Ferrari 330 GTS
The 330 GTS is the product of the Pininfarina-Ferrari collaboration at its finest. A stunning V12-engined spyder in the classic Ferrari tradition, it was introduced at the 1966 Paris Salon a few months after its 330 GTC Coupe sibling débuted at Geneva. The chassis of the 330 GTC and GTS Spyder was an extension of the 275 design, while the all-aluminium V12 engine originated from the 330 GT 2+2. Yet, whereas the 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with an engine-mounted gearbox, the new 330 GTC and GTS models featured a rear-mounted, five-speed transaxle with an enclosed torque tube driveshaft.
From its classic Ferrari nose, with a characteristic shallow oval egg crate grille, to the louvered vents on the flanks of its front fenders and on to the seductively tapered tail, the Ferrari 330 GTS epitomized mid-sixties Italian design principles. Inside the spacious and luxuriously appointed interior were twin leather bucket seats, a wood-rimmed aluminium steering wheel and full instrumentation.
The top speed of a 330 GTS was over 240 km/h, with acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in approximately seven seconds. American car magazine Car & Driver summed up the experience in July 1967: “Driving it doesn’t change that first visual impression of class.” They continued, “Depress clutch. Find neutral. Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my God!”
With its greater interior space and powerful V12 engine, the Ferrari 330 GTC and GTS have earned the appellation of many as being one of the finest all-around, road-going Ferraris ever built. The rare, top-down GTS only adds to that impression, with only about 100 examples built from late 1966 through the fall of 1968.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
345 bhp, 3,967 single overhead-camshaft V12 engine, three Weber twin-choke carburettors, five-speed, rear-mounted manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc bakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5").
Source: RM Auctions
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