The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 introduced many major improvements over the Ferrari 250 2+2. The chassis had a longer wheelbase and wider track, and the roofline was slightly taller providing more interior room for the occupants. The interior was more modern in appearance, the comfort level improved, and the trunk capacity increased. The engine mounted under the hood now displaced 3967cc which gave it 330cc per cylinder, hence the name '330'. The horsepower in the Ferrari 250 2+2 was raced at 240 while the 330 grew to 300. The car had a suspension that included adjustable Koni shock absorbers, rear leaf springs with assistance by coil springs, and a dual braking system with both the front and rear having their own servo-assist units.
In 1965 the 330 GT 2+2 was updated with the largest noticeable change being a move to a single headlight per side. The front fender vents were updated as well. A five-speed gearbox was installed and replaced the four-speed unit. Alloy disc wheels became standard while the Borrani wires were optional.
This example, chassis number 6239, is an original low-mileage 1964 Ferrari that has less than 30,000 kilometers from new. It has spent the majority of its life in Europe and has only recently been brought to the US. The exterior is finished in Bordeaux paint and there are Boranni wheels.
In 2008, this Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was offered for sale at the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. It had an estimated value of $95,000 - $115,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, bidding had reached 101,200 including buyer's premium and the lot was sold. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008
Sold for $82,500 at 2009 RM Auctions. Chassis 06363 is a left-hand drive example that was sold new to its first private owner in Milan through the official dealer, M.G. Crepaldi. It was sent to the United States in the late 1960s and by April of 1971 it was in the ownership of James B. Greer of Malibu, California. Nearly a decade later, in July of 1980, it was sold to David Osborne of Beverly Hills. Mr. Osborne would retain the car for the next two decades. During this period of time, the engine was rebuilt and the paint and interior was redone. It was shown at the Palso Verdes Concours d'Elegance in 2004 and at Concorso Italiano in Monterey in 2005.
The current owner purchased the car in 2005 and it was sent to RM Auto Restoration two years later where it was given proper mechanical attention where needed. This car retains its original Tipo 209 V12 engine and has an exterior paint finish of silver blue. Over the past four years, the car has been driven fewer than 1,000 miles.
In 2009, this stock car was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. It was expected to sell for $90,000 - $110,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for a high bid of $82,500, which includes buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
The Colombo-type, 60-degree, v12 engine found in the 330GT was first found in the 330 America in 1963. The engine displaced 3967cc and was a single-overhead camshaft, all-alloy unit offering 300-plus horsepower. 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.
This car is finished in rosso corsa with black leather interior. It was given a partial restoration in 2008.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Monaco sale presented by Bonhams. The car was estimated to sell for €70,000 - 85,000 but bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2012
The Ferrari 330 America was basically a 250 GT/E with a larger engine. The 330 GTC/GTS shared their chassis with the 275 and only the 330 GT 2+2 was its own truly unique product. The model enjoyed great sales success until production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series.
The Ferrari 330 was introduced in 1963 to a group of reporters who thought they were waiting to see the unveiling of a new Formula 1 car. Instead, Ferrari introduced his 330 with coachwork by Pininfarina. it featured traditional aggressive looks with more modern and graceful features. Power was from a formidable 4-liter Columbo V12 engine rated at 300 horsepower at 6600 RPM.
This example, chassis number 6281, was delivered new to its first owner in the south of France in 1964 and purchased in 1979 by its second and current owner. It has just 50,000 km record and remains in excellent condition. By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2013
Sold for $319,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company. Ferrari introduced the 330 GT in 1964 and it was fitted with the Tipo 209 Colombo-derived V-12 engine, enlarged to 4.0 liters. Top speed was achieved at over 150 mph, making it the fastest road-ready Ferrari of its day. Slightly more than 1,000 examples of the 330 GT 2+2s were built along two distinct series between 1964 and 1967.
