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 Berlinetta's (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 LHD 330 GTC was delivered new by Luigi Chinetti in December 1967 to New York in its current colour combination of Argento (Silver) paintwork and Pelle Rossa leather interior, the original factory optional Air Conditioning was also ordered on the car. It remained in the USA until being brought back to Europe to Switzerland in the late 80's where the car was very well maintained and given regular exercise including the occasional gentle European rally. In 2000, although in excellent condition, the decision was made by the then owner to "sort" the car mechanically in its entirety. Between 2001 and 2003 some 100,000 Swiss Francs were spent on the car including a complete engine rebuild to slightly uprated specifications reportedly producing close to 340 BHP.
This elegant and matching numbers example has Full Ferrari Classiche Certification, and is presented in its original stunning colour combination, in excellent condition throughout and with an expansive history file, it would be difficult to find a finer example of what many collectors consider to be one of the most well balanced Ferrari GT cars.
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