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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Count Tommaso Antolini Ossi, Rome, Italy (acquired new in 1968 via Motor S.a.s. di Carla Allegretti e C)Klaus Kinski, Rome, Italy (acquired from the above in February 1969)Carlo Lombardo, Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in May 1969)Michael P. Haines, Houston, Texas (acquired by 1975)Dave Husband, Houston, Texas (acquired from the above by 1984)Scott Wolfe, Reading, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above by 1990)Bob Slack, Atlanta, Georgia (acquired in 1999)Claude Goddelin, Saint Bruno, Canada (acquired circa 2003)Private Collector, Montreal, Canada (acquired from the above in 2012)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
At the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari introduced the 330 GTC. A two-seater coupe positioned between the luxurious 330 GT 2+2 and the more sporting 275 GTB, the 330 GTC was one of the first Ferrari road cars that married comfort and a dynamic driving experience in a single package.
Designed and built by Pininfarina, the GTC borrowed styling cues from previous Ferraris. Characterized by an eggcrate oval grille, the GTC’s nose was similar to the 500 Superfast’s, while the back was reminiscent of the 275 GTS. Slender A- and B-pillars echoed those of the 250 GT Lusso, and lent the GTC’s cabin an open, airy feel, with excellent driver visibility. Inside, the car was well-equipped with a three-spoke Nardi steering wheel, bucket seats, full instrumentation, and power windows as standard equipment, while air-conditioning, Borrani wire wheels, and a radio were available as options.
The GTC shared much of its chassis design with the 275 GTB, including its four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes. Power was delivered through an enlarged version of Ferrari’s Colombo-designed V-12. With its single overhead camshaft per bank, trio of Weber DCZ/6 twin-choke carburetors, and 8.8:1 compression ratio, the 4.0-liter engine produced 300 hp at 6,600 rpm and 288 lbs./ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm, the latter figure a considerable increase over the 3.3-liter 275 engine, and rendering the GTC more tractable in a wide range of potential driving situations.
The GTC eliminated the traditional open driveshaft in favor of a more modern torque tube, solving driveline vibration issues.
Capable of 0–60 mph in about 6.8 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 150 mph, the GTC was a sublime combination of aggressive sports car and refined grand tourer. Car and Driver neatly summed up its impressions in July 1967 by saying, “Driving it doesn’t change that first visual impression: class,” and “Depress clutch. Find neutral. Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my God!” Production ended after two years in 1968 with 598 examples built in total.
This Ferrari 330 GTC was completed on December 19, 1968. A late-production car, it incorporated many desirable ongoing production refinements and changes from the factory. Delivered later that month to Motor S.a.s. di Carla Allegretti e C, the authorized Ferrari dealership in Rome, it was sold to its first owner, Ferrari enthusiast Count Tommaso Antolini Ossi. Within a few short months, though, the car was registered to its second owner, acclaimed German actor Klaus Kinski, who starred in numerous Werner Herzog films. According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini’s report and Italian registration documents that accompany the GTC, Mr. Kinski sold the car to Carlo Lombardo of Milan, and it was exported to the US in 1972.
After passing among several owners in the US and Canada, its current collector owner purchased the GTC in 2014 and wasted little time in commissioning a nut-and-bolt restoration overseen by award-winning Ferrari specialist Bill Attaway Restorations in La Mesa, California.
During the recently completed three-year process that returned the Ferrari to its original splendor, the GTC was disassembled and stripped to bare metal. The body was refinished in its original shade of Marrone Colorado, an uncommon and stylish brown metallic, while chrome and brightwork were replated, and new rubber trim and gaskets installed. The car’s engine and transaxle were rebuilt or refurbished as needed, while brake and suspension components received similar treatment. Finally, the GTC received a completely new interior in as-delivered black leather. Typical of Attaway’s work, the standard of the restoration and correctness of the finishes are second to none, and at the time of cataloguing, an application for Ferrari Classiche certification had been made and was pending.
The 330 GTC is widely regarded as one of the best all-around vintage Ferraris ever built. Accompanied by books, tools, jack, spare, Marcel Massini’s report, and early Automobile Club d’Italia documentation, this beautiful GTC has covered a mere 150 miles since being restored and never has been exhibited, an opportunity surely to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.