This Series I example is one of approximately 500 built with four headlights and a four-speed gearbox with overdrive. It was delivered in Grigio Fumo (Smoky Grey) with a leather interior in Nero (black), but by 1969 it was sporting burgundy paint. In the 1970s, the car was sent to the United States and California, eventually traveling to Paris, France, by the mid-1980s, when it was listed for sale and advertised as retaining the original leather upholstery and a rebuilt engine and gearbox.
The car passed through a dealer in Eyholz, Switzerland, and was then refurbished, with the vehicle registered 'GE 39954.' In May of 2003, it was sold at auction in Monaco. During October 2005, it was sold to a Montreal, Canada-based dealer, through which it soon passed in November to Michael Grof of Pasadena, California. While in his care, the car was fully restored and repainted in its factory-original Grigio Fumo. Upon completion, the car became part of the 'Freedom of Motion' exhibition held during 2010 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014
Sold for $242,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company. This Ferrari Series I 330 GT 2+2 has been authentically restored and is believed to have had just four owners since new, one of whom retained possession for 33 years. When it was new, it was distributed to Paris. It remained in France (and later Belgium) until being acquired by the current owner via London's Hexagon Classics.
In early 2013, the car received a restoration. It is finished in Oro Chiaro metallic paint, and rides on Borrani wire wheels. By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014
Sold for $319,000 at 2017 Motostalgia. This Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 left the Italian factory covered in a dark-red color scheme. In the late 1960s, it was given its current shade of Metallic Silver Gray. It has power assisted four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, 5-speed manual transmission, and a SOHC V12 engine displacing 3967cc and offering 300 horsepower. By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2017
The Ferrari 330 series was produced from 1963 through 1968. They were replacements for the Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 with many of the series retaining the style and mechanical components of their predecessors. The front-engined, rear-wheel drive vehicle were powered by a derivative of the 400 Superamerica's four-liter Colombo 12-cylinder engine.
The first in the series was the 330 America, which was actually a 250 with a new engine. During its production lifespan, lasting only a year, 50 examples were produced of the 2+2 sports car.
The 330 GT 2+2 was introduced to the public at the 1964 Brussels Motor Show, built as a replacement for the 330 America. The 330 GT 2+2 is unique in that it provided ample seating for four individuals plus luggage. These were the ultimate road-going, practical sports cars that could be used for every-day transportation. The 330 GT 2+2 was a new product, not just an engine modification. Under the hood was a Tipo 209, twelve-cylinder engine capable of producing 300 horsepower. Disc brake were placed on all four corners to provided the stopping power. The 1964 model used a four-speed manual gear box with overdrive. The 1965 version, known as the Series II, received a 5-speed manual gearbox. Other changes included alloy wheels, dual-light front clip, and optional power steering and air conditioning.
The 330 GT 2+2 was produced from 1963 through 1968. Around 1080 models were produced of the 330 GT with 50 of them being Type 330 GTE Americas.
The 330 was a replacement for the 275. The shortened wheelbase and independent rear suspension was courtesy of its predecessor. The GTC (Gran Turismo Coupe) Pininfarina designed vehicle was debuted in 1966 at the Geneva Auto Show. It had a V-12 engine mounted in the front that was capable of producing 300 horsepower. The five-speed manual gearbox was located in the rear transaxle.
The 330 GTS (Gran Turismo Spyder) was shown in October 1966 at the Paris Auto Show.
There were around 600 coupes and 100 spyders produced during the production lifespan. In 1968 they were replaced by the 365 GTC/4 Daytona. By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006
The Ferrari 330 series belonged to a long line of Ferrari road cars with front-mounted V12 engines, cars that were members of a bloodline whose history is still being written by the 612 Scaglietti and 599 GTB Fiorano. The 330's name derived from the then-familiar Ferrari practice of naming cars for their per-cylinder displacement in cubic centimeters, indicating that the engines used to power this series of cars displaced a total of 12x330cc, or about four liters. Preceded by the 275 and replaced by the 365, the 330 was caught right in the middle of a glorious era for Ferrari road cars.
