1967 FERRARI 330GTC COUPE
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. 11517
Giallo Fly with black leather interior
Engine: V12, 60-degree, 3,967cc, 300bhp at 7,000rpm; Gearbox: single dryplate clutch, five-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent double wishbones, coil springs, front and rear; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 1966, the Ferrari 330GTC (for Grand Turismo Coupe) allied the 275GTB chassis with the basic engine from the 330GT 2+2. Coachwork was of course by Pininfarina and was a compromise of the 400 Superamerica front blended to the rear tail treatment of the 275GTS. Normally such combinations are disastrous, but this one worked well and produced a very elegant car that is by no means out of place today. The new car was a capable performer - fast, quiet and comfortable.
As it inherited the GTB chassis and its rear transaxle, the 330GT 2+2 engine block had to be redesigned in the GTC to accommodate the different engine and differential mounts. At the time of the introduction of the 330GTC, the Ferrari engineers had found the solution to the alignment problems that had affected the 275 series. They introduced a torque tube for the driveshaft which formed a solid link between the engine and rear transaxle. It was this arrangement that reduced the number of engine mounting points and therefore a new block was necessary. The 330GTC came with the same wheelbase as the 275, some 94.5 inches, and naturally had the same four wheel disc brakes and all independent double wishbone and coil suspension.
The GTC provided plenty of room and comfort for two passengers and with the same race bred engine as its predecessors, it had plenty of performance to match. Indeed from the outset automotive journalists raved about this model. The first road test appeared in The Motor in November 1966 and was conducted by the noted race driver/journalist Paul Frère. He was highly impressed: the greatest surprise is the silence of the engine. In handling, the 330GTC is exactly like all the Ferraris I have driven before. It is close to being as neutral as one could want. But the most impressive feature of the handling of the new vehicle is the solidness with which it changes direction, particularly in S-bends, where it tracks with about the same precision as a modern race car. Frère made two high speed runs and recorded 146 mph just before he slowed and encountered traffic at which point the vehicle was still perceptibly accelerating! He concluded that the car would probably equal the factory's claimed 150 mph.
In the same test he achieved a lively 14.6 seconds for the standing quarter-mile, almost exactly matching the figures produced by Road and Track when they tested the 330GTS. They reported 14.9 seconds (at 95mph) and a top speed of 145mph. It is also of note that the legendary Ferrari World Champion Phil Hill has himself in the past called the 330GTC "the best road going Ferrari ever built".
This is car Serial No. 11517, which for almost the last decade has been properly recognized as a superlative example of its type; in 1996 it won a First Place award at the Santa Barbara Concours before being treated to a full restoration in 1997. Overseen by Junior Conway of Junior's House of Colors the car was repainted by them to the current fabulous condition. The interior was fully retrimmed by Tony Nancy, while the mechanical side was overseen by Norbert Hofer of Gran Touring Classics. Since the restoration work was completed, the GTC has won numerous First Place awards including the 1997 Beverly Hills Concours, the 1997 Newport Beach Concours, a Second Place (to the Rossellini 375MM) at the 1998 Torrey Pines Concours and in 1999 another First Place at the Concorso Italiano event. In 1998 the car was the first 330GTC to be invited to Pebble Beach. The car is also featured in the 2001 Rosso Corsa Ferrari calendar by Raupp.
This Ferrari has traveled just a show mileage since the restoration and is still in immaculate condition and we thoroughly recommend close inspection.