California Dreaming – Ferrari 250 GT LWB Spider Goes To Auction

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

A stunning 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider will spearhead a one-day event in Amelia Island Florida with an estimate of $9,000,000 – $11,000,000, March 6, 2020.

Designed primarily for affluent American clients who favoured the competition pedigree of the 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, the legendary California Spider is one of Ferrari’s most beautiful, collectable, and recognizable open sports cars the marque has ever produced.

The Italian luxury brand produced only 106 California Spiders between 1957 and 1963; 50 of which were original long-wheelbase (LWB) version and the remaining 56 being the final short-wheelbase (SWB) variant.

David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company:
“Great California Spiders are always sought-after, and often incite emotions of sublime motoring experience. It is always exciting for me as an enthusiast to deliver a Ferrari from the 1950s; the most exciting and glamorous period in the marque’s rich history. This elegant covered-headlight example is sure to be a flagship offering in Amelia Island and is a must-have for the serious collector.”

Ferrari 250 GT – Californian Dreamer

Today, the Californian dreamer remains one of the most famous and desirable Ferraris ever produced; an open-top cruiser of exceptional beauty and sophistication that has long captured the interest of connoisseurs.

Chassis 0937 GT, is the seventh LWB example built and features the ultra-desirable covered headlights arrangement, extremely rare factory hardtop and has a number of styling characteristics unique to the earliest examples, including one-piece side vents, Tour de France-style taillights, and a distinctive rear-end treatment.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

The car was initially sold new to a Genevan resident and was later owned by pioneering Ferrari collectors in Switzerland and Japan. Chassis 0937 GT eventually made its way to its namesake state where, in 2005, its owner entrusted the esteemed Ferrari restorer Tillack & Co. to perform a painstaking restoration to bring the car up to concours standards.

Ferrari Classiche Department

Later in 2008, this California Spider was certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department and was used to promote the program as a display during the Monterey car week. The current owner has enjoyed the Ferrari 250 GT on several exclusive tours, including the California Mille and the Colorado Grand.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Dressed in a tasteful dark red over tan colour scheme, and equipped with its distinctive factory hardtop and gleaming Borrani wire wheels, is one of the most beautiful examples ever to be offered for sale.

More information on the sale can be found via this link.

Images courtesy of Gooding & Co and Brian Henniker.

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