- Ex Sainsbury
- Ex Robert Whitlock (of Derek and the Dominos with Eric Clapton)
- Ex Eric Stewart (of 10CC)
- Current Ownership since 1976
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 GTC is 1 of just 22 UK RHD examples produced by Ferrari and was delivered new to John Davan Sainsbury on the 23rd of October, 1968 via Maranello Concessionaires. Originally it was presented in Celeste over a Blu Hide with Blu Carpets and sitting on Campagnollo Cast Wheels. Sainsbury, President of Sainsbury's, would keep the car until 1969, during which time it was maintained by Maranello in Egham. The cars superb history file includes copies of the original order forms by Sainsbury as well as copies of the extensive service records. During his short ownership, the car was painted in Rosso Corsa and today remains in the same combination of Rosso Corsa over a Blu Hide.
In 1969 Mr Robert Whitlock, a member of blues-rock band Derek and the Dominos, with Eric Clapton purchased the car and remained the owner for a number of years whilst pursuing his music career in the United Kingdom. It later changed hands from one musician to another and in 1974 Eric Stewart (most known for his tenure with The Mindbenders in the 1960s, and 10CC from the 1970s through to the 90s) purchased the car. Eric had the car maintained with a fastidious approach by Bob Houghton at Graypaul Ferrari from 1974 through 1976, before subsequently selling it to its current owner. It was purchased with circa 44,000 Miles on the clock and has remarkably covered just 15,000 Miles during this 40 year ownership period.
During this considerable ownership period, the car has been maintained annually and comes accompanied by a supporting history file with invoices dating as far back as 1972. Today this rare GTC has covered just 60,500 Miles from new and is accompanied by a superb history file including its exceptionally rare owner's manual, parts catalogue, original spare key and spare wheel. This highly original GTC is UK registered and is located in our showrooms just outside London and is available to view immediately.
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