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Lot 587: Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Introduced in January 1964, the 330GT 2+2 was based on the preceding 250GTE 2+2, Ferrari's first four-seater road car. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, adopting a four-headlamp frontal treatment that reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. Although some criticised its styling, the 'Series 1' four-headlight 330GT has become truly evocative of 1960s fashion, lauded both for its individuality and Pininfarina's purity of design. Like its predecessor, the 330GT employed a tubular chassis; the newcomer's though, was 50mm longer in the wheelbase, which made conditions less cramped for the rear passengers. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs while at the back there was a live axle/semi-elliptic set-up. Improvements to the discs-all-round braking system saw separate hydraulic circuits adopted front and rear. The 330's Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine had first appeared in the 330 America (effectively a re-engined 250GTE 2+2) in 1963. Displacing 3,967cc, the two-cam all-alloy unit was good for 300-plus horsepower at 6,600rpm, an output sufficient to propel the 330GT to a maximum velocity of 152mph (245km/h) making it, when introduced, the fastest road-going Ferrari. Built alongside the ultra-exclusive Superamericas, the 330GT was Ferrari's ultimate grand tourer for the sophisticated client during the era known in Europe as 'la dolce vita'. A favourite of Enzo Ferrari, it was the first of his cars to sell in excess of 1,000 units. The Maranello Concessionaires archive's records show that chassis number '6055' was manufactured in 1965 and delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors, Ferrari's US importer. Its first owner was George Constantine, a well-known gentleman racing driver who competed in such epic cars as a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Scuderia Serenissima's 250 SWB Berlinetta Competizione, 250 GT California, Briggs Cunningham's Maserati 300S and the works Aston Martin DBR2 among many others. In this classic era of sports car racing, Constantine's 330GT no doubt made the perfect transport for the drive to and from the track. From 1983, and with the mileage at only 44,886, the car spent most of the next 28 years in California as part of a collection, adding few miles until it arrived in the UK in early 2011. The current odometer reading is circa 45,000 miles. Though the original paint was a testament to the car's careful ownership, it was decided to strip the body to bare metal using the latest method of soda-blasting to ensure that it did not suffer the damage often inflicted by harsher methods. All the doors, panels and windows were removed prior to priming and refinishing in Grigio Argento Metalizzato with Grigio Fumo roof. The body panel gaps needed minimal adjustment, as they were already excellent. The original red interior was good, but to match the overall cosmetic standards of the car it was completely reupholstered with new red leather and carpets by an experienced ex-Aston Martin trimmer. Being in excellent condition, the original headlining was retained, together with the similarly excellent instrument panel and steering wheel. The car has been fully serviced mechanically, the work including a full overhaul of the brakes with rebuilt servos and master cylinder, and all new brake lines and pads. In addition, the radiator has been re-cored and enlarged for improved cooling, and a complete new stainless steel exhaust system installed. Rebuilt, polished and fitted with new spinners, the Borrani wire wheels are shod with new period-correct Pirelli Cinturato tyres. New coils and ballast resistors were fitted to the ignition system, and all new track rod ends to the steering, after which the car passed the MoT test with no 'advisories'. With interest in front-engined V12 'Enzo-era' Ferraris from the 1960s never higher, the readily usable 330GT represents tremendous value when compared with its immediate Ferrari peers, many of which now have 'king's ransom' price tags. Offered with UK V5 registration document, current MoT and copy owner's handbook, this 330GT is only for sale due to the owner having committed to the purchase of another significant Ferrari.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number587
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
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Chassis number6055
Engine number6055
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