Ferrari 330 GT 2+2
A 1960s V12 Ferrari that is 1 of 39 RHD examples. Matching numbers and excellent history.
The 330 GT 2+2 Mk I was introduced in 1964 as a replacement to the 250GT/E; a much improved front-engine V12 2+2 Grand Tourer to sit at the top of the Ferrari production car range, at the time ahead of both the 275 GTB and GTS in price and prestige. Improvements included uprated damping and upgraded brakes; however the Mk I will always be symbolic due to its quad headlight arrangement, which was unfortunately lost in the Mk II variant.
The 330 GT 2+2 was a personal favourite of Enzo Ferrari himself and, combined with the Mk II variant, it was the first Ferrari production car to sell more than 1,000 units. The official records show that only 625 Mk I cars were produced with only 39 being delivered in RHD.
These 330 GT 2+2s are now quite scarce, as many have acted as donor cars, making this matching number RHD especially rare.
#6201 was purchased new in 1964 from Maranello Concessionaires, Bournemouth, by Major Nicholas Daniel of Baker Street, London. He owned it until November 1965, when Jaguar Cars of Coventry bought the car for their research and development purposes - no doubt envious with what Ferrari had achieved in successfully marrying speed and comfort. After satiating their professional intrigue it was not re-built, but instead left under-cover outside a workshop, largely unassembled, for over a year.
American Robert 'Bob' Blake, a brilliant panel beater, was the third owner. He moved to Coventry (having left Briggs Swift Cunningham, building nearly all of their sports racers) in 1966 to work for the Experimental Department at Jaguar; indeed, Blake was hugely instrumental for constructing the prototype XKSS and designing the FHC E-Type.
Having noticed that #6201 was unwanted, he purchased the car from his employers and set about rebuilding it it to its former glory; a full report of its rebuild, written by Blake, accompanies the car in its extensive history file. He kept the car for nine years, taking the mileage from 6,900 to 30,430, before selling it to his friend Mr Ronald Cooke of Coventry in September 1976 - who indeed helped Blake with the rebuild some ten years before. Cooke owned it for ten years before registering it in the name of his wife upon his emigration to Australia in 1978.
By 1995 she had sold it (with roughly 50,000 miles on the clock) to Mr Simon Bliss of South West London and he sold it to Aiden Liddell of Carlisle a year later. Its eighth owner bought it in 1999 owning it for four years until selling it to its previous owner in 2003. Since Mr Bliss's ownership, in the region of £90,000 has been spent on #6201 by its owners, as shown by the many invoices in its history file.
In 2010 a full exterior restoration was undertaken, including repairing bodywork and applying a bare metal re-spray in its original colour. An engine overhaul was completed in 2011 by a marque specialist and it has been seen by Dick Lovett every year since.
A 1 of 39 RHD 330 GT 2+2 represents a real opportunity to invest in, and enjoy, an appreciating 1960s V12 Ferrari. This FIVA registered matching numbers example is set to have a big future, making it not only a fantastic investment to add to any collection, but also a classic 1960s Ferrari that can be enjoyed alongside more than just one passenger.