Sunday, August 21, 2022

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider - $5.9m

Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann combined to convince Enzo Ferrari to instigate a Spider model for the North American market. The California Spider was, in essence, a roofless version of the 250 GT Berlinetta. 14 LWB (long wheel base) California Spiders were built during 1958, with the remaining 36 cars being built between 1959 and 1960. Chassis number 1077 GT is the final example to be made in 1958 and is the 14th of 50 LWB California Spiders manufactured.
Despite the new name, almost everything from the Series I Cabriolet was used, with only minor details such as larger rear taillights and an optionally-available hard top. The engine was the same as in the 250 Tour de France racing car with 237hp at 7000 rpm.
The car made $5.9m against an estimate of $7m to $8.5m here.