The 250 GT California Spyder was released in 1957 initially in LWB format and was Scaglietti's interpretation of an open-top 250 GT. The cars were comprised of a combination of steel and aluminium body panels, designed by Pininfarina and featured the brand's iconic 3.0L naturally aspirated Columbo V12 engine, as found in the highly successful 250 Tour de France.
The California Spyder was developed to satisfy the requests of the American market for a convertible version of the race-winning 250 Tour de France. Ferrari's American customers wanted the incredible performance the TdF had to offer but also a convertible roof, to suit the sunny California days.
Just 50 LWB California Spyders were produced including both open and covered headlight variants.
The car we are delighted to present is the 10th California Spyder built. The car features the 7x32 rear axle ratio, which was fitted to several cars to produce the greatest acceleration from a standing start. The car is steel-bodied and was specified with covered headlights and side vents.
This car was delivered by the Ferrari Representative of California in October 1958 to a Mr Hal Baud Esq of San Francisco before passing it on in 1977 to Herb Gordon, also a resident of California.
The car left the USA in 1992 and found its way to Germany and in 1999, Juergen Jaudzims of Hamburg had the car fully restored and had many years of enjoyment.
The car finally moved to its current owner in 2015 in the UK who swiftly had it sent to Joe Macari Classics (official Ferrari after-sales and Classiche) where it underwent a no-expense-spared total restoration. During the restoration, the car was repainted in the stunning colour combination presented today.
The car is in sublime condition and was awarded red book Classiche Certification from the Ferrari Factory. Since restoration, it has covered shakedown test mileage and is now ready to be enjoyed!
The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder is arguably one of the most elegant and desirable cars in the world. Not only beautiful to look at but also to drive. Certainly, one of the most complete cars of its era.
- Body Types Convertible
- Fuels Petrol
- Transmission Manual
- Exterior Colour Blue
- Interior Colour Cream
- Drive LHD