The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was produced by the Italian manufacturer Ferrari. The successor to the Ferrari 250 GTE (1960-63) which demonstrated the existence of a market dedicated to this type of 4-seater sports car, the Ferrari 330 GT was a great success. Presented in 1964 at Maranello, and then to the public at the Brussels Motor Show, the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was born at a period of great success for the brand, which dominates the Sport Prototype and the Grand Tourisme in terms of technology and performance, triples the Le Mans 24 Hours and doubles the Nürburgring's 1,000 kilometers in the same year.
Designed by bodybuilder Pininfarina, the 330 GT 2+2 features an innovative bow and stern, with almond taillights placed horizontally at each end of the trunk and, above all, front headlamps with four headlights, compared to flanged eyes, nicknamed Chinese Eyes. They returned to a more conventional style with two round headlights in 1965. It was the American designer Tom Tjaarda who, with the constraints of a four-seater, produced this model with a more aggressive design and asserted that his predecessor, a distinguished car. Its chrome-plated center butterfly polished aluminum spoke wheels, designed by Borrani and standard on the first version of the 330 GT, contributed to this. They will be available as an option on the Series II which will have light alloy cast iron wheels as standard. Similarly, as on the 250 GT, the Ferrari 330 GT will have front flanks with eleven narrow slots, followed by three wide openings suggesting shark gills in 1965.
The Ferrari 330 GT's interior is larger than that of the 250 GTE, with a 50 cm extended wheelbase, which provides a comfortable interior for rear passengers. The dashboard is based on the classic black leather and wood-wrapped design with black plastic-circled dials and the gearshift lever changes from the usual Ferrari model selection grid to a leather bellows, with the 330 GT becoming a more sophisticated and comfortable than sporty car.
The Ferrari 250 GTE being considered too wise and not very powerful, the displacement of the new Ferrari 2+2 330 GT will increase from 250 cm3 to 330 cm3, hence its number 330. The 330 GT 2+2 is powered by a redesigned version (Tipo 209) of the Ferrari 400 Superamerica's 4-litre V12 engine with four overhead camshafts and three twin-wheel drive Weber carburators. The cooling of the engine is thoroughly reviewed. The aluminium block is lengthened to allow better water circulation and a new belt driven water pump is installed, as well as a 40 amp alternator to replace the dynamo. The first version of the car features a Normanville Laycock 4-speed overdrive transmission with electric engagement, followed in 1965 by a new fully synchronized 5-speed transmission.
The brakes of the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 are new, standard Dunlop discs on all four wheels, and protected from the rain to prevent brake pad and brake loss. The front and rear hydraulic circuits are independent, each with its own brake servo, master cylinder and reservoir. The damping of the car is achieved by a rigid rear axle, suspended by semi-elliptical longitudinal leaf springs and helical springs with telescopic shock absorbers. The front wheels are independent. The weight is reasonable, especially thanks to a steel tubular structure of electrically welded oval section tubes, with the motor fixed in four points. Production of the 330 GT 2+2 will end in 1967 with the launch of the 365 GT 2+2, with 628 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I dual headlights produced.
The Ferrari Grand Tourism that we present is a GT series 1 2+2, with its original saddlery, that has only known two owners. It will be delivered with all its historical file, all its maintenance invoices for more than 30 years. Although it is in very good original condition, it was repainted in the 80's. It has all its maintenance booklets and technical instructions as well as its tool kit.
Really good original condition