Replacing the 250 GTE 2+2 and the limited-production 330 America was the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, which made its first public appearance at the Brussels Salon in January 1964. This new model helped carry on the success of the 2+2 models of the immediate past with several key updates, in hopes of seeing an increase in sales over the 250 GTE 2+2.
Ferrari’s new four-seater featured a completely new body style from Pininfarina, one that was very distinctive from the other Ferrari models on sale at the time. The easiest way to identify the first-series 330 GT 2+2 is by its quad headlight front end. The Series II cars adapted dual headlights, leaving the Series I as the sole model of the entire 330 GT 2+2 production run to wear quad headlights. Other notable cosmetic changes include more angular nose and tail sections from the 250 GTE 2+2 and the introduction of a wider front grille to help increase airflow to the engine.
Following in the footsteps of the 330 America in terms of its drivetrain, the 330 GT 2+2 featured a four-liter V-12 engine, which was mated to the existing four-speed-plus overdrive transmission in the 250 GTE. Its wheelbase was increased by two inches, and with the installation of Koni adjustable shock absorbers, handling had improved immensely. Before production began on the redesigned Series II, Ferrari had produced 625 examples of the initial series.
The 330 GT 2+2 remains one of Ferrari’s finest four-passenger touring cars. With its 300-horsepower, 4.0-litre engine, it is powerful yet easy to drive around town, while its luxurious appointments make it as ideal for today’s road tours and events as when it was new.
The well preserved matching numbers example was first registered in 1964 in Austria, and has had now only five owners from new. The 330 was stored in a private Austrian collection for over 30 years, until being brought into the UK recently. Supplied with Austrian registration papers and a documented history file, the 330 shows a delightful patina often missing on freshly restored examples.
These Ferraris were the envy of many in the 1960s, and remain so to this day. Not to be missed.