Lot 130: Ferrari 330 GT Series II
The Ferrari 330, successor to the legendary 250, was first introduced in 1963. As reporters keenly awaited the unveiling of the new season's Formula 1 car at a Ferrari press conference, Enzo, never one to miss a publicity trick, revealed his ulterior motive. It was here that he first introduced, with great fanfare, the new Ferrari road car a car designed to withstand the daily stop-and-go, yet also able to deliver the Ferrari hallmark performance on the right kind of road. With sleek coachwork penned by Pininfarina the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 supplemented traditionally aggressive looks with more graceful features. However it was still powered by a potent 4.0 litre Columbo V12 engine rated at 300bhp at 6,600rpm.
The 330GT 2+2 on offer here is a single-headlamp Series II model, the main change from the earlier series 1 being that they were equipped with an up-to-date five-speed gearbox instead of the four-speed with overdrive. It is known to the 330GT Register, which shows that it was delivered new to France in 1966, and has reportedly had only five subsequent owners. Coachwork is beautifully finished in a superb shade of Argento Oscuro (dark Silver) with very impressive maroon leather interior.
In around 2008 while in Spain, the engine was rebuilt, and then in 2009 the 330GT was returned to France, where in 2010 MMC in Paris reconditioned the braking system. In September 2011 highly regarded Ferrari specialists GTO Engineering carried out a thorough service, and reconditioned the radiator and thermostat and refurbished the front suspension including the replacement of bushes and reconditioning of shock absorbers.
Recently 8421 has resided in a large collection of Ferraris, and, according to the vendor, this fine example has always been properly maintained while in his custody. It now drives beautifully, as satisfying to drive as this model can be, and has the 'cared-for' aura which the discerning Ferrari buyer always seeks.
A 330 GT 2+2 is one of those rare cars which was identified as a true Classic almost from the moment it appeared. Strongly built and remarkably quick, they are commendably untemperamental when correctly maintained; as usable now as they were when new.
Complete with matching number engine, this highly original 330 2+2 is finished in Silver with red hide and is supplied with French registration papers.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£98120|
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|Number of doors||2|