This Series I 330GT is well-known to the people in our shop. (One of them owned it forty years ago!). It has had a colorful and well-documented history that we can sum up by saying it has matching numbers, the original engine, was never crashed and was recently brought back to roadworthiness after hiding in a Wyoming garage for decades. It runs and drives very well, but has some cosmetic issues and would be a great DIY project for an enthusiastic new owner.
Mechanically, the engine was freshened up in the ‘80s, but the car has only covered several thousand miles since. The clutch and transmission are in fine shape, with no synchro problems, and the differential has none of the limited-slip chattering issues. The suspension is snug and we just overhauled the brakes last year. The tank & fuel system was thoroughly cleaned and the radiator recored at the same time. The car also got new tires, battery, belts, hoses & tune-up. The 330 is completely road worthy and could be driven anywhere today.
OK, so what’s it need? The biggest single issue is an older repaint that could have been done better—there’s overspray on the suspension, exhaust and other areas not well masked. The car still looks pretty good, but some hand sanding & polishing would help a lot, and could delay new paint for a few years. The interior looks nice, but was redone many years ago in naugahyde (which is why it still looks good!). But, the original foam padding in the seats is getting powdery, so the cushions should be restuffed.
A very comprehensive strip & repaint was done in the ‘80s and the rust that was repaired then has not come back, so the body is quite solid. The headliner, dash wood & instruments still look fine and the car even has A/C! (needs servicing). The Boranni wheels are true and not too badly blemished, but, again, some elbow grease would help for sure.
Better news is that the usually-missing and very hard to replace things like the original Nardi steering wheel, fuse box covers, battery bracket, inner tail light covers and spare wheel & hold-down bolt are all present—even the very rare US-style license plate frame! Bumpers & grille are straight and most trim is pretty nice, but make no mistake, there is a lot of minor tinkering and spiffing-up to be done. If you don’t enjoy such work, just plan to spend a lot more and buy one that’s all done.
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