Today I finalized a deal to buy a 1967 330 GTC for a customer of mine. This particular GTC was owned by the same owner for almost 40 years! Bill advised me when I was rebuilding my Mustang engine and has been running a repair shop in NJ for many years. In 1974, he put together $6000 dollars, a lot of money in those days, to buy this used Ferrari, but Bill loved the sophisticated Italian machinery over the more common cars he worked on to make a living. He used this car as his daily driver for years until he bought a second car!
I went out to see the car in person, and found a very honest car. Bill had done the usual period modifications to the car throughout the 70s and 80s like a CD ignition system and stainless steel acorn nuts, but the car was well taken care of with regular service and driving. He even took my advice and updated the front suspension to fix the factory recall issue.
The car was repainted in the 80s after a minor fender bender in a color close to the original, but the “scuff and spray” was crazing and cracking.
The interior was original and in very good condition. The door panels were showing some warping from moisture, but not unexpected for a car that saw regular driving during its life.
The compression numbers and oil pressure were strong, and I had the perfect buyer in mind for this car.
Bill courted his wife in the GTC and had a lot of fond memories with this car but he was ready to let her go. The rise in prices in these cars would help him sell the GTC and use the money for the next chapter in their lives. I was honored that Bill asked me to help him find a new owner, but I had mixed feelings about selling the car. I didn’t want to be the one involved with taking Bill’s old friend away from him, but my finding the right owner that would love the car as much as Bill did made it a little easier. I can definitely project Bill’s situation onto my own relationship with my 330 America, and know one day, I too, may part with my car. My role in brokering this Ferrari never lost sight of our personal connection and attachment with these cars. I only hope to be treated the same way when it’s my turn!
Bill’s old car was safely tucked away back at the shop ready for the next stage in her life. We’re at a very interesting junction, and a decision will be made soon how to proceed. My advice to the new owner is to simply paint the car and re-do the chrome. I personally don’t recommend a complete restoration. The car feels nice and tight and the engine pulls strongly. The valve guides and seals were done by Bill many years ago, and show no signs of smoke or weak compression. The rubber seals need replacing along with the front and rear windshield gaskets, but that would be done after the car is painted. I’m trying my best to keep the owner from restoring this car from the ground up, but it ultimately will be up to the him. Stay tuned!
Reminder: If you have a Ferrari related project, car, or idea you’d like to explore, I’d love to talk to you. I can also help if you’re thinking of buying or selling. This website represents what I love to do, and now it’s how I make a living, so if you’d like to do something together, let me know. It all begins with an e-mail!
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