1967 Ferrari 330 GTCSOLD

Engine, Transaxle, and Brakes by Patrick Ottis

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Engine Type: 4 Liter V12
Color:Rosso Corsa / Tan Leather

Reference Number 3819

as of 2/17/2018

Overview
Car 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
VIN 9295 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Tan 
Mileage 2,413 miles 
Options Exterior: Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

 

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

s/n 9295, engine no. 9295

Red with Tan Interior

 

Widely regarded to be one of the best driving and most usable classic Ferraris, the 330GTC has always been appreciated by connoisseurs as one of the best all round Ferrari road cars. Revealed at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, the 330 GTC was immediately heralded as a refined road machine with driving characteristics well beyond previous sports cars of the period, including those from Ferrari. The engine was the latest development of the venerable Colombo V12, now displacing 4.0 liters and generating 300hp. A torque tube connected the engine to the rear-mounted transaxle, a particularly special layout that even today more than 50 years on, signals that a car has been developed with a focus on driving dynamics and weight distribution. Additional technical highlights of the GTC included disc brakes and independent suspension all round and a 5-speed gearbox, resulting in exceptionally good road holding and performance.

 

The elegant but understated Pininfarina body design was elegant and refined, providing excellent visibility and a timeless sophisticated aesthetic that made the car more of a gentleman’s express rather than a playboy’s plaything. Coupled with the marvelous blend of raw competence and usability, the 330GTC sits at the perfect intersection of performance and comfort. Only 598 330 GTCs were constructed from 1966 to 1968 and while many GTC owners have large collections of important Ferraris, the GTC is often their Ferrari of choice for driving events.

 

 

 

This particular car, s/n 9295, is a fastidiously maintained and superbly documented longtime California car. It includes five binders of invoices, notes, period photographs and other documentation from its obviously passionate long-term owners, and two additional binders of miscellaneous information and technical documents. In the last 33 years, the car has had two San Francisco Bay Area owners, having been purchased by the first of these from a Mr. Crosby in Piedmont Oklahoma on 30 January 1985 at approximately 58,000km. That owner kept the car for 21 years, performing what amounted to a rolling restoration during that period. The majority of this work was performed by Ferrari expert Patrick Ottis, including clutch and transaxle rebuild, suspension rebuild, engine (and all ancillaries such as distributors, carburetors, alternator etc.) rebuild, front and rear suspension rebuilds, and brake rebuild. This all occurred within 10,000 miles. A bare metal repaint was performed by Brian Hoyt’s Perfect Reflections in 1989, and the interior retrimmed in 1987. The wheels were also refinished and the chrome renewed.

 

The car’s next owner purchased the car in January of 2007 at Fantasy Junction, and promptly took the car on a road trip over the Sierra Nevada mountains, despite it being winter. He continued to drive the car extensively during his ownership, taking it on a 2,000 kilometer trip to the Palm Springs area, and using it often on tours and driving events closer to his Marin County home. In all, he added nearly 27,000 kilometers (16,600 miles) to the car’s odometer during his 11 years of ownership. He has documented his fastidious care of the car obsessively, including a complete engine rebuild about 6,000 miles ago in 2012-2013, at which time the clutch and throw-out bearing were also replaced, extensive hydraulic brake system work performed, and a great deal of other work. All of this work is included in chronological binders showing every task performed, from rebuilding the instruments to replacing the stickers in the engine compartment, and even some coins found in the car dating from the 1960s and 70s.

 

Today, the car presents as a beautifully maintained and attractive example that has been enjoyed but also properly kept. The paint still presents beautifully and shows minimal wear: the occasional swirls and a few chips on the front of the car from road use, some of which have been touched up. The body is straight, as is the bright trim, which is excellent overall with light swirls. The glass and lights are very good to excellent, with light wear but no major chips or cracks to the Carello headlamps and other lights. The front windscreen was recently replaced and is in excellent condition, while the rear windscreen has a few marks on it. The triplex heated glass sticker is still present. The Campagnolo alloy wheels are in very good condition overall and wear correct non-70 series high profile Michelin XWX tires.

 

The interior is in very good condition. The leather is in excellent condition and still supple, despite having been fitted over thirty years ago. The carpets are in good condition, and the dashboard, wood trim, steering wheel, and instruments are all excellent. The headliner appears to be original and is in good condition considering this. The dome and glove box lights are still functional, as is the clock, which keeps good time. The trunk retains correct carpet in excellent condition, and a matching Campagnolo spare wheel is in place under the trunk floor.

 

The engine compartment is nicely detailed and correctly presented. The original type decals are in place on the radiator hose, brake booster, and other components, and the windscreen fluid washer bag is still in place. The fuel lines were replaced when the engine was rebuilt and are of the correct yellow type. The undercarriage is similarly nice and impressively clean for a car that has been driven so regularly. It is structurally excellent and the mechanical components are tidy and correct in appearance.