In 1966 at the Geneva Salon Ferrari unveiled the 330 GTC - a model that at the time came as just an addition to the Ferrari line-up, but that in time became one of the best Ferrari. Like many of the Ferrari models it has been designed by Pininfarina: a design combination between the 275 GTS with the front-end treatment of the 500 Superfast.
The 330 GTC had a cabin with very slim pillars, which gave an airy feel to the interior and excellent visibility. The design was specific to this model, and was carried over to the later 365 GTC.
Like the 275 GTB & GTS models, the 330 GTC was built on a 2400mm chassis. The standard road wheels were 7L x 14 in, fitted with 205 x 14 in tyres, of an elegant and smooth 10-hole alloy design, similar to those used on the sports racing competition Ferrari models of the period.
The engine was borrowed from its bigger brother 330 GT 2+2: a 4.0-liter V-12 engine with a bore and stroke of 77 x 71 mm and a maximum power of 300 hp. The engine featured a redesigned block and a a modified fuel delivery system. It was mated to a gearbox mounted at the rear, for better weight distribution.
In 1976 at the Brussels Salon it was presented a special 330 GTC. It was designed by Pininfarina for The Princess Liliane De Rethy, who was at her third Ferrari. Also in March 1967 at the Geneva Salon a second special 330 GTC was presented this time for Dr Michael de Bakey of Houston, Texas. A third special one was built for Maria Maddalena Da Lisca of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, while the final unit was special built for Dr Franco Palma of Rome, Italy.
The first two were finished in azzuro Italver with pelle nera Franzi interiors. The last two were painted in argento Italver, with one having a pelle nera Franzi interior, and the other having a pelle blu Franzi interior.
These cars featured the nose section of the Ferrari 365 California, with a redesigned glass area to the cabin that had a concave, curved rear screen between buttressed sail panels that ran down to a Kamm tail, on which were a pair of triple circular lens tail light assemblies on a rectangular chrome-plated panel, above a full width wrap-around bumper. There were detail differences between individual cars, the most noticeable of these being the engine bay exhaust air arrangement.
During its short two years life time, there were 598 330 GTC built, produced in both left and right hand drive form.