The Ferrari 330 GTC Berlinetta was intended to fill the gap between the four-seater 330GT 2+2 and the road-going racing-machine, the 275 GTB. The 330 GTC was debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show and was basically as 275GTS with a closed body. The front was inspired by the 500 Superfast while the rear was similar to the 275 GTS. Under the bonnet lurked a 4.0-liter, two-cam, 60-degree V12 with 300 horsepower at its disposal. The same engine could be found in the 330GT 2+2. The engine package rested on a wheelbase that measured a short 94.5-inches comprised of oval-section main tubes in a steel space frame. The suspension was independent in the front and rear by means of wishbones and coil springs. The five-speed gearbox was incorporated into the rear suspension in a transaxle, similar to the design introduced on the road-going Ferrari 275GTB in 1964.
This was a sophisticated performance machine with plenty of power and ambiance. The interior had limited road noise as much development work had gone into making this a very refined and enjoyable tourer. It was well equipped with leather seats, electric windows and heated rear screen as standard equipment. Radio, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels were offered as options. The sophisticated suspension provided a very comfortable ride and the potent powerplant responded well to the driver's wishes and demands.
Top speed was over 150 mph; it was a sports car that had seating for two people plus room for their luggage.
This 1967 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta with chassis and engine number 10377 was built in 1967 but not sold until 1969. Its first owner was based in California and this car has a smog exempt sticker on the windshield.
During the late 1990s the car was treated to a detailed and thorough mechanical restoration; since that time it has received a cosmetic restoration and servicing.
In 2007 this Berlinetta was brought to Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California. It had an estimated value of $250,000 - $275,000 but failed to find a buyer willing to satisfy the reserve. The lot was left unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2012
Sold for $170,500 at 2006 RM Auctions. Sold for $222,965 (€165,000) at 2007 RM Auctions. The Ferrari 330 GTC was outfitted with a 3967cc engine capable of producing 300 horsepower. The vehicle had been introduced in 1964. In comparison to its predecessor, the 330 GT 2+2 had grown in size which provided addition room for its occupants. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
Enzo Ferrari named his cars by the displacement of one cylinder. The 330 line of cars, with their 12-cylinder engines, displaced 4-liters, making them both more powerful than the earlier 3-liter, 12-cylinder 250 line of cars and successor to them. [Read More...]
Ferrari 330 GTC with chassis number 9857 was equipped from the factory with air-conditioning and delivered to the United States. It had several owners in the Northeast, including Tony Wang. The car has been cosmetically restored in Rosso Corsa[Read More...]
The GTC (Gran Turismo Coupe) Pininfarina designed vehicle was debuted in 1966 at the Geneva Auto Show and served as a replacement for the 275. It had a V-12 engine mounted in the front that was capable of producing 300 horsepower. The five-speed manu [Read More...]
Sold for $467,500 at 2013 Bonhams. This silver over black 330 GTC was imported from Italy in 1975, almost a decade after it was produced for the 1967 model year. The car, which is equipped with the 4.0-liter Tipo 209/66 v12 (the 365 GTC was bumped to 4.4 liters), has had the same own [Read More...]
This Ferrari 330 GTC was inspected by the Ferrari Classic Inspection Center in Modena, Italy in 2006 and granted a certificate of authenticity confirming its originality. It then underwent a full restoration in 2009 in compliance with Ferrari standar [Read More...]
Sold for $346,500 at 2011 Gooding & Company. Sold for $698,500 at 2014 Gooding & Company. This Ferrari 330 GTC started life at the Maranello Factory in the Summer of 1967. It was finished in a deep Rosso Cina over a black interior, the same color scheme it wears today. It has air-conditioning, power windows and Borrani wire wheels. [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
Sold for $275,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company. This Ferrari 330 GTC was built during the Spring of 1967 and left the Pininfarina workshop in Torino finished in the color scheme of Verde Medio with beige leather upholstery. It left the factory fitted with air-conditioning, power windows, instrumen [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
Sold for $299,800 at 2012 Bonhams. This Ferrari 330 GTC was first supplied to the European market and into the care of Mr. Moratti, who purchased it through M. Gastone Crepaldi's San Marco, Milan garage. At the time, it was finished in Argento (silver) with black leather interior. In [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Sold for $550,000 at 2012 Gooding & Company. Sold for $907,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company. Chassis number 10683 with matching engine left the Ferrari factory assembly line in December of 1967 finished in metallic Grigio Ortello over a beige leather interior. It came fitted the Daytona-type half shafts and a cable-operated clutch, up [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2012
The model 330 was introduced at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show and soon earned a reputation of 'best all-around' Ferrari. Less than 600 were produced from 1966 to 1968. It has a steel body with aluminum hood and trunk lid. The interior, comfortable ride, [Read More...]
