Hidden away in a rural town in North South Wales, Australia, a 1967 Ferrari 330 GT V12 2+2 was parked and collecting dust.
In a story by Drive, automotive website of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, we’re informed that the Italian coupe was imported to Australia from the UK in 1974 by an international aircraft pilot. The pilot didn’t register the car in Australia, instead stored it in a garage where it remained for almost half a century, during which he passed away.
The pilot’s widow stumbled upon the Ferrari in 2020 and listed it for sale, not knowing the car’s significance or potentially immense value.
A high-ranking member of one of Australia’s largest Ferrari clubs, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the Ferrari with plans to restore it at the Ferrari service center in Roseville, Australia.
The coupe rides on chassis 9471, which indicates it is the first Series II Ferrari 330 GT V12 2+2 built and, according to the website, is just one of 36 examples produced in right-hand drive.
“While now finished in Rosso Corsa – Italy’s iconic racing hue – and featuring tartan trim, official documental found under the Ferrari’s seats suggests the car was originally painted Ice Blue and fitted with a full leather interior,” the Australian news site reports.
Other aftermarket changes made include a wooden gear knob and gold-colored steel wheels, although it’s not known when these changes were made.
Under the hood is a 4.0-liter V12 engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
“Automotive historians at Ferrari’s Classiche Department in Maranello, which officially authenticates and certifies classic models, are reportedly working to confirm key details,” the Drive continues. “For this reason, there has been minimal promotion of the discovery.”
Before heading to the shop to undergo its restoration, the Ferrari was shown at an official Ferrari-sanctioned Sydney arcade in October 2020.
When new, this Ferrari Series II coupe was purchased for $12,000. Today, it’s estimated to be worth around $736,000.