1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder

The 330 GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966 and was 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. Later that year, the open-top 330 GTS was introduced at the Paris Salon.

The 330 GTS features a 4-liter, 300-hp version of Ferrari’s familiar 2-cam, 60-degree V12, mated with a 5-speed all-synchromesh transaxle. Testing a 330 GTS Spyder in 1968, Road & Track magazine found the fully sorted, all independent, transaxle chassis gave “a soft, level ride, wonderful adhesion and excellent behavior. Out on the road, once the driver has the feel of things, he feels he could do almost anything with this car.”

The 330 GTS interior boasts leather seats and electric windows as standard, with radio, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels being the options. With a top speed in excess of 150 mph, excellent ride comfort, and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330 GTS Spyder to be the world’s finest convertible two-seater.

Ferrari 330 GTS chassis number 11173 was delivered new finished in the very attractive period color combination of Turchese Chiaro (blue) with orange leather interior and instruments in kilometers. The car was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, which sold it on to the official Ferrari dealership Cressman in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Later in 1968, 11173 was sold by Cressman to the first (unknown) owner in Florida, who soon returned it to the dealership. In 1970, the 330 GTS was sold to Phillip S. Baumgarten, a resident of Fort Lauderdale. It remained in his possession for 21 years, until it was purchased by the current private vendor in September 1992.

Equipped with Borrani wire wheels and now finished in red with beige leather interior featuring factory air conditioning and the original AM/FM radio, chassis 11173 currently displays 61,513 kilometers on the odometer and is presented in mint condition. A comprehensive original tool kit is sold with the car. Always maintained, with no expense spared and offered directly from long-term private European ownership, this rare Ferrari must be the ultimate expression of 1960s open-top, 12-cylinder motoring.

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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