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 numbers Series II single headlamp example, finished in its rare original Rosso Cordoba with black interior was delivered new in 1967 to its US owner. The car was believed to stay in the United States for around the next 30 years before being imported to France around 1994. The car was sold to a new owner in 1997, already restored and showing 36,000 miles on the odometer. In 2016 the current owner purchased the car and set about restoring, including putting the car back to its original colour or Rosso Cordoba. The engine at this time was overhauled, including tuning and replacing of rocker cover seals along with brake callipers. Now displaying a mileage of just under 42,000 miles, the vendor has noted ‘ the famous V12 engine with triple carburettors proved very versatile, driving smoothly even at low revs’ on a recent drive. This stunning GT will be delivered with ‘Original documents available’ and its Ferrari cover, only requiring a new garage.
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.