A penny a worm. That’s the going rate when you’re a 16-year-old boy, working in the dark pre-dawn hours with flashlight in hand, picking and loading nightcrawlers into your bucket in order to save up enough to buy your first car. Fast-forward a few decades, and by maintaining his “you get what you work for” approach, this same entrepreneur has over the years managed to buy, sell, and accumulate a coveted collection of rare and classic sports cars, including the breathtaking beauty we’re proud to feature here.
“When I was a young boy I lived in Tottenham, ON, and at the time had a part-time job working the pumps at the local gas station and auto shop”, begins our feature car owner. “I think this is where I began to appreciate cars, not simply based on the various styles that would come and go, but really began to appreciate them mechanically as well. After a while I got bored of the old ‘fill ‘er up’ and asked the owner if I could start helping out in the garage. Once inside, I was able to learn from the other mechanics and tinker with the engines, which then developed into a lifetime appreciation of fine automobiles.”
So, at the age of 16, and after loading 170,000 night crawlers into his bucket, our owner purchased his first car, a 340 Dodge Duster, for $1700.00. Now, if you personally knew this dedicated car enthusiast, this story is hardly surprising. His work ethic, perseverance, and gift for smart deal-making is a family trait that has enabled him to grow his classic car appreciation into the reality of classic car ownership.
Today, it’s not only the look of the automobile, but its engineering and mechanical aspects that are just as important to him, just as they were when he was dreaming about the Ferrari and Lamborghini models displayed on the posters adorning the wall of his teenage bedroom. “When you purchase a vintage car” he explains, “it comes with the expectation that there will likely be a few things that will need repair or replacement.”
But of all the exotic makes he’s owned over the years; Porsches, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, etc., there remains one marque that grabs his attention more often than most – Ferrari.
“The look, the style, the sound, the smell, the history – nothing is like the Ferrari” he explains. “Most pre-1980 models are considered vintage, and there are definitely some that are more coveted than others.”
Which brings us around nicely to our stunning feature model here, his 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC. “I had been chasing this particular model for the last 12 years or so. The factory produced only 600 GTC’s, and only 6 in this rare “Verde Pino” (pine green) original factory colour scheme.”
The two-seat Pininfarina-designed 330 GTC (Grand Touring Coupe) was introduced by Ferrari in 1966, and is powered by a glorious 4.0-liter V-12 engine, complete with the factory-correct Ansa exhaust system, and boasting 300 hp. It was designed from the get-go to be more spacious and powerful than Ferrari’s previous model, the famed 275 GTB.
The GTC model was followed later that same year with the release of the GTS Spyder version, so clients would have the choice of both hard top and convertible options. That power, combined with its precise, light steering and independent rear suspension, has led to the 330 GTS having been described by many automotive journalists as one of the most refined and capable GT cars ever produced.
Our owner goes on, “I found this one in New York, and as it was, it required a complete engine over- haul. I purchased the car knowing this, given the rarity of the Verde Pino colour, and that I was able to have the engine sent to my friends at Motor Kraft in Indiana. Their shop is considered by many to be the best in the country when it comes to the repair and service of vintage Ferraris.”
Although buying and selling rare vintage automobiles is part of what our owner describes as the “hobby”, there are some that are “keepers”, and he admits that this 330 GTC is indeed one of those.
“I once owned a beautiful vintage Alfa Romeo which I took right down to the bones and rebuilt, and then sold. It’s like anything else, if you can make a few dollars great, and sometimes you don’t, but there’s always an unknown. In this case, a sticking 3rd cylinder was disclosed upon final inspection, and if you’re going to have a vintage car they deserve to be in mint condition, and should be owned by someone willing to make that happen.
There’s a local Ferrari club I belong to, and on nice weekends, I’ll join some of the members and take the 330 out for a drive through the country, usually stopping for lunch along the way. Other than that, maybe some occasional trips to the golf course, just to enjoy the pure, sweet note of that V12 engine.
Some may wonder why I don’t drive it all the time, but it’s kind of like when you were a little kid, and your parents took you to McDonalds; it was rare, and because of that, it was a special treat. If I drove this car every day, that “special treat” factor would go away, and that’s not something I would ever want, not with this car.”
Nightcrawlers to Ferraris. It seems like a pretty unlikely path, but not when you consider the man and his mantra; “have goals, then work hard and do everything you can do to make those goals a reality”.
WRITTEN BY: KELLI M. MADDOCKS | RESOURCES: CHARLES ROBERTSON