Classic Driver Marktplatz
|Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake by Vignale|
Fahrzeug auf Facebook parken
|Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake|
One-off Coachwork by Vignale
Chassis No. 7963
The new 330 GT was much more than a re-engined 250 GT. The wheelbase was 50 mm (2.0 in) longer but Koni adjustable shock absorbers improved handling. A dual-circuit Dunlop braking system was used with discs all around, though it separated brakes front to back rather than diagonally as on modern systems. Also, the 330 GT was powered by a single-cam V-12 displacing 3,967cc which was an evolution of the 400 series Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. When Ferrari introduced its new model in 1964, it was offered in a single 2+2 body style, which had been designed by American expatriate Tom Tjaarda, who had been working at Pininfarina at the time.
Power reached the rigid rear axle via a five-speed manual transmission. Front suspension was independent and brakes were discs all around. Priced at a heady $14,200, the 330 GT 2+2 was a 3,000 pound rocket. The 300 horsepower V-12 was capable of propelling the car to 60mph in well under seven seconds.
# 7963 was originally built in 1965 as a left-hand-drive American specification model and shipped to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. Sold new by Chinetti Motors to its first owner named “Desy”. We understand that in 1967 it was repurchased by Luigi Chinetti Jr, son of the American Ferrari importer fondly known by his clients as “Coco”. Having grown up around “everything Ferrari” from a very early age Chinetti Jr. had an eye for design and decided that he really wanted to own a “special” Ferrari that he could use for touring with 2+2 seating and large luggage capacity. We can now see how advanced the concept that Chinetti Jr wanted from his dream car was, as some 47 years later the factory has launched the Ferrari FF, which offers the same principle as the Vignale Shooting Brake!
With the collaboration of commercial artist Bob Peak, Coco came up with a concept for a completely new Shooting Brake design to be built on the 330 GT that he had just purchased.
To place their dream into reality, the pair contacted Alfredo Vignale who had as authorised coachbuilders to Ferrari, designed and produced some of the world’s most special Ferrari’s in the days before Pininfarina became the exclusive carrozzerie for the marque from Maranello.
Vignale launched this most unusual and unique one of a kind Ferrari on his stand at the 50th Annual Turin Motor Show. The car was the hit of the show and amazed the crowds with its outstanding lines and totally distinctive style of Ferrari. After the world launch of the 330GT Shooting Brake it was returned to Coco Chinetti in Connecticut. After several years of being enjoyed by Chinetti Jr the car appeared in the Philadelphia area for some time and in 1977 had migrated to Northern Virginia and was owned by Ed Waterman. By the 1990’s the 330GT returned to Europe where the car was displayed at the Louis Vuitton Concours d’Elegance at Bagatelle in September 1996.
Beautifully restored and resplendent in a deep blue-green hue with yellow-gold fore and aft roof panels, it was featured in the June 2008 issue of Octane Magazine. Unquestionably unique, this one off, and the final “Vignale Ferrari” to be produced is offered for sale in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition with a speedo reading of only 12,786 miles.
Hexagon Classics offers a new owner the opportunity to own a highly usable and utilitarian Ferrari that remains one-of-a-kind and one that has been invited and featured at the world’s leading motoring events and will continue to be a welcome addition at many of the top events worldwide.
Previously exhibited at:-
• Concours Automobiles Classiques et Louis Vuitton, Bagatelle Retroviseur
• Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este Concours
• Festival of Speed, Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’
• Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance
This unique and very important Ferrari is now offered for sale and can be viewed at our central London showroom now.
Sold on the 19.07.2011