Ferrari’s highly successful 330 series made its first appearance in 1963 when engineers stuffed a new 4-liter version of the Columbo V12 engine into the existing 250 GTE body. Rebadged as the 330 America, there was outwardly little to tell it apart from the 250 GTE, yet the new 4-liter engine transformed its performance. Ferrari built just 50 330 Americas, but the model was significant as it paved the way for a new generation of Ferrari road cars worthy of succeeding iconic and immensely versatile 250-series. The first of the new line was the luxurious, four-seat 330 GT 2+2. It was soon joined by the short-wheelbase, 2-seat version known as the GTC. Sharing its 94.5-inch wheelbase chassis with the 275 GTB, the 330 GTC had a transaxle layout, four-wheel independent suspension, and glorious 300 horsepower V12 engine. The near-perfect interior with superb visibility and uniquely sophisticated Italian styling made it one of the finest road-going Ferrari GT cars of the era – and some might argue, the best GT car of all time.
Perhaps the only way to improve the 330 GTC was to remove the roof – and Ferrari did just that for the limited production 330 GTS, introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1966. Pininfarina’s mastery is on full display, as they deftly transformed the delicate lines of the GTC coupe into an elegant two-seat spyder. Ferrari ensured the GTS’ exclusivity by limiting production to just 99, compared to nearly 600 fixed-roof GTCs. The 330 GTS’ beautiful looks and exquisite road manners blend into one of the most desirable and coveted road-going Ferraris of all time.
It is with pleasure that we offer this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, chassis number 10173. Presented in its original colors of Amaranto over Pelle beige interior, this fabulous Ferrari 330 benefits from years of enthusiastic ownership, and is offered in outstanding condition with its numbers-matching drivetrain, owner’s manuals, tool kit, history file, restoration photos, and official Classiche “red book” certificate of authenticity.
According to marque historians, this is a US-market car, delivered via the American Ferrari distributor, Luigi Chinetti Motors, in Greenwich, Connecticut. While the identity of the first owner is not recorded, records show that in 1975, 10173 was owned by Guy Mangiamele, then of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1979, Mangiamele, by that time located in Barrington, Massachusetts, listed the car for sale, noting “burgundy with natural hides, Borrani wire wheels, totally original, never driven in snow, stored in heated garage.” The following year, it was offered via the Ferrari Market Letter by Foreign Cars Italia of North Carolina, in an ad stating “46,000 miles, one owner for the last 37,500 miles.” Soon thereafter, Mr. B. Kerr of Los Altos, CA acquired 10173 and enjoyed it enthusiastically for the next 20 years. When it came time to find a new caretaker, he listed it in the Ferrari Market Letter in 2004, noting it had new leather, freshened top-end, rebuilt distributors, and more.
S/N 10173 then came into the care of a Michigan-based enthusiast. In 2014, he commissioned the respected Ferrari specialists at Motion Products of Neenah, WI to perform a mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, including a bare metal respray in its original color, suspension overhaul, engine-out service, and meticulous detailing. The restoration process is well-documented with receipts, correspondence, and extensive photographs. Following its restoration, the car was maintained and serviced by Cauley Ferrari of Detroit, who oversaw the Classiche Certification process. In 2017, it was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concurs d’Elegance for an invitation-only class arranged by Ferrari Classiche in celebration of the marque’s 70th Anniversary.
Since coming into the previous owner’s care in 2017, S/N 10173 has lived a quiet life in a private collection. It remains in superb condition both mechanically and cosmetically, benefitting from recent service, including a fresh set of five Michelin XWX tires. The wheels are fitted to Borrani wire wheels as original, and the paint, chrome, and brightwork are all in excellent order. As a testament to its turnkey nature, it recently completed a 1000-mile tour without fault.
With just 99 examples produced, there is little doubt that the 330 GTS is one of the most collectible and coveted Ferrari road cars of the late 60s. Yet it is also a driving enthusiast’s dream, thanks to Gioacchino Columbo’s spellbinding V12 engine, the slick-shifting 5-speed transaxle, and sublime handling. Beautifully restored and dialed-in for the road, S/N 10173 would be a most welcome addition to any serious collection and a worthy participant in prestigious motoring events worldwide.
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