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1967 Ferrari 330 GTC : Classic Cars

Regarded by the more discerning Ferrari collectors as striking perhaps the best balance between elegant luxury and race-bred componentry, the 330 GTC and its GTS sibling have a particularly enviable reputation. Ever since Ferrari discontinued production of the gorgeous 250 Berlinetta Lusso back in 1964, the firm had been without an intermediate model, one that occupied the gap between Ferrari's flagship Berlinetta's (the 275 GTB) and their grand four-seater Coupe's (the 330 GT). Admirably filling this niche, the GTC continues to carve itself an increasingly enthusiastic following. These cars fall into two categories, the 4-litre 330's and 4.4-litre 365's. both of which were available in two alternative body styles - Coupe (GTC) or Spyder (GTS). A handful of bespoke examples were also constructed and these cars are also covered.

Riding a traditional tubular steel chassis, the 330 GTC frame was designated Tipo 592. These chassis’s were outwardly very similar to those already used on Ferrari's 275 GTB and made use of the various improvements added during the 275's two years in production. The wheelbase remained at 2400mm, providing plenty of cabin space for just two occupants. Hydraulic disc brakes were fitted all-round along with fully independent suspension. Borrani's beautiful ten-hole cast alloy wheels were standard although spoked wheels from the same manufacturer were optionally available. Engine-wise the GTC used Ferrari's twin cam four-litre Tipo 209/66 60° V12, this having also been found in the Series II 330 GT. Providing the new model with masses of refined gusto, displacement was 3967cc thanks to a bore and stroke of 77 x 71mm. Producing 300bhp at 7000rpm with compression set at 8.8:1 and three twin choke Weber 40 DCZ 6 or DFI 2 carburettors, there was also a five-speed gearbox. Performance was impressive for such a well-mannered automobile, 0-60 requiring under 6.5 seconds whilst top speed was in excess of 150mph. By 1966, the almost exclusive relationship between Ferrari and Pininfarina, the latter as producer of road car bodywork and interiors, had been established for approaching ten years.

The 330 GTC's bodywork was immediately identifiable as the work of the world famous Turinese carrozzeria who directly reproduced a cocktail of features already seen on earlier designs. For example, the delicate nose featured set back headlights with a shallow egg crate grille, the front end clearly having been derived from the glorious 500 Superfast. Likewise, the lovely 275 GTS donated a number of details to the 330 GTC, the front wing mounted triple engine ventilation lourves, the lightly creased rear wings and the entire tail having been the most notable.

However, the elegant cabin was totally new and thanks to its slim pillars offset by a large glass area, gave excellent visibility. Despite its mix of old and new features, the 330 GTC was quite simply among the best-looking GT's of its era. With a laid back style, it was never as confrontational as some of Ferrari's jaw-dropping berlinetta's - this was a car for the customer who neither desired nor required an attention-grabbing machine. Pininfarina fabricated the bodywork primarily from steel although the opening panels were in aluminium. Like the exterior, the cabin had no hint of over-opulence, just the restrained luxury and top quality appointments buyers would have come to expect. Electric windows were fiited as standard along with a full leather interior and comfortably padded rather than figure hugging bucket seats. Quintessential period details included a teak veneered facia, flip-up Pininfarina ashtray and wood rimmed, triple aluminium spoked steering wheel with embossed Cavallino Rampante. Black vinyl covered the dash top and the whole cabin was a very pleasant place to be, especially with the optional air conditioning fitted. Launched during March 1966 at the Geneva Salon, the 330 GTC was an immediate success with customers and road testers alike.

A number of minor revisions were made during production, primarily to trim and engine internals. The most significant development though was the addition of a Spyder (designated the GTS) introduced during October 1966 when chassis 8899 GT was given its public debut at the Paris Salon. The 330 GTS was and remains to this day among the most attractive open-topped Ferrari's ever, none of the Coupe’s elegance having been lost in translation. After 600 GTC's and 100 Spyder's, Ferrari discontinued production in late '68 to make way for the new 4.4-litre 365.

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