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 Around 600 cars had been produced before the model was superseded by the similar but larger-engined 365 GTC in 1968.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.

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This well-kept Ferrari sold for $79,820, commission included, at the Brooks Auction, Gstaad, Switzerland, on 18 December 1999. If you are interested in a Ferrari for regular road use, the 330 GTC ranks as one of the most highly recommended of the front-engined V12 machines.

The 330 GTC was the first short-wheelbase coupe to get the larger 4.0-liter V12. It introduced a new body type, different from the 2+2 coupes (330 GT 2+2s), open Spiders (275 GTSs) and fastback coupes (275 GTBs) of the period. Although it was unusual for Ferrari to split the two-seat coupe market between the GTC and the GTB, the GTC was meant to be a comfortable road car rather than a thinly disguised racing machine. The GTC had more room inside and better visibility from its airy greenhouse than the fastback GTB. The GTC often came with factory air conditioning, power windows, a heated rear window and other luxury options not typically found on the GTB.

The GTC was fitted with a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle connected to the engine via a rigid torque tube. Standard equipment included the early design ten-hole, light-alloy cast wheels which give the car a proper period look. While wire wheels were an option, they tended to make the car look older than its years. The cast wheels were 7\” wide, a dramatically large size in the days when the Porsche 911S was shod with 4.5\” wide wheels.

Production was large by Ferrari standards, with 598 330 GTCs delivered. As these cars drive exceptionally well, it must be the rather conservative styling that has held the price down in comparison to either the 275 GTB or the 275 GTS, with the GTC trading at about 1/3 the value of the 275 GTB. For most of the ’90s, about $60,000 bought a very nice 330 GTC. But the vintage Ferrari market has started to move, and the GTC has moved along with it. Asking prices of $100,000 are not uncommon for superb machines, and dealers report that it is easier to sell good GTCs than it is to find them for inventory. Poor cars, or those with needs, are still a difficult sell and languish in the $40,000-60,000 range.

Because of its excellent condition and good ownership records, the car pictured here should be considered well bought at $79,820. Even in the $100,000 range, given its superb road manners, values of GTCs still look good, especially when compared with the 275s of the same era. The GTC appeals to those with sophisticated taste and the desire to regularly use their Ferrari on the road.

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