British Ferrari specialist Bell Sport & Classic has unveiled a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC that it comprehensively restored.
The company spent three years bringing the car back to life. The process started with all the interior components being removed over a two week period before focus turned to the exterior with all the brightwork, bumpers, headlights, and glass being removed.
Work then started on the underpinnings of the 330 GTC where Bell Sport & Classic stripped down the suspension, sandblasted all vital components, and refurbished and retained parts including the original shock absorbers, suspension arms, and springs.
As with any restoration of this kind, extreme attention was paid to the exterior of the car, ensuring that it looks just as good as it did when it left the factory. To make this possible, the company blasted the exterior with crushed walnut shells, as unlike traditional sandblasting, walnut-blasting doesn’t put heat into the steel.
The Ferrari originally arrived at Bell Sport & Classic finished in blue and had been repainted several times. Original build sheets were sourced for the car and confirmed that it was painted in a light shade of green at the factory, dubbed Verde Chiaro Metallizato. The 330 GTC was resprayed in this finish and all exterior panels were reinstalled.
Handling the restoration of the interior was O’Rourke Coachtrimmers and Suppliers. The customer asked for the black leather to be replaced with the Ferrari Conolly VM 218 fawn leather matched with period-correct detailing, including the color and weave of the carpets and headlining. The original seat frames were retained and new foam inserts were installed.
One particularly tricky part of the restoration was the dashboard. While the original wooden veneer was in good condition, it did have a hole in it. This forced O’Rourke Coachtrimmers and Suppliers to fill the hole after trying dozens of different wood stains to find the correct match.
The car’s original Colombo V12 was also rebuilt with even the smallest stud being stripped, vapor-blasted, refurbished, and replated as required. Two days of engine dyno testing were performed after the rebuild before the car underwent 500 miles of testing on the road. The engine is good for 300 hp at 7,000 rpm.
“With this Ferrari 330 GTC, we have created a car that looks perfect from first glance right down to the details you will never see,” Bell Sport & Classic’s Head of Acquisition & Sales, Peter Smith described. “We believe passionately that beauty is so much more than skin-deep. That’s why, if you took this car apart, every component would look new, even though it is fifty-six years old. Versus the more famous V12 Ferrari of the period, the 330 GTC hides its light under a relative bushel, but it is such a wonderful combination of style and performance that this is one Ferrari unlikely to remain underrated for much longer.”
The restored 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC recently claimed the top prize at the 2022 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance.