Lot 264 - 1965 Ferrari 330 GT Series II
|Estimate||£70,000 - £80,000|
The Ferrari 330 cars are the successor of the 250, first introduced by Ferrari in 1963. The first 330 America was simply a 250GT/E with a larger engine, and the 330 GTC/GTS shared their chassis with the 275. Only the 330 GT 2+2 was a truly unique product. Production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series. All 330 models used an evolution of the 400 Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. It was substantially changed for the 330 cars, however, with wider bore spacing and the notable use of a true alternator rather than a dynamo generator. The 1963 330 America shared the outgoing 250 GTE's chassis but not its engine, being powered by the new Type 209, 300hp at 6,600rpm, 4.0 L engine.
The 250 GT/E 2+2 was replaced in January, 1964 by the new 330 GT 2+2. It was much more than a re-engined 250, however, with a sharper nose and tail, quad headlights, and a wide grille. The wheelbase was 50mm longer, but Koni adjustable shock absorbers improved handling. A dual-circuit Dunlop braking system was used with discs all around, though it separated brakes front to back rather than diagonally as on modern systems. The 1965 Series II version featured a five-speed gearbox instead of the overdrive four-speed of the previous year. Other changes included the switch back to a dual-light instead of quad-light front clip, alloy wheels, and the addition of optional air conditioning and power steering. Prior to the introduction of the 'Series II' 330GTs, a series of 125 'interim' cars were produced, with the four headlight external configuration of the Series I cars, but with the five speed transmission and 'suspended' foot pedals of the 'Series II' cars.
This is a beautiful lefthand drive example is just one of these highly collectable examples that has been in the ownership of a Portugese museum for a number of years and was, in fact, registered to the president of the Portuguese Classic Car Club for many years. It has recently come from being serviced at marque specialists Bob Houghton in Northleach and is reported to drive superbly. It should be noted that these cars are now becoming more and more rare as many have been used as donor cars for 250SWB replica's. They have hence become very collectable in their own right and prices have now come into line with other models. This fine example It is fitted with alluminium rimmed Borrani wire wheels and the interior is beautifully trimmed in soft black hide. Bound to continue to rise in value, this car is realistically priced, especially when you concider that it is just one of 125 ever made. With over £6,000 recently spent on engine tuning, brakes, clutch and electrics to make sure that it now runs and drives as it should. Proper grand touring with styling to match.
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