1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider Heading to Auction

A rear 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider is set to go under the hammer at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach 2014 auctions in mid-August. This particular 250 GT SWB California Spider is chassis number 2903 GT and is one of the most pristine examples in existence.

It is believed that just 75 examples of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider were ever created and the following example is one of just 37 examples with the covered headlights. This car has also competed in numerous concours and rally events throughout its long life and also features the extra rare and highly desirable removable hard top.

Beneath the beautiful body is a 3.0-litre V12 engine featuring three Weber DCL6 carburettors. All up, this powerplant delivers 240 hp at 7000 rpm and utilises a 4-speed manual transmission. It also features Dunlop disc brakes at all four corners as well as independent coil-spring front suspension complete with tubular shock absorbers. At the tail, it features a live rear axle and semi-elliptical leaf springs again with tubular shock absorbers.

The car is estimated to sell between $13 million and $15 million. While that may sound like a lot, the 250 GT SWB California Spider is one of the most desirably Ferraris ever created with one selling for just over $8 million a couple years ago.

[Via Gooding & Company]

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