1966 Ferrari 330GT
1966 Ferrari 330GT
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The Ferrari 330 series served as the company’s V12-powered grand tourer from 1963 to 1968 when it was replaced by the 365. The 330 series had a 2+2 GT Coupé, two-seat Berlinetta, spyder, and even a race-going version., with all models using an improved version of the 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine from the 400 Superamerica. The 330 GT 2+2 was first shown at the Brussels Show press conference in 1964 with a redesigned front and rear, quad headlights, wider grille, longer wheelbase for improved passenger legroom, closed circuit Dunlop disc brakes, and Koni adjustable shock absorbers for improved handling.
The Series II took over in 1965 and featured a five-speed transmission instead of the overdrive four-speed transmission of the Series I. It returned to the classic dual-headlights, alloy wheels, and optional air conditioning and power steering. Only 455 Series II 330 GT 2+2’s were produced.
This particular example, Chassis # 08279, is 1 of the only 455 Series II 330 GT 2+2 examples ever built. It is finished in its original Avorio color with a contrasting Beige leather interior and was optioned with both air conditioning and power windows. What makes this 330 even more special is the fact that it is believed to be the only one finished in Avorio from the factory.
Chassis 08279 was completed by the Ferrari factory in March of 1966 and was sold to its first owner, a Sig. Hollman of Turin, Italy, in 1966. Hollman was quite the Ferrari enthusiast, having owned two 250 GTE 2+2’s, two 330 GT 2+2’s, a 365 GT 2+2, and a 365 GTC throughout his life. It was imported from Italy to the US in the 1970s and purchased in 1974 by its second owner in Houston, TX. They went on to own the car for the next 16 years before listing it for sale in June of 1990. The car had supposedly undergone a bare metal restoration, including a new interior, completely rebuilt engine & brakes, and a fresh coat of paint in its original color.
The second owner continued listing it for sale from 1992 to 1995 before it finally moved on to its third owner, who invested quite a bit of money into this Italian beauty’s upkeep over the years.
In 2003, this 330 received an extensive, yearlong service at Ferrari of Houston. The dealership replaced the fuel lines, restored the camshafts, flushed and repaired the radiator & heater core, and rebuilt the Koni shocks.
It returned to Ferrari of Houston in 2006 for another round of extensive repairs. The dealer repaired the alternator bracket, installed new accelerator and tachometer cables, installed a new exhaust system and blower ducts, repaired the fan switch, adjusted the carburetor and distributor, installed new tires, and replaced the wiper motor.
A 2009 visit to the same dealer led to the water pump being re-sealed, an aftermarket alternator bracket being fabricated, rear axle seals replaced, new A/C lines and hoses, new heater ducts, and new weatherstripping. In 2013, one of the wheels was refinished, the reverse light, trunk, and center console wiring was redone, some of the interior and window trim was repaired, and the front grill was restored.
In December of 2014, the 330 was taken to Lyle Tanner Enterprises in Rockwall, TX, for a comprehensive rubber and seal replacement that included windshield and rear windshield surrounds, window seals, door seals, engine and hood seals, trunk seals, headlight seals, bumper seals, along with some transmission, carburetor, and rear end work.
In March of 2015, the car was listed for sale at the Amelia Island R.M. Sotheby’s auction, where it was purchased by its fourth and most recent owner for $451,000.
That same month, the new owner took it to Norwood Auto Italia in Carrollton, TX, for a new Becker Mexico radio and speakers, front turn signals, right door striker, alternator & bracket, and a voltage regulator.
In April, it was brought to Lyle Tanner Enterprises three times. The first time, they installed a new wiper motor, spare wheel hold down, fuse boxes, reverse light, heater blower, Magnetti Marelli voltage regulator, heater control valve, brake fluid bottles, alternator switch, washer bag & hose, light switch on the body, and taillight covers.
The second and third times, it received a new grill badge, oil cap breather, front bumperettes, suspension pin, water shut-off valve, license plate lights, blower motor, oil filler fittings & drain hose, fan brush, carb throttle shafts, fuel gauge float, bumper guard rubber, and a firing order plate.
In May, Lyle Tanner Enterprises installed a new fuel line alongside a wooden steering wheel and rear reflectors.
Fast-forward to April and May of 2018, and the 330 received a new clutch slave cylinder and hose from Algar Ferrari of Philadelphia in Bryn Mawr, PA, with a clutch master cylinder following later in June of 2018 from GT Car Parts in Phoenix, AZ. In August of 2019, new mufflers were ordered from Timevalve Mfg of Florida in Melbourne, FL.
Most recently, in September of 2022, the car was entrusted to Bishop’s Restorations in Port Saint Lucie, FL, with a full car wash, clay bar, wet sand, buff, and polish. They also replaced the hood bump stops and installed new air filters. All told the cosmetic work added up to another $3,000.
With only 455 examples produced, a possible one-of-one factory color, and service records that add up to well beyond six figures, this four-owner 330 GT 2+2 is one of the most unique and storied examples of one of Ferrari’s classic coupes. It is sure to be a hit at any prestigious Concours event and is the perfect choice for the individual looking for a Ferrari that stands out from the crowd.
Upon purchase, the new owner will receive an extra set of Borrani wire wheels, its factory-correct Campagnolo ten-hole cast alloy wheels, and its original and very rare blue-painted factory jack.