1966 Ferrari 330GT: Dusty Garage Find

1966 Ferrari 330GT

I can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like to find a dust covered Ferrari parked in a garage or barn. Growing up in Wyoming, spotting high end muscle cars was pretty commonplace, but exotic cars were completely unheard of. I guess that is one of the reasons I’ve always dreamt of finding a Ferrari. As beautiful and brilliant as they are though, I doubt I would ever want to own one. If restoring a car isn’t expensive and stressful enough, adding in the mechanical complexity and difficulty in finding Ferrari parts seems like it would just make the whole experience that much more challenging. At the same time, I can see how the challenge would be fun for some collectors! I’m going to guess the owner of this Ferrari 330GT decided they weren’t enjoying the challenge anymore, so they have decided to sell the car. It has been parked in their garage long enough to get a good layer of dust. Apparently the engine is partly disassembled, which could mean this engine needs anything from a minor repair to a complete rebuild. You won’t know for sure until you are working on it. If you are the type that enjoy the challenge of restoring a Ferrari, you can find this one here on Gullwing Motor Cars. Can you imagine finding a survivor Ferrari like this parked in a barn, shed or garage?

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Comments

  1. Bobsmyuncle

    Don’t get your hopes up its sold.

  2. Doug M. (West) Member

    That looked like a pretty nice one….of course, then there is the motor issue…

  3. francisco

    Another Gullwing Motors flip. Damn those people know how to find cars!

  4. Dolphin Member

    This car’s body looks really good, which is a nice change from what we’ve been seeing here lately. And it’s the later 2-headlight version of the 330 GT, which looks much better than the earlier 4-light version. I’m not surprised it sold because it looks like it might not even need paint, or the chrome or interior redone. That, and the fact that these continue to appreciate strongly.

    The top of the engine looks to be apart, but Ferrari buyers tend to be very picky about the state of the engine, so it’s likely to be getting a rebuild anyway whether it really needs it or not. With a $400-500K car, which these have become now, there’s room for a $75K rebuild without going underwater.

    I used to own the 2-seat, shorter wheelbase cousin to this, the 330 GTC, and it was a surprisingly small but heavy car, built like a battleship underneath, with big overbuilt castings and structural parts that gave you lots of confidence.

    I owned a first-year 240Z at the same time, and the Ferrrari weighed about 1000 pounds more than the Datsun even though the cars’ wheelbases were almost identical. One sure was more solidly built than the other.

    Barring very serious rust, which this car seems to have avoided, these will always be worth owning and putting money into because they are very solidly built. They sound terrific, too.

  5. Robert W. Lovell

    Greetings All,

    In younger days a friend snagged a very now desirable Ferrari. Back then it was a car that had track time and then someone drove it on the road until the engine needed more work than they were willing to pay.

    He stopped at my house ’cause I played with Jaguars and they have V12’s too, which I absolutely abhorred back then.

    Engine was in the trunk and boxes of pistons and other things in the back seat.
    Among those other parts were 12 cylinder liners.

    Apparently these had been pulled for some reason.

    Ferrari at this point had liners that were threaded and had shims under to position them. The liners were mounted and then the final cylinder cutting/boring was done.

    The problem, Ferrari wasn’t exactly precise in sinking the holes. Examination of the liners revealed concentricity due to original machining. The hole might be centered at one end of the liner, but at the other end it wasn’t.

    The problem….. none of the liners were numbered and the shims were all together with a ty-wrap, no clue which one went where.

    Spent the better part of 40 hours trying different combinations of liner with cylinder position, never had more than 9 of them good enough to use for an overbore.

    Ended up by 12 liner blanks, threading them and fitting new ones and then machining to final size in the block ala Ferrari.

    Love this era car especially the 275GTB but the fragile early 50’s version could make me sell the English tin just to have one.

    Not sure if a $75K engine rebuild would do nowadays as there are a few specialists that everybody prefers and to the HD Ferrari owners anybody else is an unknown and incompetent.

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