Ferrari 330 GTC Berlinetta by Pininfarina

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330 GTC Berlinetta by Pininfarina





The Ferrari 330 cars are the successor of the 250, first introduced by Ferrari in 1963. The first 330 America was simply a 250 GT/E with a larger engine, and the 330 GTC/GTS shared their chassis with the 275. Only the 330 GT 2+2 was a truly unique product. Production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series.

All 330 models used an evolution of the 400 Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. It was substantially changed for the 330 cars, however, with wider bore spacing and the notable use of a true alternator rather than a dynamo generator.

The 330 GTC and 330 GTS were more like their 275 counterparts than the 330 GT 2+2. They shared the short wheelbase of the 275 as well as its independent rear suspension. These models were more refined than earlier Ferraris, quieter and easier to drive. It has been stated that this "was probably the first Ferrari in which you could actually enjoy a radio".

The GTC berlinetta was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 1966. The 330 GTC used the same steering, suspension, and transmission as the 275 GTB, and these features, coupled with a wheelbase that was 10 inches shorter than the 330 GT 2+2, made the GTC much more dynamic to drive. Perhaps the most sporting characteristic of the 330 was its engine. The 330 GTC’s Colombo V-12 produced 300 horsepower and had a top speed of 150 mph, with a 0–60 mph time of under seven seconds. The 330 GTC was definitely no slouch. It was a two-seater coupé with a Pininfarina-designed body. A 1967 GTC was given one-off bodywork by Zagato at the behest of American importer Luigi Chinetti in 1974. This car was called the "Zagato Convertibile", since it was of a targa-style.

The GTS spider followed at the Paris Motor Show. The 330 GTS’s performance, which included a top speed of 150 mph and a quarter-mile dash time of 15 seconds at just under 100 mph, was otherworldly. Yet, it was only part of the story. From its classic Ferrari nose treatment, fitted with a characteristic shallow egg-crate oval grille, to the triple louvered vents on the rear flanks of the front wings, and on to the seductive tapered tail, its design epitomised mid-1960s Italian GT styling. Inside the luxuriously appointed interior were twin leather bucket seats, a wood-rimmed aluminium steering wheel, and full instrumentation, and the interior accommodations were remarkably spacious.

About 598 coupés and 100 spiders were produced before the 1968 introduction of the 365 GTC and GTS.

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