This model slotted in between the 275 GTB Berlinetta, whose chassis it shared, and the more tranquil 330 2+2 Coupé, from which it inherited its 4-litre V-12 engine. Presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, it was an instant success – Pininfarina’s extremely elegant bodywork took after the 500 Superfast at the front and the 275 GTS at the rear. The 330 GTC remained in production until the end of 1968 and 600 were built.
The 330 GTC Coupé was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Salon, as an additional model to the Ferrari production car range. It was designed by Pininfarina, and was assembled at their works in Turin, before being delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitment of mechanical components. The body forward of the windscreen was very similar in style to the Ferrari 500 Superfast model. The 330 GTC was unusual for a Ferrari in that it had a model badge on the boot lid, proclaiming ‘330’. Prior to this only a very few cars had any model identity on them, and those that did were normally ‘Speciales’.
The nose featured a slim, projecting ovoid radiator grille, headlights in shallow recesses in the forward face of the wings, which had triple louvre engine bay exhaust outlets in their sides, bounded by a slim bright trim strip on three sides. This was married to a tail section that was first used on the earlier 275 GTS, to produce a harmonious, light and elegant design that featured slim quarter bumpers at each corner. The 330 GTC had a cabin with very slim pillars, which gave an airy feel to the interior and excellent visibility.
The design was specific to this model and was carried over to the later 365 GTC. The body was mounted on a 2,400 mm wheelbase tubular steel chassis all were numbered in the odd chassis number road car sequence. The principal layout was very similar to that of the concurrently produced 275 GTB models, as the mechanical layout was virtually identical. The standard road wheels were of an elegant and smooth 10-hole alloy design, similar to those used on the sports racing competition Ferrari models of the period, with a knock-off spinner to the Rudge hub (Borrani wire wheels were available as an option). All models in the series were fitted with four-wheel Girling disc brakes, with a cable-operated handbrake actuating separate calipers on the rear discs.
This 330 GTC is s/n 8935 and was once owned by 330 GTC expert Donovan Leyden (who will be present as a judge). In the hands of previous owners it has won numerous awards and with the current owner it continues it’s winning ways.
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