The first UK right-hand drive example 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Series 2 Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. ALP 8B (To be re-applied for) Chassis no. 5465GT Engine no. 5465GT
By the end of the 1950s, the market for sports cars with 'family accommodation' had grown sufficiently for Ferrari to contemplate the introduction of a four-seater model. Introduced in the summer of 1960, the first such Ferrari - the 250GTE 2+2 - was based on the highly successful 250GT. Pininfarina's brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing the 250's elegant good looks or sporting characteristics, and the master carrozzier succeeded brilliantly, moving the engine, gearbox, and steering gear forward and the fuel tank back, thus creating sufficient room for two occasional rear seats. The 250GTE provided the basis for its replacement: the 330GT 2+2 introduced in January 1964. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, adopting of a four-headlamp frontal treatment that reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. The 330GT's tubular chassis was 50mm longer in the wheelbase than before, which made conditions less cramped for the rear passengers. Suspension was independent at the front by wishbones and coil springs, while at the back there was a live axle/semi-elliptic set-up. Improvements to the discs-all-round braking system saw separate hydraulic circuits adopted for front and rear. The 330GT's Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine had first appeared in the 330 America (effectively a big-bore 250GTE 2+2) in 1963. Displacing 3,967cc, the single-overhead-camshaft, all-alloy unit was good for 300-plus bhp, an output sufficient to propel the 330GT to a maximum velocity of 152mph (245km/h) making it, when introduced, the fastest road-going Ferrari. Equipped at first with a four-speeds-plus-overdrive gearbox, the 330GT gained a five-speed transmission in mid-1965 and later that year had its four-headlight front end replaced by a two-lamp arrangement, becoming the 'Series 2'. Electric windows, alloy wheels and hanging control pedal were other Series 2 improvements. A favourite of Enzo Ferrari, who used one as his personal transport, the 330GT was the first of his cars to sell in excess of 1,000 units. Chassis number '5465GT' is the very first right-hand drive 330GT imported into Britain and was first registered to Col Ronnie Hoare, boss of Maranello Concessionaires, the official importer. The car subsequently became a demonstrator and featured in contemporary magazines such as Autosport, for which it was road tested by Gregor Grant in August 1964 (photocopy included). In the early 1990s the car featured in several magazines including Classic Cars, Autocar and Motor as well as the Maranello guide to Ferrari cars, photocopies of which are included in the history life. Road testers marvelled at the car's style and versatility, virtues confirmed during the current ownership. During the 1990s '5465GT' was used as an everyday vehicle and despite its increasing age remains an enjoyable, attractive and practical classic car. By year 2000 the 330GT had became part of a large collection on the Continent, together with 14 other Ferraris and Dinos. In 2001 a Ferrari specialist undertook a painstaking bare-metal restoration, which included re-chroming, repainting in Rosso Corsa and an excellent interior re-trim in magnolia hide. The restoration's high standard is said to be most impressive. For the last 11 years the Ferrari has remained in dry storage, started regularly following a strict preservation programme, and starts on the button. The car comes with photocopies of spare parts catalogue, workshop manual and maintenance manual for a 250GT, old-style buff logbook, old Swansea V5 document, expired MoTs and sundry invoices. A rare opportunity to acquire a restored example of this legendary Italian Gran Turismo.