Bring a Trailer auction in progress: Matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche Certified. 1 of 125 Interim 5-Speed examples constructed. Fabulous entry-level Enzo-era family friendly Front engine V12.
1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Interim Model (auction ends Saturday January 14th, 2023)
s/n 7119, engine no. 7119
Azzuro with Black Leather
Beginning with the first iteration in 1964, the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 has come to represent one of the most balanced combinations of performance and GT motoring from this era. Both single and dual headlight designs were penned by Pininfarina, both of which were smartly configured with space for rear passengers and ample trunk space for weekend travel. The Columbo 4.0-liter V12 engine offered an impressive 296-horsepower featuring triple Weber carburetors and a newly developed five-speed manual transaxle. Although Ferrari had only recently begun to sell road cars in volume for North American markets, sales for the 330 GT 2+2 concluded in 1967 with 630 quad lamp units, a modest number from a rarity perspective but important to establishing strong brand value in the growing American market.
Motoring press praised the handling and features of the 330 GT 2+2 including accolades for the Girling disc brakes at all four corners, under dash mounted “hanging” pedals and the impressive 5-speed transmission. This balance of power and performance was further coupled with elegant leather seating, a comfortable driving position with ample room for taller drivers, and power assist features. The 330 GT 2+2 delivered exceptional road holding, fantastic acceleration, and reliable road use, even when sequestered to daily driving. Rare today, as many examples have often donated their desirable drivetrain to replicas or other cars of more prominent value, the 330 GT 2+2 has become favored by top-tier collectors who enjoy using their cars in events and tours, with the added benefit of extra room for rear passengers and space for more than a weekend’s worth of luggage.
This beautifully prepared matching-numbers 330 GT 2+2 has a well-documented history including a recently performed Ferrari Classiche Certification completed by Ferrari of Houston (physical Redbook is pending delivery). Originally delivered in light blue with black interior to the first customer in Italy, the car is known to have been imported to the US and confirmed in California in 1974 under the same ownership until 1983. In 1987 the car was sold to another California resident retaining ownership until 2013, with two subsequent owners following before being purchased by the current consigning owner.
Receipts accompanying the car date back to the early 1970s with handwritten pages of itemized and dated notations for services beginning in 1974 including various repaired items through 1983. In 2016, under prior ownership, the engine was professionally rebuilt by Ferrari specialists at F&M Motorsports, Los Angeles, CA totaling more than $30,000 including machining, new pistons, a rebuilt alternator and starter, new valve guides, valve job, etc. While the engine and gearbox were out of the car, the clutch was replaced, all fluids changed, and both front and rear brakes were tended to including machining the rotors, replacing brake pads, rebuilding both front and rear brake calipers, replacing brake hoses as needed as well as replacing rear seal rings and rings to the rear axle shafts. In 2018, Francorchamps of America, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA performed $31,ooo worth of work on the car including replacing the left rear axle and bearing, removing the right cylinder head, checking tolerances, adjusting the valves, rebuilding both distributors, removing the transmission and servicing gears, 5 synchros, replacing the clutch cover, balancing the unit before reinstallation, replacing clutch lines, installing a new clutch master cylinder, and replacing the fuel pump with a modern unit. Compression readings taken July 8, 2021, showed 159-171 readings and leakdown within 5% for all cylinders.
In June 2022 under current ownership the car was serviced by Ferrari of Houston and prepared for Classiche Application. At that time, a set of Michelin XWX tires were fitted, both door lock mechanisms were repaired, a faulty fuel sending unit was replaced, the fuel tank removed and sent out for cleaning, and a correct original exhaust system was installed including correct mufflers tailpipes, and downpipes totaling over $30,000, $18,000 of which was dedicated to the installation and purchase of the correct exhaust system. After this work was completed, the car was shipped to Monterey, CA where it participated in the 2o22 “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” as part of “The Great Ferraris” display.
Today this exceptional Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 offers captivating visual presentation nice driver level finishes. Retaining the original engine and the correct 5-speed gearbox, this 330 GT 2+2 is beautifully presented. The metallic blue finish shows excellent gloss and deep luster throughout the body surfaces. Although the paint finish appears to have been applied some years ago, the finish has settled very well and there are only minor paint blemishes to detract from the car’s captivating presence. The panel gaps are excellent with tight closures from the doors and trunk, with slight variance to the forward part line on the leading edge of the hood. The chrome bumpers, headlight trim, various garnish molding, side mirror, and door handles are all in excellent condition. The beautifully finished aluminum grille, chrome grille surround, and prancing horse emblem are also in excellent condition. The glass and lighting are also in very good condition. The beautiful and correct “Route Borrani” wire wheels are properly polished around the perimeter and rim edges, presenting with gleaming spokes, polished luster to the aluminum finish, and modestly hammered chrome-plated triple ear knock offs. All four wheels are outfitted with recently fitted correct Michelin XWX tires (2022). The trunk houses a Borrani spare wheel wearing a contemporary Pirelli spare tire. Finishing off the rear of the car, the angled quad tip ANSA exhaust accurately represents the factory specifications of this 330 GT 2+2.
The interior offers a balance of elegance and sporting history. The black leather seating surfaces have gently relaxed with minor wear to the driver’s side seat bolster, but otherwise offering a cohesive look and feel to the entire interior. The fit and finish on the inner door panels, center console, headliner, and top of the dashboard are also very well resolved, The preserved wood tone on the dashboard adds a touch of vintage charm to the interior. The original steering wheel features the iconic yellow Ferrari emblem and aluminum triple spokes. The gauges are finished with excellent color and luster, completing the iconic image of vintage Italian performance.
Under the hood, the original numbers matching engine and engine compartment display correctly finished components and hardware unique to V12 front-engine Ferraris of the 1960s. The triple Weber carbureted engine is capped with the correct air cleaner and air intake, factory correct spin-nuts, correctly contoured hoses, proper fasteners, and correctly applied hardware add to the confident presentation. The engine area has been nicely detailed, though not to premier show standards. The recently replaced tufted diamond hood insulation pad, wire wound yellow hoses, correctly plumbed lines, and original manufacturers plates and labels all contribute to a nice driver level but very correct engine compartment. The factory numbered engine is stamped with original single strike numbers which match the original chassis plate on the car.
The chassis has a good feel on the open road. The gearbox shifts well with good synchros and a comfortable clutch which takes up smoothly under acceleration. Girling disc braking is very good overall, coming down from higher speeds with strong pedal pressure and good handling from the responsive independent suspension. The underside of the car, though not detailed for show, is clean and dry, displaying finishes consistent with original unmolested examples of this era. The engine castings, correct components, recently installed factory style exhaust with heat shields and correct mufflers, correct suspension, and correct Girling disc brakes complete the underside presentation confidently. This 330 GT 2+2 comes with an original partially complete tool roll, an owner’s manual and leather case, and several sets of keys.
This Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 offers a unique balance of GT elegance and V12 performance featuring captivating colors and Ferrari Classiche Certification. Documented and recently serviced with over $100k spent over the past six years, this Ferrari is ready to engage the next fortunate enthusiast seeking satisfying vintage driving experiences on tours, participating in Ferrari club events, and competing in concours outings.
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