Sold for $418,000 at 2013 RM Auctions. Chassis number 10745 was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, in New York City, wearing Azzuro paint and a Nero Franzi interior. On April 30th of 1970, Chinetti paid the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company $2,725 for the 330 GTC in 'damaged' conditio [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Sold for $660,000 at 2014 Bonhams. This car, chassis number 09983, received its final assembly at the Maranello Ferrari works in May of 1967. It was finished in the same color combination that it wears today. It came equipped with air conditioning. The car was hand built by Pininfarin [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Sold for $1,023,000 at 2014 RM Auctions. Sold for $748,000 at 2017 RM Auctions. This car, chassis number 10267, was completed by the factory as a U.S.-specification example finished in Grigio Notte (Night Grey) (18933) over Arancino (Orange) (VM 3104) in 1967. The car was sent to West Coast distributor William Harrah's Modern Cl [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Sold for $687,500 at 2014 Gooding & Company. Sold for $907,500 at 2015 RM Auctions. This car was purchased in 1969 by Noah Lacona from a returning U.S. serviceman who had been stationed with NATO in Italy. The serviceman was either the car's first or second owner, as it had been originally delivered in Venice to a Mr. Caldart. Mr. L [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
The Ferrari 330 GTC was introduced two years after the 330 GT 2+2 as a cross between the luxurious 330 GT 2+2 and the more sporting 275 GTB. The 330 GTC used the same steering, suspension and transmission as the 275 GTB, but had a wheelbase 10 inches [Read More...]
The Ferrari 330 series was produced from 1963 through 1968. They were replacements for the Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 with many of the series retaining the style and mechanical components of their predecessors.
The front-engined, rear-wheel drive vehicle were powered by a derivative of the 400 Superamerica's four-liter Colombo 12-cylinder engine.
The first in the series was the 330 America, which was actually a 250 with a new engine. During its production lifespan, lasting only a year, 50 examples were produced of the 2+2 sports car.
The 330 GT 2+2 was introduced to the public at the 1964 Brussels Motor Show, built as a replacement for the 330 America. The 330 GT 2+2 is unique in that it provided ample seating for four individuals plus luggage. These were the ultimate road-going, practical sports cars that could be used for every-day transportation. The 330 GT 2+2 was a new product, not just an engine modification. Under the hood was a Tipo 209, twelve-cylinder engine capable of producing 300 horsepower. Disc brake were placed on all four corners to provided the stopping power. The 1964 model used a four-speed manual gear box with overdrive. The 1965 version, known as the Series II, received a 5-speed manual gearbox. Other changes included alloy wheels, dual-light front clip, and optional power steering and air conditioning.
The 330 GT 2+2 was produced from 1963 through 1968. Around 1080 models were produced of the 330 GT with 50 of them being Type 330 GTE Americas.
The 330 was a replacement for the 275. The shortened wheelbase and independent rear suspension was courtesy of its predecessor. The GTC (Gran Turismo Coupe) Pininfarina designed vehicle was debuted in 1966 at the Geneva Auto Show. It had a V-12 engine mounted in the front that was capable of producing 300 horsepower. The five-speed manual gearbox was located in the rear transaxle.
The 330 GTS (Gran Turismo Spyder) was shown in October 1966 at the Paris Auto Show.
There were around 600 coupes and 100 spyders produced during the production lifespan. In 1968 they were replaced by the 365 GTC/4 Daytona. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006
The Ferrari 330 series belonged to a long line of Ferrari road cars with front-mounted V12 engines, cars that were members of a bloodline whose history is still being written by the 612 Scaglietti and 599 GTB Fiorano. The 330's name derived from the then-familiar Ferrari practice of naming cars for their per-cylinder displacement in cubic centimeters, indicating that the engines used to power this series of cars displaced a total of 12x330cc, or about four liters. Preceded by the 275 and replaced by the 365, the 330 was caught right in the middle of a glorious era for Ferrari road cars.
