Thursday, April 6, 2023

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

The 27th of 50 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyders. A late-production (508D) chassis.
Chassis number 1425 GT was not exported to the United States but instead remained in Naples. Engine was the latest (and most powerful) Tipo 128D variant of the Colombo V12. On 11 August 1969, this Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder set sail from Genova aboard the SS Paolo d’Amico, bound for San Francisco. Jack Castor died in 2014 and his beloved Ferrari was subsequently sold for $7.7m to its current owner, a prominent collector in the UK.

Never comprehensively restored, chassis number 1425 GT presents its next custodian with one of a number of options. Preserving that patina and with the chance to drive a 250 GT LWB without worrying about flawless perfection is among them. A nut-and-bolt restoration to the exact specification in which chassis 1425 GT left the factory in 1959 is also a noble goal.
For the discerning and well heeled the car is here.