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1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

One of 99 Constructed. The Ultimate Open Ferrari Road Car of the Period. Ferrari Classiche Certified and Presented in Original Colors and Complete with Books and Tools.

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Updated 02-14-2018

Price $1,895,000
VIN 10375
Exterior Color Rosso Cina
Interior Color Black Leather
Mileage 16656 Miles (TMU)
Engine 4.0 Litre V12 no. Stamped 10503
Transmission 5-Speed Transaxle
Status Inventory
Stock FJ2179

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1967 Ferrari 330 GTS
s/n 10375, engine stamped 10503
Rosso Cina with Black Leather Interior

The 1966 Geneva Auto Show was buzzing with energy as the Ferrari 330 GTC was revealed to an enthusiastic public. The clean and elegant design was immediately heralded by the automotive media as both a beautiful and refined road machine with driving characteristics well beyond previous sports cars of the period. Ferrari engineering and Pininfarina design resulted in the most refined iteration of the classic front engine sports car layout. Stunning performance was achieved by combining the 300 hp 4.0 liter Colombo V12 engine and torque tube mated to a lightweight, rear-mounted transaxle. This layout not only optimized weight distribution, it allowed for spacious interior capacity and long distance passenger comfort. The 330 GTC utilized disc brakes all round, independent front and rear suspension, and a 5-speed gearbox, resulting in exceptional road holding and performance coupled with a level of refinement which makes these cars famously well-loved for their usability and driving pleasure.

The lithe and sensuous 330 became even more dramatic in 1967 with the introduction of the GTS. The elegant and understated convertible body design revealed a taught and refined profile, combining comfort amenities, excellent seating position, beautiful instrumentation, and elegant interior appointments. By 1968, production had concluded in the series, resulting in the production of a mere 99 GTS models, a number that ensures the continued rarity and desirability of these stylish and impressive road cars. Widely regarded to be one of the best driving and most usable classic Ferraris, the 330 GTS continues to be highly sought after by enthusiasts and contemporary Ferrari collectors who confidently select their GTS for driving events and concours participation.

According to Ferrari Classiche documentation, #10375 330 GTS was completed in November 1967 and finished with U.S. Specifications. Delivered from the factory in Rosso Cina with Nera (Black) leather interior, Borrani wire wheels, and power windows, the car was shipped to Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada. The first owner, a resident of Bel Air, California is reported to have been Scott Borman. Mr. Borman sold the car in 1973 to Phil Manuell of Newport Beach, California. In 1975, the first known advertisement offered the car for sale in the Los Angeles Times. Newport Beach collector Byron Tarnutzer purchased the car around this time. In 1979, Tarnutzer entrusted ex-NART employee Luiz Dallazon, owner of Luiz Dallazon Ferrari, to remove the original engine and install a different engine for reasons of timing convenience. In 1982, Rick Tarnutzer (Byron’s son) takes ownership of the car and in 1990/91 decided to restore it. Rick Tarnutzer purchased an original type engine from Dallazon in order to expedite the restoration work at the car at that time. The car was restored in fly yellow and the engine and transaxle were rebuilt while the interior was redone to a very high level. The car was then reported to have briefly been in the Blackhawk Collection and subsequently under the ownership of Ferrari collector Skeets Dunn of Rancho Santa Fe, CA in 1993. The same year, the car is sold at the Rick Cole auction in Pebble Beach. The buyer, Robert Pond, owned the for thirteen years before selling it in 2006 to Malcolm Liu of Salem, Oregon. Mr. Liu is believed to have returned the car to the original exterior color, retaining the exceptionally nice interior, replacing only the carpeting to bring the car to the excellent condition in which it still exists today.

In 2016, the car received extensive mechanical work culminating in a Ferrari Classiche Certification. As part of the renovation, the owner engaged Ferrari experts at RPM in Vermont to perform a comprehensive engine rebuild including new pistons, valves, and rods, inspection, machining, and reinstalling the crankshaft at a total cost exceeding $60,000.00. Ferrari Classiche in Maranello then performed additional work including rebuilding the carburetors, installing new headers and exhaust, a complete transaxle overhaul including renewing the synchros, five new correct Borrani wire wheels and five correct Michelin XWX tires, and a proper new top boot in vinyl. A set of original books and reproduction tools were also purchased for the car at that time. When the work was completed, the car received the Ferrari Classiche Certification, documenting the engine, transaxle, and various components with photographs, receipts for work, and invoices. At this time, the engine block was stamped by Ferrari Classiche, the transaxle was noted to be original to the car, as are the correct Girling brakes, Koni shocks, and suspension components. The certification further concludes that the car retains the original body panels as it left the factory. Recently serviced by Ferrari expert Patrick Ottis, the car is detailed to a very high standard, beautifully presented with exceptional mechanical refinement, ready for enjoyable driving or showing.

