London | Lot 109
1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina
£207,200 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
7 September 2016
- Desirable second-series example with single headlight configuration
- Fully restored in attractive dark blue with a contrasting interior
- Original matching-numbers engine
300 bhp, 3,967 cc SOHC V-12 engine with three Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,650 mm
Reporters anxiously awaited the unveiling of the new Formula 1 car at the annual Ferrari press conference in 1964, but Enzo had a surprise up his sleeve. It was here that he first introduced, with great fanfare, the commuter’s Ferrari—a car that could stand the daily stop-and-go grind, yet pack a full load of excitement on the right kind of road. Penned by Pininfarina, this stylistically breakaway Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 supplanted traditionally aggressive looks with more graceful features.
Even though the 330 GT 2+2 had evolved out of the 250 GTE, it was a significantly different Ferrari. The 330 GT 2+2’s single overhead camshaft V-12 was based on a stretched block but otherwise carried forward the refined and developed concepts of the Colombo-designed Ferrari engine, which was rated at 300 brake horsepower at 6,600 rpm. The longer engine block was accommodated in a chassis 50 millimetres longer than the preceding 250 GTE.
The first series 330 GT 2+2s adopted a four-headlight configuration, with smaller driving lights placed inboard of the headlights in a tapered fender recess. The concept, borrowed from American styling themes of the era, was timely but not exceptionally successful, and the Series I 330 GT 2+2 was soon succeeded by a single headlight Series II version that looked much more refined and purposeful.
Chassis number 8075, offered here, was complete in December 1965 and delivered new to Italy in early 1966. It was finished in Grigio Fumo with a beige leather interior and fitted with optional Borrani wheels and electrically operated windows. The car appears to have lived a relatively sheltered life, passing through only a handful of owners from new. By the 1970s, the Ferrari had found its way to North America and was offered for sale in New York in 1977. In 1982, it was then offered for sale in New Hampshire, and the subsequent owner cherished his Ferrari for the next 20 years. It was then purchased in conserved condition, albeit in a new colour combination of dark blue over crème, by its current European collector.
After its return journey across the Atlantic, the 330 GT was subject to a comprehensive restoration by the owner’s dedicated team at his in-house restoration facility in preparation for display in his private museum. During the restoration, the decision was made to retain the highly attractive blue finish, alongside a beautifully finished contrasting interior.
Now offered for sale as part of the on-going management of its connoisseur owner’s collection, this exceptional ’60s grand tourer is ready to be enjoyed on the open road.