1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe

The Ferrari 330 GTC debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon in March of 1966. The elegant Pininfarina-penned coupe was not a ground breaker, but in typical Ferrari tradition it was expertly engineered, meticulously crafted and of course, easy on the eyes. Based upon the outgoing 275 GTS, the 330 GTC shared the 275’s basic chassis architecture consisted of two large oval main tubes supported by a steel spaceframe. Suspension was independent all around, utilizing wishbones and coil-over Koni shock absorbers at all four corners. The 330 GTC also carried over the rear-mounted 5-speed transaxle that was pioneered on the 275 GTB, affording this new GT car excellent chassis balance and poise. Where the 275 GTB was a bit hard-nosed and raw, the 330 GTC was elegant and refined.

The new 330 designation indicated the upgrade to a 4.0 liter, 300bhp version of Ferrari’s magnificent 60 degree V12 engine, up from 3.3 liters. Ferrari also concentrated on making the 330GTC quieter, more relaxed and more luxurious, not shying away from its Gran Turismo purpose. In period as today, the 330GTC was noted for its supreme comfort and drivability thanks to a well-judged driving position, refined power from the magnificent V12 and a light, airy cabin with exceptional visibility. Standard equipment included electric windows, leather seating (of course!) and heated rear screen, while options such as a Becker or Blaupunkt radio, Borrani wheels and air conditioning were popular additions. Thanks to the powerful 330 engine and long-legged 5-speed gearbox, the 330GTC could easily top 150 mph, of course doing so in great comfort. Now considered one of the finest Ferrari road cars of all time, the 330GTC has enjoyed tremendous gains in collectability in the past 5 years and is highly regarded for its magnificent road manners and elegant looks.

S/N 08969 is the 48th 330GTC produced, and an exceptionally well-documented, numbers-matching example in striking Nocciola brown with Beige Scuro interior. The Pininfarina body number is C0053 and it was originally equipped with the highly desirable air conditioning option. A detailed report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini shows a continuous history dating back to October 20th 1966, when the certificate of origin was issued and it was officially registered in Naples Italy. Just 5 days later, it was sold by dealer Gustavo Lombardi to one Mrs. Licia Viglia, also of Naples. The car traded hands, winding up back in its spiritual home of Modena where documents show that it was treated to a 6,000km service at the Ferrari works service facility. It remained in Modena until the 1970’s when it made its way to the US.

While in the US, the color was changed from Nocciola to green, then later to red as it changed hands a few more times. It appears to have been extremely well kept throughout its life, as in 1991 it received a 1st place in class award at the Ferrari Club of America National Meet. Further evidence of its exceptional care is detailed in the Massini Report, showing a $100,000 refurbishment in the 1990’s – an expense that would have likely outstripped the car’s value at the time.

Most recently, in 2014, S/N 08969 received a careful re-commissioning and return to original specification. It was refinished in the fantastic original Nocciola, a beautiful and correct color that not only suits the Pininfarina lines, but captures the essence of the period quite brilliantly. The paint work, done by Advanced Color Tech of St. Louis, has been executed to a very high standard. Exterior trim and seals were renewed to suit the new paint. Concurrently, the upholstery was restored to original specification by marque expert Anthony Danas while an extensive mechanical service was entrusted to the specialists at Leydon Restorations. It currently wears a set of gorgeous Boranni wire wheels, shod with correct Michelin XWX tires, and a period correct Blaupunkt radio resides in the dash. Included in the sale are the full Marcel Massini history report, and the all-important jack, tool kit and owner’s handbooks. S/N 08969 is a truly special motor, indeed.

The 330GTC now enjoys blue-chip collector status with the added benefit of superlative usability. Welcome at shows and concours, this fine automobile would also make for an exceptional entry into vintage rallies and touring events such as the New England 1000 or Copperstate 1000. The 330GTC is fast, comfortable and has plenty of room for luggage and spares. Thanks to abundant torque and long-legged gearing, it cruises exceptionally well and is quite simply a joy to drive. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire one of the best Ferrari GT cars of all time, in a unique and truly exquisite and elegant color combination that is certain to turn heads wherever it takes its next keeper.

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