How beautiful is this? It is a 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Series 1, US Supplied, Left Hand Drive, and finished in Red with Black Leather Interior. She has been Ferrari Classiched by the Factory, which is rare for a 330GT and this confirms she still has the engine she left the factory with. She was imported to the UK in 2011 and fully restored then. It has been part of the previous owners collection for the previous 9 years. Interestingly, this car, Chassis 6343, started life Oro Chiaro (Gold) with Beige Leather interior, a very desirabale colour scheme today. With over £27k having been spent in the last couple of years this car is ready for the summer!
By the end of the 1950s, the market for sports cars with 'family accommodation' had grown sufficiently for Ferrari to contemplate the introduction of a four-seater model. Introduced in the summer of 1960, the first such Ferrari - the 250GTE 2+2 - was based on the highly successful 250GT. Pininfarina's brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing the 250's elegant good looks or sporting characteristics, and the master carrozzier succeeded brilliantly, moving the engine, gearbox, and steering gear forward and the fuel tank back, thus creating sufficient room for two occasional rear seats.
The 250GTE provided the basis for its replacement: the 330GT 2+2 introduced in January 1964. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, adopting of a four-headlamp frontal treatment that reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. The 330GT's tubular chassis was 50mm longer in the wheelbase than before, 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 for front and rear.
The 330GT's Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine had first appeared in the 330 America (effectively a big-bore 250GTE 2+2) in 1963. Displacing 3,967cc, the single-overhead-camshaft, all-alloy unit was good for 300-plus bhp, an output sufficient to propel the 330GT to a maximum velocity of 152mph making it, when introduced, the fastest road-going Ferrari. Equipped at first with a four-speeds-plus-overdrive gearbox, the 330GT gained a five-speed transmission in mid-1965 and later that year had its four-headlight front end replaced by a two-lamp arrangement, becoming the 'Series 2'. Electric windows, alloy wheels and hanging control pedal were other Series 2 improvements. A favourite of Enzo Ferrari, who used one as his personal transport, the 330GT was the first of his cars to sell in excess of 1,000 units.
These family friendly Sixties Ferraris have, in recent years, become much more desirable as collectors realise its nice to take friends/kids out on a sunny day and the number of events, Goodwood etc, that can be driven to increases. This car has a known history from new, has had at least two full restorations in its lifetime and benefits from over £27,000 worth of service work over the last few years. The paint is beautiful, the interior spotless and she sits on jewel-like chrome Borrani wire wheels! So, all in all, a beautiful car in a wonderful condition at a very reasonable price!