Friday, June 27, 2014

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Sold for $8,800,000

This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (Chassis no. 1055 GT, Engine no. 1055 GT) Sold for $8,800,000 on January 17, 2014.
Chassis 1055 GT, was the 11th example built, and it was finished in classic Ferrari Rosso Rubino, with a black leather interior, and fitted with covered headlamps from new, according to its factory build sheet. And Former owners include Gerald Roush and Anthony Wang.


1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Specification:
222.5 bhp, 2,953 cc overhead-camshaft Colombo V-12 with triple Weber carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension via A-arms, coil springs, and telescopic shocks, rear suspension via live axle, semi-elliptic springs, and hydraulic shocks, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4 in

The California Spider is considered by many to be the most beautiful car to ever come out of Maranello, and it certainly had performance credentials to back up its stunning presence. To the individual that was looking for a car that could be driven leisurely with the top down on Saturday, taken to the track and raced hard on Sunday, and with the requisite Italian style and flair only a Ferrari could deliver, there simply was no other option.


California Spider production began in 1958, and several examples had been built by the time it was announced as a separate model at Ferrari’s annual press conference in Modena on December 9, 1958. Many of the early California Spiders carried only subtle changes over their hardtop siblings. The prototype California Spider (chassis 0769 GT) was nearly unchanged from the TdF, with the exception of its convertible top. By mid-1958, the California Spider had adopted an engine with reinforced connecting rods and crankshaft (type 128D) and a new chassis (type 508D), but it still retained the 250’s original wheelbase of 2,600 millimeters. Cosmetic changes were minor, with slightly revised wheel arches, and it could be specified with either open or closed headlights. All told, 14 LWB California Spiders were built during 1958, with the remaining 36 cars being built between 1959 and 1960. _rmauctions


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