the shift lever slices through the polished gate with satisfying precision. Powerful brakes and surefooted handling ensure plenty of confidence when pushing the GTC along twisty roads, while the ride is supple and well-behaved for moments of more relaxed cruising.
This beautifully restored, numbers-matching 330 GTC presents an exceptional opportunity to add one of the most revered Enzo-era Grand Tourers to your stable and is ready for a variety of exclusive motoring events worldwide.
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