1967 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. GTC 330E Chassis no. 10555
'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 & Driver magazine voiced that rhetorical enquiry the answer, of course, remains the same. And the car that prompted that eulogy? The Ferrari 330GTC.
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 right-hand drive Ferrari 330GTC comes with its '330 Register' extract showing that it was delivered via Maranello Concessionaires to a Mr Ward, a television director who used it to travel between studios and locations. The Register lists a number of subsequent owners in the USA from 1978 onwards. By the mid-1990s the Ferrari was in the ownership of one James Wilmott-Smith of London, who had purchased it in June 1994 from Pete Waterman, the well-known record producer and 'Pop Idol' judge.
Mr Waterman had owned the Ferrari since 1987 and had brought it back to the UK where it was restored by marque specialists Gray Paul between 1989 and 1991 (bills on file). More recently the car has benefited from an engine rebuild (photos and details available), an interior re-trim and the addition of air conditioning. The only other notified deviation from factory specification is the provision of stainless-spoked Borrani wheels.
Carrying the most appropriate registration 'GTC 330E', the Ferrari is beautifully finished in Rosso Corsa with tan leather interior, and is described as in generally very good/excellent condition. It is currently taxed/MoT'd and comes with Swansea V5C document and copies of its original factory specification sheets and sales invoices. Delivering a supreme level of comfort together with Ferrari and Pininfarina's unsurpassed style, this highly desirable limited production Gran Turismo wants for nothing except a new owner.