1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
An exquisite restoration of the most tasteful and elegant of Ferraris
The Ferrari 330 GTC was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966. It was essentially a coupe version of the 275 GTS. Pininfarina’s elegant coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear, with the 500 Superfast influencing at the front.
It would be hard to argue with Car & Driver’s assessment that “the GTC is a tasteful blend of the mean-and-low look of Ferrari competition GT cars, with the elegance of super-luxury street Ferraris of the past. Detail work, finish, panel fit – every aspect is superlative.”
In 1966 the car was originally delivered new to Baron Emmanuel “Toulo” de Graffenried’s official dealership Garage Italauto SA in Lausanne, Switzerland and sold to the first owner Mr. Alfred Pinkas, resident in Lausanne, Switzerland. The car was subsequently exported to South America and purchased from Caracas, Venezuela by Bell Sport and Classic where it was found spec’d in Azzurro metallizzato (light metallic blue) with black interior.
The car is now undergoing a complete concours level restoration and will be returned to the original factory specification by the Bell Sport and Classic team. It has been stripped, scanned and comprehensively assessed and in keeping with our restoration ethos, we have retained as many of the original parts as possible.
The body shell has been Walnut Blasted (a softer alternative to shot blasting that retains more of the vital originality) and all of the body panels dipped (to maintain the form of the skins).
The team have carried out rectification to all areas of the shell to repair minor areas of corrosion and eliminated all dents and minor imperfections to ensure minimal filler is required prior to painting.
The car has undergone a full dry build to ensure perfect panel and component fit. We oversize gaps to allow for the change in fit resulting from the final paint layers – modern paint formulas require more layers that can, unless accounted for, result in a poor final fit.
After a painstaking preparation, the car has been through final paint and has returned to its simply gorgeous factory original colour of Verde Chiaro.
The final assembly process is now underway, refitting the components that were meticulously restored while the metal and paint stages were in progress after undergoing a detailed inspection for panel fit covering all gaps and shuts.
The first elements to go back onto the shell are the brightwork and badges (anything fitted to the body) which are carefully manipulated to fit the now painted metal. We also check all fittings with latches to ensure close lines remain perfect
Building from the inside out to ensure required access (effectively the reverse of how the car came apart at the start) the fuel pipes, wiring loom and all control cables are fitted working trough the car front to back.
The original fuel tanks have been restored, re-painting in the factory original pale green (a colour we matched from a painted area found beneath the black paint covering on the car pre-restoration) and re-fitted.
As an example of our fastidious approach to authenticity, the team created an original spec. fiberglass radiator shroud (usually heavily damaged or missing on these cars) from our own mould to complete the front underside of the vehicle.
The suspension, transaxle, torque-tube are being built up next to deliver a rolling car ready for the engine installation. All components have been overhauled and re-finished to the original Ferrari factory specification. Our experience and focus on exact period correctness means that we match the correct colour coding (suspension components for example) and plating finishes (Zinc or Nickel) to every item we restore.
With the 3967cc ‘Tipo 209/66’ Ferrari V12 carefully re-built and back in place, the car is undergoing final finishing ahead of the first drive and road testing after which it will undergo Ferrari Classiche certification.