Intended to fill a gap in Ferrari’s line-up between the four-seat 330 GT 2+2 and the racer-on-the-road 275 GTB, the two-seat 330 GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and in essence was a closed version of the 275 GTS. Pininfarina’s understated coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear, with touches of the 500 Superfast at the front.
Beneath the hood resided the 4-liter, 300-bhp version of Ferrari’s familiar two-cam 60-degree V12 (as used in the 330 GT 2+2) mated to a five-speed rear transaxle. The short (94.5″ wheelbase) chassis followed Ferrari’s established practice of tying together sturdy, oval-section main tubes in a steel spaceframe. Suspension was independent all round by wishbone and coil springs.
Much development work had concentrated on the reduction of noise levels in the cabin, which was luxuriously equipped in the best Grand Touring manner: leather seats, electric windows and heated rear window were standard, air conditioning an option. With a top speed in excess of 150 mph, excellent ride comfort and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330 GTC to be the finest high-speed conveyance for two people and their luggage. Around 600 cars had been produced before the model was superseded by the similar but larger-engined 365 GTC in 1968.
Restored cosmetically in Italy in 1997, the left-hand-drive 330 GTC pictured here is attractively finished in a color scheme which perfectly complements its elegant lines: metallic silver with black leather upholstery and red carpets. The odometer reading of 81,000 km (53,400 miles) is commensurate with the car’s overall state of presentation and it is said to run very well. The engine bay is impeccably tidy and gives the impression of meticulous maintenance.
It is accompanied by Italian papers and ASI historic car club homologation.