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The 330 GT 2+2
Evolved from Ferrari’s 1965 Earls Court show car the Series II 330 GT 2+2 benefitted handsomely from simplified dual-headlamp styling and many careful detail changes, making a truly great road car even better. Among the revisions were updated turn signals, fuel-filler relocation to the driver’s side, three-piece bumpers with rubber-faced guards, and standard alloy wheels with wires optional. Handsome, comfortable, and relatively spacious inside, the 330 GT 2+2 was a grand tourer par excellence, capable of exceeding 140 mph.
Of the 460 Series II cars produced, chassis 08551 is one of the 424 left-hand-drive cars built. Originally finished in Verde Pino Metallizatto with Rosso Connolly leather upholstery, it was factory-equipped with a five-speed gearbox, standard power-window lifts, and options including power steering and Borrani wire-spoke wheels. Completed during May 1966, 08551 was delivered new to Düsseldorf and official German Ferrari importer Auto-Becker, who sold the car new to its first owner, a successful puppet manufacturer. Other interesting original features included an ignition switch marked in German, plus Metric instruments.
In September 1970, with just 17,000 km (approximately 10,600 miles) travelled from new, 08551 returned to Auto-Becker who re-sold the Ferrari in January 1971 to its second owner, Ted R. Peterson of Glen Arbor, Michigan. Soon after shipment to the US, the car was repainted brown in February 1971. Mr. Peterson, an FCA member, showed 08551 at the 12th Annual FCA National Meeting and Concours in May 1975. He retained the car until 1987, when he sold the 330 to Scott McCuskey of Madison, Indiana. During the mid-1990s, Mr. McCuskey commissioned a sympathetic show-quality restoration of 08551, including a bare-metal refinish in the car’s original-specification Verde Pino Metallizatto, restoration of the engine bay, and a top-end rebuild of the V-12 engine. A well-known FCA member, Mr. McCuskey displayed 08551 at various events and venues through 2005. Notable appearances included the 1998 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, where Ferrari was celebrated as the featured marque. At the 34th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting and Concours held at Leesburg, Virginia, 08551 earned a Gold Award and Most Authentic Interior.
As offered, 08551remains sound throughout and clearly continues to reap the many benefits of caring ownership and proper long-term care, maintenance, and storage. A recent inspection confirmed the exterior and interior are very nicely preserved, the engine bay is correctly detailed, equipped, and presented, and the car retains a correct windshield and Sekurit window glass. In addition to a desirable Becker Grand Prix AM/FM radio unit, 08551 is complete with books, including an owner’s manual and parts catalogue, plus a proper tool roll and a selection of restoration photographs. Riding on proper Borrani 3812 wire-spoke wheels fitted with correct, yet aged Pirelli Cinturato tires, 08551 is very well-presented throughout, shows fewer than 82,400 km (51,200 miles), and stands far apart from its siblings in terms of preservation, quality, and limited, long-term ownership. In short, 08551beautifully embodies the sophistication and many enduring virtues of the classic V-12 Ferrari GT experience and definitely deserves careful consideration.