1968 Ferrari 330 GTC.

Engine: 10445

Chassis: 10445

The vehicle will be sold registered and with a current WOF.

The harmonic combination of superlative performance, peerless styling and uncompromising engineering excellence characterise the Ferrari marque. Cars that bear the prancing horse badge hold the mystique of a brand that remains one of the most desired in the world – all of which is incarnate in the 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC.

The legacy of Ferrari’s racing prowess was channelled in the 300 GTC released at Geneva Motor Show in 1966. Civilised to adorn public asphalt, the model was argued by many as the best road car Ferrari ever built. It was an amalgamation of Ferrari’s top features at the time, including the previous 275 GTB chassis and the 3967cc (242-I-ci) engine from 330 GT 2+2. The two-seater coupe was designed by Pininfarina, in which front styling from the 400 Superamerica was sculpted with the 275 GTS rear to create a handsome, aerodynamic sports car.

Although the 330 GTC had the same displacement as the 330 GT 2+2, its block was new, designed to accept a rare transaxle that required different differential mountings. The suspension was all-independent, and disk brakes were used at each wheel.

Unlike many Ferraris, the 330 GTC was quiet. This allowed for the then luxurious addition of a radio. Air conditioning was also offered, both additions reflecting the increasing refinement of the GTs. About 598 330 GTC coupes were built through to 1968 before it was replaced by the 365 GTC, manufactured into the 1970s.

This example was sold in 1968 by Ferrari of Virginia, USA, to a New Yorker who owned it for four years. The second owner, a Canadian from Montreal, noted that the engine had overheated. It was sent back to the original Ferrari dealership for repairs. The engine was replaced with a correct 330 GTC and re-stamped 10445. The car remained in his collection in dry storage for approximately 25 years. The third owner later enjoyed the car for a further 18 years.

The current owner purchased it in New York in 2018. It was in good condition but our fastidious vendor wanted to breathe new life into it, orchestrating a complete restoration via local marque experts. The car was completely stripped and a bare metal respray was undertaken, drawing the silver paintwork to the factory original lustrous gun-metal grey, complimented by a new black leather interior, carpets and magnesium wheels with new period correct tyres fitted. Further conditioning included work on the factory stock standard 5-speed manual gearbox. Also a complete top engine rebuild, including restoration of downdraught Weber carburettors, fuel hoses, pumps and petrol tank, a radiator rebuild, including heating system and all hoses replaced. The wiring throughout the car was overhauled or replaced, the dashboard removed and restored along with gauges.

Now, the 4-litre V12 sings on the road. The mileage is currently displaying over 15,000kms.

This exquisite automobile is considered by many as one of the last great vintage Ferrari grand touring coupes. Internationally, 330 GTCs are often offered at well over seven figures. Scarcity and sophistication are the justification. This car and the offering in New Zealand is rare. Less than 600 examples are in existence. The vendor is now making room for something bigger, presenting a remarkable opportunity for a collector or Ferrari enthusiast.

Car and Driver magazine neatly summed up the impression the 330 GTC left on audiences in July 1967 by saying, “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!” Have you registered for a paddle?

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Location: Auckland, New Zealand