1967 Ferrari 330GTC
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 9983
Engine no. 9983
3,967cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Factory delivered in Verde Chiaro with A/C
*Certified by Ferrari Classiche
*Just over 60,000 kilometers from new
*Matching numbers example
*Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
The Ferrari 330GTC
'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 inquiry the answer, of course, remains the same. And the car that prompted that eulogy? The Ferrari 330GTC.
The two-seat 330GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and was essentially a closed version of the 275GTS. Beneath its hood 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 an inherently better balanced car.
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.
The Motorcar Offered
The exceptional example of Pininfarina's legendary Gran Turismo Coupe presented here, chassis number 09983, received its final assembly at the Maranello Ferrari works in May of 1967. It was finished in the same color combination as it is presented in today, the elegant Verde Chiaro over a black leather interior, and was equipped with the desirable air conditioning option. Hand built by Pininfarina's skilled craftsmen, 09983 was the 246th example built, receiving Pininfarina body number C0280. Configured as a left hand drive car, it was delivered to the Ferrari agent in Rome, Italy, Motor S.a.s. in June of 1967. It was soon after sold to its first owner, and registered on Rome license plates 'Roma A 76103'. In July of 1967, showing just under 2,000 kilometers on the odometer, 09983 was serviced at the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti facility in Rome.
The green GTC remained in Italy throughout the early 1970's, before being exported to the US in 1976, like many Ferraris of the era. It was then painted red, and found a new home in Pennsylvania. By the early 1980's, 09983 was sold by the Mario and Elvidio Grande brothers' Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based Auto Palace to Dan Heit, a Ferrari connoisseur with other great cars from the Italian marque in his stable. At this point, 09983 showed fewer than 40,000 kilometers from new, and still retained its original black interior. In the spring of 1989, Mr. Heit sold the car to a gentleman from the Torino area, and thus the GTC returned to its country of origin. 09983 was later sold to a collector in Belgium, with whom it would remain until the late 2000s. 09983 was shown at the 35th Anniversary meeting of the Belgian Ferrari club, and was around this time pictured in Cavallino magazine.
In 2010, the GTC was treated to a substantial restoration in Italy. The exterior was thoroughly prepared and repainted in the car's original color of Verde Chiaro, and all trim and chrome was refurbished where necessary. The car's mechanical systems were also attended to, with a refurbishment of the original, matching numbers engine, the transaxle, as well as suspension and brake systems.
Today the car presents in exquisite condition throughout and has been spared from accidents and abuse over the years. The circa 60,000 kilometers (37,200 miles) showing on the odometer is believed to be the car's actual mileage since new. The Verde Chiaro color contrasts smartly with the original Campagnolo alloy wheels a combination that truly suits the 330GTC. The accompanying history file includes Ferrari Classiche's certification, Marcel Massini's history report, copies of the factory build sheets and restoration photos, and the package is completed with books and tools present. This would be a superb Ferrari in which to enjoy rallies or driving events, where its occupants can fully experience the formidable performance of the 300 horsepower, 4-liter V12.
- Please note that the certification book from Ferrari Classiche will be supplied to the new owner as soon as it is received from Ferrari S.p.A.