As part of ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ set to be sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auctions next month, a rare 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti will cross the auction block. It is predicted to sell for between $9 million and $11 million.
This particular Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider is the 23rd of just 50 ever created and features matching chassis and engine numbers. Chassis number 1307GT, it was originally constructed in early 1959 and was initially sold to Prince Alvise Hercolani of Bologna.
One of the most interesting elements of this particular California Spider is that it has been installed with the open headlights, a feature only present on a handful of California Spider models. It also features a stunning dark blue paint finish as well as a silver removable hard top.
Beneath the gorgeous bodywork, it features a 3.0-litre V12 engine feature triple Weber carburettors and delivering 240 hp. This engine is then joined with a four-speed manual transmission. Other key features include independent front suspension, coil springs, telescopic shocks and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
After being sold by Prince Hercolani, it was purchased in 19868 by an Illinois college student who kept it for the next 30 years. It was then sold to a collector in Sweden before undergoing a full restoration at Carrozzeria Autosport, Bacchelli & Villa in Italy. It was then sold again in Illinois in 2003 before soon passing through the hands of an owner in New York City and then one in Switzerland.