Ferrari News – Own a Piece of Ferrari’s Elegant Grand Touring Past
The new Ferrari Roma is a stroke of brilliance, a return to form that brings a grand history of refined poise in elegant tourers back to its modern lineup. It may have moved relatively lower in the company’s lineup from previous 2+2 grand tourers, and it may use the V-8 from the Portofino rather than the V-12s the line had long been known for, but, make no mistake, it is a more pure understanding of what the glamorous Ferrari grand tourer is meant to be than any entry in the line since the 1960s.
And that line was at its peak in 1965, when the company debuted the second-generation 330GT 2+2.
There are two kinds of Ferraris: Those meant to perform and those meant to enjoy. Sure, cars like the 250 GTO may be more valuable as perfect representations of the ultimate performance potential of the company that won Le Mans seven times between 1958 and 1965, but market demand at the time actually preferred the grand tourers, the cars that married the glamour of Pininfarina design and Italian luxury with the performance bona fides of the company behind the greatest performance cars of the era.
The entire Ferrari brand is built on the first line, so even their great luxury cars are referred to first by the displacement of individual cylinders and then by the actual design goal of the car. This is a 330GT 2+2, meaning it marries the company’s top-of-the-line 4-liter V-12 to a four-seat grand touring chassis. It succeeds the legendary, but more antiquated, 250GT line as Ferrari’s lead grand tourer, and it would eventually be replaced by the more advanced, but less iconic, 365GT 2+2. This sits in the middle, representing a brief eclipse of the mid-60s look that made the company world famous and the turn towards more and more performance-oriented tourers that eventually led it on a decades-long odyssey away from these sorts of cars entirely.
This car is listed on Bring a Trailer, currently bid up to $175,000 with four days remaining. The ad notes that it is one of just 455 Series II examples produced between 1965 and 1967, meaning it wears the more simple single headlights rather than the quad lights that take away from the elegance of the Series I cars. It is displayed without its bumpers, but both are included in the sale.
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