1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Barn Find

Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company
Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company

Soon after the 330 GTC was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon, Ferrari introduced its exclusive Spider variant, the GTS. The new 330 GTC, GTS, and the contemporary 275 GTB/4 featured the same mechanical layout of fully independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, a rigid torque-tube driveshaft, and a 5-speed, rear-mounted transaxle.

Whereas the 275 GTB/4 utilized a 4-cam, 3.3-liter V12, the 330s were equipped with 4-liter, 2-cam V12 that delivered a genuine 300 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. The 330 GTS was one of the fastest open two-seaters of its era, with a top speed approaching 150 mph.

Designed and built by Pininfarina, the 330 GTS was the very epitome of mid-1960s GT styling. The harmonious, understated design was a successful update of the popular 275 GTS — with a new frontal treatment inspired by the 500 Superfast, Ferrari’s most exclusive gran turismo.

The 330 GTS was built to exacting standards by Old-World craftsmen, and the cockpit was beautifully finished, with bucket seats trimmed in Connolly leather, a three-spoke, wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a simple-but-attractive wood veneer fascia carrying the full range of white-on-black Veglia instruments.

This car presented here is one of the most exciting discoveries in years — an exceptional, unrestored 330 GTS that has hardly seen the light of day since 1969.

Chassis 9343 was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors and sold new to Dr. Samuel Scher. It was finished in Celeste Blu with Rosso Scuro leather upholstery and matching carpets. It was equipped with Borrani wire wheels, European lighting, and instrumentation in kilometers.

Dr. Scher’s car collection spanned all eras. Among his treasures were American Brass Era cars and classics from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz. He was one of the first to introduce little-known names, such as Cisitalia and Ferrari, to the U.S.

Dr. Scher drove his 330 GTS some 20,000 miles in less than two years until it was sidelined by a small engine-bay fire. His insurance company totaled the car and disposed of it through an insurance auction.

The second owner gathered a collection of spare parts in hope of returning it to the road. However, the project did not get far. For the past 44 years, the GTS has been parked in a Pennsylvania garage.

This Ferrari is truly a time capsule. It wears faded original Celeste Blu paint. The factory-supplied glass, rubber and major trim pieces are in place, as are its original wire wheels.

The interior has survived remarkably intact, with moth-eaten dark red carpets and a light patina to the seats and door panels. The odometer displays 36,717 km (22,815 miles).

No attempt has been made to return the car to running order. The matching-numbers engine turns freely, and the engine bay is complete with nearly all of its ancillary components intact.

Chassis 9343 is a very complete, authentic, and solid example of a particularly desirable Ferrari, making it the ideal candidate for a complete, concours-quality restoration.

The 330 GTS is among the most sought-after sports car of the 1960s. Fast, beautiful, rare and exotic, these Ferraris have every quality collectors demand in a classic Italian sports car. To find a 330 GTS like this is nearly unheard of.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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