Thursday, September 19, 2019

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione = $ 16.35m

Leading the charge at RM Sotheby's New York in 2017 was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione.

The Spider, one of just eight with the same specifications in the world, raced at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Estimated at $ 14m to $ 17m, it hammered at $ 16.35m, by far the most expensive vehicle to feature in the New York sale.
Within the hierarchy of the LWB California Spiders, chassis number 1451 GT sits at the very top of the pyramid. Built to full “competizione” specifications, it was the second of eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and bore the first outside-plug, Tipo 128F engine, topped with high lift camshafts, triple 40 DCL6 carburetors, and a competition-spec fuel tank with an external fuel filter.
Horsepower was 262.5 bhp at 7,300 rpm.
A restoration was completed in August of 1983 and the car’s first event on the show circuit was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car’s significance was not lost on the judges of the world’s most prestigious concours, and 1451 GT came away with 1st in Class honors. The car is truly one of the great California Spiders.