$610,000 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
- One of 598 examples built from 1966 through 1968
- Retains matching-numbers chassis and engine
- Engine rebuild in Italy completed in 2023
- Benefits from long history of consistent service and restoration measures
- Documented ownership history, including over 25 years of attention by a single California-based caretaker
- Accompanied by a factory tool kit and jack; documented with prior registrations, service and restoration invoices, restoration photos, and history by marque expert Marcel Massini
Ferrari enjoyed a considerable run of success with its road cars throughout the 1960s. The diverse 250 series laid a solid foundation for future road car production, and machines like the sublime 275 GTB magnificently built upon that baseline. By the later part of the decade, however, a noticeable gap had emerged between the hard-edged and sporting 275 and the softer, four-passenger 330 GT “2+2” grand tourer. Ferrari recognized potential demand for a car which fit between the two—a comfortable grand tourer with luggage space for a weekend’s journey, but with a smaller, more nimble chassis; what would essentially be a successor to the 250 GT Lusso.
Enter the 330 GTC, which debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The elegant Pininfarina styling drew heavily from the open-topped 275 GTS while combining elements of the flagship 500 Superfast’s graceful roofline. Compared to the 275 GTB, with its classic long-bonnet/short-deck proportions, the new grand touring coupe possessed an airier cabin, although the model’s taut, compact dimensions hinted at its performance capabilities.
The 330 GTC’s gorgeous styling was backed by Maranello’s latest iteration of the Colombo short-block engine, a 3,960-cubic centimeter single-overhead camshaft V-12 fed by triple Weber carburetors that was capable of developing 300 horsepower. Like the 275 GTB, the GTC had a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle to balance weight distribution, and suspension was achieved by independent wishbones and Koni dampers at all four corners, with powerful disc brakes all around.
With such potent mechanicals and elegant styling, the 330 GTC came together with a particular harmony that made the model one of the finest grand touring cars ever built. Comfortable, fast, and ergonomically practical, the 330 GTC is today regarded as a benchmark of 1960s Italian sports cars, engineered to cover long distances at high speed while cosseting occupants in a richly appointed cabin.
This beautiful 330 GTC is a marvelous example that claims well-documented history and a recent engine rebuild by specialists in Italy. According to a history by marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis number 10927 was completed in November 1967, finished in Rosso paint over an interior of Beige Scurro leather. Later that month the GTC was delivered to the official marque dealer in Milan, where it was sold to its first caretaker, local resident Giorgio Roberto Arban.
The Ferrari was subsequently exported to California, and by 1974 it was owned by Donald Holsworth of San Francisco, who retrimmed the interior in black leather. By August 1976 the 330 was acquired by fellow San Francisco resident Arthur Rude, and he meticulously cared for the car for a remarkable period of over 25 years. Work performed during Mr. Rude’s ownership included a high-quality bare-metal refinish of the coachwork in the beautiful shade of Amaranto it wears today, as well as a full rebuild of the engine by Walnut Creek Ferrari.
Acquired in 2016 by the consignor, a respected collector of high-quality Italian sports cars, the Ferrari continues to present well today, courtesy of the long record of fastidious care and consistent refurbishment. The car abounds in characteristic details, such as the Talbot Green Dot rearview mirror, period-correct Carello headlamps, and proper Campagnolo alloy wheels with Cavallino Rampante knock-off hubs. The engine compartment sports a full complement of correct details, including proper fuel and oil lines, wrinkle-finish exhaust heat shields, and tags for the Bonaldi brake booster and Fispa air cleaner.
Most notably, in late 2022 the type 209/66 V-12 (the matching-numbers engine, per correct stampings) was entrusted to the experts at Candini Classiche in Modena, Italy, for a comprehensive rebuild. This masterful work included fitting new pistons, valves, and valve seats, and a complete refurbishment of the heads and cylinders, paving the way for miles of future driving enjoyment by the next caretaker. Further, a new set of Michelin XWX tires were fitted in preparation for the sale. Comfortable and inviting, the GTC’s cabin is equally suited for a casual weekend tour or a competitive historic rally. A factory tool kit and jack accompany the sale, as does a history file featuring prior registrations, service and restoration invoices, and photos.
The 330 GTC stands among the best driver’s cars produced by Maranello in the 1960s, and it remains a popular choice for vintage driving events or concours presentation. This gorgeous example will no doubt thrill its next caretaker for years to come.