The 330 spawned the vaunted 330 P series of mid-engined racers, which battled Ford's GT-40 in sports car racing throughout the mid-1960s. A successor to the legendary 250 GTO was also created using the 330 motor, named the 330 LMB. Ferrari produced only four of these latter models.
The 330 road cars were decidedly more relaxed and less exhilarating than the racing cars mentioned above, but their relatively high sales numbers and use of race-bred components meant that they were still important cars to Ferrari's history. Ferrari produced the 330 road cars primarily in four guises: the 330 America, the 330 GT 2+2, and the coupe/spider couple named 330 GTC and 330 GTS.
Ferrari introduced the 330 America first. It was a transitional model, essentially a 250 GTE 2+2 with the new 330 motor. The 330 GT 2+2 followed in 1964, and was a more thoroughly revised grand tourer built on a chassis stretched by 50mm compared to the America. This newer model, though still closely related to its predecessor, wore a controversial body design by the familiar Pininfarina. Its front end styling used an unconventional quad-headlight arrangement that mounted the two lights per side in clusters canted down toward the egg crate grille, creating an aggressive but cumbersome appearance of slanted eyes. The Mulliner Park Ward-bodied Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III of the mid-1960s used a similar frontal treatment, also with questionable results.
A more harmonious front end debuted on the 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, reverting to a more traditional twin-headlight approach. Other changes for 1965 included the replacement of the four-speed with overdrive gearbox by a 5-speed unit, and the introduction of power steering and air conditioning as options. Production of the 330 GT 2+2 continued until late 1967, by which time Ferrari had produced some 1,075 examples of the model. This was an excellent figure for a 1960s Ferrari, especially when compared to the 50 examples of the transitional 330 America that the company produced.
At the Geneva Motor Show of 1966, Ferrari introduced a two-seater 330 coupe called the GTC. Also styled by Pininfarina, the GTC looked surprisingly sultry given that its design was an amalgamation of prior cues. From the front the GTC aspired to 500 Superfast or 400 Superamerica greatness, while from the back the car looked like a 275 GTS with a fixed roof. Somehow the look came together remarkably well, though, creating an iconic Ferrari design without the hand-me-down flavor that could have resulted from the borrowed styling features.
Later in 1966, at Paris, the spider version of the 330 appeared. Named 330 GTS and clearly an open version of the GTC, it too was a lovely design. Production of both the GTC and GTS ended in 1968, after Ferrari produced approximately 600 coupes and 100 spiders.
The engine common to all 330 series road cars was a 60-degree V12 of 3,967cc displacement. The block and heads were cast silumin, an aluminum and silicon alloy. A chain-driven single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank operated two inclined valves per cylinder that opened into hemispherical combustion chambers. Ferrari employed three Weber carburetors and an 8.8:1 compression ratio in the 330 motor to create a power plant that was capable of 300bhp at 6,600rpm in street tune. The V12 was bolted to a 5-speed gearbox in all 330 road cars, excepting the 330 America and early 330 GT 2+2, which used 4-speed gearboxes with overdrive.
Double wishbones and coil springs suspended the front end of all 330 road cars. The GTC and GTS used independent rear suspensions, but the 2+2 models retained live axles. Brakes were assisted four wheel discs on all models, using an unconventional dual-circuit design that incorporated two master cylinders and two servos.
Pininfarina styled and bodied all four standard versions of the 330 road car, though there were bespoke examples crafted by other coachbuilders including Michelotti and Drogo. The 330 chassis was made of tubular steel, and the Pininfarina bodies too were primarily steel, but with opening panels in aluminum.
As witnesses of Ferrari's finest days, the 330 series road cars have become historically important and commensurately collectible. The GTC and GTS remain the thoroughbred sophisticates of the series and command high prices. The 2+2 models, though, especially the oddly styled early 330 GT 2+2s, represent good value and are some of the most attainable machines to emit the distinctive mechanical symphony of a 1960s Ferrari V12.
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