As soon as I laid eyes on today’s featured Ferrari 330 GT Vignale Shooting Brake at Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year I thought “what a cool car for Santa.”
In 1963 Ferrari produced it’s first 300hp 4.0 L 244 cui Tipo 209 V12’s for road cars installing them in the 250 GT/E chassis with Pininfarina bodywork naming the model 330 America.
The 330 GT 2+2 launched in January 1964 was the only 330 Ferrari to have a unique to model chassis.
The 330 GT 2+2 launched in January 1964 was the only 330 Ferrari to have a unique to 330 engine chassis.
Today’s featured car chassis #7963 started life as a red with beige interior 1965 330 GT 2+2 and was shipped to Chinetti in the United States for a client known today only as Desy.
In 1967 Luigi “Coco” Chinetti Jr, son of the US East Coast Ferrari importer sent #7963 to Vignale who built the shooting brake body designed by Coco and commercial artist Bob Peak, that is seen on the car today.
Vignale exhibited the unique Shooting Brake on their stand for the 50th Turin Show in 1968, shortly before the company went under, making #7963 the last Ferrari to be rebodied by the Turin coach builder.
#7963 meanwhile was returned to the United States where it spent time in Philidelphia and North Virginia before being acquired by Parisian collector Jean-Claude Paturau.
Musician Jay Kay now counts #7963 among his collection of Italian exotica.
Thanks for joining me on this “Last Vignale Rebody” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, here’s hoping Santa delivered to all GALPOT readers in a timely fashion and that you will join me again tomorrow, seasons greetings. Don’t forget to come back now !