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‘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.
This original unrestored example was exported to California earlier in its lifetime, which has greatly assisted in preserving the car in the condition presented today. During its Californian ownership the 330 was placed into storage from the late 1990s until last year, at which point it was purchased by our current vendor and repatriated into Europe.
Finished in the highly attractive combination of Blue Metallizzato with Nero leather and fitted with the desirable Campagnolo wheels, this wonderful 330 offers the prospect of a superb 1960s GT to use and enjoy.
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