Finding any classic barn find is a rush, but imagine the feeling that whoever discovered this 1963 Ferrari 330 America felt when they opened the barn doors. There were only 50 of these Italian sports cars ever built and somehow this one ended up on a Californian farm. It has been pulled from the barn and is now being offered by Gullwing Motor Cars.
Of the 50 330 Americas built, there are only 25 or so remaining. Many of these cars had their V12 stolen or removed to be used in a more desirable Ferrari, which is sadly the case with this car. After the engine was stolen in 1970, the car went to the owner’s barn and that’s where it stayed till just recently. One of the other 330 Americas was used as a coffin, it’s too bad the engine and transmission from that one are currently buried 9 feet down.
Not only was the engine pulled from the car, but so was much of the interior. They took the front seats, steering wheel, and even the gauges. The owner was able to enjoy the car for a brief 55,000 miles before it was robbed of its engine. It had to be a sad day when the owner found their car like this.
The 330 America was essentially a 250 GT/E, but with a 300 hp Colombo V12 stuffed under the hood. The value of these cars is typically based on the condition of the engine and not having it can really hurt the value. We aren’t fans of engine swaps, especially when it comes to Ferraris, but it might be the most realistic choice for this car. We would just want to be sure to not damage the engine bay in the process, so that if a V12 is found it could be installed without any issues.
It’s sad to see such a beautiful machine in this situation. There is a chance that one day the 330 will be worth enough money to justify hunting down a V12 for this car, but as it stands the restoration costs would far exceed the value of the car, especially with the seller asking $49,500. Should an American V8 be shoved in this Italian or would that just be heresy? Does the possibility of future value make this car a keeper or should it just be parted out?