Vignale, famous for many sports and racing Ferraris in the 1950s, made the new body, carrying over from the 330 only the windscreen and doors. The finished car, believed to be the last-ever Vignale-bodied Ferrari, was shown at the Turin show before it was shipped back to Chinetti in the US.
As a concept, the car seemed to work. There is room in it for four and their luggage, as Coco Chinetti wanted, while the performance was guaranteed by the single overhead cam 4.0-litre V12 fed by three twin-choke Webers. With 300bhp, a five-speed ‘box and disc brakes all round, the 330 could hit 155mph and get from 0-60mph in under 7 seconds.
Coco enjoyed the car in the US for several years before it came to Europe where it was restored in the 1990s, subsequently starring at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2001 and other events including Goodwood. Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay bought it in 2011.
What price the weirdest looking Ferrari ever? Gooding & Co have estimated it will make between US$700-900,00 when it is auctioned in Pebble Beach on August 18th.