Lot 236 - 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Lot 236 - 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Lot 236 - 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Lot Number 236
Registration 795YNN
Chassis Number 6131GT
Engine Number 6131GT
Odometer reading 48,580 miles
Estimate £85,000 - £95,000

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 330GT 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 litre 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 litre engine.

Fifty 330 Americas were eventually built. The 250 GT/E 2+2 was replaced in January, 1964 by the new 330GT 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, separating 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 beautiful Ferrari 330GT 2+2 is one of only 44 righthand drive cars built for the UK market. Finished in Rosso Corsa with contrasting Nero leather interior and Crema Carpets, this car was fully restored in 2004 by marque specialists DK Engineering and has been maintained to a very high standard ever since, reportedly driving superbly. It should be noted that these cars are now becoming more and more rare as many have been used as donor cars for 250GTO replicas. They have therefore become very collectable in their own right and prices have now come into line with other Ferrari models. This fine example is fitted with aluminium rimmed Borrani wire wheels and featured in an article in Classic & Sportscar in 2010. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a new MoT test certificate, the original handbooks in a wallet and a comprehensive file containing invoices and old MoT test certificates. These Ferrari 2+2 models are bound to continue to rise in value and this car is realistically priced; especially when you consider how few were ever made. A proper grand touring car with elegant styling to match.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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