‘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?’ Car & Driver
Intended to fill a gap in Ferrari’s line-up between the four-seat 330GT 2+2 and the racer-on-the-road 275GTB, the two-seat 330GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and was essentially a closed version of the 275GTS. Pininfarina’s understated coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear with touches of the 500 Superfast at the front.
Few would disagree with Car & Driver’s opinion that the result was most agreeable: ‘The GTC is a tasteful blend of the mean-and-low look of Ferrari competition GT cars, with the elegance of super-luxury street Ferraris of the past. Detail work, finish, panel fit, every aspect is superlative.’
Beneath the 330GTC’s bonnet resided the 4-litre, 300bhp version of Ferrari’s familiar, two-cam, 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 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 a better-balanced car and one that gave its driver, “the wonderful sense of knowing just exactly what’s going on between one’s posterior and the pavé.”
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.
Rolling off the Ferrari production line in May 1968, chassis 11329 was sold to Mr. Alberto Pesenti of Milan, who enjoyed his 330 for a few years before trading in for a newer model. Chassis 11329 was then exported to Florida by Italian Ferrari dealer Dino Armando Genghini. The car fell into the ownership of Phillip Strain of Tampa who enjoyed his GTC for 33 years until his death in 2010. In 2011 the car was imported into the UK by leading Ferrari specialist Hoyle-Fox, who over a four year period completed an exhaustive restoration to incredible standards.
Due to the Florida climate the body was found to be extremely sound and straight, with no visible signs of rust, so refreshingly very little was needed in terms of panelwork. As such the bodywork was stripped, vapour blasted, prepared and painted. The engine, drivetrain, suspension and brakes were rebuilt, then the car was built up with replacement or refurbished ancillaries, electrics, trim and rubbers all round. The cost of this mammoth restoration was c. £270,000, and is supported with a file of invoices. This incredibly impressive restoration was completed in late 2015, and in the summer of 2016 the GTC was enter into the Ferrari Owner’s Club concours where it was placed in the Restoration Class.
Pleasingly, Ferrari Classiche certification was approved in 2015 and is supplied with the car. In addition chassis 11329 is offered with a history report by leading historian Marcel Massini, which confirms just two owners from new. Finished in its original shade of Argento with a contrasting Wine Red Leather interior, this is a truly stunning example of a GTC, and ranks as the best Coys have seen in many years.