Ferrari 330 Generations:

1966 - 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

1966 - 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
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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.

1966 - 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC
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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.

 

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1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake

1965 Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake

The Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake by Vignale is as radical a departure from the production 330 GT 2+2 as one can imagine. It is a two-door station wagon Prancing Horse from the ‘60s that can sit four and reach 150 mph. You will not see another one like it, ever.

The ‘60s were an era when coachbuilding was still happening and it’s when many designers took it upon themselves to create unique reinterpretations of already outlandish sports cars. Such an outlandish reinterpretation was the Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake. It was based off of Ferrari’s then-new 330 GT 2+2, the Italian automaker’s fledging long-distance Grand Tourer that replaced the 250 GTE 2+2 and the 330 America in the lineup.

The bodywork you se now on the car, though, has nothing to do with the Tom Tjaarda-penned original coachwork. The shooting brake design was a joint effort between Luigi Chinetti, Jr. who acquired the car for this project and Bob Peak, the man commonly cited as being behind the way movie posters look nowadays.

Mechanically, chassis #09763 is broadly identical to any other 330 GT, but the clothes it wears are what sets it apart. The Vignale-built body, which has almost none of the components from the donor, is an acquired taste, which may be why the car’s been struggling to find a buyer for a few years now. It was once part of Jay Kay’s collection of Ferrari but has since seen the premises of many auction houses and dealers and is currently up for grabs again at The Petersen Automotive Museum auction on December 8th.

The asking price for what is, by all accounts, the last Ferrari to be bodied by Vignale – and one of the wackiest of the lot – is that of two Ferrari 488s full spec’ed out. Is it worth it? Read on to find out!

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1964 - 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

1964 - 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

If only James Bond was Italian...

The 330 GT 2+2 was actually an update to the 330 America that Ferrari built in 1963 only. It also replaced the 250 GT/E 2+2, but it was larger and sportier. Introduced in 1964, the 330 GT 2+2 was upgraded in 1965, when the Series II model with a new design was launched. Production lasted until 1967, with 1,099 examples built until the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was introduced as a replacement. The cool thing about these cars is that they’ve remained somewhat affordable compared to other million-dollar Ferraris from the era.

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Replica Go Karts Fetch Tremendous Prices At Mecum Auctions

Replica Go Karts Fetch Tremendous Prices At Mecum Auctions

One of them sold for Mercedes money

Millions upon millions of dollar flew all over the place over the weekend during the Mecum auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 had top billing when it sold for a whopping $22.5 million, becoming the most expensive British car in history. A collection of road-going Ferraris combined for $16.5 million, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB that sold for $8.3 million. Even Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita found a new owner who paid a cool $2.8 million for it. Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the auction were four vehicles that look the part of classics from yesteryear, but are actually miniaturized replica go-karts. It’s quite amusing considering that of all the cars that did sell for at least seven figures, these four go-karts were stars of the show in their own right.

Don’t feel bad if you mistake any of these cars – a Ferrari 330 P2 Le Mans, a 1956 “Baby Ferrari” Bimbo Racer, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, and a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Junior – for the real things in the pictures. Look at them in person, though, and it’s clear that they’re mini replicas. Still, it doesn’t take away from the sheer awesomeness of these cars, which really aren’t your typical go-karts either, since some of them do carry materials like a steel chassis and a fiberglass body. And for what their worth, they were actually sold for impressive prices, including one that fetched a price tag that would’ve otherwise been close enough to buy an actual, brand-new Mercedes CLA-Class Coupe.

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Video: Adam Carolla visits Jay Leno's Garage with 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

Video: Adam Carolla visits Jay Leno’s Garage with 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

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.

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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

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.

Photo Credit: Simon Clay/RM Auctions

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John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari 330 GT to be auctioned off at Bonhams

John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330 GT to be auctioned off at Bonhams

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.

Press Release after the jump.

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Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction

Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale at Brooklands Auction

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.

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1968 Ferrari 330 GTS

1968 Ferrari 330 GTS

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.

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1966 - 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

1966 - 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC

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.

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1966 - 1967 Ferrari 330 P3 one of the most beautiful race cars in the world

1966 - 1967 Ferrari 330 P3 one of the most beautiful race cars in the world

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 Spa (...)

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