Friday, December 31, 2010

Ferrari 250 GTE and 330 GT 2+2

by Mike

The 250GTE was Ferrari's first production four passenger car. They were produced from 1960 to 1963 and nearly 1,000 were made. They were followed by the 330GT America which looked very similar but only 50 were produced in 1963. Then came the 330 GT 2+2 made from 1963 to 1968. This last model came with the four headlight and the two headlight versions and more than 1,000 were made. The 2+2 Ferraris of this era were a financial success for Ferrari, although they are not as well thought of by collectors as the two seat only models.

I think the 250GTE has a classic Pinin Farina lines and is a very beautiful car as you can see from this picture below.

So, for a collector who wants a V12 Ferrari from the early 1960s these can represent a real bargain. They also have been increasing in value over the past few years as they are being appreciated more and their numbers are dwindling because many have been turned into 250GTO or Testa Rosa replicas.

This 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I is at Fantasy Junction in California. It has 15,691 miles and is priced at $85,000. It has the four headlight configuration which I like but may not suit everyones taste.

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III is for sale by Michael Sheehan in California. It is under restoration and the buyer can still pick the color. The car is in Europe, with EEC duty paid and priced at 129,950 €uros (about $170,700).

There are a few more cars for sale in Europe where the prices tend to be higher than the US. As with all Ferraris, a pre-purchase inspection and study of the history is important.

Click on the images for a larger view.

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