Prestigious sports car, the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder was presented by the brand as the Ferrari 250 Granturismo Spyder California (a nod to the future Californian clientele) or Ferrari 250 California. This car designed by Pinin Farina and bodied by the Carrozzeria Scaglietti is one of the most beautiful convertibles of all time whose myth is also due to its racing car performance and its limited production. This convertible version of the berlinette has the traditional Ferrari V12 engine.
With the demand for convertibles enjoying great success across the Atlantic, the major American dealers Neumann or Chinetti will ask Enzo Ferrari to produce a very sporty convertible for this market, a hardtop version of a race car, more sporty than the luxurious 250 GT Cabriolet Pinin Farina. If Enzo Ferrari had not accepted this offer, 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France or SWB would have been converted into a convertible as some Ferrari 275 GTB/4 were against Ferrari's will in 1967.
The first prototype was built in 1957 and production began in 1958. The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder will be produced in long chassis version of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France (LWB for long wheel base with 260 cm wheelbase from 1958 to 1960) and short chassis (SWB for short wheel base with reduced wheelbase to 240 cm from 1960 to 1962 in order to improve the performance of the car, including the speed of passage in curves) in similar proportions.
The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB, built on the base of the Berlinetta, has a slimmer design than the luxurious Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pinin Farina series 1 with a more fluid and stretched body, a more inclined windscreen, front fairing headlights, a special wing curve with side gills, the force of the shark's mouth grille, as well as a sway at the rear wheels. The arrival of a short chassis of the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB in 1960 muscled the line due to more compact proportions, this second version also having a semi-recessed hood air intake. Unlike the Pinin Farina cabriolet, the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder adopts fog lamps in the grille, and above all plexiglas-covered Marchal headlights, which can become protruding at the request of the customer or legislation, as in Italy.
The interior finish of the Ferrari 250 California is close to the 250 GT Cabriolet Pinin Farina I, but more simple, because of its sportier character, its dashboard has seven circular dials and a three-spoke Nardi steering wheel, in wood and aluminum. Its chassis and running gear are those of the 250 GT Tour de France, the telescopic shock absorbers being replaced in 1960 by Houdaille torsion bars at the front, as well as the chassis reduced by 20 cm at that date with widened tracks and reduced ground clearance. The tubular frame is made of steel and the doors and hoods of aluminium, drum brakes until october 1959 then became Dunlop discs. The traditional Ferrari Colombo 12-cylinder V-type 168 light-alloy engine with two overhead camshafts and two valves per cylinder, powered by three Weber twin 36-millimetre (DCL) and 42-millimetre (DCL/6) carburettors from 1960 onwards, develops 240 hp in the LWB version, then 280 hp for the SWB short chassis after modifications to the cylinder head and larger valves. If the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder was not directly created for the competition, a certain number of models will participate in races, even winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1959 and 1960 or finishing fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1959, some models being equipped with the Competizione engine of the berlinettes.
The car we are presenting to you for sale is in perfect condition and all its characteristics and details of its history will be communicated to you upon presentation of proof of funds.