When it was decided to replace the aging 250 GTE, Ferrari introduced the stopgap model of the 330 America in 1963. This car featured the styling of the 250 GTE but utilized the new 4.0 liter Tipo 209 V-12. The very next year in 1964, the all-new and restyled 330 GT 2+2 was introduced at the Brussels Auto Show. The new model featured quad headlights, a sharper nose, and tail and utilized the 4.0 liter V-12. In addition, Koni adjustable shock absorbers were used to improve handling. For 1965, the series II 330 GT was introduced which did away with the quad headlights in favor of a cleaner twin headlight design. Other welcomed additions to the series II cars included a five-speed gearbox, alloy wheels, and optional air conditioning and power steering. In total 1099 330 GT 2+2 cars were produced with 625 series 1 and 455 Series II cars being shipped out. The 330 GT 2+2 would be replaced by the new 365 GT 2+2 in 1967.
The vehicle on offer here, chassis number 9183 and engine number 9183, is a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II. It is a matching numbers example and has been under the same ownership for the past 32 years. It is currently finished in Red with a Black interior which is believed to be the original color scheme. The current owner acquired the car on April 23, 1987, from The Auto Show Inc. of Englewood, Colorado with a stated 92,473 miles on the odometer. Shortly after the acquisition of this car, the current owner set out on a reasonably thorough servicing and light sympathetic restoration to bring the car up to standards, both mechanically and cosmetically. Fluids were changed, the brakes were serviced, and the suspension was gone through among many other things. This work was completed by Mikes Performance Headquarters of Englewood, Colorado. In early 1988 the front seats were recovered, the back seats were dyed, and the center console was redone, among a few other things, all completed by T’s Sunrise of Englewood, Colorado. In late 1988 the engine was pulled, and a complete rebuild was undertaken. Some photos of this are available in the documents section of this listing. Moving forward, there is a consistent line of thorough service history all throughout the 1990s and early 2000s showing the car was used and cared for very meticulously. All of these receipts are also available in the Documents section of this listing. The most recent servicing, taking place in early 2016, totaled just shy of $12,000. Work completed included rebuilding the transmission, thoroughly sorting the braking system, updating cooling fans, and a fluid change amongst other things. All the work was completed by T’s Sunrise of Englewood, Colorado. As the car sits today, it appears to be a good driver quality example. The cosmetics show a number of blemishes throughout the car, but the mechanicals appear in top condition, and looking over the excellent service history of this car makes a lot of sense. Cars such as this 330 are unique in the sense that due to their cosmetic flaws from use over the years, you can thoroughly drive and enjoy them and not have to worry about the odd stone chip or ding that might occur from regular usage. The outstanding mechanical condition of this car means that it would be ideal for enjoying long drives on nice days, and the ample space and storage would make it an excellent car for touring or doing rallies. On the other side of things, this car is also the perfect candidate for light sympathetic restoration as laying new paint and cleaning up a few areas would leave the car showing beautifully cosmetically as well as having the strong mechanicals to match.
Included with the sale of this vehicle are the available service documents, factory spare wheel, jack, as well as a very nice aftermarket tool roll.
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Body And Paint
Overall this car would be deemed as driver quality. The exterior surfaces contain a number of flaws in the form of chipping, scratching, and denting throughout the car. The paint itself is in ok condition. It has consistent color all round the car, although it does show its age and the color appears to have faded a bit over time. The front of the car shows peppering of stone chips from normal road usage as well as some slightly bigger chips in the paint around the edges of body panels etc. Some of these chipped areas have been touched up, and some currently show bare metal. The chipped edges occur around the car on various edges of the body, especially the hood and trunk areas that see normal movement. There is some cracking of the paint on the passenger side door area. There are some larger scratches on the rear drivers side quarter panel that have been touched up but are still fairly noticeable. The body is fairly straight and solid with respectable gas all around. The hood fitment is slightly off and appears to be a bit bowed. This might be easily rectified There are some minor small dings that come with the territory on drivers quality cars, the largest of which is quarter-sized and located on the passenger side rear quarter panel. It is recommended that the photo gallery above be studied thoroughly to get an accurate representation of the external condition of the car.
Glass And Trim
The front Cibie branded headlights are in good clean condition with bright chrome trim rings that show a little wear but are overall very respectable. The driving lights, situated below the headlamps, show some cracking around the mounting screws as well as some discoloration in the plastic lenses. The taillights are in good condition, free from cracking however the reverse indicator lights on the back of the car do show some minor hairline cracking as well as discoloration. The chrome though out the car is in serviceable condition, it has good shine and consistency but does display signs of aging in the form of scratching and swirling. The bumper overrider on the front passenger side has a sizable chunk of the finish missing from it. The louvered gills on the front fenders appear to be newer items and are in good condition, finished in a contrasting black. The Pininfarina badge located on the passenger side is misshapen. The rubber trim throughout the car would be considered to be in serviceable condition, with good color and decent suppleness but showing its age and displaying some cracking in certain areas. Side windows appear to be original and are branded Securit, and the windshield looks to be a newer piece possibly.
The alloy wheels are in acceptable condition with good color to them, but they do show some curbing and road rash that is consistent with the quality displayed on the rest of the car.
