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Coachwork by Pininfarina
*Please note that this car is titled 1966.
One of Only Four Examples BuiltMaria Maddalena Da Lisca, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (acquired new in 1967)R.H. Scheyer, Houston, Texas (acquired circa 1973)Donald D. Dethlefsen, Northbrook, Illinois (acquired from the above in 1975)Mark Chmar, Savannah, Georgia (acquired from the above in 1986)Paul Forbes, Malibu, California (acquired from the above in 1986)Oldtimer-Garage Limited, Toffen-Bern, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1990)Dr. Jürg Heer, Zürich, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1990)European Auto Sales, Costa Mesa, California (acquired from the above in 1993)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1994)
Ferrari Club of America Meeting, Rockton, Illinois, May 1975Ferrari Club of America Meeting, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, July 1979
By the mid-1960s, the fundamentals of the automobile business were such that boutique firms – such as Ferrari and Pininfarina – were forced to turn from exclusive handmade series to volume production. The combined effort, expense, and talent that went into the development of models like the 500 Superfast and 365 California Spider were monumental, particularly in light of the extremely limited numbers built.
As Sergio Pininfarina himself observed in 1966, “The interest for cars with special coachwork or built-in small numbers has not decreased,” but meeting the demand was more difficult than ever due to factors such as “cost, the difficulties of adapting or finding the mechanical units, the distribution of the product, servicing problems, and spares supplies, etc.”
The 330 GTC Speciale presented here, one of only four such examples built by Pininfarina in 1967, is truly the last in a line of elite custom-bodied Ferrari gran turismos.
In the case of these special cars, Ferrari provided Carrozzeria Pininfarina an ideal canvas on which to work, in the form of their outstanding 330 GTC chassis. Introduced at the 1965 Geneva Auto Show, the GTC was an elegant two-place coupe designed and built by Pininfarina with refined rather than aggressive styling, superb all-around performance, and luxurious appointments. The Speciale, however, was not merely a 330 GTC disguised by unique features, but rather a striking, clean-sheet body style. Studied in detail, the design integrated many brilliant Pininfarina cues – some taken from the coachbuilder’s contemporary show cars, while others eventually found their way into future production models.
For example, the nose of the car was reminiscent of the limited-production 365 California Spider and was described by Pininfarina in its press materials as having a “remarkably sloping-down line allowing favorable aerodynamic conditions.” Like the earlier California Spider, the GTC Speciale featured covered headlights, a classic egg crate grille, split bumpers, and, on the first two examples, retractable driving lights. Unlike the 330 GTC on which it was based, the front fenders of the Speciale were unadorned, with the engine bay louvers instead placed at either side of the bonnet’s trailing edge – a feature later seen on the 365 GTC.
Viewed from profile and rear three-quarter, the bodywork was most impressive with a long silhouette and a marvelous glass greenhouse, undoubtedly inspired by the latest mid-engine show cars. On the side, there was an articulating vent and main window on each door, along with two rear-quarter windows whose shape foreshadowed the upcoming 365 GT 2+2.
Continuing to the rear of the GTC Speciale, the very thin and small roof panel ended just behind the seats with vertical rear glass curving behind the cockpit toward the tail. The curved rear glass resulted in a flying buttress treatment, first seen in this modern form on the 206 Dino displayed at the 1965 Paris Auto Show, and subsequently repeated on the two “Tre Posti” 365 P Berlinetta Speciales. The long rear-quarter panels of the Coupe Speciale terminated in an abrupt Kamm tail, similar to the 365 California and mid-engine show cars, with a distinctive triple taillight arrangement at the rear, as seen on Pininfarina-bodied Ferraris from the mid-1960s on through the mid-1970s.
Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in 1967, the 330 GTC Speciale was hailed as yet another brilliant Ferrari-Pininfarina collaboration. Its striking modern design captured the very essence of late 1960s motoring.
The first of these very special Ferraris, chassis 09439, was sold to a royal customer – Princess Liliane de Réthy of Belgium. De Réthy and her husband, King Leopold III, were patrons of the Ferrari marque and commissioned several important coachbuilt cars, including a Pinin Farina-bodied 375 Plus Cabriolet and a Vignale-bodied 250 Europa GT.
