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Lot 118

1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina

  • Chassis no. 08485
  • Engine no. 8485

Sold for $253,000


300 bhp, 3,967 cc SOHC V-12 engine with three Weber 40 DCZ/6 carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, independent unequal-length wishbone front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel dual-circuit Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104 in.

  • Very desirable single-headlamp Series II model; one of 455
  • Long-term known history
  • Factory air conditioning; an ideal gran turismo
  • Offered with owner’s manual and partial tool kit


By 1966, Ferraris with four seats were a mainstay in the company’s lineup. Starting with the 250 GTE, the company quickly found out that there was certainly a market for a grand touring car for four that offered similar performance to its two-seater models. Customers were eager to have a Ferrari that allowed them to carry three passengers or additional luggage on longer trips.

Following the success of the 250 GTE and the conclusion of the 250 series in general, Ferrari introduced the 330 GT 2+2 as an all-new model to replace the GTE after the interim 330 America. Mechanical updates were numerous, with the 330 featuring Koni adjustable shock absorbers, a Dunlop dual-circuit braking system, and a wheelbase increased by 50 millimeters. But the most noticeable change was to the nose, which gained an unusual quad-headlamp layout that was allegedly introduced to attract American customers.

Ferrari introduced the second series of the 330 GT 2+2 halfway into the 1965 model year. The Series II was graced with dual front headlights (versus the quad-lamp design) and a nose that mimicked the design of the 275 GTS, and its gorgeous Pininfarina bodywork beautifully reflected its personality of a sporty grand tourer for four. Ten-hole cast-alloy knock-off wheels were made standard, while the earlier Borrani wire wheels remained as options. The most significant change to the interior was a revised transmission tunnel that was now connected to the central dashboard, which in turn brought further changes in the dashboard switchgear location. Just 455 examples of the Series II 330 GT were produced before the more aggressive yet less stately 365 GT arrived in 1967.

CHASSIS NUMBER 08485

Chassis number 08485, offered here, was completed by the factory on 13 May 1966, finished in Blu Chiaro (19343 M) over Beige (VM 3309) and equipped with power windows and factory air conditioning. It was sold new later that year to a local Italian client, Signore Cola of Naples.

In the early 1970s, the car was exported to the United States and sold to Joseph C. Brincat of Farmington Hills, Michigan. It would remain in Michigan for most of the decade, owned later by Gary Ray of Ortonville, who displayed it at the FCA Central States Region Tosi’s Meet at Stevensville in 1976, and subsequently by Charles Holder of Kalamazoo, in whose care it won 2nd in Class at the 15th FCA Annual Meet in 1977.

That year, the Ferrari was sold to the well-known enthusiast Herb Lederer of Riverside, Illinois, in whose ownership it remained until 1984. That year, it was offered for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter and subsequently sold to Richard Patterson of Normal, Illinois. It passed in 1986 to Paul Whobrey of Decatur, Illinois, and then in 1994 to noted Ferrari authority Hilary A. Raab Jr. of Crown Point, Indiana. A handful of short-term California owners followed, ending with the current owner, who acquired it in August 2004 and has maintained it in his collection for a dozen years.

Now finished in Blu Azzurro with Crema interior, the car retains its original equipment, including the factory air conditioning, and now shows 30,000 miles since restoration (at the time of cataloguing). According to an RM Sotheby’s specialist who recently inspected the Ferrari, it also retains the original, numbers-matching engine, with the operable original fuel system and updated electric window system. It is a very attractive automobile that would make an excellent summer grand tourer for its new owner, showing off fabulous Pininfarina performance and V-12 power.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more