Ferrari 330

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1967 Ferrari 330 GT Spider at Wheels Of Italy
Ferrari 330
Manufacturer: Ferrari
Class: front-engined sports car
Production: 19631968
Engines: 4.0 L Colombo V12
330 America
Production: 1963
50 produced
Predecessor: 250 GT 2+2
Successor: 330 GT 2+2
Body styles: 2+2 Berlinetta
330 GT 2+2
Production: 19641967
1075 produced
Predecessor: 250 GT 2+2
Successor: 365 GT 2+2
Body styles: 2+2 Berlinetta
330 GTC
Production: 19661968
600 produced
Predecessor: 250 GT
Successor: 365 GTC/4 "Daytona"
Body styles: 2-seat Coupe
330 GTS
Production: 19661968
100 produced
Predecessor: 250 GT Spyder
Successor: 365 GTS/4 "Daytona"
Body styles: 2-seat Spyder

The Ferrari 330 cars are the successor of Ferrari 250, first introduced by Ferrari in 1963. The first 330 America was simply a 250 GT with a larger engine, and the 330 GTC/GTS shared their chassis with the 275. Only the 330 GT 2+2 was a truly unique product. Production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series.

All 330 models used an evolution of the 400 Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. It was substantially changed for the 330 cars, however, with wider bore spacing and the notable use of a true alternator rather than a dynamo generator.

330 America

A 250 in all but name, the 1963 330 America shared the outgoing model's chassis if not its engine. Powered by the new 4.0 L engine of the later 330 cars, 50 330 Americas were built. Likely the most famous 330 America is that belonging to California socialite Sandra Ilene West. Mrs. West was buried at the wheel of her car following a 1977 drug overdose. Her instructions specified that she be clad in her lace nightgown with the driver’s seat "slanted at a comfortable angle". The car (and driver) is interred at the Alamo Masonic Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

330 GT 2+2

1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 at Wheels Of Italy

The 250 GT 2+2 was replaced in January, 1964 by the new 330 GT 2+2. It was much more than a reengined 250, however, with a sharper nose and tail, quad headlights, and a wide grille. The wheelbase was 50 mm 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.

The 1965 Series II version featured a five-speed gearbox instead of the overdrive four-speed of the prior year. Other changes included the switch back to a dual-light front clip, alloy wheels, and the addition of optional air conditioning and power steering.

500 Series I and 575 Series II 330 GT 2+2 cars had been built when the car was replaced by the 365 GT 2+2 in 1967.


1967 Ferrari 330 GT Spider at Wheels Of Italy

The 330 GTC and 330 GTS were more like their 275 counterparts than the 330 GT 2+2. They shared the short wheelbase of the 275 as well as its independent rear suspension.

The GTC berlinetta was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 1966. It was a 2-seat coupe with a Pininfarina-designed body. The GTS spyder followed at the Paris Motor Show. About 600 coupes and 100 spyders were produced before the 1968 introduction of the 365 GTC/4 "Daytona".

330 LMB

Three 250 GTOs were modified with a large bump on the hood to use the four litre 330 engine. These were sold as the 330 LMB.

330 P

Four mid-engined racing cars used the 330 engine and name as well — the 330 P/P2/P3/P4.

330 P


Ferrari 330 P3

Four models of mid-engined racing cars used the 330 engine and name as well — the 330 P/P2/P3/P4 range of the mid 1960s. The 330 P4 had 450 bhp at 8500 rpm. It had a top speed of 320 km/h (198.85 mph). And had a dry weight of 800 kg (1763 lb).

330 GT 'One Off' by Scaglietti

Here is a Ferrari 330 with unique history and one-off body. The story begins when the present owner finds the car in a garage in 2004. It was stored there and didn't move for more than 20 years, but it was complete and the engine was not blocked. Nevertheless, the body was so rusted that it could not be saved.

In the end of 2005, the owner hears about a special body fitted on the Ferrari 250 Boano #0579GT that would be for sale. The car had been damaged in 1981 in the US and had been fitted with that body around 1988. The car then remained as is, unfinished, until 2005, when the owner decided to finally have an original Boano body rebuilt for the car, and thus selling the special body. This unique body had been built in 1986/1988 by retired coachbuilders. The owner of the 330, struck by the likeness of his new body and the one of a unique Ferrari 410 SA, asks for the help of Ferrari historians to find out about the history of this body. The 410 SA is #671, a one-off built by Scaglietti in 1957. The owner of this 410 SA recounts how he found the car in a farm in Oregon with no body but only the chassis and the engine, as the car was used as a tractor by the farmer ! He then meets Enzo Ferrari in 1985 to have the body of his unique car rebuilt. Enzo Ferrari sends the drawings of the body to Scaglietti to have a new one rebuilt. Scaglietti hired his former coachbuilders, now retired, the ones who had built the orignal body for the 410 SA.

The body of the 410SA and the one fitted on the Boano are nearly identical, with the exception of few details. They have been built by retired coachbuilders, and exactely during the same period. It is thus nearly sure that the coachbuilders hired by Scaglietti did build two bodies : one for the 410SA, and one for the Boano! What's more, in the Cavallino #49 of 1989, one can see a body being rebuilt in Modena, and said to be the one of the famous one-off Scaglietti 410SA. Now, thanks to the Ferrari historians, the pictures showed in fact the body of the Boano which can be identified by no place on the back for the rear plate (which is found on the 410SA) and the shape of the front fenders on which one can guess the lights are covered and not straight as on the 410SA.

The best Ferrari historian, Alan Boe, Gerald Roush, Pierre Goossens, Keith Bluemel have made it possible to rebuild the history of this very special body based on a Scaglietti design. Source

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Type 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
8 cylinder Mid-engine berlinetta 308 308 i 308 QV 328 348 360
208 208 Turbo GTB/GTS Turbo F355
Mid-engine 2+2 308 GT4 Mondial 8 Mondial QV Mondial 3.2 Mondial t
208 GT4
12 cylinder Boxer berlinetta 365 BB 512 BB 512i BB Testarossa 512TR F512M
Grand tourer 250 275 365 GTB/4
550 Maranello
America 330 365
2+2 coupé 250 GT/E 330 GT 2+2 365 GT 2+2 365GTC/4 GT4 2+2 400 400 i 412 456 456 M
Supercar 250 GTO 250 LM 288
F40 F50
Sold under the Dino marque until 1976; see also Ferrari Dino