1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe

The introduction of the handsome and understated four-seat 250 GTE marked a significant milestone in Ferrari history. Not only was it one of Maranello’s first commercially successful vehicless, but it also marked Ferrari’s transition from boutique manufacturer to full-fledged road car builder. Prior to the GTE, most of Ferrari’s road cars were thinly disguised racing cars, built primarily to fund the competition department. The GTE proved there was sufficient demand for a luxurious, refined Grand Touring Ferrari with room for four. Over 950 examples of the 250 GTE were built between 1960 and 1963, setting the stage for a line of 2+2 Gran Turismo that continued virtually unbroken through today.

Building on the momentum of the GTE, Ferrari’s road car range expanded and was refined into the mid-1960s. The 250-series was gradually phased out, replaced by the larger capacity 275 and 330 series. In January of 1964, the GTE’s official replacement was unveiled at the Brussels show. The all-new 4-liter 330 GT 2+2 featured elegant and modern styling penned by the American-born designer Tom Tjaarda, working for Pininfarina. The powerful new engine was mated to a four-speed gearbox with overdrive, and the chassis featured disc brakes and Koni adjustable dampers at all four corners. Later in production, the Series II was introduced with some mechanical changes and simplified styling that, to some fans, sacrificed a bit of the Series One’s distinctive flair.

S/N 5755 is a well-preserved, numbers-matching Series I 330 offered publically for the first time in fifty years. The most recent owner discovered this car around1970, parked outside a local Saint Louis Garage. The family that owned both the Ferrari and the garage were successful late-model stock car competitors who bought the Ferrari to use as their everyday driver. Unfortunately for them, their mother wasn’t fond of the 330 GT and thought it was too fast for a street car, and forced the boys to sell it! The bumpers had been removed and set in the trunk, but otherwise the car was complete and looked to be in good order. A deal was made, and the new owner drove it home. He used the car regularly for years, and in the late 1970s performed a cosmetic restoration, refinishing it in its current shade of red from the original blue.

After five decades in the same owner’s care, 5755 remains in very good condition, with an appealing patina to the paint and interior. The Pininfarina body is respectably straight and crisp, with well-defined feature lines and attractive original brightwork. Details like the Borrani wire wheels and yellow-bulb Cibie fog lamps enhance its purposeful, road-ready appeal. The cabin is trimmed in black leather, which is mostly original and wonderfully broken-in. The rear parcel shelf and rear seatbacks have been recovered, though the work blends in nicely with the original leather. Carpets and the original pleated headliner are in good order and a period-correct Blaupunkt radio sits in the center console. The interior is refreshingly honest and would certainly be a wonderful place to spend hours behind the wheel.

Importantly, 5755 retains its original, numbers-matching V12 engine, paired with a correct 4-speed manual gearbox. The engine bay is orderly and reflects this car’s unmolested character, with proper details like yellow fuel line and black wrinkle-finish cam covers. It runs and drives well, though some additional sorting is recommended due to an extended period of storage.

Like nearly every front-engine, V12, Enzo-era Ferrari, the 330 2+2 has enjoyed renewed interest from serious collectors. While this car could form the basis of a straightforward renovation, it is entirely suited to be enjoyed essentially as-is, where the honest patina and broken-in charm will undoubtedly encourage enthusiastic use on your favorite country lanes.


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Stock number 7094

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