Lot 307 - 1966 Ferrari 330GT Series II 2 + 2 Coupé
|Odometer reading||43,110 miles|
|Estimate||£160,000 - £180,000|
|Result||Sold - £209,440|
The provisional 330 America was replaced in January, 1964 by the new 330GT 2+2. It was first shown at the Brussels Show early that year. 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 52 inches longer but fitted with Koni adjustable shock absorbers which 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 and when leaving the factory the 330GT originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres. The 1965, Series II version featured a five-speed gearbox instead of the overdrive four-speed of the prior year. Other changes included the switch back to two headlights instead of the four light front clip, alloy wheels, the Borrani wire wheels were kept as an option and the addition of optional air conditioning and power steering. Prior to the introduction of the 'Series II' 330 GTs, a series of 125 'interim' cars were produced with the quad-headlight external configuration of the Series I cars but with the five-speed transmission and 'suspended' foot pedals of the 'Series II' cars.
This rare righthand drive Ferrari 330GT Series II, chassis number 7849GT, was supplied by Maranello Concessionaires and sold on 16th March 1966 by Mead of Maidenhead to Mr. R.G. Hawkins who lived in Bristol. It is believed that this 330GT has only covered 43,100 miles from new which is verified by the collection of old MoT test certificates, the earliest is from 1968 when the recorded mileage was 28,623 miles. The car was re-painted and the interior was redressed in the mid 1990's and has been maintained throughout its time on the road. Recent work has included replacing the valve stem seals, reconditioning the Borrani wire wheels which and having a new MoT test certificate. Finished in the original colour Azzurro blue with blue leather and blue carpets, this Ferrari 330GT is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2015 and a file containing the original bills of sale. Also included are old registration documents, old MoT test certificates, invoices, photographs, a hand book and the Ferrari 330GT parts catalogue. This is a good sound car that drives well but would benefit from some minor tlc to the paintwork and interior. The 1960's Ferrari's have shown to be one of the best investments you could have with nearly all of them over doubling in price in the last twelve months.
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