Wednesday, May 22, 2019

1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider


Formerly owned by actor James Coburn, the rare Nero Black covered headlight Spyder caused a frenzy.
In 2008 a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder set a world record auction price of US$11m. 56 of the cars were built in 1961.
The long lost jewel was from the Baillon Collection. The Artcurial-Retromobile 2015 sale featured a Ferrari California Spider SWB, one of 37 with covered headlights, completely original.
The unrestored car made $18.5m - far above estimates and, despite its condition, the most ever paid for a 250 GT of any kind.

The words “California Spider” stir up emotions of la dolce vita and the finest motoring experience that one can imagine. The car features incredible drop-top styling by Pininfarina and Scaglietti, a growling Colombo 3.0-litre V-12 engine, space for two plus their luggage, and race-bred performance.
This stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider made $17.16m in 2015, the last public sale.
Many consider these cars to be the best convertible Ferraris ever.

Cal Spiders are always at the very top of car collecting’s heap and have appreciated massively reflecting that status. In a January 2000 auction, a top condition 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider sold for $1,265,000