- Chassis # 8935
- Engine # 8935
- Sold New To Renata Chiti, Wife Of Legendary Ferrari Engineer, Carlo Chiti
- A Matching-Numbers Example With Copies Of Factory Build Records
- An Extremely Well-Preserved Older Restoration
- Extensive List Of Ferrari Concours Wins Dating Back To The 1980s
- Complete With Manuals, Full Tool Kit, Jack, Spare, & Records Dating Back To 1974
- Turn-Key & Ready To Show Or Tour
The 330 GTC was developed to fill a gap in Ferrari’s luxury model line after 250 GT Lusso production had came to a halt. It was introduced to the public in 1966 at the Geneva Auto Show as an addition to the existing Ferrari model line. Utilizing stunning front end styling of the iconic 500 Superfast with rear styling derived from the 275 GTS, the Pininfarina designed 330 GTC possesses an almost perfect combination of timeless styling, sports car handling characteristics and luxurious interior appointments. The tubular steel chassis is nearly identical to the sporting 275 GTB. It was fitted with a four-liter Colombo V12 transplanted from the 330 GT 2+2 models mated to a 5-Speed rear transaxle via torque tube connection that provided for excellent weight distribution. The V12 produced 300hp, propelling the car to a top speed of 150 miles per hour. Braking was provided by disc brakes on all four corners and independent front and rear suspension was also utilized. Interior luxury accruements that came standard in the 330 included power windows and generous amounts of leather upholstery. It is regarded by many enthusiasts as being one of the best driving, most user-friendly Ferrari’s ever built. By the time production ceased in 1968, only 598 cars were built, solidifying its place in the rich lineage of Ferrari production models as a car that was both comfortable and high performing.
The example on offer here, chassis number 8935 is fitted with its matching engine number 8935. Based on a copy of the Ferrari factory build records on file, we know that #8935 was delivered new to Renata Chiti, wife of Carlo Chiti, a legendary Ferrari engineer, on Sep 11th 1966 in Italy. #8935 was originally painted Argento 25090 (Silver) from the factory but was subsequently changed to the current color of Rosso Chiarro. About a year after its initial sale, it was traded back to the local Ferrari dealership for another car. It is unclear when the car arrived in the United States but there is a title copy on file dated April 19th, 1974 under the ownership of a Richard J. Mohr of Annandale, Virginia who presumably owned the car for 11 years. Mr. Mohr purchased the car with 25,060 KM.
In 1985, the car was then sold to Donovan K. Leyden of Springfield, Virginia. Mr. Leyden is well known as a IAC/PFA Judge & IAC/PFA Council Member and contributor to the 330 GTC/GTS As-Built Configuration and Judging Notes Manual. At the time of acquisition, the mileage on a title copy from that time period shows 43,420 KM. Shortly after his purchase, Mr. Leyden commissioned extensive restoration work between 1985 and 1987. This included a repaint in acrylic urethane over bare metal to highest standards by M & J Coachwork and new moldings/gaskets we installed. The chrome was also re-plated. Inside, the largely original interior was freshened with new Wilton II carpeting and presents extremely well. The engine bay was also tended to with servicing and the refinishing of various parts with crinkle finish, cadmium plating, etc to bring the car up to show level. The entire suspension, steering systems, hydraulics, brakes, and lines were all rebuilt. Please visit the “View Documents” tab on our website where these receipts can be examined.
After the work was completed, Mr. Leyden showed the car extensively and even drove it to every event accumulating most of the Kilometers that are displayed on the odometer today. Besides being featured on the cover of Cavallino Magazine in June/July 1993, #8935 racked up many important awards under Mr. Leyden’s ownership between 1985 and 2005 including-
- Best of Show- Prancing Horse Farm, 1987
- First in Class- Philadelphia Ferrari Festival, Turner Festival and Garden State. 1988
- Best in Class- FCA National meet in Atlanta, 1989
- Best in Class- FCA National meet in Watkins Glen and Enzo Ferrari Trophy for Ferrari Excellence at the Washington Congressional Concours, 1990
- Platinum Award- Best in class at the Mid-Atlantic Region Concours, 1995
- First in Class & Coppa Bella Macchina at FCA National event, 1997- The Coppa Bella Macchina required a Concours First in Class then a two-hour examination of all components, functions and road test to ensure the car operates as it was originally delivered in every way.
It is important to restate that the car was always driven to every event, which serves as a testament to its condition both mechanically and cosmetically speaking. It is also worth noting that #8935 had stiff competition during all of these events. These awards were achieved at a time when Ferrari owners came out to show their cars in droves as these cars were worth less than they are today and were at the time, “newer” cars. Its class was comprised of 330 GTC/GTS and 275 GTS automobiles. At the Garden State FCA event, it not only won best in class and Ferrari of exceptional merit; it also achieved a second-place award for the entire concours. Second to W.J. Marriott’s 340 Mexico, which won Best in Class at the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours! It received further care in 1996, when a full engine rebuild was commissioned. It now has approximately 8,000 miles since the job was completed with consistent maintenance and minimal use then. The final showing by Mr. Leyden was in 2003 at the Cavallino Classic at Concorso Italiano achieving 96 ½ points.
