Buy this Ferrari prototype driven by Enzo Ferrari himself

A 1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 prototype used by Il Commendatore as his personal vehicle has come to market

It's one thing owning a Ferrari, but owning a Ferrari that was once owned and used by Ferrari itself is next level car ownership. This 1962 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 prototype,in our classifieds was used by Enzo Ferrari himself as one of his personal vehicles.

It’s listed at $495,900 (£382,000, €432,000) and, considering the spectacular condition the vehicle is in and its history, it’s got bags of collector potential.

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The prototype was built in August 1962 and kept by the factory for two years. It initially appeared in promotional material and at Ferrari's Brussels Motor Show stand, as well as being one of Enzo’s own, and was then imported to the United States.

Adding to its enviable history, the 330 GT 2+2 was sent to Luigi Chinetti Motors, the first ever Ferrari dealership in America, whose founder also ran the legendary factory-supported North American Racing Team.

The bodywork of the car was done by Pininfarina and has been kept in top condition, along with the rest of the vehicle over the years. This year alone over $22,000 has been spent on the car with a marque specialist.

Because of that, the new owner can enjoy the recently serviced engine, a wood rimmed steering wheel, power assisted four-wheel disc brakes and 15 inch Borrani chrome wire wheels. Driving a Ferrari is all about what powers the wheels though, and the 330 has a 3967cc Colombo V12 with triple Weber carburettors and is capable of 300hp at 6600rpm.

As well as being powerful, it was also efficient, with a manual four-speed gearbox combined with electric overdrive. Fully independent front suspension and a solid axle in the rear, held with longitudinal pushrods and tubular shocks, means it’s a good handling car both at speed and when cruising. Accompanying the sale is the original owner’s manual, and over $30,000 in service receipts.

The history of the 330GT stems from the 330 America, and Ferrari’s desire to have a 2+2 GT car in response to its increasing customer base and that of the wider automotive industry. With a wheelbase two inches longer than the 330 America, to ensure it could be a 2+2, an all-new frame had to be designed and built.

It maintained the typical Ferrari styling of a long hood and short tail, and was produced in two runs. The first 627 cars had four headlights, a feature which was dropped for the remaining 450 models.

For a further peek at a momentous piece of Ferrari history, take a look at the AutoClassics advert.

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