Ferrari 330

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Ferrari 330
Overview
Manufacturer Ferrari
Production 1963–1968
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Grand tourer
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 4.0 L Colombo V12

The Ferrari 330 cars are the successor of the 250, first introduced by Ferrari in 1963. The first 330 America was simply a 250 GT/E with a larger engine, and the 330 GTC/GTS shared their chassis with the 275. Only the 330 GT 2+2 was a truly unique product. Production ended in 1968 with the introduction of the Ferrari 365 series.

All 330 models used an evolution of the 400 Superamerica's 4.0 L Colombo V12 engine. It was substantially changed for the 330 cars, however, with wider bore spacing and the notable use of a true alternator rather than a dynamo generator.

330 America[edit]

330 America
Ferrari 330 gtc.jpg
Overview
Production 1963
50 produced
Designer Pininfarina
Body and chassis
Body style 2+2 Coupé
Related Ferrari 250 GT/E 2+2
Chronology
Predecessor Ferrari 250 GT/E 2+2
Successor Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

The 1963 330 America shared the outgoing 250 GTE's chassis but not its engine, being powered by the new 4.0 L Tipo 209 V12, with 300 hp (220 kW) at 6,600 rpm. As for the 250-series, "330" refers to the approximate displacement of each single cylinder.

Socialite Sandra West is buried with her blue 330 America at the Alamo Masonic Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas.

About 50 330 Americas were built before being replaced by the larger 330 GT 2+2.[1]

330 GT 2+2[edit]

330 GT 2+2
1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 - red - fvl.jpg
330 GT 2+2 Series II
Overview
Production 1964–1967
1,099 produced
Designer Tom Tjaarda at Pininfarina[2]
Body and chassis
Body style 2+2 Coupé
Chronology
Predecessor Ferrari 250 GT/E 2+2
Ferrari 330 America
Successor Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

The provisional 330 America was replaced in January 1964 by the new 330 GT 2+2. It was first shown at the Brussels Show, early that year.[1] It was much more than a re-engined 250, however, with a sharper nose and tail, quad headlights, and a wide grille. The wheelbase was 50 mm (2.0 in) longer, but Koni adjustable shock absorbers improved handling. A dual-circuit Dunlop braking system was used with discs all around, though it separated brakes front to back rather than diagonally as on modern systems. When leaving the factory the 330 GT originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72).

The 1965 Series II version featured a five-speed gearbox instead of the overdrive four-speed of the prior year. Other changes included the switch back to a dual-light instead of quad-light front clip, alloy wheels, and the addition of optional air conditioning and power steering.[3] Prior to the introduction of the 'Series II' 330 GTs, a series of 125 'interim' cars were produced, with the quad-headlight external configuration of the Series I cars, but with the five-speed transmission and 'suspended' foot pedals of the 'Series II' cars.

625 Series I (including 125 'interim' cars) and 455 Series II 330 GT 2+2 cars had been built when the car was replaced by the 365 GT 2+2 in 1967.[4] Production of the smaller 330 GTC and GTS models overlapped with the GT 2+2 for more than a year.

330 GT 2+2 Series I, with quad headlights. 
Series II interior. 


330 GTC/GTS[edit]

330 GTC, 330 GTS
330GTS.jpg
Ferrari 330 GTS
Overview
Production 1966–1968
GTC: 598 produced
GTS: 100 produced
Designer Pininfarina
Body and chassis
Body style GTC: 2-seat coupé
GTS: 2-seat Spider
Chronology
Predecessor GTC: Ferrari 250 GT
GTS: Ferrari 275 GTS
Successor GTC: Ferrari 365 GTC
GTS: Ferrari 365 GTS

The 330 GTC and 330 GTS were more like their 275 counterparts than the 330 GT 2+2. They shared the short wheelbase of the 275 as well as its independent rear suspension. These models were more refined than earlier Ferraris, quieter and easier to drive. It has been stated that this "was probably the first Ferrari in which you could actually enjoy a radio".[5]

The GTC berlinetta was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 1966.[5] It was a two-seater coupé with a Pininfarina-designed body. A 1967 GTC was given one-off bodywork by Zagato at the behest of American importer Luigi Chinetti in 1974. This car was called the "Zagato Convertibile", since it was of a targa-style.

The GTS spider followed at the Paris Motor Show. About 600 coupés and 100 spiders were produced before the 1968 introduction of the 365 GTC and GTS.

Ferrari 330 GTC 
Zagato-bodied Ferrari 330 GTC 


330 LMB[edit]

Ferrari 330 LM Berlinetta

Four 330 Le Mans Berlinettas were built in 1963. First presented in March 1963 alongside the mid-engined 250 P, they were essentially a development of the 250 GTOs and fitted with the 4-litre 330 engine, here rated at 400 hp (298 kW) at 7,500 rpm.[6] Although the front is visually similar to the 250 GTOs, the main structure came from the 250 Lusso. These four cars are not the same as the "330 GTOs". The wheelbase, at 2,500 mm (98 in), was also 100 mm longer than either the Lusso's or the GTO's. The raised plates on the top of the rear fenders were necessary to clear the rear tires.

The LMB (originally simply the "330 LM") did not see much racing, as Ferrari was moving over to the mid-engined layout for racing. One retired at Sebring 1963, while of three starters at Le Mans that year, two retired and the car of Jack Sears and Mike Salmon came in fifth. After this, the LMB saw no more works entries.[6]

330 P[edit]

Main article: Ferrari P
Ferrari 330 P3

Four models of mid-engined racing cars used the 330 engine and name as well — the 330 P/P2/P3/P4 range of the mid 1960s. The 330 P4 had 450 bhp at 8500 rpm, which combined with its low weight of 800kg (1763lb) resulted in a top speed of 320 km/h (198.85 mph).

References[edit]

  • Eaton, Godfrey (1982), the Editors of Consumer Guide, ed., Ferrari: The Sports/Racing and Road Cars, New York, NY: Beekman House, ISBN 0-517-381982 
  • Eaton, Godfrey (1985), The Complete Ferrari, London: Cadogan Books, pp. 92f., 131–135, 140–150, 163/164, 353f., ISBN 0-947754-10-5 
  1. ^ a b Eaton (1982), p. 114
  2. ^ "Cars by Tom Tjaarda". tom-tjaarda.net. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  3. ^ Ahlgrim, Steve (February 2013). "1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Barn Find". Sports Car Market 25 (2): 43. 
  4. ^ "Serial Numbers". 330 Register. Ferrari 330 Register. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  5. ^ a b Eaton (1982), p. 116
  6. ^ a b Eaton (1982), p. 93

External links[edit]

330 GT Registry