1968 Ferrari 330GTC by Pininfarina

Lot Number: 247

1968 Ferrari 330GTC by Pininfarina

A simply glorious example of Ferrari’s legendary GT with recent Classiche accreditation applied for.

  • Sold for: £331,875

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 27th March, 2021 at 10.00am GMT at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh Rd, Coventry, CV8 2LG

  • Body Colour

    BODY COLOUR
    Rosso Red

  • Drive

    DRIVE
    LHD

  • Registration Number

    REG NUMBER
    UCA 626D

SUMMARY

A simply glorious example of Ferrari’s legendary GT with recent Classiche accreditation applied for.

DESCRIPTION

  • Supplied in May 1968 to dealers in Verona, Italy
  • Now classically finished in Rosso Corsa with a Nero interior
  • ‘Classiche’ confirmed correct engine, gearbox and body numbers
  • From long-term ownership between 2005 and 2017 with over £30,000 spent during this period with JDR, TDH Classics and Hoyle-Fox
  • Fully retrimmed, new headlining, woodwork and dashboard refinished
  • Borranis rebuilt and polished. New stainless steel exhaust
  • Recent attention (21/01/2021) brake rebuild, fuel system drain and flush, ignition service, and oil and filter service with fresh fluids
  • Fully inspected for ‘Classiche Certification’, the £8,400 account has been paid and the glorious ‘Red Box’ is expected any day now
  • Supplied with its V5c, older MOTs, Ferrari Classiche ‘Vehicle Production Data’ sheet, FIVA Identity Card, detailed invoices and a Workshop Manual with the latest revisions

Debuted at the March 1966 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari’s 330 GTC was a svelte, high-speed coupé for two with a luxurious and remarkably spacious interior. Intended to fill a gap in Ferrari's line-up between the four-seat 330GT 2+2 and the racer-on-the-road 275GTB, the 330GTC was essentially a closed version of the 275GTS and Pininfarina's understated coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear, with touches of the 500 Superfast at the front. It was a spectacularly good looking car at the time and the passing five decades has done nothing to change that.

The short (94.5" wheelbase) chassis followed Ferrari's established practice of tying together sturdy oval-section main tubes in a steel spaceframe, whilst the suspension was independent all round by means of wishbones and coil springs. First introduced on the 275GTB in 1964, the rear suspension incorporated the five-speed gearbox in a transaxle, an arrangement that created more even weight distribution and a delightful handling balance.

Beneath the 330GTC's elegant bonnet nestled the 4.0-litre, 300bhp version of Ferrari's familiar, twin-cam, 60-degree V12, as used in the 330GT 2+2 enabling 0-60 in less than 7 seconds and over 150mph in true V12 GT style.

Much development work had concentrated on the reduction of noise levels in the cabin, which was luxuriously equipped in the best Gran Turismo manner: leather seats, electric windows and heated rear screen were standard; radio, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels the options. With the ability to cover ground so quickly, excellent ride comfort and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330GTC to be the finest way for two people and their luggage to cross a Continent.

According to its Ferrari Classiche ‘Vehicle Production Data’ sheet, Chassis number #11257 left Maranello in May 1968 bound for dealers Dino Ravasio & Figli in Verona and finished in Grigio Argento with a Pelle Nera Franzi leather interior. In common with many Ferraris in the seventies, it found a new home in America and, when we next hear of it in 2004, it was resplendent in a gleaming coat of Rosso Corsa. There is a Sale Invoice on file from Heritage Classics of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood detailing the purchase of #11257 on March 30, 2004 (indicated mileage 19,595) by Hal Danby of Winthrop Hall, Sudbury and a copy of the Ownership Title is in the car’s history file as is an earlier Arizona Certificate of Title with the mileage at 19,116.

The Ferrari arrived in the UK on 22/05/2004 and within the file, there are documents indicating that all Duties and VAT have been paid. Quite early in its stay, it was issued with a FIVA Identity Card which states that the car was built in 1966 when it was in fact 1968, easily corrected with the aid of the soon to arrive Classiche Certification.

#11527 was to remain in the care of Mr Danby for the next 13 years and during this period no expense was spared in bringing this superb motor car up to this amazing standard. In addition to the normal maintenance and regular servicing inherent in Ferrari ownership, the car was fully retrimmed in Nero leather, new boot carpet and a new headlining fitted, all interior wood finishes, door cappings and the dashboard were restored and refinished, the Borranis were rebuilt and the spinners re-chromed, the carburettors were rebuilt, a new stainless steel exhaust fitted, the brakes rebuilt and the distributors were adjusted to suit the new electronic ignition. Over the years this attention amounted to over £30,000 and there are detailed invoices in the file from JDR, TDH Classics and Hoyle-Fox.

In late 2017, the 330 became the property of our vendor and has been used lightly since with the odometer indicating 26,358 miles. With the car is an invoice from LM Supercars of Suffolk for £3,763.28 dating from 22/01/2021 relating to an extensive brake rebuild (callipers, pistons, master cylinder), fuel system drain and flush, ignition service (points, distributor, HT leads), oil and filter service with fresh fluids, a new Platinum battery and other sundry items to ensure that the car is ready for the sale.

More importantly, however, is the news that #11257 has been fully inspected for official Ferrari ‘Classiche Certification’, the £8,400 account has been paid and the glorious ‘Red Box’ is expected any day now.

This is a simply lovely example of one of the best looking cars in history. It has just enjoyed a day or two being mechanically prepared for the sale and another day being polished and detailed to within an inch of its life. If you are considering the purchase of a classic sixties GT Ferrari, we strongly urge you to make an appointment to spend some time with #11257. It may change your life.

 

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
247
Make
FERRARI
Model
330 GTC
Registration Number
UCA 626D
Chassis Number
11257
Body Colour
Rosso Red

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