1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
Chassis no. 6405
Engine no. 6405
3,967cc DOHC aluminum V12 Engine
Triple Webber 40DCZ two-barrel carburetors
300bhp at 6,600rpm
4-speed manual transmission with overdrive
Independent front suspension by wishbones and coil springs, rear live axle.
Four wheel disc brakes with separate hydraulics to front and rear
*Original Italian delivery V12 Ferrari
*Original well preserved interior
*Documented limited ownership chain
*43,000 kilometers from new
The Ferrari 330 GT
Introduced in January 1964, the 330GT 2+2 was based on the preceding 250GTE 2+2, Ferrari's first four-seater road car. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, adopting a four-headlamp frontal treatment that reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. Although some criticized its styling, the 'Series 1' four-headlight 330GT has become truly evocative of 1960s fashion, lauded both for its individuality and Pininfarina's purity of design.
Like its predecessor, the 330GT employed a tubular chassis; the newcomer's though, was 50mm longer in the wheelbase, 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 front and rear.
The 330's Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine had first appeared in the 330 America (effectively a re-engined 250GTE 2+2) in 1963. Displacing 3,967cc, the two-cam all-alloy unit was good for 300-plus horsepower at 6,600rpm, an output sufficient to propel the 330GT to a maximum velocity of 152mph (245km/h) making it, when introduced, the fastest road-going Ferrari. Built alongside the ultra-exclusive Superamericas, the 330GT was Ferrari's ultimate grand tourer for the sophisticated client during the era known in Europe as 'la dolce vita'. A favorite of Enzo Ferrari, it was the first of his cars to sell in excess of 1,000 units.
The Motorcar Offered
Gran Turismo 6405 was delivered new in Italy in 1964 through SEFAC in Modena, to its first owner Parigi. As supplied it was finished in Blue Sera paintwork, and is recorded as having been fitted with a Bianco white interior. It seems that this latter aspect was perhaps an error, because from its earliest days it is known to have had the more natural cognac coloring that it wears today. From new the car was fitted with the desirable and practical four speed with overdrive transmission.
By August 1978, the Ferrari had migrated from its country of origin and was one of many cars to pass through FAF Motorcars in Georgia. Towards the end of the year it was purchased by Duane Moody of Alabama, who kept the car for a matter of months before returning it to FAF for sale, its mileage to this point is noted as 36274kms.
From FAF it was once again sold, this time up to Iowa to James Higgins, before selling in 1980 into the first of a series of Massachusetts owners, Robert C. Brooks. 16 years later the Ferrari passed into long term ownership of more than 16 years.
All told, the mileage on the car is a scant 43,000 miles or so, which is reflected best in its lightly worn and well preserved interior. During most recent previous ownership the car was painted in a metallic grey hue, a finish which has not worn well and sadly presents poorly today and we are told that the car would benefit from some underbody attention. One area which has been exhaustively and authentically detailed is its engine bay.
The car has been in the ownership of an experienced Ferrari technician since 1997. As a result of this the engine compartment is quite meticulous and the car has received much mechanical attention over the last 15 years. The car includes ownership and service documents dating to 1979.
The car could be described as a bit of a sleeper, with an original patinated interior and an older paint with well-cared for and presented mechanicals. Representing an opportunity for sympathetic refurbishment, this is a modestly priced entry to the Ferrari world, in its most renowned V12 form.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled as 1965 and its title is in transit.