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The 330 GT 2+2 Ferrari’s introduction of a new 2+2 Grand Tourer at the 1964 Brussels Motor Show heralded the successor to the celebrated 250 GTE and the arrival of a chic new direction in Pininfarina styling, one that would characterize the coming series of Ferrari models. Featuring elegantly thin A-pillars and a sizable glass canopy, the 330 GT 2+2 was an attractive four-seat grand tourer that packed the signature Ferrari punch with its 300 hp, four-liter V-12 engine, which displaced one full liter more than that of its predecessor.
In mid-1965, Pininfarina updated the 330 GT 2+2 with a new frontal treatment quite reminiscent of the concurrent 275 GTS, featuring single headlamps, three-piece bumpers, and triple-louver fender vents. In total, just 460 of these improved second-series cars were manufactured before production ceased in 1967.
This Car This outstanding Series II 330 GT 2+2, numbered 07761, was built in September 1965. An original left-hand-drive example that was equipped with metric instruments, finished in Grigio Fumo (smoke gray), and trimmed with dark red leather upholstery, it was further equipped with power window lifts and Borrani wire-spoke wheels. It was delivered new to the official French Ferrari importer Franco-Britannic Autos Limited (FBA) in Paris; and, in early 1966, it was sold to a Mr. Anthony, remaining in France until the 1980s, when it was exported to the US. By the late 1980s, 07761 was under the ownership of Mr. Bruce Dolin of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and in 1989, it was acquired by Mr. Jeffrey Barney of Los Angeles, with the car noted at the time to have been finished in metallic gray with dark red leather upholstery.
Mr. Barney restored 07761 and under him, the engine was rebuilt. Truly a committed and enthusiastic owner of the car, he showed it many times beginning in June 1995 at the Rosso Rodeo Concours in Beverly Hills. That August, it earned Second in Class at the Ferrari Club of America Vintage Concours in Carmel Valley. In 1996, the Ferrari scored First in Class at the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance and that August, it took the first of eight Platinum Awards earned through 2005 under FCA National-level scrutiny.
In 1997, the exterior was refinished in black, and other awards included the Cavallino Magazine 100th Issue Award, the Stanley Nowak Award in 1999 and 2001, Outstanding Authentic Interior at the Colorado Springs Ferrari Nationals in 2000, and the GT 2+2 and Coppa Bella Macchina Awards at the 2001 FCA Concorso Italiano. It should be noted that the FCA awards were all won at National-level events and that throughout his ownership of the car, Mr. Barney continuously elevated its presentation with the guidance of noted restorer Bob Smith’s expert advice.
By July 2005, the 330 GT 2+2 was under the ownership of Steve Pomerantz of Tarzana, California, followed most recently by the consignor, who has known the car personally for some 10-plus years and serves as an FCA Master Judge. He confirms that 07761 remains an outstanding, “no stories” example in first-class condition throughout, and certainly is one of the finest in existence today. It includes the original keys and a correct radio and given its early history in France, 07761 retains the French ID tag and is equipped with French-specification yellow headlamps. It is further accompanied by books and a tool kit, plus judging sheets, show trophies, and a beautiful leather-bound book that includes a selection of photographs and a thick stack of invoices and receipts, with all work performed, and the parts supplied by, industry professionals.
Given that its multiple award-winning restoration simply cannot be duplicated at today’s prices, the offering of 07761 at Pebble Beach presents an exceptional and highly astute classic Ferrari purchase, one that can be made without reservations.