Ferrari discontinued production of the 250 GT Lusso in 1964, leaving the firm without an intermediate model to occupy the gap between Ferrari's flagship Berlinettas (the 275 GTB) and their grand four-seater Coupe's (the 330 GT). Launched during March 1966 at the Geneva Salon, the 330 GTC was an immediate success with customers and road testers alike, successfully filling the gap in Ferraris range. The 4-litre 330's were available in two alternative body styles - Coupe (GTC) or Spyder (GTS). The 330 GTC frame was designated Tipo 592. These chassis's were outwardly very similar to those already used on Ferrari's 275 GTB being a traditional tubular steel chassis. Hydraulic disc brakes were fitted all-round along with fully independent suspension. Borrani's beautiful ten-hole cast alloy wheels were standard although spoked wheels from the same manufacturer were optionally available.
Engine-wise the GTC used Ferrari's twin cam four-litre Tipo 209/66 60° V12. Power was quoted by the factory as being 300bhp at 7000rpm with three twin choke Weber 40 carburettors. The engine was matched by a five-speed gearbox. Performance was impressive with a car reaching 0-60 in under 6.5 seconds whilst top speed was in excess of 150mph. Despite its mix of old and new features, the 330 GTC was quite simply among the best-looking GT's of its era. With a laid back style, it was never as confrontational as some of Ferrari's jaw-dropping berlinetta's - this was a car for the customer who neither desired nor required an attention-grabbing machine. Electric windows were fitted as standard along with a full leather interior and comfortably padded rather than figure hugging bucket seats. Air conditioning was an optional extra.
This stunning and fully restored example, chassis 10921, was completed by the factory in January 1969 and delivered to Bill Harrah's Reno based dealership in February. The cars original specification was Argento Metalizzato with Rosso interior, Boranni wire wheels and Air Conditioning. The car's first private owner was Mr John Doe of Arizona who would own the car for 10 years until 1978. Having passed through a couple of further custodians 10921 was then purchased in circa 1981 by Jonathan Quint, a property developer in San Francisco and it was in Mr Quint's ownership that the car was painted Red and the leather retrimmed in Black. In 1990 the car was sold to Fantasy Junction, San Francisco's well renowned Ferrari specialist and was then later in 1991 sold to Spain. It is believed that the car was in the collection of the same Spanish owner until 2012.
In 2012 the car was purchased by the current UK based collector, the car was still Red and Black as repainted by Mr Quint in the 1990s. Having spent the entirety of its life in the warm and dry Climes of either Arizona, California or latterly Spain the car was in remarkable and original condition given that since 1990 the car had covered not more than 3,000 miles!! Whilst cosmetically and mechanically the car was corrosion free and more than presentable it was decided that the car would be restored in the UK and would be repainted in Grigio Mahmoud. Over a nine month period this GTC was painstakingly restored and the car finished less than 1 year ago. Since then the car has been enjoyed very sparingly and is today UK road registered and presented in superb condition.
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