The 330 spawned the vaunted 330 P series of mid-engined racers, which battled Ford's GT-40 in sports car racing throughout the mid-1960s. A successor to the legendary 250 GTO was also created using the 330 motor, named the 330 LMB. Ferrari produced only four of these latter models.
The 330 road cars were decidedly more relaxed and less exhilarating than the racing cars mentioned above, but their relatively high sales numbers and use of race-bred components meant that they were still important cars to Ferrari's history. Ferrari produced the 330 road cars primarily in four guises: the 330 America, the 330 GT 2+2, and the coupe/spider couple named 330 GTC and 330 GTS.
Ferrari introduced the 330 America first. It was a transitional model, essentially a 250 GTE 2+2 with the new 330 motor. The 330 GT 2+2 followed in 1964, and was a more thoroughly revised grand tourer built on a chassis stretched by 50mm compared to the America. This newer model, though still closely related to its predecessor, wore a controversial body design by the familiar Pininfarina. Its front end styling used an unconventional quad-headlight arrangement that mounted the two lights per side in clusters canted down toward the egg crate grille, creating an aggressive but cumbersome appearance of slanted eyes. The Mulliner Park Ward-bodied Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III of the mid-1960s used a similar frontal treatment, also with questionable results.
A more harmonious front end debuted on the 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, reverting to a more traditional twin-headlight approach. Other changes for 1965 included the replacement of the four-speed with overdrive gearbox by a 5-speed unit, and the introduction of power steering and air conditioning as options. Production of the 330 GT 2+2 continued until late 1967, by which time Ferrari had produced some 1,075 examples of the model. This was an excellent figure for a 1960s Ferrari, especially when compared to the 50 examples of the transitional 330 America that the company produced.
At the Geneva Motor Show of 1966, Ferrari introduced a two-seater 330 coupe called the GTC. Also styled by Pininfarina, the GTC looked surprisingly sultry given that its design was an amalgamation of prior cues. From the front the GTC aspired to 500 Superfast or 400 Superamerica greatness, while from the back the car looked like a 275 GTS with a fixed roof. Somehow the look came together remarkably well, though, creating an iconic Ferrari design without the hand-me-down flavor that could have resulted from the borrowed styling features.
Later in 1966, at Paris, the spider version of the 330 appeared. Named 330 GTS and clearly an open version of the GTC, it too was a lovely design. Production of both the GTC and GTS ended in 1968, after Ferrari produced approximately 600 coupes and 100 spiders.
The engine common to all 330 series road cars was a 60-degree V12 of 3,967cc displacement. The block and heads were cast silumin, an aluminum and silicon alloy. A chain-driven single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank operated two inclined valves per cylinder that opened into hemispherical combustion chambers. Ferrari employed three Weber carburetors and an 8.8:1 compression ratio in the 330 motor to create a power plant that was capable of 300bhp at 6,600rpm in street tune. The V12 was bolted to a 5-speed gearbox in all 330 road cars, excepting the 330 America and early 330 GT 2+2, which used 4-speed gearboxes with overdrive.
Double wishbones and coil springs suspended the front end of all 330 road cars. The GTC and GTS used independent rear suspensions, but the 2+2 models retained live axles. Brakes were assisted four wheel discs on all models, using an unconventional dual-circuit design that incorporated two master cylinders and two servos.
Pininfarina styled and bodied all four standard versions of the 330 road car, though there were bespoke examples crafted by other coachbuilders including Michelotti and Drogo. The 330 chassis was made of tubular steel, and the Pininfarina bodies too were primarily steel, but with opening panels in aluminum.
As witnesses of Ferrari's finest days, the 330 series road cars have become historically important and commensurately collectible. The GTC and GTS remain the thoroughbred sophisticates of the series and command high prices. The 2+2 models, though, especially the oddly styled early 330 GT 2+2s, represent good value and are some of the most attainable machines to emit the distinctive mechanical symphony of a 1960s Ferrari V12.
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