Monterey | Lot 206
1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina
$250,000 - $300,000 USD
| Monterey, California
13 August 2021
- 12% of the hammer price up to and including $250,000
- 10% of the hammer price in excess of $250,000
- Stylish and powerful; the best of midcentury Italian grand touring
- One of just 460 second series examples produced between 1965-1967
- Delivered new via the famed Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti Motors
- Finished in Rosso Corsa over Nero leather
- Benefits from a previous restoration
- Equipped from new with air conditioning and power windows and steering
- Documented by marque historian Marcel Massini
The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II represents an outstanding blend of inspired performance, understated luxury, and sophisticated Italian design. A refinement of the initial 330 GT introduced in 1964, second series sported elegant Pininfarina bodywork with dual headlamps (versus the quad-headlamp setup worn by earlier cars) and gained a five-speed transmission, compared to the prior car’s four speeds with overdrive. At its heart, however, remained the enticing 296-horsepower 4.0-liter Columbo V-12, enabling fortunate owners to cross great distances with both speed and style. Between 1965 and 1967, just 460 such Series II examples were produced by Maranello, a slightly smaller production run than the preceding Series I.
Imported and sold when new via the storied Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut in November 1966, this US-market 330 GT was originally finished in Bianco Saratoga over a Rosso Connolly leather interior. It was fitted from new with power steering and windows and air conditioning, desirable features that emphasized the model’s status as a capable, yet comfortable grand tourer.
Chassis 9017’s first owner is recorded as a Mr. Robert Viola of New York, New York; its subsequent ownership history is presently unknown until 1995, when the car was listed for sale in Beverly Hills, California. In 2000, the 330 GT was purchased by Florida-based Ferrari restorer Marco Piehl. Shortly thereafter, Piehl treated the car to a reported frame-off restoration and refinished it in the classic color scheme of Rosso Corsa over a Nero leather interior with red carpets. Emerging from its restoration, Piehl exhibited 9017 at Cavallino Classics XI-XIII from 2002 through 2004, earning two Gold awards and an esteemed Platinum award.
Acquired from Piehl by the consignor in 2004, the car moved to Canada. Thereafter, its 4.0-liter V-12 engine was completely rebuilt by Ferrari of Ontario. Since 2010, the car has remained carefully preserved, and sparingly enjoyed in its post-restoration condition. Many of the car’s major components are match to those noted on documentation supplied by marque historian Marcel Massini.
As presented today, this gently patinated, award-winning 330 GT sits upon a tidy set of 15-inch wire wheels wrapped in Michelin Harmony tires. This grand touring Ferrari offers room for four and is certainly an exclusive, yet more practical alternative to the race-bred Ferraris of the time.