1959 ferrari 250 gt




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  • A Ferrari GT LWB California Spider just sold at RM Sotheby's auction in New York for $ billion. The hammer price was expected.

    The sexiest Ferrari of them all; a single icon; The 23rd of 50 LWB California Spiders built; Formerly owned by Prince Alvise Hercolani, Wolfgang Seidel, and Ed.

    bhp, 2, cc SOHC V engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle.

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    L'attuale proprietario, che ha acquistato l'auto nel , l'ha adeguatamente conservata nella sua collezione privata, mostrandola molto di rado. They were replaced by the and series cars. A S tested at Imola was the first Ferrari to drive the course. Interim vehicles have an additional rear quarter window, absent from the succeeding "Passo Corto" Berlinettas.

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    RM Sotheby's - Ferrari GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti | Monterey

    In Dr Otto Rodriguez Vincentini, a young socialite active in the high society party scene of the late s, Kauffmann found an ideal buyer for the California Spider. With factory covered headlamps, no side marker lights and its Nardi steering wheel, glistening in Bianco over Nero, it fairly dripped aggressive power.

    One can imagine the figure that it cut, cruising through the streets of Caracas as its owner visited all of the most happening nightspots. However, it was on one of those evenings, and one of those darkened streets, that young men fled, leaving behind the idling California Spider, with the late owner — a victim of robbery — behind the wheel.

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    The car returned to Carlos Kauffmann, was repaired and reconditioned, and in was sold from Venezuela to Arthur Dennis Stevens of Evanston, Illinois. At the time it was imported into the U. Stevens opted to drive the California Spider periodically between Evanston and Chicago for a few years before it was stored for two decades in suburban Chicago. Then, in , it was sold to well-known Ferrari collector Richard Freshman of Malibu, California, then showing around 31, km.

    Two further short-term owners followed before the car was acquired by L. Jack Ruscilli of Columbus, Ohio, in As part of this work, the car was carefully brought back to its original delivery configuration, with the exception only to a change of colours, to Rosso over tan leather. In total this car collected more than 35 concours awards between and , attesting to the incredible quality of the original Motion Products restoration, which helped raise the bar for all Ferrari restorations since that time.

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    The current owner acquired the car in , and since then it has been properly stored in his private collection and very seldom shown; indeed, its only appearance was at the XII Palm Beach Cavallino Classic in January , where it won a Platinum award.

    Today it is offered for a new round of show appearances and potential rally enjoyment, accompanied by a complete tool kit, a binder of restoration photography and a radio. Its odometer shows 32, kilometres, only about more than when Mr Ruscilli acquired the car in !

    This respected, beautiful and superb California Spider, with a fascinating known history, represents one of the most desirable examples of the ultimate open Ferrari of its era. Era un'epoca, quella, in cui il petrolio venezuelano stava arricchendo l'intera classe dirigente. Una manna dal cielo per Kauffmann che ha visto esplodere le richieste di Ferrari personalizzate da parte dei suoi clienti. Non ci vuole molta immaginazione per figurarsi quante teste faceva girare il giovane bellimbusto mentre faceva la spola tra una festa e l'altra nelle notti di Caracas.

    1959 ferrari 250 gt

    In fondo si scorgeva una decappottabile bianca, ancora in moto. Al momento dell'entrata negli Stati Uniti, l'auto aveva 7. Per qualche anno Stevens guida periodicamente la California tra Evanston e Chicago. Ma a un certo punto decide di lasciarla nella sua residenza fuori Chicago, dove rimane per vent'anni.

    Seguono due ulteriori proprietari, ma per poco tempo, poi la Ferari viene acquistata da L. Jack Ruscilli di Columbus, Ohio. In quest'occasione la spider viene accuratamente riportata allo stato in cui si presentava alla consegna, con l'unica eccezione dei colori, che ora sono Rosso per la carrozzeria e marrone chiaro per gli interni in pelle.

    REVealed: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione



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