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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Aristotle Onassis, Monaco (acquired new in 1967)Benjamin F. Bailar, Chappaqua, New York (acquired by 1972)Darryl G. Marwitz, Etters, Pennsylvania (acquired circa 1979)Nelson Griesheimer, Murrysville, Pennsylvania (acquired circa 1987)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Ron Spangler’s Prancing Horse Farm Invitational, Bel Air, Maryland, 1979FCA National Meeting and Concours, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1980 (Second in Class)
Unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Salon, Ferrari’s highly refined new 330 GTC was a svelte, high-speed coupe with luxurious, spacious, and elegantly trimmed passenger accommodations to match. Pininfarina designed and built the subtle, elegant bodywork to exceptional standards with sleek frontal styling inspired by the 500 Superfast and a neat rear treatment reminiscent of the 275 GTS.
Powering the 330 GTC was Ferrari’s tipo 209 Colombo-derived, four-liter V-12 engine equipped with a single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank and three twin-choke Weber carburetors, factory-rated at 300 hp. Sharing its basic chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and rear five-speed transaxle with the 275 GTB, the 330 GTC delivered outstanding speed and handling, ideal for fast transcontinental touring. Only 600 examples of the 330 GTC were built through 1968, when it was replaced by the larger-displacement yet fundamentally unchanged 365 GTC.
Bearing chassis no. 10639, this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC is a particularly fascinating example with a unique provenance documented by Ferrari marque authority Marcel Massini. Completed by Ferrari in November 1967, 10639 was purchased new by Aristotle Onassis, who specified the distinctive Rosso Cina (China Red) livery and an array of bespoke features including a leather-clad padded dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel rocker panels, and a special front-bumper section protecting the grille.
Born in 1906 in Smyrna, a town in modern-day Turkey, Aristotle “Ari” Onassis lived a life worthy of several dramatic volumes on his journey to becoming one of the world’s richest and most famous businessmen. While groomed to join the family’s cigarette business, Onassis left home for Argentina at age 15, soon gaining employment as a telephone lineman at night while establishing his own cigarette brand by day. Onassis’ discovery that shipping was more lucrative than cigarette production spurred his acquisition of cargo ships at massive discounts while competitors abandoned the business during the Great Depression. Eventually, Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy in 1968, forever cementing his legend.
Aristotle Onassis firmly ranked among the most important Ferrari clients of the late 1960s, and he is known to have owned several examples including a 275 GTB/4 and a 330 GT 2+2. At the time of purchase by Onassis, the 330 GTC was registered on Italian tourist plates (numbered EE 2566) and it would enjoy service at the Ferrari factory on eight occasions, the last performed at just 20,055 km (12,462 miles). In late 1968, Onassis sold 10639 to official Ferrari dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. in Milan. Following another visit to the Ferrari factory for service in January 1969, the 330 GTC was sold by Crepaldi S.a.s. to American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti Motors, who left the car in Modena for several months with the car re-registered on Florida plates. In June 1969, the 330 GTC was serviced at the Ferrari factory at 22,532 recorded kilometers, and then shipped to the US. It is most likely that the original metric speedometer/ odometer was exchanged for one calibrated in miles at this time.
The first documented American owner of 10639 was well-known Ferrari enthusiast Benjamin F. Bailar. A renowned businessman and academic, Bailar served as US Postmaster General from 1975 to 1978 and spearheaded postal service reforms. Bailar was succeeded as the owner of 10639 by FCA member Darryl G. Marwitz, and then, by the later 1980s, by another Pennsylvania-based enthusiast, who drove the Ferrari briefly before placing it into long-term storage.
Recently discovered after nearly three decades in storage, this unique 330 GTC has been returned to running order, although further mechanical attention may be required before any road use. As a result of its many years in storage, 10639 remains in fundamentally unrestored and largely original condition. Not only does it retain its original, matching-numbers engine (stamped 10639, internal no. 2924/66), it also possesses all of its custom-ordered coachwork features and other important period details, including a Chinetti-supplied NART badge on the trunk lid and proper Irvin seat belts. Factory equipped with air-conditioning, 10639 is accompanied at auction by an original tool kit and jack, as well as a history report compiled by Ferrari authority Marcel Massini.
Exceedingly rare as one of the last Ferrari road models to be equipped new with special customer-ordered body and interior appointments, 10639 marks a truly compelling find for discerning collectors with its rich provenance and wonderful integrity.