Ferrari 330 GTS

The 330 GTS is the product of the Pininfarina-Ferrari collaboration at its finest. A stunning V-12-engined spider, it was introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1966, a few months after its sibling, the 330 GTC, debuted at Geneva. The 330 GTS was a subtle blend of the basic styling elements of the Ferrari 275 and the 400 Superamerica, with an overall length of 173.2 inches. Its chassis and fully-independent suspension were also extensions of the 275 design, powered by an aluminum block-and-head 4.0-liter V-12 engine shared with the 330 GT 2+2. Yet, whereas the prior 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with an engine-mounted five-speed gearbox, the new 330 GTC and GTS featured a five-speed manual gearbox within a rear transaxle.

From its classic Ferrari nose treatment, fitted with a characteristic shallow egg-crate oval grille, to its triple louvered vents on the rear flanks of the front fenders and on to the seductive tapered tail, the 330 GTS epitomized mid-sixties Italian GT styling. Inside the luxuriously appointed interior were twin leather bucket seats, a wood-rimmed, aluminum steering wheel and full instrumentation. Interior accommodations were remarkably spacious.

The 330 GTS was capable of speeds approaching 150 mph, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in about seven seconds, while the quarter-mile dash required approximately 15 seconds at just less than 100 mph.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

345 bhp (SAE), 300 bhp (DIN) 3,967 cc Tipo 209/66 V-12 engine with single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank, triple Weber dual-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension including upper and lower A-arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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