1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione by Scaglietti
Offered by Gooding & Company | Pebble Beach, California | August 20-21, 2016
California Spyders are among the most special Ferraris. They have a legend all their own and a beauty almost unmatched by their contemporaries and other Ferraris alike. But there were a select few of these cars that were given to people crazy enough to take them racing. It’s like putting a supermodel in a boxing ring. The difference though, is that this is one competent supermodel.
The long wheelbase California Spyder came before the short wheelbase version and were built in 1959. Only 50 were made. This car is powered by a 275 horsepower 3.0-liter V-12 engine – the Competizione spec being good for more ponies over the standard road car. The other thing that a competition Spyder had was a lightweight aluminium body. Only nine of these were ever constructed.
Specifically, this car was the first one built with disc brakes and it also has a competition transmission and large fuel tank. It was sold new in America by Luigi Chinetti to George Reed of Illinois who took the car racing. The competition history of this car includes:
- 1959 Bahamas Speed Weeks, Nassau Trophy Race – 23rd (with Reed)
- 1960 12 Hours of Sebring – 5th (with Reed and Alan Connell)
- 1960 Bahamas Speed Weeks, Nassau Trophy Race – 12th (with Reed)
It also had quite the SCCA run in 1960. The car has had several owners since departing Reed’s care and was restored in the 1980s and again in 2011. It’s as good as they come and should bring between $18,000,000-$20,000,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $18,150,000.