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Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina 1965 - World Of Classic Cars -

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina 1965

The formal replacement of the 250 GTE following the limited-production 330 America was Ferrari’s 330 GT 2+2. Ferrari had seen great success with the 250 GTE, which was their first production four-seat model, and the 330 GT 2+2 was sure to carry on the grand tradition of gentlemanly yet sporting motoring that the 250 GTE had started for Ferrari. This new car made its first public appearance at the Brussels Salon in 1964, and it featured several important updates over both the 250 GTE and 330 America.
Cosmetically, the 330 GT 2+2 was quite different from the 250 GTE. The most noticeable change was to the front end, where the designers at Pininfarina had crafted a unique quad-headlamp nose, allegedly to appease the American market. Both the nose and the tail of the car were slightly more angular, and the nose bore a wider front grille in an effort to increase airflow to the engine.
Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina 1965

Similar to the interim 330 America that preceded it, the 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with a four-litre V-12 engine, which was mated to the existing four-speed-plus overdrive transmission of the 250 GTE. Engineers extended the car’s wheelbase by two inches over the outgoing 250 GTE and also fitted it with Koni adjustable shock absorbers in an effort to improve handling.
However, the 330 GT 2+2 in this format would be short-lived. A second-generation car was introduced halfway through the 1965 model year, and only 625 examples of the quad-headlight first-generation 330 GT 2+2 would be produced.
Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina 1965

According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, chassis number 7467 was produced in June 1965 as a Series I U.S.-specification example that was finished in Argento Metallizzato over a Rosso (VM3171) leather interior and was fitted with power windows. Following its completion, the car was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. Whilst its early history is largely unknown, the car passed through an owner in Elmont, New York, before being purchased by Robert Contantine, of North Valley Stream, New York.
Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina 1965

In Contantine’s ownership, the car was stored for about 10 years, for unknown reasons, before being purchased in 1987 by an Alfa Romeo enthusiast in North Carolina, who used it as a restoration project. The car was returned to running condition in his ownership but remained largely unrestored cosmetically.
In 2011, chassis number 7467 was sold to its current European collector owner, who chose to fully restore the car and refinish it in Silver over a gorgeous Beige leather interior.
This vehicle is one of only six hundred twenty-five first-series 330 GT 2+2s ever built and, in the realm of four-seater Ferraris, this makes it quite a rare automobile.