Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, introduced in 1964, succeeded the 250 GTE, which proved the soundness of Ferrari’s foray into the burgeoning high performance, four-seat market. The 330 GT 2+2 featured a longer wheelbase, a wider track, and a somewhat higher roofline than its predecessor as well as improved passenger accommodations. Styled by Tom Tjaarda, the 330 GT 2+2 initially featured a slightly canted four-headlight treatment before front-end styling reverted to a more traditional two-headlight design in 1965.

Despite its intended purpose as a four-seat touring car, however, the 330 GT offered the same level of classic Ferrari performance. It was powered by the Tipo 209 Colombo V12 engine, enlarged to four liters, producing 300 brake horsepower. Refinements included Koni adjustable dampers, coil spring-assisted rear leaf springs, and separate front and rear braking circuits, while power steering and air conditioning were optional. All told, the 330 GT 2+2 was capable of luxurious, stylish high speed travel at speeds approaching 240 kilometers per hour.

The handsome left hand drive example offered here, chassis 06363, was sold new to its first private owner in Milan through the official dealer, M.G. Crepaldi. It was serviced and maintained in 1965 at the Ferrari factory before being exported to the United States in the late 1960s. By April 1971 it was owned by James B. Greer of Malibu, California and was eventually sold in July 1980 to David Osborne of Beverly Hills, who owned the car for over twenty years. During this time, the engine was reportedly rebuilt and the paint and interior were redone as well. Osborne subsequently showed the car at the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance (2004) and the Concorso Italiano in Monterey (2005), among other events. Sold to its current owner in 2005, 06363 was sent to RM Auto Restoration two years later, where it received a thorough internal engine inspection as well as a new water pump, timing chain and exhaust system. More recently, it received an extensive tuneup and was sorted by a noted restorer.

In addition to original handbooks and a work shop manual, the car retains its original Tipo 209 V12 engine (no. 6363) and is accompanied by extensive work and maintenance receipts dating back to Osborne’s ownership. Finished in silver blue, it has been driven less than 1,000 miles in the past four years and is a wonderful example of what remains perhaps one of the most drivable and readily enjoyable of Ferrari’s GT cars.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

300bhp, 3,967 cc overhead camshaft alloy block and head V12 engine, four-speed gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, solid rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.2"

Source: RM Auctions

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