27 April 2013
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina
- Chassis no. 10719
- Engine no. 10719
Sold for $1,936,000
To be auctioned on
- One of only 99 built
- Matching-numbers example
- The subject of a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration
- The 2011 Concorso Italiano Best of Show winner
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. Car and Driver summed up its sparkling driving dynamics in its July 1967 issue: “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!”
Chassis 10719 was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, of Greenwich, Connecticut, in early-1968, and it was immediately sold to Loeber Motors Inc., of 5625 North Broadway in Chicago, Illinois. It passed through a succession of owners, including Dr. Stuart L. Resch, of New York, by 1970, and then Steve Gross, of Westport, Connecticut, in 1974, who also acquired it via Chinetti Motors. Save for a repaint in the early-1970s, it was reportedly a largely original car throughout its succession of owners until the mid-2000s. In 2006, it was acquired by an astute collector from California, who added approximately 7,000 to the odometer after having Patrick Ottis Company, of Berkeley, California, sort the suspension and perform some general maintenance. When it came time for the original engine to be rebuilt, Ottis’ team was entrusted with the engine and mechanical work, while the coachwork and cosmetics were entrusted to Rudi & Company, of Victoria, British Columbia.
Under the care of Koniczek and his team, the car was completely taken down to bare metal; old front-end damage was properly repaired, and any oxidation issues were addressed, a significant investment that has ensured the integrity of the car for years to come. In addition to the outstanding body and paint work, every piece of chrome was replated, the interior was reupholstered, and the gaskets and glass were replaced.
Ottis’ shop was given the directive to perform the engine rebuild as thoroughly and correctly as possible. The meticulous machine work was complemented by the installation of new valves and pistons, resulting in outstanding appearance and performance. With the restorative work completed, the car was returned to Berkeley to have the engine installed and worn in. The car was subsequently sent to Brian Hoyt, of Perfect Reflections, to ensure that the car was dialed in for correctness of presentation, down to rubber seals and the smallest pieces of hardware.
Stunningly presented in Blu Scuro with a Claret and black leather interior and black cloth top, 10719 is absolutely stunning. The fit and finish of the panels is excellent, with even gaps, and the only sign of wear comes in the form of light polishing marks on the paint; it should be further noted that the quality of the engine bay remains at a concours level, as does that of the underside.
Nicely equipped with the standard leather seats and power windows, this 330 also comes with optional air conditioning, a Becker AM/FM radio, and Borrani wire wheels shod with Michelin XWX tires. Along with captivating presentation, 10719 comes with an original leather glove box folio, including an owner’s manual, chamois, parts book, and owner’s guarantee book. The trunk has been nicely finished in black carpeting and contains a jack bag and nicely appointed tool roll. As a testament to the craftsmen who restored 10719, when shown in 2011 at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, it won the Ferrari Club of America Pacific Region Vintage Concours Award, as well as Best of Show honors. Simply put, the final word of the judges speaks for itself.
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