By on June 25, 2019

Italian design house Zagato was featured here recently, when Rare Rides took a look at a reworked Ferrari 348 from 1990. Opinions were mixed, but most found the effort dated and overworked. Today we have a look at another polarizing Zagato Ferrari, this time from the sixties. It’s a 330 GTC from 1967, and it’s quite a looker.

Ferrari’s 330 model entered production in 1963, as a grand touring model. Less speed, more luxury, and space for four people and their luggage – all rendered in classic Pininfarina styling. The first run was called the America, and 50 were produced in 1963. The 330 America used the old chassis from the 250 GTE, but paired its new body design with a new engine. Out front was a 4-liter Type 209 V12, which produced 300 horsepower.

The very next year, the 330 was redesigned. Pininfarina was hired once more, and in January ’64 the 330 GT 2+2 debuted at the Brussels Auto Show. Styling grew sharper and the wheelbase increased by two inches. This version of the 330 remained in production between 1964 and 1967, with swaps back and forth between quad headlamp and dual headlamp front ends.

Another 330 overlapped with the 330 GT: the GTC and GTS. These versions were only available in 2-seat configuration, and in coupe or spider body styles. Related to the smaller 275 model rather than the 330 GT, 598 coupes and 100 spiders were produced between 1966 and 1968. At that point, the 330 made way for the 365.

Four years later, Zagato received a commission from an American customer. Ferrari importer and former racing driver Luigi Chinetti wanted to see a special kind of 330. In 1972, he hired Zagato to take a standard and slightly wrecked GTC and give it a new body and a new roof design. The resulting “Zagato Convertible” looked very different from the basic shape of the donor GTC.

Classic lines were gone, replaced by a more upright, stumpy shape which will look familiar to anyone who’s viewed a Fiat X1/9 (though the Zagato preceded the Fiat by five years.) Inset rear lamps, and covered headlamps combine with AMC-style door handles for a contemporary (perhaps downmarket) look.

The 330 Zagato remained a one-of-one, so disputes of rarity shan’t occur in this instance. On sale at Villa Erba in May of 2019, the unique targa did not find a new home.

[Images: RM Sotheby’s]

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20 Comments on “Rare Rides: A Vintage Zagato-bodied Ferrari 330 From 1967...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    There’s nothing more “Italian sportscar” then a Pininfarina designed one. Although not my favorite this still has that classic 60s Italian look. Good find :)

  • avatar
    thelaine

    I love Ferraris and I really love 60’s Ferraris, but the front end on this car is absolutely hideous.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Well, it’s…interesting.

    I’d like to know who at Zagato thought the painted black roof section was a good idea.

    And it’s actually rare!

  • avatar
    JimC2

    “It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage.”

    Wait, wrong car.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I normally like Zagato designs, but not this one. I see some second-gen Alpine A110 in the front end (way ahead of its time there!), a little bit of Fiat X1/9, and I even get some kit car vibes.

    It’s interesting that the legendary Luigi Chinetti commissioned this. I’d like to have been standing next to him when he first saw it in person. I wonder what his first thoughts were? The writeup for the auction listing doesn’t say how long Chinetti owned it, but it does mention that the car eventually went back to Robert Kennedy, the second owner of the GTC (the guy that wrecked it). From the listing:

    “Originally delivered to the U.S. as a standard 330 GTC to noted Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti in 1967, chassis number 10659 was delivered to its first owner, Gerald L. Buhrman, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It then passed to its second owner, Robert Kennedy of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1972, Kennedy incurred minor damage to the front of the car and brought it back to Chinetti for repairs.

    Chinetti used this opportunity to return the car to Italy and fit it with unique coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato, who involved both Carrozzeria Carlo Marazzi and M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.S in the project. A photograph in the history file shows chassis number 10659 as it arrived in Italy, just before the Pininfarina body was removed, showcasing the minor damage.”

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    The last photo looks like a miniature model that was sot with a macro lens.

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    SHOT not sot

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    If this car was rebodied in this style in 1972, doesn’t that mean that it was designed the same year that the FIAT X1/9 entered production? The FIAT X1/9’s design was revealed in 1969 as the Autobianchi A112 Bertone Runabout by Marcello Gandini

    https://www.automotivemasterpieces.com/1969autobianchirunaboutsn41258.html

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Complete with Audiovox manual tuner AM/FM 8-track.

  • avatar
    scott25

    I like it, but agree with the kit-car vibes. It definitely doesn’t look as expensive or as quality as a Ferrari should. It’d make an OK Fiat or Lancia.

  • avatar

    ToddAtlas is right on the X1/9 timeline. Hmm.

  • avatar
    WildcatMatt

    I look at the front and rear and I see Studebaker Avanti. I look at the side and I see Buick Reatta.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Wow, somebody came up with this clunker when the sublime 365 GTB/4 (aka Daytona) was already on the market. WTF were they thinking?

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    Zagato – That is Italian for ‘Let us ruin a beautiful design.’

    There is not a single Zagato-ruined car that I find attractive.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    Zagatos deserve to be rare by design!

    Zagato is surely by far the weakest of the Italian design houses, in my opinion. You should see the awful coupe version of the Lancia Flavia sedan they made in 1962. 1 9 6 2. The E-type was on the ground, the first Stingray Vette appeared a few months later. But the Zagato Coupe looked like an updated Packard bathtub Clipper from 15 years before. It was bloody awful to contemplate, and they managed to sell only 629 copies to the seeing-challenged over a five year run, probably all as demos at a huge discount. The standard Lancia sedan itself looked just fine. What were they thinking at Zagato? They even managed to ruin the Aston Martin DB4GT with retro styling, while everyone then professed it was beautiful just to be polite.

    Here’s that blighted Flavia Coupe:

    https://spct2000.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/img_6833.jpg?w=1024&h=721

    There are many, many other examples of cack-handed Zagato design. Never could understand how they got commissions in the first place! Today’s rare ride of a ruined Ferrari is merely one on the continuum of dawgs Zagato turned out.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    This tiny thing has a V12 ? .

    I bet it’s fun to drive no matter how ‘different’ it looks .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    My comment is not related to the vehicle itself but to the ruin-porn empty factory used to highlight it.

    The well worn shop floor, the weathered bricks, the broken windows, the rusted metallic structures….simply beautiful!


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