1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
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Shortly after the presentation of the 250 GT Europa of 1955, Gioachino Colombo developed a V-shaped twelve-cylinder engine working volume of three liters. This engine will be used a decade. This is particularly successfully found its place under the hood of a car with a long wheelbase (LWB) GT, which after the victory in 1956 was nicknamed the ‘Tour de France’ or ‘TdF’. In a weaker picking this engine was installed in the first mass model of Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe, and the appearance of the 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet complemented the 250 GT line. However, two most important dealers Chinetti Luigi (Luigi Chinetti) in new York and John van Neumann (John von Neumann) in California, convinced Enzo Ferrari (Enzo Ferrari), the line is understaffed. They wanted to see a version of ‘TdF’ convertible. Chinetti, and Neumann felt that the market needs a road racing car, the role of which, luxury Cabriolet Pininfarina did not fit.
Trust and the development of a new body by Pininfarina was the most simple way to solve the problem, but the Studio was too busy working on the convertible. And then, it was decided to use the services of the Scaglietti to produce cars in a new body, the California Spyder, which was designed by Pininfarina. Atelier Scaglietti was mainly responsible for the body racing models, and the California Spyder was one of the few occasions when they worked on the mass model. All bodies of this type had the same design except for the headlights that could be made to order in closed or open form. This model was used a suspension similar to those used in the ‘TdF’. After the presentation, the 250 GT SWB chassis during the 1959-1960 season, she has also been adapted for use in Spyder California bodywork. This model is not only equipped with a V12 engine, but and engine capacity more than 250 HP over time, engines have been constantly improved, and the California Spyder always equipped with the best engine line-Colombo V12.
In the period from 1957 to 1963, was released on 50 vehicles based on different chassis. It was not only the cars, which are in good demand, but successful racing solutions. The value of cars of this model grew quickly. In August 2007, two cars of type LWB was sold for 5 million dollars. At the auction RM Auctions’ 2008, the restored copy was sold for 10 million dollars. A copy of ’2561 GT’ was established in may 1961 and sold to a French veteran of Le Mans and winner of the Tour de France. Changing owners several times, the car remained in France until 2002, while in 2002, not “moved” to America. Immediately after the change permanent, the California Spyder was restored and repainted in blue color. Now this car regularly participates in competitions held in North America, winning and prizes in events such as Pebble Beach Concours, the Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of North America National Meeting. This car is just the king of the road. He traveled many thousands of miles before he began to appear at various events where a huge success. Latest achievement – award received at the 2006 Louis Vuitton Classic Award. Further, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder can be found at the prestigious 2007 Concorso d Eleganze Villa d’este. In the same year, the car was awarded best in class at Concours d’elegance held in Maranello in celebration of the 60 anniversary of Ferrari.
Another instance of the 250 GT SWB California Spyder bought by British radio DJ Chris Evans for a record $ 5.6 million pounds (about 11.2 million U.S. dollars). Car fan, 42-year-old Evans, bought at auction a rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder 1961 release, which was previously owned by legendary Hollywood actor James Coburn. The auction was held in the homeland of Ferrari in the Italian town of Maranello. The price of black two-door sports car with an open top greatly exceeded the expectations of 2.8 million pounds. Evans paid the amount was a record for this model and age. The previous record was 5.4 million pounds and was installed in 1981.