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The Last US 330 GT

By Vance Moorman

S/N #10181 was the last 330 GT 2+2 made for export and the second to last one made next to S/N# 10193, which was sold in Italy. S/N# 10181 was sold by Luigi Chinetti to James Robinson 10/06/67 in Greenwich, Connecticut for $13,800.00. James Robinson kept the car in New York for some undetermined period of time. This Ferrari spent most of its life in Tulsa, Oklahoma where James Robinson drove, maintained, and serviced the car himself with the help of five work shop manuals and The Numbered Car Company of Tulsa.

The story goes that James Robinson often was seen driving with his wife around Tulsa showing off his car on the weekends. One person remembers the car as a child and has memories of growing older and seeing the car over a period of years. "I remember the car as a child, in high school, and in my early career years. As the car aged the paint job had weathered and it sounded as if the muffler was broken."

In 1988 when Enzo Ferrari died the price of this car tripled with an asking price of 150,000.00 -175,00.00. James Robinson that year decided to restore the car and hired an Italian guy who claimed to have known and worked for Enzo. The restoration was primarily cosmetic on the exterior. However, we think that carpets and some interior work were done. The bill was rumored to be $60,000.00. James Robinson was upset over the cost, but paid the bill and the guy was never seen again.

In 1994, James, now in his 80's, took a trip to Dallas that summer and entered his Ferrari in the Concours. To his surprise, he won first place. There are two stories on why James Robinson sold his pride and joy. The first is that his wife and children took the car because they thought he was going to get hurt and he pleaded with them not to do it. And the second is that he sold the car for a red late model Jaguar and regretted the decision for the rest of his life.

On 2/23/98 the car was sold to a doctor in Tulsa that was said to have had four other Ferrari's:

An F40, 512M, 355 Berlinetta, and a 355FI. He washed and displayed all this cars on his front lawn during the weekend. The good doctor never drove S/N# 10181, or any of the others, and was rumored to have gotten over his head and sold them off. The car was taken to Dallas by truck a year later.

A salesman who had worked there for five years jumped at the chance to own it. He later loaded up the car and moved to Castlerock, CO with his wife. Working for Ferrari of Dallas and Ferrari of Denver allowed him to use his dealer's license to not cloud the title since his intentions were not to own the car for any extended period of time. However, his access to these two dealerships allowed him to repair and service the A/C, both cooling fan motors, radiator, starter motor, right door key lock, fuse box, and to replace the battery.

The engine has never been out of the car. S/N 10181 has all 114,000 miles accounted for on the speedometer. The confirmed compression is uniform on all cylinders and the oil pressure still runs 78 psi @ 6600 rpm. In order for this car to pass Colorado emissions the carburetors had to be re-jetted.

The carburetors were re-jetted and were completely rebuilt scraping corrosion from fuel inlets, float bowls and the accelerator pump housing. The main body and top of the carburetors were hand surfaced to remove warpage and new main and idle jets were installed. The throttle shafts were checked for wear, the throttle cable was replaced, and the choke was rebuilt and installed in the original position left of the steering column.

The fuel system has been completely restored. The original fuel hose, Fispa Sup regulator and Fispa Sup mechanical fuel pump had been disabled by some one and a black rubber tube had been installed in its place. The car had relied solely on the electrical fuel pump and the black rubber tube connected directly to the carburetors. New rebuild kits were ordered and the originals all were rebuilt and now work like new.

All new spark plugs, spark plug wires and terminals were replaced. All burned out light bulbs were replaced to include dash speedometer, rear brake, rear license plate and front turn signal. Also the rear brake light switch at the pedal was replaced.

The clutch was completely worn out so a new Borg & Beck pressure plate, throw-out-bearing, pilot- bearing, slave cylinder, and feed hose were all replaced. The brakes were checked for wear and the system was bled. Also the hand brake did not work and it was adjusted. The sump pan was cracked at the drain plug so it was removed, welded, and tapped. A new gasket was put in and this Ferrari is drip free and runs like new.

Here is a list of things that make this Ferrari S/N 10181 330GT 2+2 unique:

  • Last S/N # built for export
  • Next to last S/N # made
  • Prototype 4.4 liter fitted with Webber 40DFI/5 carburetors
  • Electric windows (optional factory upgrade)
  • Power steering (optional factory upgrade)
  • Air conditioning (works great!) (optional factory upgrade)
  • Original Borrani wire wheels (optional factory upgrade)
  • Original Spare Borrani wire wheel (optional factory upgrade)
  • Original Bill of Sale from Lugi Chinetti to James Robinson with Lugi Chinetti Signature
  • Factory register showing last VIN made for export
  • Email Gerald Roush confirming last S/N # for export
  • Original key ring (Cavallino Rampante)
  • Original set of numbered keys #625 (Pininfarina shield)
  • Original spare set of matching keys #625 (Pininfarina shield)
  • Original owners manual w/ embroidered leather cover (Cavallino Rampante)
  • Original spare bulb and fuse container with replacement light bulbs and fuses
  • James Robinson's original driving glove
  • Original pillar-type jack with integral handle
  • Original manual window crank handle w/spacer (found in glove box with original choke pull, bonnet pull knob and two vehicle inspection certificates dated 96 owner James Robinson.)
  • Original plastic packing to protect quilt underside bonnet (Original quilt never exposed except upper corner for show)
  • Original ANSA exhaust system with factory sticker (Cavallino Rampante)
  • Original tool roll
  • Weber carburetor spanner
  • Phillips screwdriver for screws 7-9mm(0.27-0.35in)
  • Phillips screwdriver for screws up to 4mm (0.16in)
  • Flat bladed screwdriver
  • 10x11mm open-ended spanner
  • 13x14mm open-ended spanner
  • Grease gun
  • Grease gun extension tube
  • Hammer
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Hub extractor
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Ratchet with two sockets


  • Lead hammer
  • Pliers


  • Center-lock wheel torque wrench system
  • Manufactured by the Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation
  • SSBC part number A 2905 made for Ferraris with three eared spinners
  • Red carrying bag
  • Large torque wrench 200 ft pound scale
  • 16 ½ length extension bar
  • Large socket to fit 3-eared nut
  • Instructions for use
  • Invoice to James Robinson dated October 25, 1994
  • Tulsa OK address
  • Five Work Shop Manuals
  • Dati di montaggio e istruzioni per le revisioni
  • 250 and 330 series tune up specifications
  • Work shop manual with latest revisions
  • Tuning Tips and Techniques by James A. Riff
  • Workshop Manual black binder

All manuals have James Robinson's New York address labels, hand written notes, receipts, and additional diagrams. The manuals are comprehensive and their topics range from car care to extensive factory rebuilding specifications to include (engine, clutch, propeller shaft, differential, rear suspension, front suspension, shock- absorbers, steering, brakes, wheel and tires, and all electrical equipment. Every thing is here to keep this Ferrari 330 running and up to spec.

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