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Ferrari 330 GT


This 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II sold for $107,250 at RM's Automobiles of Amelia auction in Amelia Island, Florida, on March 8, 2008.

While the 330 GT was technically introduced as the replacement for the short-lived 330 America, it was really the replacement for Ferrari's first production 2+2, the 250 GTE. The GTE had been a smashing success for Ferrari. Over 950 units were produced between 1960 and 1963, dwarfing the sales of any other Ferrari up to that time and falling just shy of the combined total production of all other 250-series Ferraris.

Despite its popularity, the GTE fell victim to progress as manufacturers from Europe and even the United States introduced faster and more modern competition. As a stop-gap measure, Ferrari introduced the 330 America in 1963. The 330 America was basically a 250 GTE with a 330 engine stuffed under its hood and a few other modifications. The 330 America was a formidable attempt to wring a few more sales out of an aging model, but Ferrari needed something more, and the 330 GT 2+2 was their answer.

The 330 GT, or, as it is usually identified, the 330 2+2, wasn't just a dressed-up GTE; it was a major improvement over that model. The engine mechanicals were moved forward, the gas tank was moved back, and the chassis was stretched to allow a significantly larger interior. The chassis was also updated, with changes to the springs and shocks for a smoother ride, plus a new 250 GTO-style rear suspension for better handling. The rear end was changed to a quieter unit. The brakes got a tandem master cylinder setup and, of course, it featured the 330 engine and completely new body.

The coachwork was designed by Pininfarina and remains controversial to this day. In the first series 330 GT, Pininfarina decided to use the headlights as a design feature rather than just a functional element. He mounted two headlights on each side, then emphasized them with a large brightwork surround. The result was one of Pininfarina's biggest design missteps. There was nothing elegant about the front end; however, the balance of the car was pleasing, if not attractive. Inside the car the interior was noticeably larger than the GTE, with very comfortable front seats and adequate room for two adults to sit in the rear seats.

An engine up to the task


The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the engine in the new 330 GT was up to the task. The 4-liter V12 would never be remembered as a race winner, but as a GT engine it was exceptional. The extra liter of displacement brought an additional 60 horses to the table, but more importantly, it made a major improvement in torque. The 250's impressive 184 ft-lb of torque at 5,500 rpm was handily trumped by the 330's 240 ft-lb at the sweet spot of 3,000 rpm. In real-world terms, it means you can leave a stoplight in top gear without protest and accelerate to top speed without shifting a gear.

Ferrari's 1966 catalog showed a new version of the 330 GT, the model discussed here. The unflattering four-headlight nose was replaced with a new, attractive two-headlight version. Other improvements included a 5-speed transmission to replace the overdrive unit, pedals that hung from the dash rather than protruding from the floor, and more attractive vents in the sides of the front fender. The 1967 catalog showed even more improvements, with the addition of optional power steering and air conditioning.

A fully optioned 1967 model is considered the most desirable. Ferrari evolution is continuous, and improvements do not necessarily follow model or year changes. For example, several of the 1965 updates can be found in late four-headlight examples. Additionally, the break between the four-headlight and two-headlight models does not exactly coincide with the break between 1964 and 1965 year models.
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D90
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10/2000 second
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F/14.0
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75 mm
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200
Date Taken
Sep 26, 2011, 12:38:03 AM
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