Ferrari 330 GTS

 

 

 

 

 

So you all know that I am a Porsche nut! That said, simply because a vehicle is not German designed and Stuttgart built doesn’t exclude it from being simply a breathtaking icon.

The limited run of only one hundred examples is not just the most special thing about the Ferrari 330 GTS, though it does, of course, influence its value. To me many  classic convertibles don’t look that amazing with their hoods up. Their “rag roofs” are often too peaked, ribbed in chrome or are otherwise a bit clumsy. This car is the exception. With its hood up or down the Ferrari 330 GTS is just stunning.

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The 330 GTS was designed by the legendary Torino based “Pininfarina” – founded in 1928 by Battista Farina who acquired the Piedmontese nickname “Pinin” – meaning the youngest brother – and later in 1961 changed his surname to “Pininfarina”. The last car that Sr. Pininfarina is credited with personally designing was the Alfa Romeo Duetto – see our pervious post here – Alfa Romeo Spider  There is an umistakable common heritage in Pininfarina’s signature between the 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto and the 330 GTS.

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The Ferrari 330 GTS was one of a series of cars, V12 300 bhp – based on the Superamerica 4.0L Colombo engine – that were produced by Ferrari between 1963 and 1968 when it was superseded by the 365 models.

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The Ferrari 330 GTS debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1966.

In January 2016, a genuine “barn find” Ferrari 330 GTS with a mere 23,000 miles on the clock sold at the Scottsdale Arizona sale of Gooding & Company for a tad over $2m.

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A yellow GTS sold at the same sale a year earlier for $2.4m.

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The guys at Morris and Welford at Newport Beach, California in January 2018 have a stunning 1968 blue GTS for sale for $2.4m. Yes please……

 

If that is stretching the budget a little – and it certainly is for me – I am going to console myself by adding a die cast model of a Ferrari 330 GTS to my mantelpiece! You can do the same by clicking the AMAZON link below

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BEST BT9315 FERRARI 330 GTS 1968 BLUE MET.1:43 MODELLINO DIE CAST MODEL

STOP PRESS: At Gooding & Co’s January 2018 Scottsdale Auction, Lot 138, a stunning black 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS reached a winning bid at $2.53m – exceeding the pre-auction  estimate of between $2.00m – $2.4m.

See images of this fine car here – Ferrari 330 GTS at Goodings

 

Image Credits with grateful thanks Wikipedia, Gooding & Co, Morris and Welford, The Legendary Motor Company, http://www.Talacrest.com and RM Sotherby.

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