The first true production four-passenger car from Ferrari was the 250 GTE 2+2, which combined the beautifully proportioned Pininfarina design with excellent handling and balance of its two-seat predecessors.
After three successful years the 250 GTE was replaced by the end of 1963 with an upgraded model which was powered by the new four-liter Colombo V-12. It was quite an improvement with revised combustion chambers and wider-spaced bores, and it was estimated to produce a conservative 300 brake horsepower. Aside from this engine, the new car shared the same chassis and was virtually identical in outward appearance to the 250 GTE 2+2. Following Ferrari’s practice of naming an engine for the displacement of a single cylinder, the new model was dubbed the 330 America 2+2, which was also a nod to its intended market. Only 50 examples of the Ferrari 330 America were produced, which makes it one of the rarest production Ferraris of the sixties.
This particular example was one of the last built, and came out of the Maranello factory in November 1963. It was delivered through Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1964 to its first American owner, and remained in the States until 1992 when it returned to Europe. The car is completely restored in 2008 and 2009 by Mototechnique Ltd, which is fully documented with invoices and photographs. Since then, the Ferrari has been kept in immaculate condition, and was part of the “California Dreaming” exposition in Museo Ferrari in 2014. The car is Ferrari Classiche certified and of course full matching nrs.
This rare 330 America is now available from a private collection. It is very well documented and is in pristine condition. It’s a pleasure to drive with its 4-speed + overdrive gearbox, which is a delight to use in combination with the torque of the 4,0 litre Colombo engine. This is a proper gentleman’s express in a classy colour combination, and on top of that a very rare Ferrari from the swinging sixties.
Report by albionmotorcars.com