28 April 2001,
Price realised USD 52,875
USD 35,000 - USD 45,000
1964 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. 6573
Black with tan leather interior
Engine: V-12, single overhead camshaft per bank, 3967cc., 300bhp at 6,600rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with overdrive; Suspension: independent with wishbones and coil springs front, semi-elliptic leaf springs rear; Brakes: front and rear discs. Left hand drive.
The success of the three litre 250GTE 2+2 as Ferrari's first four seater GT car was followed by the introduction of a new four litre V12 engine. Called the 209 series, this unit developed 300bhp and in January 1964 the new 330 GT 2+2 was unveiled. The four speed, all synchromesh gearbox had a modified Laycock overdrive on fourth gear to enhance the car's long-legged gait, while the most obvious external feature of the early 330 GTs was the paired headlamps.
This example, chassis number 6573, is one of the first series of its type and therefore has the Type 209 engine and a four speed with overdrive gearbox; externally it has the quad headlamp arrangement that was superceded by single headlamp models in mid 1965. The early history of the car is unknown, although by 1979 Mr. Doug Pirrone of Berlinetta Motorcars became the new owner. The story of his ensuing restoration of the Ferrari was told in the June/July 1990 Cavallino (issue no. 57) which featured the car both on the front cover and in-depth in the magazine. The car was stripped to bare metal, primed with feather-fill and urethane primers and then painted in lustrous black. The Cavallino reporters were knocked out by the magnificence of the paintwork and it is worth recording some of their words The paint job itself was excellent, so not only was the black acrylic lacquer miles deep, but it also reflected beautifully, showing off to good effect all the subtle curves and shapes of the Pininfarina body. The restoration continued four years later when the engine was removed and fitted with new pistons, liners, valves, guides and new bearings before being balanced and refitted. At the same time the engine was thoroughly detailed. Next came attention to the chromework and wheels, after which the interior was fully retrimmed. The suspension and exhaust were also renewed/restored as necessary. The Ferrari subsequently won a Best in Class at the 1989 FCA National Concours, followed by a Senior and National First Prize at the 1992 AACA and then a First in Class Cavallino Trophy in 1993. Today the car remains in very impressive condition and is offered with a full tool roll (possibly not all original) and driver instruction book. The paintwork is still extremely good and just beginning to show some age in places. On a test run it displayed good oil pressure and good brakes. We would recommend a tune-up as there was some hesitation on full throttle, probably just due to lack of use. The engine bay is clean and the interior upholstery is all in fine condition throughout. Overall we sincerely believe that it will be hard to find many better examples of this model.
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