In 2005 the car was traded once more, this time to a Mr. James Balmain. Mr. Balmain commissioned Fossil Motorsports to complete a total strip and repaint to concours standard which was finished in 2006. Once completed the car was shown at the 2007 Rodeo Drive Concours, scoring Gold. Shortly after a Mr. Victor Priesler acquired the car in June of 2007 further improving the car for concours with engine detailing and other minor items. Again, completed by Fossil Motorsports. Afterward its was shown in Pasadena, scoring Gold once more.
The current owner purchased the car in August of 2010. He has casually shown it, keeping it in concours condition and driving it on sunny days when, as of a few weeks ago, the decision was made to downsize, and the car was placed on consignment with LBI Limited.
The Ferrari 330 GTC provides for one of the best vintage V12 grand touring experiences any enthusiast could ask for. It not only has timeless, stunning lines penned by Pininfarina, but it is also a very capable, well balanced, and performance-oriented machine with the interior refinements of a Rolls Royce from the same time period. This award-winning, matching numbers example presents an exceptional opportunity to acquire a limited production, vintage V12 Ferrari that is ready to be shown or toured in numerous prestigious events worldwide. It has always been a concours winning example that has never been neglected and was always under the care of meticulous owners.
Included in the sale are manuals, full tool kit, spare, jack, and a comprehensive service/history file dating back to 1974.
body and paint
This 330 GTC is in show quality condition and presents as excellent #1- car. The Rosso Chiarro paint has a deep consistent shine. It is evident that the paint job was completed to a very high standard as it has withstood the test of time. The panels are straight and the shut gaps are excellent. The paint is blemish-free besides a couple of extremely minor pinhead-sized blemishes, all of which are only noticed under extreme scrutiny. There is a very small, virtually unnoticeable dent on the underside of the nose about a quarter inch in length. All of the chrome has a consistent, deep finish with only minor swirling on a couple of pieces. Door lock chrome is original and thus a bit worn but the other commonly skipped chrome items such as the door handles, antenna, taillight surrounds, emblems, gas cap, window trim, and windshield trim have all been re-chromed to yield a show quality finish.
glass and trim
Overall the glass is in good condition with no large scratches, cracks or chips. The windshield has a bit of peppering and a very small nick. Along with this, light swirls on both the driver and passenger side windows are present but nothing that warrants any attention. All of the rubber seals are in excellent, supple condition.
The Campagnolo wheels have also been refinished. They exhibit the proper consistent finish and only have one or two pinhead size nicks that have been touched up. The knock-off ears are excellent as well. The spare Campagnolo wheel sits evenly in the trunk area and is wrapped with a Michelin XWX tire.
seats and surfaces
The interior condition is excellent, inviting and comfortable. We believe the dash, Connolly leather seats, gauges, headliner, and door cards remain in original condition. All of these items are tight and virtually blemish-free exhibiting a proper, minimal patina. All of the interior lights, switches and toggles seem to be in excellent working condition. The dash wood is excellent, with the steering wheel in similar condition with a previous refinishing of the wood steering wheel rim. The only noteworthy item would be three small dimples on the top of the dash where something may have been resting there for an extended period of time. Overall, an extremely presentable, infinitely inviting interior with the right smell and careful patina.
The only noteworthy item would be three small dimples on the top of the dash where something may have been resting there for an extended period of time. Overall, an extremely presentable, infinitely inviting interior with the right smell and careful patina.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is very tidy with the correct coatings, stickers, colors, and clamps throughout. All of the finishes are blemish-free and are highly correct, ready for the show circuit. Even the battery is the correct Marelli type. The entirety of the engine has been completely rebuilt with approximately 8,000 miles since the work was completed. Since then, it has been maintained thoroughly with no expense spared. Receipts and photos of the rebuild are on-hand.
The trunk area is equally as tidy and restored looking as the engine bay with no notable blemishes. It is highly correct with the original Hirschmann antenna still in place. Original style trunk carpets were installed hardware refinished, and turquoise tanks repainted for a show quality finish.
The underside also presents very well with extensive suspension and brake work evident along with a consistent, correct, black finish.
Mechanically, this car is nearly impossible to fault. It has been completely rebuilt and maintained with an open checkbook since and as one would expect, the engine performance reflects this fact. It cold starts after a few cranks and settles down to an even idle. The strong, consistent power is delivered quickly by compressing the throttle emitting a symphony of Colombo V12 sound from the Ansa exhaust.
The gated shifts are smooth, unleashing what seems like endless, intoxicating power after every up shift. Every gear is better than the last as expected from such a well cared for example.
brakes and suspension
The disc brakes operate as they should with no fading, chattering, or pulling. Steering is sharp and responsive with the car tracking straight down the road ahead. The suspension is properly set up and also has been completely rebuilt.
All four tires are Yokohama AVID T4 and are essentially new. The manufacturing date on all four tires reads July of 2007.
This 330 GTC is an absolute pleasure to drive and is certainly one of the more exhilarating experiences, giving the user a confidence that is unmatched by other vintage V12 Ferrari’s we have driven in the past. Only genuine, well cared for examples, give the user this type of rigid but comfortable feeling of reliability and performance. The 330 GTC is seemingly the perfect marriage between a competition influenced design and the luxurious features seldom seen on Ferraris of this time period. Many refer to the 330 GTC as the best driving vintage V12 Ferrari of all-time; we would agree with that!