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Offered from Single Family Ownership of 37 YearsBenjamin Bailar, New York (acquired new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in the late 1960s)Donald Fong, Atlanta, Georgia (acquired in the early 1970s)David Jamison, Atlanta, Georgia (acquired from the above in 1974)David Lance, Atlanta, Georgia (acquired in 1976)Alan Woodall, Columbus, Georgia (acquired by 1981)Current Owner (acquired in 1982)
Niello Concours at Serrano, California, 2010Concorso Italiano, California, 2011
In October 1966, Ferrari used the Paris salon to unveil its newest open model, the 330 GTS. A spider variant of the 330 GTC introduced earlier that year in Geneva, the GTS was far rarer than its closed sibling, as only 99 examples were built over three years. With an exceptionally elegant design and a powerful four-liter version of the highly developed Colombo V-12, it’s no wonder that the 330 GTS has evolved into one of Maranello’s most desirable models of the 1960s, and an understated favorite among collectors today.
This well-loved example of Ferrari’s rare 330-based spider benefits from 37 years of care by the former longtime head physician of Road America and the Milwaukee Mile racetracks. According to the research of marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis 9787 was completed at the Maranello factory in April 1967, equipped with instruments in miles, finished in Giallo Fly (Fly Yellow) paint with a black interior, and fitted with Campagnolo alloy wheels.
A month later, the GTS was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, and the car was soon sold to its first owner, Benjamin Bailar, a resident of New York. Mr. Bailar submitted the car to Chinetti Motors for service in September 1970, and shortly thereafter sold it back to the distributor.
During the early 1970s, the Ferrari was acquired by Donald Fong, a noted mechanic and dealer based in Atlanta, and he sold the car in 1974 to fellow Atlanta resident David Jamison, who installed Borrani wire wheels. The spider then passed to another Atlanta-area enthusiast before being offered for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter by collector Alan Woodall in late 1981.
In the early summer of 1982, the 330 was purchased by the consignor, a doctor who had begun working at Road America and the Milwaukee Mile in the late 1960s, and served as head physician at the two legendary circuits from 1986 to 2000. A longtime enthusiast who apprenticed in a body shop during high school, the owner is a proficient Porsche 356 restorer, having refurbished a dozen examples with his son, who is also a gifted mechanic. After years of working with Porsches, friends urged the consignor to set his sights on a Ferrari purchase, and he narrowed his choice to front-engine V-12 models.
After locating this 330 GTS at Thoroughbred Motorcars in Alexandria, Virginia, the owner drove the car to his home in Bayside, Wisconsin. He immediately refinished the aging Giallo Fly (Fly Yellow) exterior with a fresh coat of black, which was applied in his garage and is still on the car today. The interior was subsequently reupholstered with proper Connolly leather and Wilton wool carpeting in beige, and the top was accordingly re-trimmed. The GTS then served as the consignor’s weekend driver and ride of choice to all the events attended as a working doctor at Road America and the Milwaukee Mile. The handsome spider became a regular presence in the paddock at both tracks, even serving as the pace car at some smaller SCCA events. In more recent years, the Ferrari assumed residence in central California following the owner’s relocation to the West Coast.
While never restored, chassis 9787 has been dutifully maintained during the consignor’s period of care, including a refurbishment of the Borrani wheels by the experts at Dayton Wire Wheels in the late 2000s, and the installation of a new clutch and resurfacing of the flywheel in 2016. The beloved GTS was occasionally exhibited at local events but only rarely displayed formally, with one notable exception as a non-judged entry at the 2011 Concorso Italiano.
Documented with the Massini history report, and accompanied by a Campagnolo spare wheel and two reproduction manuals, this distinguished 330 GTS continues to display the benefits of 37 years of devoted care. The spider would make an excellent candidate for a full concours-level restoration; or it may be driven, presented, and enjoyed as it has been during its current stewardship. It is an elegant and pure example of one of Ferrari’s last open-top front-engine models, offering a tasteful complement to any level of collection.