A Ferrari 330 GTC will be among the headline entries at the inaugural Russo and Steele Newport Beach auction, scheduled for June 20-22, 2013 at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach, California.
Designed by Pininfarina and powered by a Colombo-derived, four-liter V-12, the 330 GTC debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966. Its basic chassis was shared with the Ferrari 275 and featured four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Housed within a rear-mounted transaxle, the five-speed manual gearbox endowed the 330 GTC with near-perfect weight distribution and excellent handling characteristics. Praised then and now for its solid driving dynamics, only 600 examples of the Ferrari 330 GTC were produced through 1968.
On offer at the 2013 Russo and Steele Newport Beach auction is chassis number 9159, the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC that was the official display car at the 1966 Turin Auto Show, as confirmed by Ferrari expert Hilary A. Raab’s book on Ferrari road-car serial numbers, the Ferrari Market Letter and the 330 Register. Delivered new to Venezuelan Ferrari distributor Carlos Kaufman, chassis 9159 eventually made its way to the United States and the collection of gallery owner Robert Slack of Atlanta, Georgia, who commissioned its restoration in Italy. The Ferrari has been with its current owner for nine years and it’s offered in its original color scheme of silver with black leather upholstery.
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