The exterior of this car falls very much so into the category of Driver Quality. Therefore, it has numerous imperfections on the outside of the vehicle. For a better understanding of the cosmetic nature of this vehicle, please thoroughly review the photos located in the gallery above.
Seats And Surfaces
Much of the interior leather was either replaced or restored back in 1988, and the interior as a whole remains in clean and very nice condition. Given that the car has been used regularly during the current ownership, there are signs of usage around the cabin. The front seats retain nice seating surfaces; the leather has great color and fitment with normal creasing forming on the edges of the seats as well as a small area where the piping is separating on the outer edge of the driver's side seat. The back seats look largely unused and remain in excellent condition. The door cards retain good color and have a nice tight fitment although they do display some scratching in the leather. The red carpets remain tight and colorful, showing minimal wear. There are some areas that appear to have been left untouched during the redoing of the interior such as the leather-wrapped area which houses the rear trunk release, which shows heavy knicking and chipping in the leather. The wooden veneer on the dash retains nice color and a consistent finish and the leather-wrapped dash top fits snug and tight. The leather on the center console was replaced back in 1988 and remains in great condition. The white pleated headliner is clean and tight, with no signs of any issues. There is some scratching on the chrome plates kick plates mounted on either side of the car in the door jams, but nothing out of line with the rest of the car. Overall the interior presents very nicely and could be considered to be in a higher standard of condition than the exterior of the car.
Functionality And Accessories
It appears that all the components of the interior were well looked after and remain in nice cosmetic and mechanical condition. The doors open and shut nicely, the power windows roll up and down at normal vintage Ferrari pace, and the emergency brake holds the car in place as it should. The central shifter moves easily through its range of motion. All the gauges are clean and clear, retaining nice color and good legibility. An aftermarket radio has been installed in the center stack, a nice functional touch but one that is easily changed should the next owner desire to do so. The rest of the switches, toggles, knobs, etc. all remain in good clean condition, and all of them appear to perform their required functions as they should.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay, as a whole, reflects the extensive service documentation provided. Its clean and tidy all around most correct components with the exception of the battery and battery hold down, as well as some of the fuel lines and clamps. The crinkle coat finish on the valve covers and the airbox is in good condition still with only a spot or two showing some age. The radiator looks brand new, which corresponds to the cars 2016 servicing. There are no outward signs of any mechanical issues.
The trunk is trimmed nicely in the appropriate black ribbed carpeting. It has good color and fitment to it still. Overall the metal around the trunk edges looks clean and solid. The area where the hinges for the trunk lid mount show a bit of cracking and surface corrosion but look to be structurally sound. Lifting up the floor, paneling reveals a fairly original looking trunk, a bit dirty and dingy but overall solid and a condition that falls in line with the exterior of the car. The factory alloy spare is situated right where it should be. There is an aftermarket CD changer installed in the trunk area which could be removed should the next owner deem in necessary.
The condition on the underside of the car falls in line with the rest of the exterior, showing a car that was used and enjoyed but cared for as it should be. There is a light coating of road dirt on most of the suspension components etc. but they all look well kept. The underside of the engine area shows a bit of oil seepage but nothing out of line for one of these old Ferraris. Structural metal appears solid with no signs of any issues, same with the floor pans.
Given its fantastic service history, this car remains in excellent mechanical working order. The big 4.0-liter V-12 fires to life with a short turn of the key and a quick stab of the gas. Once up to temperature, it settles into a deep and smooth idle. Out on the road, the car makes good power with a consistent and linear delivery. There are no flat spots or stumbles. The car maintains perfect temperatures thanks to its 2016 cooling system service and upgrade
The transmission was rebuilt in 2016 and remains in fantastic condition. The car holds power very well, revs freely, and easily engages gears. The clutch has nice positive feedback, good pickup point, and holds power without any issues.
Brakes And Suspension
The braking system was also gone through in 2016, leaving this 330 braking and stopping without fault. The suspension feels compliant and offers good feedback and responsive road manners. No abnormal noises or issues were experienced during our testing of this vehicle.
The car currently wears Pirelli P5 tires on all four corners. They appear to be well kept with good color and solid side walls as well as ample tread left to them.
While it may not make the power of some its higher strung brethren, the 330 GT 2+2 is just as enjoyable to drive in its own right. Often times, some of the sportier offerings from Ferrari in the 1960s are a bit of a handful to drive in day to day situations, but this is not the case with the 330 GT 2+2. The cabin is roomy and bright, with a comfortable seating position. The clutch is easy to operate, and the steering is light and nimble. The 4.0 liter V-12 still makes plenty of power, and best of all, every one of the noises you want to hear out of a classic Ferrari is still present! This 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 offers the 60's V-12 driving experience in a much more comfortable and manageable package, making it fantastic for long drives and touring duty. The detailed history of excellent mechanical servicing means that this car runs and drives very strong and the driver quality exterior means you can add miles to the odometer without fear of scratches and dings. Should the next owner choose to take the car in a different direction though, this car offers the perfect platform for a light sympathetic restoration. With a solid body and wonderful mechanicals already in place, all that would really need to be attended to is cosmetic things.
- Exterior Colour Red
- Interior Colour Black
- Drive LHD
- Chassis Number # 9183