3,967cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exquisite nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2014
*Presented in its factory delivered livery of Celeste Chiaro Metallizzato over beige
*Matching numbers example with well-documented ownership history
*Ideal for Concours exhibition or high-speed tours and rallies
*Offered with books, tools, history file, and factory build sheets
THE FERRARI 330GTC
'At the top - at the absolute top - in the automotive enthusiasts' hierarchy of the cars of the world, there is only one. Ferrari. Is there really any question?' Thirty-plus years after Car and Driver magazine voiced that rhetorical inquiry the answer, of course, remains the same. And the car that prompted that eulogy? The Ferrari 330GTC.
The two-seat 330GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and was essentially a closed version of the 275GTS. Beneath its hood resided the 4.0-liter, 300bhp version of Ferrari's familiar 60-degree V12, as used in the 330GT 2+2. The short (94.5" wheelbase) chassis followed Ferrari's established practice of tying together sturdy oval-section main tubes in a steel spaceframe, while the suspension was independent all round by means of wishbones and coil springs.
First introduced on a road-going Ferrari (the 275GTB) in 1964, the rear suspension incorporated the five-speed gearbox in a transaxle, an arrangement that created an inherently better balanced car. Much development work had concentrated on the reduction of noise levels in the cabin, which was luxuriously equipped in the best Gran Turismo manner: leather seats, electric windows and heated rear screen were standard; radio, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels the options. With a top speed in excess of 150mph, excellent ride comfort and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330GTC to be the finest of high-speed conveyances for two people and their luggage.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
As the interest for superbly refreshed 330GTC examples continues to grow, Maranello connoisseurs would be wise to take note of this exhaustively refurbished example, which was recently restored over an eighteen-month period by a multiple Platinum Award-winning Ferrari specialist.
Chassis no. 10007 was completed at the factory in May 1967, recorded as Pininfarina job no. 255, and finished in the elegant livery of Celeste Chiaro Metallizzato over a beige leather interior with blue carpeting, a beautiful color scheme that the car still wears today. Desirably equipped with air conditioning, a chromed front grill guard, and instruments in metric, this car was sold directly from Ferrari S.p.A. to its first owner of record, a Mr. Persson of Brussels, Belgium. The GTC was registered on Italian tourist license plate number EE 2489, presumably so Mr. Persson could accept delivery of the car in person at the factory in order to drive it back to Belgium.
According to factory records, in August 1967, 10007 returned to Maranello for service by the Assistenza Clienti service center, at which point the odometer displayed 9,455 kilometers. The car again returned to Maranello for similar services during each of the next two years, in September 1968 and in May 1969, before being exported to the United States in the 1970s. Ferrari Owners Club records show that member Orvin L. Middleton, an engineer residing in Santa Barbara, California, had acquired the 330 by the early 1980s.
Liquidating the undervalued GTC from his collection in 1986 in favor of a 250 GT Lusso, Mr. Middleton offered the car for sale and it was purchased by another Ferrari Owners Club member, Reed L. Harman of Rancho Palos Verdes, California. By this time chassis no. 10007 had been painted in the more traditional Rosso Corsa, and was fitted with a black interior. Mr. Harman kept the GTC well into the 1990s before selling it to Michael McClure, a marque enthusiast based in San Bruno, California. Mr. McClure then presented the car twice at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, once in 2004, and again in 2011.
Acquired more recently by the consignor, 10007 was treated to an eighteen-month nut-and-bolt restoration by Exclusive Motorcars in Los Angeles, whose prior Ferrari restorations have resulted in multiple FCA Platinum Awards. The car was carefully disassembled, and Coach Craft in Fillmore, California, was entrusted to apply a new finish in the authentic original shade of Celeste Chiaro Metallizzato. Proper beige leather interior hides and complementary blue carpets were sourced from the highly respected HVL in the Netherlands and installed in-house at Exclusive Motorcars, while all brightwork was re-chromed by De la Torre in Los Angeles.
Mechanically, the engine was outsourced to Gran Turismo, also of Los Angeles, for a complete rebuild. Since the engine work was completed, only approximately 300 miles have accrued for testing purposes. During restoration, the transmission synchros were replaced as needed, and the suspension, brakes, and undercarriage were all properly rebuilt and refinished to FCA standards.
Completed in the summer of 2014, the exquisite restoration is fully documented with invoices, and promises to earn chassis no. 10007 newfound attention as a potential platinum-level GTC. The car's authenticity is rounded out with accompanying items like books, tools, and factory build sheets. Ideally suited for touring events like the Copperstate 1000 or for the thrill of competitive exhibition, this painstakingly restored 330GTC stands out at the top.