When it comes to classic cars, few can surpass the beauty, style, elegance and stature of the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. Driven by iconic figures of the 60s like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, and James Garner. This car is the epitome of cool 60s vibe. Yes, this car now fetches upwards of multi millions of dollars, but it doesn't mean we can't dream.
Designed for the North America market, the 250 GT California Spyder was crafted by Scaglietti, the Italian automobile design company founded by Sergio Scaglietti. Scaglietti gained Enzo Ferrari's trust and respect both through his bodywork and design skills. In the mid 1950s, Scaglietti became the carmaker of choice for Ferrari racing. The models designed by Scaglietti became the most sought after by collectors, including the 250 GT California.
For this 1961 interpretation of an open-top 250 GT, aluminium was used for the hood, doors, and trunk lid, with steel elsewhere for most models. Several aluminium-bodied racing versions were also built. The engine was the same as in the 250 Tour de France racing car with up to 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp). All used the long 2,600 mm (102.4 in) chassis, and Pirelli Cinturato185VR16 tires (CA67) were standard.
A total of fifty of LWB model were made in 1959 before the SWB version superseded them in 1960. One example of the LWB sold at auction on August 18, 2007 in Monterey, California for $4.9 million. While Top Gear presenter Chris Evans bought one for $12 million in 2008.
In 1960 Scaglietti revealed the 250 GT California Spyder SWB at Geneva, its body pulled more tautly over this updated chassis. Like the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB on which it was based, the revised Spyder also received disc brakes and a 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) version of the three-litre V12. It was fitted with 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato tires (CA67). About 55 were built.
A fiberglass-bodied replica of a 1961 250 GT Spyder California, was featured in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
A 1961 SWB example that had been owned by James Coburn was sold for £5.5 million to radio DJ, Chris Evans. A barn find 1961 SWB formerly owned by French actor Alain Delon while he was making the film "Les Felins" with Jane Fonda sold for $15.9 million dollars in February 2015. On March 11, 2016 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a 1961 SWB sold for $17.16 million dollars at auction. A steep price to pay, but worth every penny, as there are only a few of these masterpieces left in the world.