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Formerly the Property of Dr. Samuel L. ScherA World Auction Record for a Ferrari 330 GTS at $2,062,500
The 330 GTS
“Ferrari continues to progress toward the perfect sports car. The 330 GTS is not just a wonderful, exciting open roadster but also a comfortable – at least for moderate-sized people – 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 any less.” – Road & Track, August 1968
Soon after the 330 GTC was unveiled at the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon, Ferrari introduced its exclusive spider variant, the GTS.
The new 330 GTC and GTS were built on the same tubular chassis, which was very similar to that of the contemporary 275 GTB/4. In fact, all three cars featured the same mechanical layout that incorporated fully independent suspension, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, a rigid torque-tube driveshaft, a five-speed rear-mounted transaxle, and Campagnolo alloy wheels – though the classic Borrani wire wheels could be fitted at an owner’s request.
Whereas the 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta utilized a high-revving, four-cam version of the 3.3-liter V-12, the 330 GTC and GTS were equipped with Ferrari’s magnificent four-liter, two-cam V-12 that delivered a genuine 300 bhp at just 6,600 rpm. As a result, the 330 GTS was one of the fastest open two-seaters of its era, with a top speed approaching 150 mph.
Designed and built by Pininfarina, the 330 GTS was the very epitome of mid-1960s GT styling. The harmonious, understated design was a successful update of the popular 275 GTS, with a new frontal treatment inspired by the 500 Superfast, Ferrari’s most exclusive gran turismo.
As would be expected of a $15,000 Italian thoroughbred, the 330 GTS was built to exacting standards by old-world craftsmen and the cockpit was beautifully finished, with bucket seats trimmed in Connolly leather, a three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a simple but attractive wood veneer fascia carrying the full range of white on black Veglia instruments.
In their August 1968 road test, Road & Track found that the 330 GTS offered a healthy improvement in all-out performance when compared to the 275 GTS and, though it did not accelerate quite as fast as the 275 GTS/4 NART Spider (their test car was one of two alloy-bodied examples), it reached a higher top speed, had better low-end torque, and was more refined. The editors were so impressed with the new Ferrari they encouraged readers to “Go ahead, give yourself a treat, buy one.”
The Ferrari presented here is one of the most exciting discoveries in years – an exceptional, unrestored 330 GTS that has hardly seen the light of day since 1969.
The story of this fascinating 330 GTS begins in October 1966, when Ferrari sent chassis frame 9343 to Carrozzeria Pininfarina in Torino. Finished in the striking color scheme of Celeste Blu with Rosso Scuro leather upholstery, matching carpets, and a black soft top, the new 330 GTS was generously equipped with Borrani wire wheels, European lighting, instrumentation in kilometers, and a chromed front grille guard.
As completed, 9343 was just the fifth 330 GTS built.
After the certificate of origin was issued on March 16, 1967, the Ferrari was delivered new to official North American importer Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. That April, Dr. Samuel Scher of New York City became the first private owner of 9343.
A successful reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Scher assembled one of the first great car collections that spanned all eras, from the dawn of motoring to the latest exotics.
Among his many great treasures were high- quality American Brass Era cars and a spectacular assortment of classics from prestigious marques, such as Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, and Mercedes-Benz. Like any true car enthusiast, Dr. Scher had a weakness for stylish Italian sports cars, and he was one of the first to introduce little-known names like Cisitalia and Ferrari – to the US.
When Dr. Scher’s collection was dispersed in the late 1960s, the majority of his cars were sold to well-known Maine-based collector Richard C. Paine Jr., and much of his parts and literature collection was donated to the famed Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Scher left a lasting influence on the collector car community and, even today, his name is virtually synonymous with refined taste in automobiles.
Evidently, Dr. Scher enjoyed his new Ferrari, as he drove it some 20,000 miles in less than two years. On September 16, 1969, following a small engine bay fire, Dr. Scher’s Ferrari was sold at a Motor Insurance Company auction in Bridgeboro, New Jersey.
Soon after acquiring the Ferrari, the second owner gathered a collection of spare parts in the hopes of returning it to the road. However, the project did not get much farther than disassembling the door panels and center console. For the past 44 years, the GTS has been parked in a Pennsylvania garage.
Having remained in seclusion for so many years, this Ferrari is truly a long-lost time capsule. It still wears its faded, factory original Celeste Blu paint and has a faint double pinstripe (red and dark blue) that runs the length of the body. All of the factory-supplied glass, rubber, and major trim pieces are in place and the car’s stance is just right, as it sits on its original Borrani RW4039 wire wheels and Dunlop SP tires.
The interior has survived remarkably intact, with moth-eaten dark red carpets and a light patina to the seats and door panels. Instead of the typical wood-spoke steering wheel, 9343 is equipped with a later leather-wrapped steering wheel, presumably installed early on, as 1967 marked the beginning of federally regulated safety standards. At the time of cataloging, the odometer displayed 36,717 km (22,815 miles) – a figure that undoubtedly represents the original mileage from new.
Although no attempt has been made to return the car to running order, the original, matching- numbers engine turns freely and the engine bay is complete with nearly all of its ancillary components intact.
Thankfully, the engine bay fire that occurred when the Ferrari was two years old was contained quickly and the damage is limited to the hood, the driver’s side of the cowl, and the windscreen. Nowhere does there appear to be any structural damage and the car is free of any significant corrosion.
Additionally, 9343 is accompanied by an original owner’s manual, parts catalog, and a workshop manual, as well as a history report compiled by Marcel Massini.
On the whole, 9343 presents as a very complete, authentic, and solid example of a particularly desirable Ferrari, making it the ideal candidate for a complete, concours-quality restoration.
Classic 12-cylinder Ferraris with open coachwork, disc brakes, and the refined torque- tube driveline are an exclusive group indeed, comprised solely of the 330 GTS, 365 GTS, 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, and 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider. The combined total production of these models is approximately 250 individual cars; if you want a car with Pininfarina coachwork, you can divide that number in half.
Without a doubt, the 330 GTS is among the most sought-after sports car of the 1960s. Fast, beautiful, rare, and exotic, these Ferraris have every quality collectors demand in a classic Italian sports car. To find a 330 GTS like this is nearly unheard of.
One of the very first examples built, 9343 was originally delivered to one of the most important figures in the burgeoning classic car hobby, yet it has remained off the radar for decades. Its history is remarkably clear, its specification is just about perfect, and its wonderful unrestored condition is truly captivating.
Offered for public sale for the first time since 1969, this 330 GTS is an absolutely thrilling discovery and we have no doubt that this car will spark tremendous interest when it finally returns to the public eye.