1966 Ferrari 330GTC
Year of manufacture1966
Chassis n° 8723
Engine n° 8723
- The forgotten swedish collection
- The 1st 330 GTC delivered by Franco Britannic
- Sold new to George A Embiricos
- Same owner since 1978
- Original engine
- 54 600 km believed from new
This 330GTC left the factory in 1966 and was the 5th example built and the first delivered to France, for the importer Franco Britannic Automobiles. It had been ordered in 'blu scuro' (ref.18942 Italver) with beige 'scuro' (ref VM 846) leather interior by the famous Greek shipowner George A. Embiricos (1920-2011) who lived between Paris, Lausanne and New York.
The importer delivered #8723 in June 1966, registered 46C276 (French consular plate - 46 for Greece, C for Consulate, 276 was the number attributed by the police authority). We consulted the importer's archives and in the file for the Ferrari, dated 28 November 1968, it mentions the sale of the car to Prince Amaury de BROGLIE, 15 Avenue Elisée- Reclus, Paris 7. The car was in such immaculate condition, with less than 15,000 km on the clock, that the importer offered the new owner a six month guarantee for any faulty parts. The Prince of Broglie registered the 330GTC with the number 417 PJ 14, in Calvados, the department where he resided in his family château in the commune of Balleray. When he went to Paris, between November 1968 and June 1969, the Ferrari was maintained by the importer and the service file lists just routine jobs such as changing fluids, lubrication, antifreeze, clutch guard, cleaning the fuel filter, adjustment of the ignition and changing the spark plugs. The visit of an expert to the importer at Levallois Perret in March 1969 is noted, following a minor accident to the left front wing which required the intervention of coachbuilders Chapron to repair the wing, change the front right light and repaint. An adjustment of the steering box was carried out once this work was finished.
In August 1969, #8723 was sold in the Paris region to Mr Spitzer who registered it 949 AV 92. The Ferrari had covered 23,000 km and maintained by Charles Pozzi in Levallois-Perret, the official importer since 1 January 1969.
In January 1970, when it showed 30,858 km on the odometer, the car was crashed by Mr. Spitzer. It was subsequently sold by Pozzi, for repair, to a professional in Sweden.The car was repaired and repainted in black. It then passed through the hands of four owners between 1971 and 1978 who all registered it in Sweden for using in the Stockholm area. In 1978 it was acquired by our Swedish collector, an enthusiast for sparingly-used cars in excellent condition. It was registered in his name in January of that year and immediately put away without being used. This is therefore a car that has hardly been driven since the end of the 1970s and is presented in astonishing condition.
The odometer records 54 598 km which is likely to be the original mileage. The interior is exactly as was in the 1970s, and the carpet has been changed for a thicker, non-conforming one. The teak dashboard has been re-varnished, probably in period, and finished in beige leather at an unknown date. The beige leather seats and door linings add an appealing touch of sophistication in keeping with this top-level GT coupe. To sit behind the wheel of this automobile is to step back to the 1980s, to the date it was frozen in time. Today, the car requires a full overhaul, and will be sold with its owner's manual and a spare parts catalogue.
Launched at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the 330 GTC coupé was a perfect synthesis of two cars that could also be seen on the Ferrari stand : the 275 GTB and the 330 GT 2+2. Equipped with the tubular chassis of the first, it had the 4-litre engine of the second, and was fitted with a body built by Pininfarina. This was based on the style of the 330 GT, but a shorter wheelbase allowed for a more compact, pure and understated design that was supremely elegant. This model is the perfect illustration of a GT berlinetta combining a sporty personality with a luxurious level of comfort. Sophisticated and refined, the 330 GTC had a production of around 600 examples between 1966 and 1968, making it a rare car.
In addition to these qualities, the example on offer has an amazing history and is in wonderful condition. It will make a fantastic project for a marque enthusiast and as such is particularly desirable.
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Photos © Christophe Gasco