Journal: A Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Purchased Under an Olive Tree in Sicily

A Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Purchased Under an Olive Tree in Sicily

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
September 17, 2013
10 comments

Back in 1977, Santo and Frank Spadaro of Dominick’s European Car Repair (which we recently featured) traveled with their father from New York to obtain a pristine ’66 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 series 2 from where it rested underneath an olive tree in Messina, Sicily, for an unbelievable steal. The brothers are now the caretakers of this enviable beauty. Taking two-lane secondary roads such as via Aurelia and via Flaminia, they drove through Calabria and Rome until they ended in Savona. Calabria is in the deep south of Italy and Savona is in the north close to France almost so it’s quite a drive!

The car would make a trip to the Grand Prix and Mrs. Spadaro would pack the boys sandwiches. An hour and a half before the race would start, they would throw their sandwiches on the manifold until they were hot and ready. Needless to say, the car has been with the family through a multitude of sentimental moments.

The car was shipped over to New York where the Blu Sera paint remains in its original condition. In fact, the entire car is unrestored and runs smoothly. The family keeps the car in its original condition because they love things as they were. Not to say that they don’t love bright shiny paint and beaming chrome bumpers. However, according to Santo, “there is a little perversion going on when you look at a car and it is someone’s dream of what the car is.” In other words, a restored car looses its historical value. In the Spadaro’s opinion, restored cars are much less interesting.

This car has never had the heads removed and the transmission still runs through the gears well. The engine runs at full compression, making this car the antithesis of a typical Ferrari. Santo tells us that it rarely needs points, plugs, or to be cleaned and tuned. The big V12 Ferraris were the gold standard. These automobiles competed in long distance racing and they had to be somewhat sturdy. They weren’t falling apart in the middle of the race. They were stout, dependable, and didn’t overheat.

The car was used on the weekends to visit cousins in the countryside. Their father enjoyed the car regularly, and now it is the responsibility of their sons to care for the Ferrari. The history and memories imbedded within the car, from the paint, through the interior, and into the engine bay creates a value unlike any other. An unrestored automobile is similar to a living, breathing automotive journal.

Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious

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Alec DeJovani
Alec DeJovani
2 years 7 months ago

One of my all time favorite Ferrari road cars. It’s too bad other people feel the same way because it’s doubled if not tripled in value over the last eight years or so. They couldn’t wait for me to pick one up first?…

Thomas Billam
Thomas Billam
2 years 11 months ago

An indescribable beauty. Thank god for 60’s automotive design!

Jakub Wrobel
Jakub Wrobel
3 years 1 month ago

True Ferrari beauty in full glory. Unbelievable how many beautiful Ferrari’s we’ve come to enjoy just from the 1960’s alone.

Paul Varjak
Paul Varjak
3 years 1 month ago

It’s a beautiful car, one of my favorite somewhat under-appreciated Ferraris. And this one is in beautiful colors. Some of the photos seem to show a lighter shade of paint on the driver’s door. Is it a reflection or a discoloration?

Todd Cox
Todd Cox
3 years 1 month ago

There is a fairly small window, I think, on the golden years of a car. This one is in its prime; where the age marks are graceful and, to coin a phrase, proof of authenticity. They give the car story without a word. I too, delight in a car that wears its life instead of hiding it under fresh paint and new chrome.

What a beautiful and rare find. Whey don’t they make cars like this anymore?

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
3 years 1 month ago

Great car, love the colour, nice to see unrestored well looked after and regularly driven cars.

Kim Norrgren
Kim Norrgren
3 years 1 month ago

wonderfully untouched and original, cracks in paint SUPERB! Congratulations to have the strength not restoring it.

James King
James King
3 years 1 month ago

Is there a video of this ferrari. An absolute beaut!

Patrick Mussotte
Patrick Mussotte
3 years 1 month ago

A video of this beauty is required 😉

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 1 month ago

Definitely

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