Friday, 24 June 2011
Basking in the cool shade on a hot day at a Silverstone Press Event a couple of weeks a was this elegant Ferrari 330 GTC, though as we shall see less kind mortals than myself might have construed it's presence as a spoiler for a rival auction coming up at Goodwood Festival of Speed organised by Bonham's on the 1st of July.
Should one of the tyres on the four, originally optional, fetching Borrani wheels deflate this vehicle comes with a jacking bag to facilitate wheel changes.
Introduced in 1966 the Ferrari 330 was in production while it's predecessor the 275 GTB/4, with which it shared a common chassis features including wheelbase dimensions, oval tube construction and rear mounted gearbox attached to a transaxle, was still in production, both models went out of production in 1968, around 600 of the larger engine 330 models were manufactured.
The Pininfarina bodywork is a master class in simple, sexy, sixties elegance from just about any angle.
Not at all sure how the fuel cap works but it's hard to imagine it operation will be any less elegant than it's design.
This particular vehicle was originally imported to the United States in June 1968 and sold through US importer Chinetti after spending 20 years in New York it moved to sunnier climes with a new owner resident in Florida and thence back to Italy. This car was bare metal restored in Switzerland in 2001 and sold to a Dutch Collector with whom it remained until it's present owner acquired the car in 2009.
The car has been fitted with a 300 hp 4 litre / 244 cui Colombo V12 motor #07433 of the correct type, though originally installed in a 330 2+2.
As the man from Bonham's says this car want's for nothing except a new owner.
My thanks to Jonathan Gill of mpacreative, who facilitated my visit to Silverstone, don't forget Silverstone Auctions sponsors of the forthcoming Silverstone Classic Weekend will be holding their own Silverstone Classic Sale on July 23rd.
Thanks for joining me on today's elegant Pininfarina edition of 'Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres', I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don't forget to come back now !