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Offered From The Dr. Terry Maxon Collection
Of all the Ferrari road cars with Pininfarina coachwork, perhaps none so brilliantly exude late-1960s jet age chic like the 330 grand touring coupes and spiders. Introduced at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the 330 GTC combined the tapered rear end of the 275 GTS with a front end based on the flagship 500 Superfast, resulting in a Ferrari of distinctive elegance that many Maranello enthusiasts regard as the true successor to the celebrated 250 GT Lusso. The latest version of the short-block Colombo V-12 now displaced four liters, developing 300 horsepower with the assistance of triple Weber carbureted induction.
With the unveiling of the open-top 330 GTS at the Paris Motor Show seven months later, Pininfarina successfully retained all the coupe’s sophistication while amplifying the design’s sporting character, as the removal of the roofline emphasized the model’s athletic cockpit-central stance. Increasingly prized for its rarity and timeless styling, the 330 GTS was produced in a modest quantity of just 99 examples through 1968. Though not quite as rare or powerful as the 365 GTS that eventually followed it, the 330 GTS remains preferred by many Ferrari aficionados for its attractive fender vents, making it the company’s quintessential late-1960s grand touring spider in the eyes of many enthusiasts.
Boasting unquestionable rarity and 46 years of consistent maintenance as needed, as well as a more recent cosmetic freshening, this beautiful 330 GTS is a particularly desirable example. According to the research of marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis number 09805 completed assembly in July 1967, finished in Blu Sera paint and trimmed in Arancia (orange) leather, a particularly rare and desirable color combination that surely distinguished the car from other examples. Specified for the US market with instruments in miles, the 330 was distributed later that month to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York, and it departed Livorno on 17 July aboard the M/S Maria Costa. A period SEFAC certificate of origin on file clarifies that the GTS was officially completed on 8 July 1967, while a Luigi Chinetti Motors delivery note indicates the car was sold new on 11 August, 1967, to Dr. W.C. Roland of Ashland, Kentucky.
The Ferrari returned to Chinetti Motors by October 1972 and was sold the following January, possibly to Dean Bangert of Palos Park, Illinois, who owned the car by March 1974. By August 1974 the 330 had been purchased by Ashley Pace of Pensacola, Florida, who was a preferred client of the pioneering marque dealership FAF Motorcars in Tucker, Georgia. A year later the GTC was again offered for sale, by which time the interior had been reupholstered in tan leather, and the odometer displayed 43,000 miles.
Pace sold the Ferrari in late 1975 to an attorney in Miami, Florida named John Kelly, and he in turn sold the car in January 1976 to Dr. Maxon, commencing a 46-year period of consistent care. Dr. Maxon fastidiously maintained the 330 mechanically, so it was always prepared when he occasionally chose to enjoy it on a local drive or a touring event. In August 1984 the car was spotted in the parking lot of the Ferrari Owners Club USA Concours d’Elegance held at the Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Among other tours, Dr. Maxon drove the Ferrari at the 2017 Copperstate 1000, during which the car incurred some minor rear end damage. As the 330 had been repainted red at some earlier point, the owner seized the opportunity to commission a $45,000 refinish in Rosso, and the interior was expertly reupholstered in beige leather shortly thereafter. For the future caretaker that may wish to steward a restoration to optimal originality, it should be noted that the car’s rare factory-appointed color scheme of Blu Sera over Arancia is an unusual and desirable livery that would set the car apart on a concours field, and may serve to deepen its appeal in the vintage Ferrari market.
Currently fitted with attractive wire wheels (and accompanied by a set of alloys), chassis number 9805 is mechanically sorted and retains its numbers-matching engine and gearbox. It is offered with a partially complete toolkit, and documented with the Massini report, period SEFAC and Chinetti Motors paperwork, copies of manuals and parts book, a logbook stretching from 1980 to 2020, and invoices dating from 2001 to 2020.
As one of just 99 examples built, this 330 GTS boasts great rarity, and it is furthermore distinguished by its 46 years of meticulous mechanical upkeep within the purview of a single dedicated owner. Ideal for enjoyment on touring events, the 330 may alternatively be restored to a greater state of cosmetic originality reflecting its striking original colors. Also appropriate for display at regional concours d’elegance and marque gatherings, this beautiful GTS is a highly desirable example of the marque’s understated and elegant late-1960s grand touring spider, inviting the serious consideration of any marque enthusiast.
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