1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Series I
Year of manufacture1965
Please note that this lot will need to be collected from Montreux, Switzerland.
Ferrari had seen great success with the 250 GTE, which was their first production four-seat model, and its formal replacement - the 330 GT 2+2 - was sure to carry on the grand tradition of gentlemanly yet sporting motoring that the 250 GTE had started.
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 to increase airflow to the engine.
Like the limited production 330 America that preceded it, the 330 GT 2+2 was fitted with a four-litre V-12 engine. Engineers extended the car’s wheelbase by two inches over the outgoing 250 GTE and fitted it with Koni adjustable shock absorbers in an effort to improve handling.
Sold through a dealer in Paris, France, this 330 GT 2+2 was originally specified in Rosso Cina over Nero Franzi leather. The Ferrari remained with its original owner until the mid-1980s, at which point it was sold to a second French owner. A 1996 purchase invoice in the accompanying history file notes that the 330 GT had already been painted grey by this time. Before selling the vehicle onward the owner undertook a rebuild of the original engine, noting that the engine had done less than 300 km since then. In 2005, chassis number 7029 left France and was sold to a new owner in Switzerland.
Purchased by Mr. Richoz in 2009 from the Swiss owner, the 330 GT 2+2 remained in his care until his passing. Undated invoices on file show that Mr. Richoz had a small amount of interior work completed during his ownership.
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