The 330 GT 2+2 was launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1964 as an intended replacement for the successful 250 GTE. It was powered by the 209 engine previously used in the 400 Superamerica, which with various improvements but slight detuning now yielded around 330bhp.
The wheelbase was about two inches longer than that of the 250, and Koni adjustable shock absorbers were fitted as standard. The bodywork of the 330 was altogether ‘sweeter’ and more essential than that of its predecessor, and had a particularly attractive sharpness of line. The car was also spacious and comfortable, living up well to its ‘GT’ denomination.
Paul Frere, the noted Belgian racing driver and automotive journalist, road tested a 2+2 late in 1966. He came away suitably impressed: “In handling, this car is exactly like all Ferraris which I have driven before … It is close to being as neutral as one could want… But the most impressive feature of the handling of the 330 is the solidness with which it changes direction, particularly in s-bends, where it tracks with about the same precision as a modern race car.”
This lovely matching number Series II single headlamp example, finished in its original colour combination of Argento Metallic silver with black leather interior was delivered new in March 1965 to its first owner in Lombardy, Italy. Having been extensively restored in 2009 including a mechanical overhaul the 330 still retains its originality, the original engine and gearbox are both fitted to the car as is the original jack and wheel hub hammer. The body and paintwork are both in good condition as are the mechanics, and with a comprehensive history file of restoration and maintenance work the 330 represents a fantastic opportunity to own a famous front engined V12 Ferrari in arguably the most desirable colour combination.
These iconic Italian sports cars are much sought after, and this 2+2 is no exception. These Ferraris were the envy of many in the 1960’s, and remain so to this day.