The California Spider is widely regarded as the most beautiful car to come out of Maranello. Just to put that into context; the common consensus confirms that the Spider is on top of the 250 Testarossa, F40 and Dino as the most attractive prancing horse of all-time.
The story of the most celebrated Ferrari, the California Spider, started with the company’s head distributors in the USA – who recognised that the American market was starved of a desirable convertible version of the 250 GT Berlinetta. In order to satiate the hunger of American clients, the California Spider was designed to possess the performance credentials to back up its spectacular presence.
As a result, the car came with a serious competition pedigree that was perfect for an enthusiast in search of a purposeful and powerful open two-seater. In actual fact, this California Spider remains a ‘purposeful and powerful’ roadster today courtesy of its recent refurbishment that is immediately apparent as soon as you take hold of the wheel.
In its current ownership, the car has been awarded the Ferrari Classiche certification, confirming that it retains all of its correct and original components. The long-wheelbase, trim lines and topless coachwork are as clean and clinical as they are elegant and the overall effect creates a stretching, seductive and decidedly sporting model that is the perfect symphony of sound and beauty.
As such, this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB represents a rare opportunity to own a cornerstone in modern motoring history as it heads up to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on the 19th-20th August 2016. For full auction information head to the RM Sotheby’s website.
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