1967 Ferrari 330 GTC ***One of the Best***


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Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale this stunning 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC.

This is a European delivery that was understood to have been sold new through Garage Franchorchamps in Belgium. In 1997 the car was offered for sale in Belgium and at that time it was advertised as a two owner car. It was then blue with a black interior. The car then founds its way to Italy.

Oldtimer Australia purchased the car in Rome, Italy in 2002 and subsequently imported it into Australia.

When this Ferrari 330 GTC arrived in Australia it was in need of some TLC and a decision was made to totally restore the car to its former glory. It was also decided to convert the car from left hand drive to right hand drive. For this, a correct steering box was sourced from Lyle Tanner enterprises in the USA. Some of this preliminary work was done by Ferrari restorer David Levy in Sydney. Progress was slow but steady. The car was then sent to well-known and highly regarded Ferrari and Lamborghini specialist Carle Rheinberger in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane.

In January 2007, which was part way through the restoration, the car was sold to an Adelaide based classic car enthusiast and collector. He chose to have Carle Rheinberger continue with the restoration and decided to have the car finished in ‘grigio’ with a contrasting red leather interior. As part of the restoration Rheinberger completely rebuilt the engine and gearbox. The body was stripped and painted by Steve Cahun’s Concours Restorations in Melbourne.

The restoration of this car was completed around 2010.There is a thick file of receipts detailing the work done during the restoration. There is also a large quantity of photographs on file taken throughout the restoration.

Oldtimer Australia was involved in the sale of this car to a well-known Melbourne based classic car enthusiast and multi Ferrari owner back in 2012 and at that time the odometer read 22,766 miles.

The current owner acquired this Ferrari 330 GTC in March 2016 and it has been used sparingly since. The car was last serviced in March 2021 and at that time the odometer read 25,520 miles.

Today the odometer reads 25,991 miles and although this is now considered to be an older restoration, the car still presents fabulously. The ‘grigio’ paint still presents exactly the way it was when the car was repainted all those years ago. It still has a nice shine and a deep gloss finish. The colour combination of ‘grigio’ with a contrasting red leather interior suits the car perfectly. When you walk around the car, you’ll struggle to find any imperfections. We’ve only noticed a small stone chip on the left rear guard and if you look very closely, you’ll see some very tiny marks on the nose of the car. All the chrome work on the car is in excellent condition. The same can be said for all the external trim, including the glass, lights and lenses. The Borrani wheels are a real feature and as you would expect they are also in excellent condition. They are shod with Michelin XWX tyres which are date stamped 4503 and 4603 (week 45 and week 46, 2003). These tyres are still in excellent condition but based on age might need replacing if you intent to use the car on a regular basis.

The body work on this car is sharp and the panel gaps are excellent.

Inside the cabin, this Ferrari 330 GTC is just a very nice place to be. The interior presents exceptionally well and the red leather upholstery is unmarked and beautiful. The seats are in really good condition and provide ample support for both the driver and passenger. As a result, this car is very comfortable.

The wooden steering wheel is in excellent condition and is a real feature and very characteristic for Ferrari’s of this period. The instruments are all clear and in good working order. The dashboard itself is also in excellent condition. The leather is not showing any signs of wear or sun damage. Behind the seats is space for a suitcase which is held in place by two leather straps. Even the carpets remain in excellent condition.

Under the bonnet, the presentation of the engine bay is consistent with the rest of the car. Everything is neat, clean and tidy. Importantly, everything also looks to be correct. Even the under bonnet matting is correct and it still presents like new! The boot is equally well presented and there is a spare wheel as well as the often missing jack and tool kit.

One could spend a very long time just admiring this Ferrari 330 GTC. It is after all a true work of art! But we are equally keen to see what it is like out on the open road! After making yourself comfortable behind the wheel, you flip the switch to turn on the fuel pump, insert the key into the ignition and turn the ignition on. After waiting a few second to allow the fuel pump time to prime the six Weber carburettors, you give the accelerator a few pumps and turn the key. You are instantly welcomed by that wonderful sound of a Colombo Ferrari V12 engine bursting to life.

You sit for few minutes taking it all in as the engine warms up. First impressions are good . . . really good! The V12 symphony is just fabulous and the engine sounds really healthy. Once the engine has warmed up sufficiently, select first gear and you are away.

