Marca : Ferrari
Modello : 330 GTC
Versione : Zagato
Anno : 1967
Telaio N. : 10659 GT
Esemplari prodotti : One-Off
Carrozzeria : Zagato
Motore : 12 cilindri a V di 60°
Cilindrata : 3.967 cc
Distribuzione : SOHC
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : 3 carburatori
Potenza : 300 CV a 6.600 giri/min
Top speed Km/h : —
This particular 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC will thrill its new owner. Along with delivering an exemplary road car driving experience, this Ferrari wears a one-off body created by Zagato. It was delivered new to famed Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti in 1968 and owned thereafter by Robert V. Kennedy of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It then passed to two different owners in the New York area, at which time it was believed to have incurred frontal damage. As a result, it was shipped by Chinetti to Milan and the factory of the avant-garde coachbuilder, Zagato. The comprehensive file that accompanies this car includes a photograph of chassis 10659 as it arrived in Italy, just before the Pininfarina body was removed, which shows the light frontal damage.
In fact, chassis 10659 was the second car Luigi Chinetti, Jr. sent to Zagato to be clothed in bespoke coachwork, the first being a spyder called 3z, based on a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
This example, however, would become a bespoke edition made expressly for the North American Ferrari importer. Upon its completion, Zagato was evidently very proud of the result as it was shown at the 1974 Salon de l’Automobile in Geneva on the Zagato stand. After the Geneva show the car was featured in Quattroporte Magazine in Italy, on behalf of its U.S.-based owner, the aforementioned Mr. Kennedy, who previously owned the car and liked it so much, he bought it back and kept it until the 1990s.
After its brief sojourn in Europe, the car was shipped back to America where it remained for a number of years. It was shown at Pebble Beach in 1996 and has been featured in a number of books and articles, such as The Ferrari Legend: The Road Cars, by Antoine Prunet and Ferrari by Zagato by Michele Marchiano.
Chassis 10659 has been part of the prestigious Schermerhorn Collection for several years now. Mr. Schermerhorn purchased the car as it was a perfect example of Zagato styling on a Ferrari body. Since its acquisition, it has been FIVA certified in Holland in 2004 and was invited to take part in the Villa d’Este Concours. Like many of the other cars in the collection, it has been maintained by Alex Jansen’s team at Forza Service.
Zagato’s provocative distaste for conformity is clearly rendered in this car’s overall shape and detailing. Contemporary reviews acknowledged the fact that the 330 GTC was handsome in its original form but that it did not stand out.
Zagato dealt a blow to conformity with this streamlined design that features a chiselled nose with enclosed headlamps, smooth wings, flush door handles, notchback roof and an enormous removable targa-style roof. The completely new design maintained the pleasing stance of the 330 GTC but gave this classic GT a much more modern look: one that foreshadowed styling trends that emerged in the 1970s on a grander scale.
Chassis 10659 is a one-off Ferrari, the only Ferrari 330GTC clothed by Zagato and one of only 18 Zagato-bodied Ferraris of all types, 11 of which are classic. A recent road test by a respected journalist perhaps summed it up best: “It’s a great car to drive.”