Last Remaining Unrestored Ferrari 250 SWB Cal Spider Goes To Auction

Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider
1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider

The final remaining and unmolested Ferrari 250 SWB Cal Spider will go under the mighty auctioneers’ gavel with an estimate of $13,000,000.

1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider

Spearheading the powerful brace of Italian stallions is a 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider which is said to be the second remaining of all examples built and the only ‘unrestored’ SWB Cal Spider.

As the description suggests the car is dressed in its original colours and has its original interior on show. Delivered new to Switzerland, in 1971 the car passed to Canadian George Carrick, who used the car as the inspiration for his book The Spyder California, one of the first Ferrari books ever published on a particular model, which would go on to become the go-to resource for the car.

Four owners and a half-century later the SWB California Spider is being offered by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey from more than 25 years of single ownership, in fully numbers-matching, Ferrari Classiche Certified condition (Est. $10,500,000 – $13,000,000).

Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider
1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider – Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s said:
“Our Monterey sale has long been a venue associated with some of the rarest, most important Ferraris ever built, and 2019 continues the tradition.

“The Cal Spider is fascinating as the most original example in existence, and the 196 SP is an incredible racing machine that I’ve had the chance to drive and can say it’s on the button and ready to race again. Adding these special Ferraris to the already announced SWB Berlinetta—offered without reserve, the modern performance of the Ming Collection, the LaFerrari, the 275 GTB, 365 GTS, and more, has allowed us to put together a lineup of nearly 30 of the most significant Ferraris, period.”

1962 Ferrari 196 SP

Joining the Cal Spider is an incredibly rare 1962 Ferrari 196 SP. The last of only six examples ever produced, with five survivors remaining, the 196 SP was campaigned initially by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, where it finished 3rd in Class, and at the 1000KM Nürburgring piloted by Pedro and Ricardo Rodríguez as a Scuderia Ferrari Works entry.

The car has had only four private owners over a 50-year timeframe, including time spent in some of the most significant private collections in the world, such as Pierre Bardinon’s former Mas du Clos Collection.

Matching numbers and said to be in ‘concours condition’ and race ready, the rarity has an estimate of (Est. $8,000,000 – $10,000,000).

1962 Ferrari 196 SP
1962 Ferrari 196 SP – Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Other Monterey Stars

Joining the affluent Monterey star line-up is only surviving Porsche Type 64. Historically significant and the eldest classic to ever wear the Porsche brand, the 1939 Type 64 was a motorsport leader in 1920s and 1930s. This is truly an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors around the world to lay claim to a slice of German history.

More information on this sale can be found here.

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