The second example, chassis 09653, was built for Dr. Michael DeBakey – a famous heart surgeon from Houston, Texas, who was a friend of the royal couple. In fact, DeBakey had accompanied King Leopold and Princess de Réthy on a visit to Maranello, and, while touring the Ferrari factory, placed an order for his very own GTC Speciale.
In total, Pininfarina built just four examples of the 330 GTC Speciale, all constructed and subsequently delivered to their original owners in 1967. The Ferrari presented here, chassis 10107, is the third example built. Construction began in February 1967, when the bare 330 GTC chassis entered the Pininfarina plant in Torino. Internally designated as Pininfarina job number 99686, the coachwork for this car was built by hand and assigned body number C0260.
As constructed by Pininfarina, the GTC Speciale was finished in Argento (silver) with black leather upholstery – a tasteful combination ideally suited to the car’s clean lines. Upon its return to Maranello, the Ferrari was completed and prepared for delivery in July 1967. According to factory records and the research of marque authority Marcel Massini, 10107 was originally equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, instrumentation in km, a chromed front grille guard, stereo, anti-theft device, and Campagnolo-cast alloy wheels wearing Michelin tires.
Like the first GTC Speciale, 10107 was acquired by an important and influential woman – Maria Maddalena Da Lisca. The heiress of a prominent Tuscan family, Maria Maddalena was the wife of famed Italian pasta manufacturer Pietro Barilla. In addition to his reputation as one of postwar Italy’s leading industrialists, Sig. Barilla was a personal friend of Enzo Ferrari, who, over the years, commissioned a variety of the firm’s finest road cars, from a 212 Inter to a 410 Superamerica.
As Maria Maddalena maintained a residence in Cortina d’Ampezzo, her new Ferrari was registered in Belluno, a mountainous province in the Veneto region of Italy. Records indicate that 10107 was maintained at the factory through March 1969, by which time the GTC Speciale had covered approximately 33,400 km.
During the early 1970s, the Ferrari was exported to the US, where it was repainted dark metallic blue and equipped with Borrani wire wheels. In January 1975, R.H. Scheyer of Houston, Texas, advertised 10107 for sale in Road & Track and eventually sold it to noted collector Donald Dethlefsen of Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Dethlefsen displayed the GTC Speciale at several FCA events throughout the Midwest until 1986, when Mark Chmar of Savannah, Georgia, purchased it. Later that year, Paul Forbes acquired 10107 and registered the Ferrari in California with plates reading “CAVLINO.” During his ownership, Mr. Forbes entrusted the car to acclaimed restorer Bill DeCarr of Laguna Beach, California, who, between 1987 and 1988, refinished the car in the black livery seen today.
After a brief return to Europe in the early 1990s, the GTC Speciale returned to the US and, for over two decades, 10107 has been a fixture in a significant private collection where it has continued to benefit from minimal use. Today, this ultra-rare Ferrari displays less than 57,500 km (35,750 miles) on the odometer and retains its matching-numbers engine, stamped 10107 with internal number 2854. The rich history of this special Ferrari is supported by a report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, with copies of the original factory build sheets, articles, and photographs included in the car’s file.
Significantly, this 330 GTC Speciale has not been exhibited in any major concours d’elegance and offers its new owner the rare opportunity to campaign a significant coachbbuilt Ferrari that has not yet been seen on the contemporary show circuit. Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Villa d’Este, Chantilly, and the Cavallino Classic are the domain of a Ferrari of this caliber. In addition to its potential as a successful show car, this coachbuilt GTC would be an exciting choice for high-speed touring, where its ample performance, refined road manners, and modern features would be put to best use.
A powerful expression of mid-century automotive design, the 330 GTC Speciale exudes the individual character and artistry of a bygone era in custom coachbuilding. Commissioned by Pietro Barilla, one of Enzo Ferrari’s closest friends and most important Italian customers, as a gift for his wife, 10107 is not only a striking example of the coachbuilder’s art, it also possesses an impressive and fascinating provenance.
Those with an appreciation for the prestige, glamour, and sophistication embodied by an extremely limited-production Pininfarina-built 330 GTC should recognize the appearance of this exceptional 1960s Ferrari as an opportunity not to be missed.