When Miss Taylor first ordered this car following her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, she was living at The Pierre. Inasmuch as Rolls Royce was prepared to paint the car any color the film actress chose, she selected her favorite green color. Matched to her wedding dress, the car soon became known to her legions of fans as the “Green Goddess.” Miss Taylor kept the car for approximately twenty years until she sold it to its current owner, a West Coast gentleman who has factiously maintained it for four decades. Other than its delivery when new to Miss Taylor in New York, and its appearance in Rome on the set of Cleopatra (where Liz met and formed a liaison with future husband Richard Burton), the Rolls Royce spent its entire life in California.
A truly extraordinary automobile, Ferrari’s 330 GT combined the legendary Italian automotive manufacturer’s proven mechanical prowess with an elegant body capable of accommodating four passengers. The most expensive Ferrari of its day, the 330 GT represented the ultimate in high speed Continental touring. It’s twelves cylinder engine, a direct result from Ferrari’s unprecedented success in international racing, made this the fastest car of its day.
Approximately one thousand 330 GT’s were built, the first half of which were designated “Series I”. These cars wore a distinctive four-headlamp design which was criticized by some when they first left Maranello more than half a century ago. Today, enthusiasts view this body design as truly evocative of the era. While many 1960’s Ferraris command seven, and even eight figure amounts at auction, because of the addition of the small back seats prices for 330’s have lagged behind. Nevertheless, the model is widely praised (the online “330 Registry” lists hundreds of media articles and news videos in praise of the model), and prices are certainly on the uptick. For many, the wildly elevated prices achieved of other 12 cylinder, early 1960’s Ferraris are such that the 330 GT is indeed the car to buy before it too elevates to unaffordable levels.
Elizabeth Taylor’s 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead, the 1964 Ferrari 330 GT will be sold without minimum reserve on August 6th at The Pierre Hotel, 61st Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Preparations are being made for the cars to be on display at The Pierre starting July 23 through the August 6th Auction date. For additional information about the auction including arranging to become a bidder, please contact us at 212-794-2280.