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Lot 142: Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

At the top - at the absolute top - in the automotive enthusiasts' hierarchy of the cars of the world, there is only one. Ferrari. Is there really any question?' Thirty-plus years after Car & Driver magazine voiced that rhetorical enquiry the answer, of course, remains the same. And the car that prompted that eulogy? The Ferrari 330GTC. Intended to fill a gap in Ferrari's line-up between the four-seat 330GT 2+2 and the racer-on-the-road 275GTB, the two-seat 330GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966 and was essentially a closed version of the 275GTS. Pininfarina's understated coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear, with touches of the 500 Superfast at the front. Few would disagree with Car & Driver's opinion that the result was most agreeable. '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.' Beneath the 330GTC's bonnet resided the 4.0-litre, 300bhp version of Ferrari's familiar, two-cam, 60-degree V12, as used in the 330GT 2+2. The short (94.5" wheelbase) chassis followed Ferrari's established practice of tying together sturdy oval-section main tubes in a steel spaceframe, while the suspension was independent all round by wishbones and coil springs. First introduced on a road-going Ferrari (the 275GTB) in 1964, the rear suspension incorporated the five-speed gearbox in a transaxle, an arrangement that created a better-balanced car and one that gave its driver, 'the wonderful sense of knowing just exactly what's going on between one's posterior and the pavé.' Much development work had concentrated on the reduction of noise levels in the cabin, which was luxuriously equipped in the best Gran Turismo manner: leather seats, electric windows and heated rear screen were standard; radio, air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels the options. With a top speed in excess of 150mph, excellent ride comfort and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330GTC to be the finest of high-speed conveyances for two people and their luggage. This 330GTC was delivered new to SAVAF of Geneva, the official Ferrari importer in Switzerland, passing to the official Ferrari dealer in Lugano, Martinelli & Sonvico. The latter sold '11385' to its first private owner, Peter Bucher, resident in the canton of Ticino. In 1972 Bucher sold the car via garage Ruf of Oftringen, Switzerland to second owner Christoph Ringier, the co-owner of a large publishing company resident in Zürich. By the time Ringier sold the Ferrari in 1980, both the engine and gearbox had been overhauled. Ringier had sold the car to its third owner via Garage Imholz, from whom he bought it back in 1986, becoming the fourth owner. In March 2001 Ringier sold '11385' via Lukas Hüni AG to fifth owner Urs Jaermann of Zürich Switzerland, who kept the car until December 2005 when it was offered for sale at Bonhams' Gstaad auction (Lot 219), finding a new owner in Spain. Since then it has been fitted with air conditioning and will be offered for sale fresh from serving and detailing by marque specialists GTO Engineering of Hare Hatch, Berkshire (invoice available). Accompanying documentation consists of a valid MoT certificate, service history records dating back to November 1977 and numerous invoices from Reidholz Garage AG for servicing/maintenance dating from June 2001 to October 2005 totalling more than SFR30,000. Delivering a supreme level of comfort together with Ferrari and Pininfarina's unsurpassed style, this highly desirable limited production Gran Turismo wants for nothing except a new owner.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
Lot Number142
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£205000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£231100
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis number11385
Engine number11385
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2