1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $85,000 - $110,000

$104,500 Sold

300hp, 3,967 SOHC 12-cylinder alloy block engine with triple downdraft Weber carburetors, five-speed gearbox, front independent suspension and live rear axle and disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.2"

Reporters anxiously waited the unveiling of the new Formula I car at the annual Ferrari press conference in 1964, but Enzo had an ulterior motive 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.

The engine was far from graceful – a 4.0 liter Columbo V12 engine rated at 300bhp at 6,600rpm. By 1967, various improvements had been introduced including a new five-speed all-synchromesh gearbox, two headlamp front end, optional power steering and air conditioning. As for room, a journalist commented at the time that “ the available space is suitable not only for short-legged pygmies; four adults can travel comfortably in the 300 GT 2+2 ” – and travel at a factory claimed 152 mph at that!

The example offered here is the desirable single headlight model. It is equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power steering and power brakes. According to a Ferrari Modena letter on file, written in Italian, this particular 330 GT was invoiced to Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut on the 7th of July, 1967. Six owners are listed in the car ’ s records until enthusiast Jeffrey Ludwig of Jacksonville, Florida purchased it in 1996. Prior to Ludwig ’ s ownership, the engine was rebuilt in 1992 at 69,600 miles with bills totaling $11,685 on file.

A new Connolly Magnolia (tan) interior was also fitted at that time. Ludwig stripped the car to bare metal and repainted it in Rosso Chiaro shortly after his purchase in 1996. All chrome and stainless details were also refurbished at the same time.

Mr. Ludwig kept the car for five years, selling it in 2001 to Dick Baker of Ontario, Canada who placed it in his large sports car collection but did not drive it much, or at all, for the next four years. Baker, a well-known vintage racing enthusiast, died in 2004 and the present owner bought this 330 GT from the estate in 2005.

Ferraris are meant to be driven and not stored, so many of the car ’ s mechanical systems had to be re-done, with the result that the car is now, once again, ready for serious canyon carving. Bills on file show extensive recent work which include a heads-off reseal and valve job, fuel system clean-out and carburetor rebuild, new clutch, pressure plate and master cylinder, brake caliper renewal, radiator repair and test, suspension refurbishment and a new heater blower motor, just to name some of the major items.

With Lusso prices close to $400,000, good two-cams bringing $500,000 and four-cams edging towards the magic million, a well-sorted 330 GT at less than $100,000 seems a very attractive proposition – especially since Sis and Junior in the small back seats will never ask, “ Are we there yet? ” as a magic ride in Dad ’ s V12 Ferrari isn ’ t so much about the destination as it is about the wonderful journey!

Reference Number 5800

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
VIN 9305 
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