Saturday, December 9, 2023

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

These traces! That grill! The gills, profile, dashboard!

The design by Pininfarina is maybe essentially the most lovely Ferrari ever made. If I have been a person of limitless means, I’d fill my storage with each variation of the 250 Enzo ever produced (See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this).

2, 3, 4, 12: 2 valves per cylinder, 3 Weber carburetors, mated to a 4-speed handbook transmission, a V-12 engine. Positive, 240HP pales in comparison with what you should buy right now, however it’s in a 2,646 pound spyder.

Sotheby’s described the 250GT in 2016:

“If there are two phrases within the Ferrari vocabulary that get the blood flowing in any tifosi, absolutely they’re “California Spider.” Thought of by many to be essentially the most lovely automobile to return out of Maranello, the California Spider had the efficiency credentials to again up its gorgeous presence. To the person who was in search of a automobile that may very well be pushed leisurely with the highest down on Saturday, taken to the observe and raced laborious on Sunday, and with the requisite Italian type and aptitude solely a Ferrari may ship, there was merely no different possibility.”

Solely 50 Spyders have been made on an extended wheel-base (LWB), and are exceedingly useful. A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider aluminum physique that completed fifth place on the 1959 Le Mans — the race that was gained by Carroll Shelby in a Ford GT — was bought at a 2021 Sotheby’s public sale in New York for $18 million.

The little runabout under is predicted to fetch $Sept. 11 million at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Amelia Island sale on March 4th.





Supply: Traditional Driver

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