1967 Ferrari 330 GTSSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $400,000 - $500,000


$418,000 Sold

345hp, 3,967cc, single overhead camshaft V12 engine, triple Weber carburetors, five-speed transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Automobili Ferrari S.p.A. has always been known for building some of the fastest, best handling and most beautiful sports cars in the world. In the sixties Pininfarina was at a peak in its styling and design and surely the lines of the V12 powered 330 GTS Spider convertible attests to that.

The 330 GTC Coupe was unveiled first in Geneva in March 1966, while the seductive Spider appeared at the Paris Auto Salon six months later. Styled in a similar manner to Ferrari’s already highly acclaimed 275 series, the Type 330 GTC and GTS Spider were new models to the range, rather than replacements.

Designed by Pininfarina, the 330 GTS was a subtle blend of the styling cues and lines of the Ferrari 275 and the 400 Superamerica with an overall length of 173.2 inches. The chassis was also an extension of the 275 design with the aluminum block and heads of the V12 engine originating in the 330 GT 2+2. Yet, whereas the 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with an engine mounted gearbox, the new GTC and GTS featured a five-speed transaxle with an enclosed torque tube driveshaft.

From its classic Ferrari nose fitted with a characteristic, shallow egg crate, oval grille, to its triple air-out-take louvered vents on the rear flanks of its front fenders, and on to the seductively tapered, 275 GTS-like tail, the Ferrari 330 GTS was the epitome of mid-sixties Italian supercar styling.

Inside the luxuriously appointed interior were twin leather buckets seats, a wood rimmed, aluminum steering wheel and full instrumentation. There was also considerably more space in the interior of the Ferrari 330 than its predecessor.

At the rear, the 330 GTS displayed its designation beneath the Ferrari script, low on the trunk lid which would ultimately be the view most of the other drivers would see.
The top speed of a 330 GTS was over 150mph with a 0 to 60mph time of seven seconds, or a bit less. A quarter-mile speed of just less than 100mph should be expected at around the 15 second mark.

As for driving a 330 GTS, one can reference Car & Driver July, 1967 who summed up the experience in a 330 GTC in two short sidebar notations. “Driving it doesn’t change that first visual impression: class,” and “Depress clutch. Find neutral. Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my God!” Now, just bump that up a notch, or two for the open GTS Spider!

Add to that the fact, reportedly first gear was “…good for anything you want to do in town (up to 50mph)…”

With its greater interior space and powerful V12 engine, the Ferrari 330 GTC and GTS have earned the appellation of many as being one of the finest all round road going Ferraris ever built. The top down GTS only adds to that impression. It is estimated that approximately 99 Ferrari 330 GTS convertibles were built from late 1966 through the fall of 1968, making the sale of this one an opportunity to become the next owner of a true low-production open Ferrari.

The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS presented here in Rosso Corsa, since joining the Ponder collection, has been driven only sparingly and remains in well-maintained cosmetic and mechanical condition. It was treated to an extensive restoration some time ago, and as a result the interior and engine bay are in impressive condition. The burled wood dash is lovely, the instrumentation is crisp and the wood rimmed steering wheel looks like new. The black and red leather upholstery, though not factory correct, is equally presentable and shows only limited wear from use.

Under the hood, the Ferrari’s V12 looks as though it was recently restored, as it is very nicely detailed. The 330 GTS has amassed 44,583 kilometers, which is believed to be accurate from new. Overall a very complete car, the Ferrari comes with a proper jack and tool kit as well as the owner’s manual, and a parts catalog among other literature
Truly a lovely grand touring Italian thoroughbred, there are few cars that offer the driving experience a 330 GTS does. Each year these specific models continue to appreciate in both value and desirability as, more and more, their price has become reasonable given the increases in many other areas of the marque. Given this particular example’s well-restored condition, one must seriously consider this Ferrari 330 GTS for its value and performance on the open road.

Reference Number 7604

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS
VIN 11021 
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