Car News 4 Aug 2016

Extraordinary 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Competizione

This rare pedigree Ferrari is one of only nine alloy-bodied GT California Spiders ever made and is expected to fetch between £13m – £15m at auction.

The beautiful 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most coveted race cars around. It has outstanding provenance and a long history of racing success.  The model itself is iconic and the production run it was a part of has been documented by historians, as all were highly individualised and no two were the same.

The 1959 example  is alloy-bodied, however it is considered even more unique, as it left the factory with perfect race-ready specifications. The car chassis number 1603 GT, is very desirable due to it’s mechanically and aesthetic features that were rare for its day.  It was the first example to feature Dunlop disc brakes as well as a 4-speed manual competition gearbox, limited slip differential and covered headlights. It runs on a 136-litre fuel tank and 168 V12 engine, producing 280bhp.

The car achieved great success throughout its racing history from 1959-1961, including coming 5th overall at the 1960 12 hour race at Sebring. It has also been given the Platinum Award and Competizione Cup Winner in 2011 at the Cavallino Classic.

The Ferrari is in its Sebring racing livery and was last restored in 2011. The car is Ferrari Classiche Certified and comes with the original books, tools and Massini report.

The legendary race car will be auctioned by Gooding & Company this month at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 20th-21st August.

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