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. As 330-series Ferraris become more desirable to collectors, the 330 GT 2+2 provides an opportunity into Ferrari ownership at a reasonable price.
This beautiful example is finished in the stunning and rare combination of Oro Chiaro (Light Gold) Metallic, with a contrasting black leather interior. The Oro Chiaro paint in particular shows off the elegant lines of this Series 1 example exceptionally well. Delivered new to Spain, where this lovely 330 has spent most of its life, the car is described by our vendor as being in excellent condition in all respects.
A hugely stylish, and understated classic GT car of the 1960s, with great investment potential for the future.
|Auction||Grandes Marques January 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
|Model||330 GT 2+2 Series 1|
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