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The 330 GTC
Enthusiasts of the discontinued 250 GT Lusso were delighted when Ferrari finally debuted the 330 GTC, a worthy replacement, at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The new grand touring coupe’s styling was pure elegance, with dainty A-pillars and a large glass canopy accenting body cues from the 275 GTS and 500 Superfast designs. At the heart of the beautiful coupe lay a four-liter V-12, which delivered striking performance on a new chassis featuring fully independent suspension, a rear-mounted transaxle, and four-wheel disc brakes. With approximately 600 examples manufactured over three years, the GTC has deservedly become one of the most sought-after grand touring cars of the 1960s.
This beautiful 330 GTC benefits from consistent care in the hands of West Coast owners, as well as recent concours recognition. This 330 GTC was sent to Pininfarina to be fitted with their exquisite coupe body in September 1967, returning to Maranello for completion in December. Finished in Rosso Cina paint over a Nero Franzi interior, the color scheme the car wears today, 10801 was dispatched in 1968 for William Harrah’s well-known Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, then America’s principal West Coast Ferrari importer.
Distributed for retail to Grand Prix Motors of Seattle, 10801 became just the second Ferrari handled by noted proprietor Steven Bain when it was sold in July 1968 to Tom Lewellen of Redmond, Washington. Retained by Mr. Lewellen through 1974, when records indicate he purchased parts from FAF Motorcars in Tucker, Georgia, the Ferrari changed hands in October 1978, sold again by Grand Prix Motors to Frederick Rahn of Seattle. At the time of the sale, the odometer displayed approximately 5,000 miles.
Reacquired by Mr. Bain in 1990, the GTC was purchased four years later by David Moore of Snohomish, Washington. In September 2000, the 330 was offered once again by Grand Prix, now operating as Ferrari of Seattle. Purchased by Eric Hawley of nearby Shaw Island, the car was presented the following year at the 16th Concorso Italiano, held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California.
Briefly passing through the ownership of another Seattle-based owner in 2004, 10801 was purchased in October 2005 by G.J. Paulos of Coto de Caza, California. The car was then treated to a significant restoration overseen by Rod Drew at F.A.I. in Costa Mesa, one of the Southland’s premier Ferrari specialists. The strength of this work was properly recognized with an FCA Gold Award at the 2006 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills, with the car scoring 93 out of 100 points.
Further accolades included a coveted FCA Platinum Award at the 2008 Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena, and a Best in Class award at the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance a month later. Displayed as a non-competing entry at the 2009 Los Angeles Concours and Dana Point Concours, as well as the 2010 and 2011 iterations of the Pasadena Concorso Ferrari, 10801 was sold in August 2011 to the consignor, a Florida-based collector who acquires only the finest examples of rare European sports cars. Shortly after purchasing 10801, the consignor applied for Ferrari Classiche certification, which was issued on September 12, 2012, confirming that the car remains a matching-numbers example.
Presented at the Cavallino Classic in January 2013, 10801 received an FCA Gold Award, another strong testament to its current condition. Distinctively appointed with black upholstery and red carpets, this splendid 330 GTC affords the opportunity to acquire a pedigreed example of a beloved vintage Ferrari model. The car’s inherent dynamic qualities and elegant design promise future enjoyment, while the excellent presentation and factory certification offer a strong foundation for future success on the show field.