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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Very rarely do you find a 330 GTC as nice as the Fly Yellow example presented here.
Originally delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, this car was first sold to well-known Ferrari client John Messore of Miami, Florida. The car remained in the mild Florida climate until the mid-1980s, when it made its way to San Francisco.
Junior Conway of Junior’s House of Colors painted this striking Fly Yellow Ferrari and, as is typical of his outstanding professionalism, the car possesses a quality of paintwork that is hard to better. The bodywork is extremely straight and the chrome, rubber, and glass are very crisp and presentable. Renowned automobile upholsterer Tony Nancy expertly trimmed the interior and, to this day, it remains near flawless. Outfitted with the classic AM/FM radio, leather bucket seats, and wood-rimmed steering wheel, the interior embodies the high-speed gran turismo of the 1960s.
But it is more than great cosmetics that sets this 330 GTC apart. The exacting mechanical restoration is a testament to the work of Norbert Hofer’s Grand Touring Classics of Los Angeles, and, upon inspection, it is clear that the engine bay and undercarriage are all prepared to the highest standards of authenticity and finish. The engine bay features the correct crackle-finish texture, copper tubing, hoses, and clamps. It is tidy, correct in overall appearance, and shows little signs of use. Even the stance is perfect as it is fitted with the optional Borrani wire wheels and the correct Michelin XWX tires. At the time of its restoration, the car had covered approximately 60,000 miles and was said to be a very healthy example.
The authentic restoration has earned this Ferrari a collection of first prize awards at such venues as Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Torrey Pines, and Concorso Italiano. It has also received two Platinum Awards, one in Monterey and the latest at the 2005 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach. One of the greatest tributes to the quality of this Ferrari is that it was the first production 330 GTC to be invited to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1998. It is also featured in Raupp’s 2001 Rosso Corsa calendar.
It should also be noted that this fabulous Ferrari is offered with a tool roll, books, and restoration records – important items that are all too often absent. Furthermore, the 330 GTC has recently received Ferrari Classiche Certification, attesting to the quality and correctness of this particular example.
This eye-catching GTC is, without a doubt, one of the finest examples extant – a car that can be shown successfully at any number of venues, benefits from an impressive high-caliber restoration, and is, according too many Ferrari collectors, one of the most rewarding Ferraris to own. Perhaps the greatest endorsement of the GTC is that Phil Hill chose one as his daily driver and was quoted as saying that the 330 GTC was “the best road-going Ferrari ever built.” All in all, this 330 GTC represents a marvelous opportunity to purchase a very desirable and individual Ferrari.