1967 Ferrari 330GT Series II 2+2
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 9675
Engine no. 9675
4-liter, 300hp V12 motor
Five-speed manual transmission
Borrani alloy wheels
In US ownership since 1973
Very well maintained and sorted
Sophisticated & elegant color scheme
Ferrari firmly established itself as a 'volume' manufacturer with the 250 series, following nearly a decade of producing mere handfuls of cars at a time. Of course even then the numbers built were nothing compared to Detroit, but the concept was still a big move for the builder of exotic Italian sports cars. The introduction of the Pininfarina designed 250GTE in 1959 added a genuine 2+2 grand tourer to the range, a car suitable for the mature businessman. It delivered both the performance and creature comforts required to cover thousands of kilometers of autostrada in speed and subtle, elegant, style. The 250GTE was succeeded by the interim 330 America, which featured an enlarged 4.0 liter engine and then by the 330GT 2+2 Series I in 1964. The 330GT was updated in 1965 when the Series II models arrived. Its five-speed gearbox, alloy wheels and more resolved dual headlight frontal appearance set it firmly apart. Production ran until 1967, with 474 built.
Series II chassis '9675' was delivered to its first owner in Italy in 1967. The second recorded owner of the Ferrari was Nathaniel Stewart of Maryland in 1973. It next passed in 1989 to Alan Tyler and that same year to Dr. Jeffrey Cohen. Dean Pitcairn of Michigan purchased the Ferrari in 1993 and sold it to Guy Dietrich in 2003. It remained in his ownership for the next eight years, during which time it received, in addition to regular specialist maintenance, sympathetic refurbishment which included a repaint in the original Grigio Fumo - metallic gray - and partial re-trim of the leather interior in the original blue shade.
The current owner purchased '9675' in 2011, the Ferrari joining his large and eclectic collection in Southern California. In his care the Ferrari has been driven sparingly but energetically and shown at the Ferrari Club of America National in Palm Desert, California in 2012. In the last year, it has seen extensive mechanical maintenance and upgrading, including but not limited to new motor mounts, front and rear bump stops, header gaskets, exhaust hangers and thermostat. In addition, correct tires were fitted and the alloy wheels were refinished.
As presented today, this 330GT 2+2 is very attractive cosmetically, the elegant and subtle color combination suiting the lines of this 'businessman's Ferrari' quite well. The paint and bright trim of this well-maintained and cared for Ferrari show very well, with a few minor signs of aging visible. Reflections run evenly down the sides of the bodywork, testament to the quality of the panel fit and gaps. Inside, it appears nicely mellowed and gently enjoyed, as would be expected on a car which drives as capably as this one. Original touches abound - the delicate mesh radio speaker decorated with the crossed Pininfarina and Ferrari flags sits below the period Autovox radio. When the handbrake is engaged when the car is started, the red top flashes to remind the driver to release it before proceeding.
Once the V12 is brought to life and this Ferrari is taken out onto the road, it truly impresses. On a recent test drive, it revealed itself to be well sorted, strong and smooth. The Ferrari started and ran easily, shifted cleanly and decisively through all the gears, responded quickly and securely to steering input and stopped straight and true.
For a discerning collector looking to add a well sorted classic V12 1960s Ferrari to their stable, this example is a great choice. It's easy to imagine covering the continent in a day behind the wheel- and making a dramatic entrance wherever you arrived.