If the first impression was good, then the second impression is even better! After a few short miles it is quickly apparent this car does everything it should. And it does everything so easily and so well! The car feels very solid on the road and there are no rattles or squeaks. The steering is direct and is not too heavy. The gear changes are easy and precise. Then back to that engine . . . it revs freely through the range and there is plenty of power on tap. The car just wants to go!

All too soon our test drive comes to an end and we arrive back at our showroom with a big smile on our face. This car is a real pleasure to drive and its presentation today is a credit to all those people involved with the restoration and its subsequent keepers.

The Ferrari 330 GTC is one of Pinifarina’s finest designs. The proportions on the car are ‘just right’ and the thin A and B pillars give the cabin an open feel and provide exceptional visibility. It is regarded as one of the very best driving Ferraris and as a result they are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts the world over.

There are only a handful of Ferrari 330 GTC’s in Australia and as a result the opportunity to acquire one in this condition presents a very unique opportunity.

Accompanying the car is a history file, restoration receipts & photos, an original owner’s manual (in very average condition), an original parts manual and a jack and tool kit.

Highlights:

  • Beautifully restored ‘matching numbers’ Ferrari 330 GTC.
  • Finished in a STUNNING colour combination.
  • Rare car, being one of only 598 built.
  • Ready for its next owner to show, use and enjoy.

Price $1,099,950.

 

Background

Apple, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Nike are brands recognisable the world over. So is Ferrari and interestingly the iconic Italian luxury sports car manufacturer was named ‘The World’s Strongest Brand’ in the 2019 Brand Finance Global 500 Report.

Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo’s race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni the company built its first car in 1940.

The Cavallino Rampate or ‘prancing horse’ was the symbol chosen by Ferrari and like the ‘golden arches’ it is recognised by just about every man, woman and child on the planet!

The Second World War halted Ferrari’s dream, which was finally realised in 1947, when the first car bearing his name, the Ferrari 125 S, was built. From that day on Ferrari race cars dominated the world over, winning race after race and many world championships in Formula One, sports car racing and endurance racing. Motor racing, even back in those days, was not a cheap business to be in and Ferrari needed to find ways to fund it. The answer was an obvious one. Enzo discovered there was a burgeoning demand for high powered grand tourers bearing his prancing horse badge. The lucrative profits from building these cars benefited the racing team. At the same time these GT cars would benefit from the racing program. The engines to be used were civilised versions of the engines which had proved themselves in racing. It also meant all Ferraris would share in a rich competition heritage which would make them even more special.

The 125 S evolved into the 166 Sport which was then adapted for road use and sold as the 166 Inter in the late 1940’s. The 166 was Ferrari’s first true GT car. It made its debut at the Paris motor show on 6th October 1949.

The Ferrari road cars from the 1940’s and early to mid-1950’s were built in very small numbers and it was not until the introduction of the 250 series cars that production numbers increased. Almost 1,000 Ferrari 250 GTE’s were built from 1959 – 1963. The 250 series also produced some of the most special Ferraris ever built, including the Ferrari 250 LM, 250 SWB, 250 California Spider and of course the 250 GTO.

The Ferrari 250 series cars built from 1953 through until 1964 really put Ferrari on the map. The race cars dominated on tracks all over the world and their road cars were without peer and very successful. Ferrari was on a roll and his clientele were the rich and famous.

The 250 series cars were superseded by the 275 series cars, the 330 series cars and later the 365 series cars. The nomenclature designated the cubic capacity of each cylinder. So a Ferrari 330 was powered by a 12 cylinder engine of 3967cc capacity.

Without doubt one of the best cars to come from Maranello during this time was the subtle, yet beautiful 330 GTC.

The Ferrari 330 GTC debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The car was designed to fill the gap between the four seater 330 GT and top of the range 275 series cars. The 330 GTC was built on the same chassis as the 275 and was powered by the same, slightly enlarged 3,967cc V12 wet sump unit with a single overhead cam per bank of cylinders which delivers around 300 hp.

Fitted with fully independent suspension, the 330 GTC was regarded as the best gran turismo car in the world at that time. Many viewed the 330 GTC as a closed version of the 275 GTS.

In total just shy of 600 cars were built from 1966 to 1968 before being succeeded by the 365 GTC. These cars are rare in Australia with perhaps only ten examples known to remain in this country.


Specification

  • $1,099,950
  • Ferrari 330 GTC
  • 1967
  • Two Door Coupe
  • Manual
  • 25,925 miles
  • 3,967cc

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