Ferrari 330 GTC Pininfarina 1968
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 11427
Engine no. 11427
3,967cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Expertly restored example of the Pininfarina-built 330 GTC
*Desirable late-production example
*Retains it original, matching numbers engine
*Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
THE FERRARI 330 GTC
"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. The car that prompted that eulogy? The Ferrari 330 GTC.
Intended to fill a gap in Ferrari's line-up between the four-seat 330 GT 2+2 and the racer-on-the-road 275 GTB, the two-seat 330 GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and was essentially a closed version of the 275 GTS. 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 330 GTC's bonnet resided the 4.0-liter, 300bhp version of Ferrari's familiar, two-cam, 60-degree V12, as used in the 330 GT 2+2. Broadly similar to that of the concurrently produced 275 GTB, the short (2,400mm 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 275 GTB) 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.' The adoption of smart new alloy wheels, replacing the traditional wire-spoked Borranis, marked the start of a trend in Ferrari road cars.
Much development work had concentrated on the reduction of noise levels in the cabin, which with its slim pillars and generous glass area, afforded the occupants excellent visibility and a sense of spaciousness. Needless to say, the 330 GTC 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 330 GTC to be the finest of high-speed conveyances for two people and their luggage. Total production of the 330 GTC amounted to some 600 cars between 1966 and 1968.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
The exceptional example of Pininfarina's legendary Gran Turismo Coupe presented here, chassis number 11427, received its final assembly at the Maranello Ferrari works in the fall of 1968. It was finished in the elegant Amaranto or Burgundy Red over a Nero Franzi interior and was equipped with the desirable air conditioning option. Hand built by Pininfarina's skilled craftsmen, 11427 was the 581st example built, receiving Pininfarina body number C0660. Being just 19 cars from the last 300 GTC built, this car received all the upgrades and refinements which had been implemented during the 600-car production run. Configured as a left-hand drive car, the new Ferrari was sold directly from the factory to first owner Sig. Clemente Ravetto of Palermo, Sicily. 11427 was serviced regularly at the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti facility during Ravetto's ownership, which suggests he must have been a very important client of Enzo Ferrari.
The dark red GTC remained in Italy through the summer of 1972 and would return regularly to the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti for scheduled service and maintenance during this time. Surely the best place to keep the luxurious Ferrari in best possible condition. By September of 1972 11427 had been exported to the US, like many Ferraris of the era. It was still in original condition, and was owned by a Mr. Bart J. McMullern of Bloomfield Hills, MI. In April of 1974, the Ferrari was offered for sale by motorsports and collector car aficionado, Mr. Harley Cluxton III in Phoenix, AZ. By the 1980s, 11427 had made its way to Switzerland, where it was kept in the private collection of Mr. Urs Willener of Lenzburg. 11427 would remain in Mr. Willener's collection for decades, before relocating to the American continent in 2015.
The car was soon after shipped to RM Auto Restoration in Ontario, Canada, for a full service and mechanical refurbishment. At this time, the carburetors were rebuilt, the air conditioning, heater and brake systems were serviced, new rear shocks and new tail pipes were fitted, the fuel pump rebuilt, and four new Michelin XWX tires were fitted. The engine was also serviced at this time; the heads were removed and reconditioned, the water pump rebuilt, and new oil filters were installed. More recent work performed while in the current owner's care include servicing and tune-up, attention to the interior and bright work, as well as attention to various details in the engine compartment.
Today 11427 presents in beautiful condition throughout and has been spared from accidents and abuse over the years. The red exterior color contrasts smartly with the chrome Borrani wire wheels - a combination that truly suits the 330 GTC. More importantly, the 11427 retains its original, matching numbers engine and factory air conditioning. The 330 GTC is offered with tools, spare wheel and jack, as well as a history file which includes Marcel Massini's history report and maintenance receipts. This would be a superb Ferrari in which to enjoy rallies or driving events such as the Copperstate 1000, where its occupants can fully experience the formidable performance of the 300 horsepower, 4-liter V12.
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