Today the car presents beautifully with excellent paint and very fine detailing throughout. The exterior finish is glossy and quite vivid giving an excellent visual impression, accented by excellent chrome, trim, and glass. The doors, hood, and trunk lid open and shut easily and display excellent panel gaps and high quality surfacing. The door jambs, inner hood, and trunk surfaces are equally nice with correct finishes and exceptional detailing. The new Borrani wire wheels are virtually unmarked around the perimeter and inner rims, presenting with correct spokes and proper luster to the aluminum finish, as well as correct rim stampings. All four wheels are fit with correct Michelin XWX tires, which appear essentially as new. The trunk houses a correct Borrani spare wheel with a matching spare tire. All lights, lenses, and emblems are in excellent condition. Of particular note are the correctly positioned and properly extended quad ANSA exhaust tips, delightfully finishing the distinctive rear end of this beautiful GTS.

The interior has been correctly restored with black leather seats showing only minor evidence of use. The exceptional fit and finish on the inner door panels, center console, top boot and the top of the dashboard display a cohesive interior, accented by warm wood tones on the dashboard and steering wheel. The instruments are in exceptionally nice condition with solid numbers and dark dial faces, matching overall with the impressive quality of the interior. The correct pile carpeting is tidy and clean as are the surrounding rear side panels and rear storage area. The trunk compartment has been tastefully and correctly carpeted with very nice side panels and authentic floor carpeting, housing a correct spare tire, nested in the original spare tire well.

Under the hood, the engine and engine compartment have been correctly finished to a very high level of detail. The engine displays the correct air cleaner and hoses, proper fasteners, and correctly applied hardware. The engine area is detailed to a high level of finish, including the correctly quilted silver hood insulation pad. The underside of the car is clean and dry, with correct components, proper exhaust and mufflers, correct suspension and brakes. The condition of the chassis is excellent with no evidence of structural compromise or abuse. The condition of the floors and components further validates the car having lived in dry California climate for a significant portion of its life. Ferrari Classiche photos document much of the suspension and brakes to a high level of detail. Having been tended to by experts both in the US and at Ferrari in Maranello, one can truly appreciate the attention to detail and authenticity in this fine GTS.

The car starts easily and settles into a smooth, distinctive V12 idle. The exhaust note is evocative at both idle and at speed. Throttle response is spot on with composed progressive acceleration in every gear and wonderfully crisp reactions to the driver’s inputs. The clutch and brakes operate in delightful harmony with the gearbox delivering smooth shifts and easy engagement in each gear, owing much to the recent and comprehensive Classiche rebuild. Even from cold, the synchromesh is excellent, and there is a slickness to the operation of this transaxle which is not often present in these cars. Driving is stimulating yet balanced, pulling smoothly to high rpm without smoke or hesitation, showing excellent oil pressure. The car performs just as reported by period reviews and validated by the ongoing appreciation from decades of GTC and GTS owners. It is an easy car to drive quickly, with excellent refinement, yet it is still engaging and gratifying. This GTS comes with a set of original books, a Massini report outlining the history, Ferrari Classiche red binder, records and invoices for service and restoration, and a full set of tools with the tool roll and jack kit.

Exceptionally rare with just 99 examples built, the Ferrari 330 GTS has always offered the best balance between elegant, understated open coachwork, and visceral performance and handling. The combination of great performance and usability even in modern traffic inspires collectors and enthusiasts today to continually engage in the ownership of these rare cars year after year. The light clutch and nimble steering, coupled with the wide V12 torque band delivers a great driving experience for enthusiasts who wish to not only show their cars, but to also enjoyably drive them. The car recently completed the rigorous Ferrari Classiche certification process, a testament to the authenticity of the car despite the engine having been re-stamped. Indeed, in all respects, this is an exceptional GTS with great history that is also in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. In short, it is the quintessential vintage Ferrari experience, combining rarity, beauty, performance, and usability in a way that is virtually unmatched among collector cars.

 


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