It wasn’t long after the 330 GTC’s introduction at 1966’s Geneva Auto Show that the two-seat coupe had earned a reputation as the “best all around” Ferrari -- and with good reason.
Its understated looks were classy and elegant, the steering light at most every speed, the interior commodious and comfortable, the ride superb, the engine ideal. It was truly a Ferrari one could use every day.
designed and built the GTC’s steel body, which successfully blended the general
design of the 275 GTS with the front-end treatment of the 500 Superfast. Car and Driver’s one-word sum-up of the
car’s appearance: “class.”
The 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC differed from the 330 mainly under the hood.
See more Ferrari images.
Underneath was the 94.5-inch (2400mm) chassis found on the 275 GTB & GTS. Underhood was the 300-horsepower 4.0-liter V-12 from the larger 330 2+2, but with a redesigned block. The gearbox mounted at the rear, as on the 275 GTB, for better weight distribution. The GTC also had independent rear suspension. The model was quite popular, with almost 600 made.
In the second half of 1968, Ferrari began work on the 365 GTC. It vented the engine compartment with hood slats instead of fender louvers, but that was the only appearance change from the 330. The main difference was beneath the hood.
The 365 had a 320-horsepower 4.4-liter V-12, as seen in the 365 GT 2+2 introduced in late 1967. With more low-end torque, it furnished fierce acceleration while maintaining the superb road manners of the 330 GTC. The 365 GTC was built into late 1969; the last made was for Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton.She wasn’t alone among famous women who owned a 330 or 365. Princess Lilian of Belgium was an avid enthusiast who had ordered several Ferrari one-offs. In 1966, she had Pininfarina design a new body on the 330 GTC chassis. This 330 Speciale (chassis 9439 GT) appeared in January 1967 at the Brussels Motor Show, one of three identical 330 Speciales produced. Princess Lilian owned hers until her passing in 2002.
Learn about these other great Ferrari Road Cars:
For more fantastic Ferrari information, check out:
- How Ferrari Works
- Ferrari Cars
- Other Cars With Ferrari Engines
- Ferrari History and Biographies
- Ferrari Pictures
- Ferrari F1
- Ferrari Sports Racing Cars
- Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano