Chris Amon (acquired new in 1967)
Current Owner (acquired in 2014)
Ferrari launched the 330 series in 1964 as Maranello’s sequel to the impressive and popular 250 lineup. First out of the gate was the 330 America, numerically named for the displacement per cylinder, à la Ferrari custom. In 1965, the 330 GT 2+2 Series II debuted, showcasing a front-end redesigned by Pininfarina’s Tom Tjaarda. The 330 GT 2+2 Series II emerged as a sophisticated grand tourer – clearly of the Ferrari bloodline with race-bred components – and as an important element of Ferrari’s lucrative and prestigious road-going lineup. Of the 1,080 Ferrari 330s built between 1964 and 1967, just 460 were Series II cars.
Chris Amon, the internationally lauded Formula 1 driver for Scuderia Ferrari from 1967–1969, purchased this car, chassis 09213, new from the factory in 1967. A copy of the original factory invoice, showing that Amon ordered the car with power steering, air-conditioning, and a console for a radio, is included with the sale. Amon, in an e-mail to the current owner, recalled driving 09213 in Italy and England, and noted, “Whilst Ferrari would not give his drivers a car, he did give a very good discount and I seem to remember selling it for rather more than I paid.”
According to a report by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the car remained with Amon until 1969. Little is known about where the car lived from that time until the consignor’s purchase in 2014; it was advertised for sale in the December 1980 issue of Ferrari Market Letter by the Fine Car Store in California, and it is believed to have been stored in California for many years.
At some point, 09213 underwent a color change, but over the past 18 months it has been meticulously restored, mechanically and cosmetically, by a Ferrari specialist in France; the process was photographed and exhaustively documented. The body was taken down to bare metal and returned to its original Grigio Fumo (Smoke Gray). The engine was comprehensively rebuilt, as were the braking and electrical systems. The factory air-conditioning system had been removed, but during restoration a correct unit was located, rebuilt, and fitted. The dash was renovated and the interior reupholstered in rich red leather by specialists Atelier du Mont Ventoux in France.
With about 500 km recorded since restoration, this 330 GT 2+2 Series II is superb by any measure, and comes with a portfolio of photographs, including a photo of Amon with the car, copies of e-mail correspondence with Amon, and recent invoices.
In May 2017, this incredible 330 GT 2+2 Series II was at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, receiving finishing touches and undergoing Ferrari Classiche certification, which was pending at the time of cataloguing. The stunning coupe offers a unique opportunity for the discerning Ferrari collector to acquire a 330 GT in superb condition that carries the exclusive provenance of a factory grand prix ace.