1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina
| Monterey, California
13 - 14 August 2021
- 12% of the hammer price up to and including $250,000
- 10% of the hammer price in excess of $250,000
- One of a mere 460 Series II 330 GT 2+2 examples built between 1965 and 1967
- The last example produced for the U.S. market; the penultimate 330 GT 2+2 chassis
- Finished in its factory-correct Grigio Argento over original Nero Franzi leather
- Retained by the original owner until 1998
- Odometer displays under 18,400 miles at time of cataloguing
- A supremely capable, highly original, and rarely exhibited grand tourer
The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was introduced in 1964 and was initially produced with a controversial twin-headlight design. By mid-1965, however, the Series II single-headlight redesign was introduced. The second-series cars, such as the example offered here, proved popular both with original buyers and with collectors today. Powered by a 4.0-liter, 296-horsepower variant of the Colombo V-12, the 330 GT 2+2 remains a comfortable yet capable grand touring machine. Just 460 Series II examples were produced from 1965 to 1967, of which, this example offered here is the last chassis provided to the United States, and the penultimate chassis serial number registered (the final being number 10193).
According to records compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis 10181 was completed at Maranello in July 1967. Intended for export to the United States, it was clad in Grigio Argento over a Nero Franzi interior, and equipped with several appealing (and uncommon) factory options which included air conditioning, power windows, power steering, and Borrani wire wheels. 10181 was ordered new by James W. Robinson, via Farland-Buell Motors of Denver, Colorado and delivered on 6 October via Luigi Chinetti Motors to Robinson’s Greenwich, Connecticut property. As was common with orders placed by Farland-Buell during this period, Maranello invoiced the order to the distributor—in this case, Chinetti. The car’s original registration also shows that Robinson first registered the car to his Connecticut property although it is believed that he usually kept the car at his Denver home.
10181 remained with Robinson from new until 1998, when he sold the car to fellow enthusiast and Denver resident, Bill McAbee. Over his three decades of ownership, Robinson is not recorded having exhibited 10181 even once. Within a year, McAbee sold the car onward to its next Denver custodian, Vance Moorman. Moorman exhibited 10181 several times at events across Colorado between 2000 and 2012.
Acquired by the consignor directly from Moorman, this attractive 330 GT remains highly original, and within Colorado ownership since new. 10181 is presented today wearing a recent refinishing in its factory-correct shade of Grigio Argento, while its tidy Nero leather interior retains much of its original charm and patina. Its odometer displays fewer than 18,400 miles at time of cataloguing; this figure is reported to be commensurate with the car's condition and its history of careful use.
10181 is now accompanied by a full set of tools, books, accessories, and a matched spare Borrani wire wheel. Surely, this attractive and notable 330 GT 2+2 is a rarified example of one of Ferrari’s most successful and accessible grand touring designs.