What might have been called patina a decade ago had slipped to scruffy
Unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the Ferrari 330 GTC allied the 275GTB chassis with a 330 2+2 engine. The Pininfarina coachwork blended the 400 Superamerica front with the tail of the 275GTS. This produced a very elegant car that is by no means out of place today.
The GTC provided plenty of room and comfort for two passengers and plenty of performance to match. In November 1966, The Motor conducted a road test by noted race driver/automotive journalist Paul Frere. He was highly impressed, noting “.the greatest surprise is the silence of the engine. In handling, the 330 GTC is exactly like all Ferraris I have driven before. It is as close to being neutral as one could want, but the most impressive feature of the handling is the solidness in which it changes directions, particularly in the S-bends where it tracks with about the same precision as a modern race car.”
Frere achieved a lively 14.6 seconds for the standing quarter mile, almost exactly matching the figures produced by Road & Track when they tested the 330 GTS. They reported 14.9 seconds (at 95 mph) and a top speed of 145 mph. It is also of note that legendary Ferrari World Champion Phil Hill called the 330 GTC “the best road-going Ferrari ever built.”
HIGHLY ORIGINAL EXAMPLE
This highly original example was supplied in the livery it still sports today and featured a factory-fitted radio, Borrani wheels, electric windows, and air conditioning. In 1998, it was acquired by the previous owner, who undertook a detailed and exacting mechanical rebuild that included extensive work to the engine, brakes, and application of the correct engine ancillaries per the factory specifications.
Continuing along these guidelines, the car has recently been treated to a thorough mechanical restoration and detailing to show standards. Aspects covered include a full suspension (necessitating new Koni shock absorbers), brake-line replacement, correct Michelin XWXs, exhaust system, clutch, and the transaxle has been removed and detailed. The only feature not currently functioning is the air conditioning.
SPECIALIST WAS CAPTIVATED
Save for the beneficial work already mentioned, the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC is otherwise wonderfully original and thanks to careful ownership has aged gracefully; upon a recent inspection, a Christie’s specialist was somewhat captivated by the whole package. The exterior is thought to still sport some original paint (at least to the roof) and prospective purchasers can either view the crazing and imperfections as a benefit or hindrance.
The brightwork is largely original, save for a few items that have been rechromed. On the inside, only the fitment of new carpet and refurbishment of the wood-rimmed steering wheel detract from the immaculate yet untouched feel that 10377 offers.
Accompanying the 330 GTC are records of recent work, owner’s manual, jack (and jack pouch) and unsurprisingly, even the original keys. In our opinion, this fine survivor is ripe for enjoyment both in terms of aesthetic appreciation granted by the sympathetic manner to which it has been preserved and the level to which it has been optimized.