1968 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 11327
Engine no. 11327
'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 4.0-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 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 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 250km/h, 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.
According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, chassis number '11327' left the Maranello factory finished in Bleu Ribot with beige Connolly leather interior and was delivered new to the official Ferrari dealer in Milan, Gastone Crepaldi. First owned in Brescia by a Mr Lucchini, the Ferrari was sold in September 1968 to Ms Jane Ford in the USA, who kept it until 1975. The car then passed to Matteo Tschudi of Vasello, Italy. Next owned by Mr H Peyer of Baden, Switzerland, it passed to Nicholas Rommel in May 1981 (at 66,903 kilometres) and was restored over the course of the next three years (invoices on file). Acquired from Carlo Perego by the current vendor in 2003, the car is currently finished in Bordeaux livery with matching leather interior.
Delivering a supreme level of comfort together with Ferrari and Pininfarina's unsurpassed style,
'11327' is described as in generally good condition and offered with its original tool kit, owner's handbook, service manual and spare parts catalogue. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices, service records, Swiss Carte Grise and technical inspection papers.
D'après l'historien de la marque Marcel Massini, la voiture châssis n° 11327 quitta l'usine de Maranello peinte en Bleu Ribot avec intérieur en cuir Connolly beige pour être livrée au concessionnaire de la marque de Milan, Gastone Crepaldi. Cette Ferrari est présentée avec l'historique complet de ses propriétaires. Acquise par le vendeur actuel en 2003, elle est actuellement de couleur bordeaux avec intérieur assorti.
Offrant une niveau de confort exceptionnellement élevé allié aux performances d'une Ferrari et au style de Pininfarina, cette 330 GTC présentée dans un très bon état général est accompagnée de sa trousse à outils, manuel d'utilisation et d'entretien, d'un dossier avec des factures de restauration, de son historique d'entretien, de sa carte grise suisse et de ses documents de contrôle technique.