1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato

by May 21, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato

by May 21, 2019

Photos ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions




330 GTC Zagato








RM Sotheby's


May 25

Say “Ferrari” and the name “Pininfarina” almost rolls off the tongue after, that firm having bodied so many of Maranello’s cars. Not this time though. The subject of this Sotheby’s lot is one of the rare Ferraris clothed by another famed Italian carrozzeria, Zagato.

As with most stories about Ferraris in the U.S., this begins with Luigi Chinetti, the importer. It also starts with a standard 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, chassis 10659, with a Pininfarina body. Incidentally, Ferrari Formula 1 champion Phil Hill used to say the 330 GTC was one of the best-handling Ferraris of its era.

The first owner of this particular 330 GTC was Gerard Buhrman of Ann Arbor, MI, and it then went to Robert Kennedy in Cambridge, MA. After some nose damage to the car, Chinetti had it shipped back to Italy, not to Pininfarina, but Zagato where Giuseppe Mittino apparently penned the new shape. It came back a very different looking car.

Where the original 330 GTC design flows nicely from nose to tail, the Zagato design takes a decidedly more angular route. Start with the steeply sloped nose with four prominent headlamps behind plastic. Then there’s a somewhat squared off body back to a vertical tail. Up top is a black, removable targa roof. Inside, large tach and speedometer plus other gauges are set in a rich wood dashboard.

Naturally, the car is fitted with the Colombo-based single-cam 4.0-liter V-12, which was rated at 300 horsepower and, by most reports, gets the car to 60 mph just shy of 7.0 seconds. The chassis has independent suspensions at both ends.

Zagato showed this 330 on its stand at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show, and it is so unique it has been at such events as the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It has been part of several major collections in the past decades, spending 17 years in the Schermerhorn Collection.

Ferraris are rare enough so having a Zagato body makes this 300 GTC the rarest of the rare.

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