1968 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina
- Italian delivery example
- Retains its original engine
- One of 598 330 GTCs built
Following the departure of the 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’ from Ferrari’s lineup in late 1964, the marque was left with an unusual gap in their model range. While the ultra-exclusive 500 Superfast was still in production, Ferrari lacked a mid-range grand tourer that was designed and built for road use rather than motorsport. Two years later, the 330 GTC was introduced at the Geneva Salon to fit that gap.
At the 330 GTCs heart was the enlarged four-litre Colombo V-12 engine that was first seen in the 330 GT 2+2. However, the 330 GTC was fitted with a rear transaxle gearbox, helping to give it a slightly more sporting character. Riding on the chassis of the 275 GTB Berlinetta, the was also luxuriously appointed, boasting standard power windows and leather upholstery.
The 330 GTCs bodywork and design was penned by Pininfarina and boasted a front end similar to that of the 400 Superamerica and the tapered tail of the 275 GTS. These features bookended a brand-new canopy design that had generous glass sections and slender A-pillars, imbuing sophistication.
Completed by Ferrari in May of 1968, according to marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis number 11395 was originally finished in Argento Metallizzato over a Nero Franzi leather interior. Destined for its native Italy, it was delivered new through Italcar S.p.A to its first owner in Turin later that year. Ferrari’s factory service records note that it returned to the factory for a service on January 8, 1969, having been driven roughly 7,000 km by that point.
Later, the car was exported to Switzerland and repainted red, where it remained for over twenty years. Invoices on file show a full mechanical refurbishment took place in April of 1986 with Garage Binda S.A., the official Ferrari dealership in Ascona, Switzerland whilst the car was in the ownership of Dr. Frank Luzay of Murlato, Switzerland. At this time, the car’s odometer was showing 98,868 km.
By 1989, the 330 GTC had passed to the ownership of Erich Hürlimann of Zug and repair work due to gearbox damage was carried out in his ownership by Graber Reparatur AG in Bern in 1991. A new clutch was fitted one year later and the engine was removed from the car and rebuilt in 1997. In May of 1998, now under the ownership of Massimo Rossi of Nyon, it was noted as being refurbished by Symbol Automobiles of Matran. Rossi retained ownership of Ferrari until at least 2005. Later exported to the Middle East, the car has remained there for the past several years, still wearing red paintwork over a Nero leather interior. Importantly, while the car crucially retains its original engine, the gearbox fitted is believed to be from a 365 GTC.
Considered by many to be one of the last great vintage Ferrari grand touring coupes, only 598 examples were built before production concluded in 1968, giving way to the 365 GTC. The 330 GTC offers a truly fantastic driving experience, coupling practicality, luxury, and the performance one would expect from a twelve-cylinder Ferrari into a dynamic highly usable package. This example would prove to be an excellent basis for a concours restoration
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