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While Ferrari continued to build exciting, competitive sports-racing and Grand Prix cars at the end of the 1960s, it also ramped up production of Gran Turismos, added the brilliant mid-engined Dino, and even built luxury cars like the 330 GT 2+2 that bordered on fitting the Italian definition of ‘Berlina’. It was an eventful time for Ferrari, although it might be argued in retrospect that Ferrari was trying to be all things to all men, at least to all well-heeled men with very high standards of performance and luxury.
Conceived towards the end of 250 production, Ferrari’s new 330 series was an attempt to retain the style and mechanical components of its illustrious predecessors. The first in the series was the 330 America, which was actually a 250 with a new engine. During its production lifespan, lasting only a year, 50 examples were produced of the 2+2 sports car. Next would come the 330 GT 2+2 that was introduced to the public at the 1964 Brussels Motor Show and billed as the America’s replacement. This car was a unique departure for Ferrari in that it provided ample seating for four individuals and their luggage; this, they were the ultimate road-going, practical sports cars that were suitable for everyday transportation as well. Under the hood was the Tipo 209, twelve-cylinder engine capable of producing 300 horsepower. Disc brakes were placed on all four corners to provide more than adequate stopping power. From 1965 on, Series II cars received a new 5-speed manual gearbox. Other changes included alloy wheels, dual-light front clip, and optional power steering and air conditioning.
Introduced in late 1966 at the Geneva Auto Show, the new 330 GTC complemented the more pedestrian 330 GT 2+2 with dramatic two-seat coachwork by Pininfarina that combined the dramatic nose and air intake of the 500 Superfast with the 275 GTS’s sharply defined and very modern tail and an improved torque tube driveline. Built on the shorter 2,400mm wheelbase it shared with the 275 GTB, it was fitted with a fully-independent suspension, front and rear unequal-length A-arms and a transaxle. The 330 GTC was thus as rewarding to drive as Ferrari’s designers had intended, striking the right balance between a comfortable Gran Turismo and the worthy successor to the 275GTB and GTS. The rigid single-unit drive-train required only four mounts – two for the engine and two on the 5-speed transaxle – and contributed to a smooth ride.
A featured automobile at this year’s anniversary Scottsdale event, this 1967 Ferrari 330GTC, chassis number 10509, has been owned by one Arizona family for the past 37 straight years. Finished in a rich burgundy metallic over black leather, it offers exceptional performance from its Colombo 4.4 litre V-12 engine, numbered 209 and rebuilt in 1974, and 5-speed manual transmission. Likewise impressive, the car’s four-wheel disc brakes can just as handily bring the car to a swift and steady halt. Perhaps most impressive about this example still is the mere fact that its original odometer reads just over 26,200 miles from new; added to which, the car boasts options that include rare factory-installed air conditioning, electric windows and chrome Borrani wire wheels. Its original tool roll, owner’s handbook and parts reference guide also convey with this exceptional automobile. Appropriate to Ferrari Club events and Concours fields alike, this exceptional survivor-grade 330 GTC is certain never to be short of admirers the world over.