Jay Leno has admitted to not being a "Ferrari guy," or at least a "modern Ferrari guy," but as far as classic Ferraris go, the comedian still has a soft spot for them. So when fellow comedian Adam Carolla brought his classic Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 to show Leno, the two car nuts proceeded to talk car chops about the iconic Ferrari model.
Built from 1964 to 1967, the 330 GT 2+2 holds a special appeal in the eyes of Ferrari collectors. Carolla’s model, in particular, looks especially fresh given the years it already has out on the road. It doesn’t command the same drool as the Ferrari 250, but it’s no less a collector’s piece.
As soon as their two-man discussion finished, Carolla gave Leno the keys to the 330 GT 2+2 for a nice test drive. That’s when things turned to pure comedy as the 330 GT 2+2 first runs out of gas before developing a vibration that ended up getting caused by an improperly lubricated speedomenter cable that eventually led to the actual needle to fall off.
Great stuff, as always, from two of the funniest car nuts around.
Ferrari had become a well known racing team and producer of sports cars for the public, but its Gran Touring machines were still lacking refinement. Enzo may have thought little of this, but as time has gone on these larger Ferrari models have done very well for the company and now, with the new FF model, they will introduce 4-wheel drive to the company’s lineup for the first time.
At the 1966 Geneva Motor Show Ferrari introduced its new 330 GTC model. With the 330 GT 2+2 model, Ferrari already had a less sporty car for sale, so the 330 GTC needed to be both Grand Tourer and true performance car. Utilizing a shorter wheelbase and modified engine, the 330 GTC Coupe is widely regarded as one of the best overall Ferrari models of all time.
Canepa Design in California is currently offering a Silver 1965 model with 47,033 miles on the odometer. It has been restored and features a clean title.
Hit the jump for more details on the Ferrari 330 GTC.
With the automotive world’s attention directed at the Detroit Auto Show, it becomes easy to miss important items that aren’t directly involved with the 2011 NAIAS.
This is one of them.
If you happen to be a Ferrari fanatic who also happens to be a Beatlemaniac, then this historic piece of ride just may be what the doctor ordered. It’s a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, a pretty rare car in its own right. But what makes it even more of a collector’s goldmine is the fact that this particular Ferrari once had a very famous owner: John Lennon.
More than just being driven by the legendary Beatles frontman, this particular Ferrari also happened to be Lennon’s very first car. We figured that the late singer-songwriter had impeccable taste in his vehicles and when we found out that his first ride was a Ferrari, it pretty much put our idolatrous worship on him to a new level.
Recently, we found out that John Lennon’s ’65 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 is actually headed to a Bonhams auction on February 5, 2011 in Paris. No word on how much it’s going to cost, but estimates have pegged it to be sold at somewhere around €120,000-170,000, or around $155,000 – 220,000 based on current exchange rates.
We don’t usually fork over that much money at auctions like these, but with this car, we’re going to seriously consider it.
Chances are, you will never fly to the moon or become a billionaire. An even more unlikely scenario is to see an original Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale. To say the occurrence has a once in a blue moon chance is a bit of an understatement. That being said, get your checkbooks out and get ready to write down a number well into the 8-figures - but not yet.
The car up for sale is not a real 250 GTO Evocazione. Although the car is a real Ferrari, it started its life as a much more modest 330 GT. The owner then decided to mod the car to resemble a 250 GTO. And not just any GTO, the only right hand drive 4-liter V-12 model Ferrari made to compete at Le Mans.
The fact of the matter is that, although you are not getting a real 250 GTO, the replica is sure to make you just as happy as the real thing. Once in a lifetime will you ever see a real 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale, so for an astronomically lower price, you have the opportunity to own a piece of racing history.
The Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione replica is expected to fetch $377,000 - a far cry from the $18 million of the original - on September 25th at the Historics at Brooklands in England.
In 1966 at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the 330 GTS (Gran Turismo Spider), a combination between the 400 Super America and a 275 GTS. The car replaced the 275 GTS, and apart from the folding roof, the 330 GTS was identical to the 330 GTC. It was produced until 1968, in both left and right hand drive, with around 100 units made.
The nose featured a slim, projecting ovoid radiator grille, headlights in shallow recesses in the forward face of the wings, which had triple louvre engine bay exhaust outlets in their sides, bounded by a slim bright trim strip on three sides. This was married to a tail section that was first used on the earlier 275 GTS, to produce a harmonious, light and elegant design that featured slim quarter bumpers at each corner.
The folding roof of the 330 GTS was retained by a pair of over-centre clips on the top screen rail when in the erected position, whilst a clip-on protective vinyl cover fitted over it when stowed in a recess behind the seats.
In 1966 at the Geneva Salon Ferrari unveiled the 330 GTC - a model that at the time came as just an addition to the Ferrari line-up, but that in time became one of the best Ferrari. Like many of the Ferrari models it has been designed by Pininfarina: a design combination between the 275 GTS with the front-end treatment of the 500 Superfast.
The 330 GTC had a cabin with very slim pillars, which gave an airy feel to the interior and excellent visibility. The design was specific to this model, and was carried over to the later 365 GTC.
Like the 275 GTB & GTS models, the 330 GTC was built on a 2400mm chassis. The standard road wheels were 7L x 14 in, fitted with 205 x 14 in tyres, of an elegant and smooth 10-hole alloy design, similar to those used on the sports racing competition Ferrari models of the period.
In January 1964 at the annual Ferrari pre-season competition press conference, the company unveiled the 330 GT 2+2. It was the replacement for the 250 GTE 2+2 model, which had ended its production run with a series of one hundred models known as the 330 America: visually identical to the 250 GTE, but fitted with a 4-liter engine. It was the first Ferrari model to exceed 1,000 units.
As with its predecessor, the body design of the 330 GT 2+2 was from the pen of Pininfarina. It was very different, however, featuring a canted twin headlight arrangement, with a 7 in diameter outer lens and a 5 in diameter inner, echoing the layout shown on the 400 Superamerica Superfast IV. This gave the frontal aspect a slightly American look, as dual headlights were very much in vogue there.
The general body lines became smoother and rounder, apart from the angular headlight surround pods, featuring a bulbous, rounded tail providing a more voluminous boot, with horizontal rectangular one-piece rear light assemblies that curved around the edges of the wings. The 50 mm increase in wheel base over its predecessor, together with a redesigned interior, gave rear seat passengers additional leg and head room, without any sacrifice to that of the front seats.
P3 chassis number 0844 was made in 1966 and is the first of only three. Ferrari first won Le Mans in 1949. Between 1960 and 1965 Ferrari totally dominated the 24-hour race. Ford had its revenge with wins in 1966/7/8/9 with the 7.0-litre GT40s. After doing battle with Ford, Ferrari had waves of Porsche 917s coming at them. Although Ferrari went on to have countless ‘normal’ race wins, the red cars never won Le Mans again. One of this P3’s race wins was at Spa-Francorchamps in the 1966 (...) > Full story