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Edwin C. Perona, Sparta, New Jersey (acquired new in November 1967)Richard M. Roy, Newton, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1969)Dragone Classic Motorcars, Bridgeport, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 2001)Dr. Laurence Goldstein, West Hartford, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 2002)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Born in New York City in 1922, Edwin Perona was the son of John Perona, proprietor of the legendary Manhattan nightclub El Morocco, a fixture of the New York social scene for decades. A well-known automobile enthusiast, John Perona was a close friend of sports car dealer Tony Pompeo and owned a variety of exotic sports cars, including a Ferrari 340 America, a Maserati 3500 GT, a Siata, and an Allard J2. With this glamorous upbringing, Edwin inherited not only his father’s famed club, but also his taste for fine automobiles.
In November 1967, Edwin Perona was traveling through Europe and, while visiting the Ferrari factory in Modena, spotted this elegant 330 GTC, finished in Grigio Fumo (Smoke Gray) with beige leather upholstery and dark blue carpets. He immediately agreed to purchase the Ferrari, drove it around Italy for a month, and shipped it home aboard the SS Raffaello.
During his first year of ownership, Mr. Perona put approximately 9,000 miles on the GTC, driving it from his home in New Jersey to Florida. One afternoon, while driving on Route 15 between Sparta and Lake Hopatcong, he lost control of the car and struck the retaining fence along the highway, damaging the driver’s side.
Mr. Perona took the GTC home and called his friend Richard Roy to see if he had an interest in it. After passing on the offer initially, Mr. Roy continued to think about the Ferrari and, following several months of deliberation, agreed to purchase the car.
Unconvinced of the abilities of local body shops, Mr. Roy sent photos of the damaged 330 GTC to Ferrari and Pininfarina. When he found their estimates and turnaround time to be reasonable, Mr. Roy decided to ship the car back to the factory for repairs.
After the GTC arrived in Genoa, Italy, it was sent to Ferrari, who repaired the front suspension and fitted a new set of Borrani wire wheels. From there, the car was delivered to Pininfarina, who, according to Mr. Roy, were able to repair the car to as-new condition “on the production line.”
Although the repairs all went according to plan, while the GTC was heading back to New York, one of the ship’s more “enthusiastic” crew members over-revved the engine. As a result, the GTC was sent to Chinetti Motors, who rebuilt the original engine using a new crankshaft, connecting rods, and oil pan.
In early 1970, Mr. Roy picked up the car at Chinetti’s, drove it home, and parked it in the garage. According to Mr. Roy, “that was the last and only time that I drove the Ferrari,” and remarked that it “has travelled further over water on ship (3 times to Italy) than it has on land.”
Amazingly, the 330 GTC remained in Mr. Roy’s garage until autumn 2001, when he sold it with five other classics to Dragone Classic Motorcars in Bridgeport, Connecticut. When the Ferrari arrived at their shop, the odometer showed approximately 9,990 original miles, and the temporary New Jersey registration from 1970 was still taped to the windshield. After White Post Restorations rebuilt the hydraulic system and a basic service was performed, the Ferrari was returned to the road after its 30-year slumber.
In February 2002, Dr. Laurence Goldstein of West Hartford, Connecticut, purchased the GTC and drove it sparingly before selling it to the current owner, a Texas collector with a passion for highly original low-mileage cars. Today, this remarkable 330 GTC shows approximately 12,000 miles on the odometer and remains in exceptional unrestored condition, having been carefully stored and minimally driven since its repair at the factory in 1969.
In keeping with its lovely condition, the 330 GTC retains its original tool roll, jack, and leather handbook folio, complete with the original owner’s manual, spare parts catalogue, Bulletin de Garantie, dealer directory, radio supplements, and the Hirschmann antenna key. In addition to these important items, the Ferrari is offered with an extensive file of documentation that includes the original Bill of Sale, as well as the special customs invoice and shipping documents that attest to the car’s transatlantic journeys. Also included in the file are Mr. Roy’s handwritten letters to Ferrari and Pininfarina, correspondence between the car’s former owners, and a history report compiled by Marcel Massini.
A superb example of one of Ferrari’s finest road cars, this beautifully presented 330 GTC merits special attention for its sensational color scheme, exceptionally low mileage, and its rich, well-documented history.