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A few short years following the release of Ferrari’s 330 GT 2+2, a gentleman’s express Berlinetta was designed to fill the gap between the more-relaxed four-seater and the 275GTB, Ferrari’s road-going racing-machine of the day. Debuting at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the new 330 GTC’s lines were largely inspired by the 500 Superfast up front, while the car’s aft styling cues were perhaps most similar to those found on the 275 GTS Spyder. Carrying over from the GT, the 4.0-liter, two-cam, 60-degree Colombo V-12 with 300 horsepower at its disposal rested on a wheelbase that measured a short 94.5-inches comprised of a steel space frame. Independent front and rear suspension was similar to prior cars with double wishbones and coil springs. Again as before, the five-speed transaxle was incorporated into the rear suspension, similar to the design introduced on the road-going Ferrari 275GTB in 1964.
Offered here is a well-documented and attractive example of the 1967 330 GTC. Completed in November of 1967 and delivered when new to Italy in February of 1968, the car was shortly thereafter shipped to the western United States where it spent most of its life in Arizona and California. By 1990, the incredibly original car had traversed just 66,000 kilometers from new and its outstanding condition was confirmed during a pre-purchase inspection by famed Ferrari Concours Judge Patrick Ottis, who proclaimed it to be ‘among the most original 330 GTCs [he had] ever seen’. Later that year, Ottis performed a top-end engine rebuild, an overhaul of the transaxle and a chassis servicing, while a following owner performed a comprehensive engine overhaul a full decade later. To document this work, the car comes with well-over $40,000 in receipts. The car has a tidy mechanical appearance, and shows all the signs of proper mechanical upkeep. Like the engine bay, the underside is not freshly detailed but one is assured that it has been well looked-after mechanically. To date, this car drives very well; it starts easily and has good power with minimal smoke and that wonderful V-12 exhaust note.
Benefiting from fresh re-spray to mirror image perfection along with new bright work including bumpers and a full cosmetic detail, the body was found to be exceptionally straight with even gaps, requiring virtually no repairs. Inside, the car’s interior was re-trimmed later that decade in grey hides and black wool carpeting; the seats, headliner, dash, and door panels all have a fresh look and are free of any major blemishes. Like the interior, the trunk was reupholstered in high quality black wool carpeting and has a fresh look to it. With this example comes copious documentation for the current ownership period and before, copies of the factory build sheets, a reprinted owner’s manual, the original spare wheel and tire and a very complete replacement tool roll in like-new condition.
Widely regarded to be one of the best driving and most usable classic Ferraris, the 330 GTC remains a sought-after car for long tours and rallies. The 4 liter Colombo V-12 engine’s wide torque band combined with the inherent balance exhibited by the chassis engineering makes this not only a joy to own but to use as it was intended.