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Lot 154

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

Coachwork by Pininfarina

SOLD $1,985,000

Estimate

$2,200,000 - $2,500,000

Chassis

10111

Engine

10111

Car Highlights

One of Ferrari’s Most Desirable V-12 Spiders; Just 99 Examples Built
Well-Known Provenance Includes Collectors “Rug” Cunningham and Benjamin Bailar
Platinum Award-Winning Restoration by Forza Motors of Monterey, California
Accompanied by Ferrari Classiche Red Book, Tool Kit, and Extensive File
Documented by Marque Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

3,967 CC SOHC Tipo 209 V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCZ6 Carburetors
300 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Girling Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Wishbones and Coil Springs
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One of Only 99 Examples BuiltRichard “Rug” Cunningham, El Cajon, California (acquired circa 1980)Private Collection, Europe (acquired in 1988)Benjamin F. Bailar, Lake Forest, Illinois (acquired in 1994)Andrew Levinson, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 2004)Mark Boen, Carmel, California (acquired from the above in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, California, 2011McCall’s Motorworks Revival, Monterey, California, 2012Ferrari Club of America National Meet, California, 2012 (Platinum Award)The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, California, 2016Casa Ferrari, California, 2016Ferrari North America 70th Anniversary Special Display, California, 2017

Since introduction, the 330 GTS has remained one of the finest fruits of Ferrari’s long-standing collaboration with Turin’s Carrozzeria Pininfarina. A stunning V-12–powered spider, the 330 GTS broke cover at the October 1966 Paris Motor Show, a few months after its closed 330 GTC sibling debuted at Geneva. A masterfully subtle blend of the basic styling elements of the Ferrari 275 GTS and 500 Superfast, the 330 GTS featured a chassis and fully independent suspension system that were extensions of the 275 design, powered by an aluminum 4.0-liter V-12 engine shared with the contemporary 330 GT 2+2. Whereas the 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with an engine-mounted five-speed gearbox, the new 330 GTS and GTC featured a five-speed manual gearbox within a rear transaxle, for excellent weight distribution and balance.

From its classic Ferrari nose treatment, fitted with Pininfarina’s signature oval shallow eggcrate grille design, to its triple-louvered vents on the flanks of the front fenders, and on to the seductively tapered tail, the 330 GTS epitomized the best of mid-sixties Italian GT styling. Inside the remarkably spacious and luxuriously appointed interior were twin leather-clad bucket seats, a richly wood-rimmed aluminum steering wheel, and a full complement of useful instrumentation.

As its specifications and layout clearly suggested, the 330 GTS was, and remains, a strong and capable performer, able to reach speeds approaching 150 mph with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in about seven seconds and the quarter-mile dash requiring only about 15 seconds at just under 100 mph. Car and Driver summed up the sparkling driving dynamics of the 330 GTS in its July 1967 issue thusly: “Driving it doesn’t change that first visual impression of class.” They continued, “Depress clutch. Find neutral. Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my God!” Road & Track concluded, “Ferrari continues to progress toward the perfect sports car. The 330 GTS is not just a wonderful, exciting open roadster but also a comfortable everyday car that doesn’t mind being driven to the supermarket. If it’s still tough to justify that $15,000 tag, just remember that you can’t get anything like it for anything less.”

Accordingly, the 330 GTC and open GTS continue to rank among the finest all-around, road-going classic V-12 Ferrari models ever built. The exclusivity and panache of the droptop 330 GTS only adds to the mystique, with marque experts listing only 99 examples built between late 1966 and the advent of the limited-production 365 GTC and 365 GTS during autumn 1968.

Listed in Ferrari Serial Numbers, Part I, by Hilary A. Raab Jr. and documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this splendid 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS bears chassis no. 10111 and possesses a fascinating history. On April 19, 1967, the chassis frame was sent to Pininfarina for coachwork, and in June, its engine (internal no. 2840) was assembled and then dynamometer-tested. Completed on June 21, 1967, the 330 GTS was delivered new to US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Documented history for 10111 resumes from 1980 to 1983 when it was listed in Ferrari Owners Club (US) member directories under the ownership of Richard “Rug” Cunningham of El Cajon, California. A true Renaissance man, Cunningham was a pioneering American BMW dealer, five-time Southern California SCCA regional racing champion, off-road racer, pilot, sailor, vintage racer, and avid motorcar collector.

In March 1988, the Ferrari was offered for sale in the Los Angeles Times, advertised as dark red with black interior; that August, it was sold at auction to a private European owner at a stated 80,000 km (50,000 miles).

In 1995, the Ferrari was back in the US under the ownership of Benjamin F. Bailar of Lake Forest, Illinois. A long-standing Ferrari collector and enthusiast since his first purchase in 1967, Mr. Bailar led Postal Service reform as the 64th US Postmaster General from 1975 to 1978, served as an executive at several major corporations, and was dean and professor at Rice University from 1987 to 1997. During his ownership, Mr. Bailar commissioned a comprehensive restoration in Italy, with work overseen by the renowned marque experts at Carrozzeria AutoSport in Modena. This process was well documented, with detailed receipts on file.

The 330 GTS remained in Mr. Bailar’s care until 2004, when it was sold to Andrew Levinson of Greenwich, Connecticut. Four years later, the Ferrari was sold to Mark Boen of Carmel, California. In his ownership, John Baglioli’s Forza Motors was commissioned to restore 10111 during 2010–2011. Invoices on file detail the complete engine rebuild and restoration of the vehicle’s systems, plus a high-quality repaint in Fly Yellow, new chrome plating, complete interior upholstery, as well as mechanical sorting and extensive detailing.

Given its freshly completed restoration and extreme rarity, 10111 was shown at high-profile events including two editions of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (2011 and 2016); the 2012 McCall’s Motorworks Revival; the 2016 Casa Ferrari show in Carmel, California; and the 2017 Ferrari North America Special Display celebrating the 70th anniversary of Ferrari at Pebble Beach. Most notably, the 330 GTS received the coveted FCA Platinum Award at the 2012 FCA National Meet held in Palm Springs, California.

As offered, this rare 330 GTS is visually striking throughout, and its restoration is very well preserved, still appearing show-ready. Its vivid color scheme perfectly complements the classic Pininfarina design, while a beautiful Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel rounds out the inviting passenger compartment. Beautifully finished brightwork, ANSA exhaust system, and iconic Borrani wire-spoke wheels wearing period-correct Michelin XWX tires complete the handsome exterior. Ferrari Classiche certification was granted in late 2012 and the all-important Red Book, confirming the car’s matching-number components, accompanies the sale of 10111 at auction, as do restoration records and history compiled by Marcel Massini, assorted documents, correspondence, and a tool roll.

A recent outing with a Gooding & Company specialist confirms the excellent overall condition of 10111 and its responsive and sublimely enjoyable openair driving experience. A top-quality example and exceedingly rare today, this 330 GTS is a thrilling find for serious classic Ferrari collectors – one to appreciate, show, and enjoy as originally intended.