1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2SOLD
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Estimate: 55,000£-70,000£
Estimate: €80,000 - €100,000
Estimate: $110,000 - $138,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £72.638

From the Italian Collector Sig. Giuseppe Prevosti

Series II. 300bhp 3,967cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine,
five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with
coil springs, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs,
four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.2in. (2,650mm).

Introduced in 1960, the 250 GTE was the first four-seat offering from Ferrari. The car was renamed 250 GT 2+2 after minor revisions but was ultimately phased out by late 1963 and replaced by a brief interim 4-litre model, commonly referred to as the 330 America. By 1964, reporters awaited the unveiling of Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car at the annual Ferrari press conference. However, Enzo Ferrari surprised the press by introducing a new grand touring car evolved from the 330 America, intended not only for the open road but also the daily commute. A stylistic departure from previous models, the new Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 replaced traditionally aggressive looks with more graceful features and a somewhat unusual four-headlight front-end design. The 330 GT had a wheelbase that was 50 millimetres longer than its predecessor, allowing for additional interior comfort.

Despite its intended purpose as a four-seat touring car, the 330 GT offered the same level of classic Ferrari performance. The 330 GT 2+2’s single overhead camshaft
V-12 was based on a stretched block casting with 94- millimetre bore centres but otherwise carrying forward the refined and developed concepts of the Colombo-designed Ferrari V-12, fitted with three Weber carburettors and producing 300 horsepower – a conservative estimate by most accounts. The factory claimed a top speed of 152 miles per hour. Furthermore, the disc braking system was improved with independent units both front and rear.

After mid-1965, a second series of the 330 GT was introduced and replaced the controversial four-headlight design of the Series I with a cleaner nose treatment, new chrome bumpers, and a more traditional dual headlight set-up. On the interior, floor-hinged pedals were replaced with ‘hanging’ units, and power steering and air-conditioning were offered as options. Otherwise, the rear and interior of the car were largely unchanged. The traditional Borrani wire wheels were now optional, replaced by standard cast alloy wheels. Technical changes included a new five-speed all-synchromesh gearbox and two, instead of four, engine mounting points. 453 Series II examples were built over a production run that lasted through 1967.

The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 presented here is the prettier and more desirable Series II. Our research indicates that in 1989 chassis 8175 was owned by Aldo Macioce, A.T.S. of America, Brighton, MA who was offering the car for sale. D.L.M. Marketing, Inc., of California agreed to buy chassis 8175 as part of package deal, however, the deal fell through. Records indicate that in 1990 the car was registered in Massachusetts with title no. P593204. It is believed that Sig. Prevosti subsequently purchased the car from Aldo Macioce and imported the car to Italy for restoration.

The car appears to have been repainted in the past and generally remains in very good condition. All chrome components are also of the same overall quality as is the fit of the steel body panels. The optional Borrani wheels do appear to have aged slightly but the underside of the car is very solid and devoid of any signs of corrosion.

The interior is in very good condition and is finished in black leather, showing a particularly lovely patina on the driver’s seat. The carpets match the upholstery. The electric windows, lights, and all other instrumentation are correct and in good working order. The engine bay is clean, tidy, and shows no signs of oil leakage.

Of the various 2+2 variants offered by Ferrari in the 1960s, the 330 GT Series II is undoubtedly among the more desirable models. Fitted with the more powerful 4.0-litre engine, it returned to a very simple and attractive dual-headlight design and continues to offer Ferrari V-12 performance with a very driver-friendly four-seat design.

Reference Number 13171

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
VIN 8175 
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