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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Formerly the Property of Count Tommaso Antolini OssiCount Tommaso Antolini Ossi, Rome, Italy (acquired new via Motor S.a.s. in 1968)William J. Carpenter, Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania (acquired circa 1975)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Debuted at the March 1966 Geneva show, Ferrari’s 330 GTC was a svelte, high-speed coupe for two with a luxurious and remarkably spacious interior compartment. Pininfarina designed and built the subtly elegant bodywork of the 330 GTC to exceptional standards at its Grugliasco production facility near Torino; the styling is a masterful combination of the best elements of the 500 Superfast and 275 GTS, with a light, airy roof yielding outstanding visibility. Power was provided by the Colombo-derived Tipo 209 SOHC four-liter V-12 engine delivering 300 factory-rated bhp with three Weber twin-choke carburetors. Sharing its basic chassis design with Ferrari’s 275 – including all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, five-speed gearbox and rear transaxle – the 330 GTC delivered uncanny balance and excellent handling.
Approximately 600 examples of these potent and handsome performers were produced through 1968. Universally acclaimed from introduction, the 330 GTC was capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and hitting 150 mph flat out, exemplifying the classic “Enzo Era” V-12 Ferrari Grand Touring concept as never before.
This late-production 330 GTC is a recent garage find and a veritable time capsule, presented in its as-discovered, unrestored state following four decades in single-family ownership. Listed in Hilary A. Raab’s Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I and accompanied by a report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 330 GTC is numbered 11543, and it was car no. 590 in the model’s assembly sequence. According to Raab, only seven 330 GTC chassis numbers follow 11543. As such, it incorporates a number of very desirable and useful improvements applied to the late-production 330 and subsequent 365 GTCs, including constant-velocity joints, an oil cooler, needle-bearing gearbox, and cable-actuated clutch. A European specification, left-hand-drive car delivered new to an Italian customer, this 330 GTC was factory-equipped with air-conditioning, power-operated brakes, power window lifts, and cast alloy wheels by Campagnolo.
Finished in the very unusual and attractive Blu Ribot over black leather upholstery, 11543 was also equipped with metric instruments. During July 1968, 11543 was completed and delivered to official Ferrari dealer Motor S.a.s., where it was sold to first owner Count Tommaso Antolini Ossi of Rome. The count and his family were well known as Ferrari enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, with many highly desirable examples owned by them in period.
During 1971, this 330 GTC was exported from Italy to the US, where William J. Carpenter of Cornwells Heights, Pennsylvania, was the next recorded owner. Understood to have been a member of a prominent industrial family and a Ferrari enthusiast, Mr. Carpenter placed 11543 into long-term garage storage during the late 1990s, and after remaining there approximately 20 years, it re-emerged and was acquired by the consignor. The odometer indicates less than 54,000 km (33,500 miles), believed original.
This 330 GTC is offered in as-found condition, with some remedial paintwork having been applied to the nose section before the car was placed in storage. The cabin retains its original black leather upholstery, and features periodcorrect “parachute” seatbelts and the factory chassis number sticker on the interior rear-view mirror – an exceptional feature that is almost non-existent on these vehicles today. The only deviations noted from factory equipment are a circa-1980s stereo head unit and more modern exhaust system. Accessories include the original spare alloy wheel and tire stowed inside the trunk, and the jack within its storage bag. The vehicle retains all brightwork, and it appears to be generally complete, with important original fittings and features intact.
As offered, 11543 provides a number of outstanding possibilities for its new owner, being entirely capable of sympathetic preservation, mechanical restoration, and enjoyment as a true, fascinating, and irreplaceable survivor. Alternatively, it will provide an excellent foundation for a total, concours-quality restoration. Either way, it stands as a wonderful example of one of Ferrari’s best-performing V-12 Grand Touring models of the 1960s.