1968 Ferrari 330GTC
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 11247
Engine no. 11247
3,967cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Multiple FCA Platinum Award winner
*Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
*Ferrari Classiche Certificate of Authenticity included
*Offered with original books, tools and copies of factory build sheets
*One of the top examples of the 330GTC available anywhere
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.
Beneath the 330GTC's bonnet 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 a better balanced car and more predictable driving characteristics.
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
This superb example of Ferrari's esteemed 330 GTC boasts a well-documented life of dedicated care that has resulted in numerous FCA Platinum Awards. The 521st example of Pininfarina's elegant grand touring coupe, chassis no. 11247 was ordered new on April 3, 1968, and completed assembly on April 11, as recorded in the original factory build sheets. The new Ferrari was finished in the attractive period color of Marrone Colorado and fitted with beige interior. On April 26, the GTC was delivered to the renowned Milan-based dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi, who shortly thereafter sold the car to Avagolf S.p.A. on behalf of company president Mr. Pesenti.
In November 1974, Avagolf traded 11247 back to Crepaldi, and soon after it was purchased and imported to the United States by the famed Luigi Chinetti Motors. Following its arrival at Chinetti's, the car was bought by Paul Folwell of Bronxville, New York. In April 1976, Mr. Folwell sold the GTC to Alan Gerst of Long Island, who retained it for the next three years.
In mid-1979, 11247 was acquired by Bill Fraley, a longtime FCA judge and Ferrari aficionado. Mr. Fraley picked this 330GTC specifically because of its sound condition. In the mid to late 1990s, Mr. Fraley treated the car to a thorough restoration. Foreign Cars Italia was entrusted with rebuilding the matching-numbers V12 engine, while Norman Steed conducted a bare-metal repaint in the classic shade of Rosso Chiaro. Further work included rebuilding the brakes and Borrani wire wheels, disassembling and refinishing the suspension, and installing new Carello headlamps, a new Ansa exhaust system, and a brand new interior of correct Connolly leather and Wilton wool carpets. Following refurbishment of the individual components, David Carte of Classic and Auto Sport Refinishing in Edinburg, Virginia, reassembled the car to exacting factory-correct standards.
The superior quality of the restoration was proven at the FCA's North American Field and Driving Concours at Road Atlanta in May 1999, where the GTC won a Platinum Award and the Classic Ferrari Award. The car was sold in 2000 to Jimmy Page of Boca Raton, Florida, who presented it at the 2002 Cavallino Classic, scoring 97.5 points and garnering another Platinum Award.
In August 2006, Mr. Page sold 11247 to its current owner, a renowned collector residing in Malibu, California. The consignor continued to devote meticulous care to the GTC while occasionally showing it at events, including the 2009 FCA Pacific Region Concours at Chateau Julien in Carmel Valley, and the 2010 and 2013 Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena, with all appearances resulting in additional Platinum Awards. Dutifully maintained in recent years, 11247 received a new fuel sender and headlight circuitry in 2007, new steering/suspension components and air conditioning refurbishment in 2009, and new Michelin XWX tires mounted in 2013.
Accompanied by its original tools, owner's handbooks, and Ferrari Classiche's Heritage Certificate, this exceptional 330 GTC is a highly awarded and documented example of one of Ferrari's most rapidly appreciating models. The car would make a stellar addition to any assemblage of Prancing Horses, and is capable of being enjoyed for its wonderful modern driving characteristics or potential (and proven!) acclaim at the finest Concours d'Elegance and marque events.