Ferrari 330 GT Vignale
A one off Wagon bodied 330 GT built by the legendary Alfredo Vignale, finished in Grey over Tan. A rare opportunity to own a truly unique Ferrari.
When Ferrari introduced its new 330 GT in 1964, it was offered in a single 2+2 body style, which had been designed by Pininfarina. From the quad headlamps and broad grille to the slightly rounded shape, it was a significant departure from the 250 GTE and 330 America it replaced.
Powered by a single-cam V-12 displacing 3,967cc, power reached the rigid rear axle via a five-speed manual transmission. Front suspension was independent and brakes were discs all around. Priced at a heady $14,200, the 330 GT 2+2 was a 3,000 pound rocket. The 300 horsepower V-12 was capable of propelling the car to 60mph in well under seven seconds.
Change came in 1965 with a revised single-headlamp nose, and was soon followed by the 330 GTC two-seat coupe and the 330 GTS spider. But despite the presence of this particular 330 GT 2+2, Ferrari never offered a wagon on the 330 Chassis.
Car number 7963 was originally built in 1965 as a left-hand-drive American market model and shipped to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. Finished in red with beige interior, it rode on the standard perforated alloy wheels.
Sold new to an American owner named Desy, by 1967 it was in the hands of Luigi Chinetti Jr, son of the American Ferrari importer. Coco, as he was known, had an eye for design and had grown up around everything Ferrari. With the collaboration of commercial artist Bob Peak, he came up with a concept for a completely new sport wagon design to be built on the 330 GT 2+2 chassis. To put the design into the metal, the pair contracted with Alfredo Vignale, who had bodied many a Ferrari in the days before Pininfarina became the exclusive carrozzerie for the marque from Maranello.
When the 330 wagon appeared, there wasn't a panel in common with the donor body. The prow was sharp and swept up slightly over the front wheels, while a pronounced beltline crease swept from behind the front wheels all the way aft.
Vignale displayed the unusual Ferrari on his stand at the 50th Annual Turin Motor Show, before it was returned to Coco Chinetti in Connecticut. It turned up several years later in the Philadelphia area and by 1977 it had migrated to the Northern Virginia and Ed Waterman's Thoroughbred Motorcars. By the 1990s it was in Paris with Jean-Claude Paturau, who displayed it at the Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at Bagatelle in September 1996.
The car sits beautifully restored and resplendent in a rich Grey over Tan. Unquestionably unique, this final Vignale Ferrari is in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition and has fewer than 13,000 miles on the odometer. There may never be another opportunity to acquire a highly usable and utilitarian Ferrari that remains one-of-a-kind.