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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Mr. Caldart, Venice, Italy (acquired new in 1967)noah Lacona, Des Moines, Iowa (acquired in 1969)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Unveiled at Geneva in 1966, Ferrari’s 330 GTC was a svelte, high-speed coupe for two with luxurious passenger accommodations to match. Pininfarina designed and built the elegant bodywork to exceptional standards at their Grugliasco facility near Turin, combining elements of the 500 Superfast and 275 GTS with an airy roof and exceptionally thin pillars, offering excellent visibility.
In a November 1966 road test for England’s The Motor, Paul Frère characterized the 330 GTC’s handling as “…close to neutral as anyone could want.” He continued to detail “…the solidness with which it changes direction, particularly in S-bends, where it tracks with about the same precision as a modern race car.” Capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in less than seven seconds en route to 150 mph fat out, the 330 GTC advanced the classic Ferrari grand touring concept as never before. Approximately 600 were produced through 1968.
Numbered 9659, this wonderful example was finished in Rosso Cina with a Nero Franzi interior and delivered new to one Mr. Caldart in Venice, Italy. In 1969, enthusiast Noah Lacona purchased the 330 GTC from a US serviceman who had been stationed in Italy for NATO. Lacona is a well-known Can-Am driver who raced under the banner of his Noah’s Ark Italian Restaurant and Bakery in Des Moines, Iowa. The Ferrari was used sparingly over the next 20 years. Eventually, Lacona decided to undertake some cosmetic work and stripped and repainted the car. Final assembly was never completed, however, and the car remained in his garage.
Mr. Lacona retained 9659 until 2013, when the consignor acquired the 330 GTC.
As offered, the 330 GTC features excellent brightwork with the window frames and bumpers re-chromed, with all other brightwork remaining in impressive original condition. All glass is original and both the paint finish and body panels are superb. The underside is exceptional, and was recently stripped with factory correct undercoating reapplied. The interior was completely restored, including the headliner. All mechanical systems were inspected and fully serviced, a new exhaust system was installed, and the vehicle was properly detailed, including the engine bay. The 330 GTC is equipped with a set of five restored Borrani wire wheels fitted with new Michelin XWX tires.
The car’s odometer reads just 12,412 km (7,712 miles) at the time of cataloguing, a fgure in keeping with the GTC’s condition. Benefiting from long-term prior ownership and excellent care, 9659 is a wonderful example of one of Ferrari’s most handsome and, best-performing grand touring models of the late 1960s.