1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California SpiderSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 128D 60° V-12 Engine Three Weber 36 DCL3 Carburetors 240 BHP at 7,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Trailing Arms and Shock Absorbers About this Car: “Officially, it is known as the Ferrari 250 Granturismo Spyder California; but, to those who have driven, ridden in or seen one speed by, it can only produce an all-encompassing feeling of respect for what must be recognized as the epitome of a classic open sports car – solid power with reliability and versatility, a convertible top, excellent road holding and handling, and a style that speaks for itself.” – George M. Carrick, The Spyder California: A Ferrari of Particular Distinction The California Spider presented here, chassis 1073 GT, was completed at Ferrari on December 6, 1958, making it the 13th of only 50 long-wheelbase examples built. As one of the last California Spiders constructed in 1958, this car had the remarkable distinction of leaving the factory just prior to Enzo Ferrari’s introduction of the California Spider at the annual Ferrari press conference held on December 9, 1958. One of the first Californias built on the updated 508D chassis, 1073 GT was still equipped with the original upgraded tipo 128D V-12 engine, complete with its six port heads, hairpin valve springs, 9.1 to 1 compression, and single rearmounted Marelli distributor. The transmission specified was the latest 508C unit with Porschetype synchromesh coupled to a 7 x 32 rear-end ratio that gave the earliest production cars, such as 1073 GT, blistering acceleration through the gears. The especially desirable covered-headlight Scaglietti coachwork – constructed of steel with an alloy hood and deck lid – is a definitive variation of the early California Spider, with single-piece side vents, Tour de France-type taillights, Marchal driving lamps, and unadorned, single-piece bumpers. In the cockpit, the instrument panel layout follows the pattern set by Series 1 Pinin Farina Cabriolets, with a large speedometer and tachometer facing the driver and the smaller ancillary gauges off to the side in a line. Whereas later long-wheelbase and shortwheelbase Californias are characterized by a squat and muscular quality, this 1958 California Spider features a cleaner line and a much more elegant, tailored appearance. Finished in the stunning color Bleu Sera Metallizzato with red leather upholstery, 1073 GT was outfitted with the best Italian sports car accessories available – an Abarth exhaust system, Nardi steering wheel, and chrome-plated Borrani wire wheels – and was specified with instrumentation in miles. According to marque historian Marcel Massini, 1073 GT was originally sold to John Von Neumann’s Ferrari Representatives of California in Los Angeles, however this California Spider remained in Italy for several years on temporary registration. Factory records indicate that 1073 GT was serviced at Ferrari Assistenza Clienti in Modena, Italy, in February 1963. By the mid-1960s, Mr. Schwartz of San Francisco was in possession of 1073 GT and sold the Ferrari in 1968 or 1969 to Michael Berry of Detroit. During his ownership, Mr. Berry had Jerry Keifer rebuild the motor and hired the “best auto upholsterer in the city of Detroit” to recover the seats and fit a new soft top. In January 1975, Lawton L. Clark, president of Page Petroleum Ltd. in Amarillo, Texas, became the next long-term caretaker for the California Spider. In a 1976 letter to Ferrari historian George Carrick, Mr. Clark recounts his opportune acquisition of 1073 GT: “Anyway, because of stock market prices, etc., I found it necessary in mid-1974 to start selling some of my classics. In January 1975 I sold a 540-K Mercedes to a dealer, Tom Barrett of Scottsdale, Arizona, for cash and #1073 GT. He had just taken the car in on trade from Michael Berry, a Detroit lawyer (20th floor Cadillac Tower, Detroit, Michigan 48226). I had no experience with performance cars and intended to re-sell the car as soon as possible but soon realized it was a real ‘jewel.’ You know the feeling!” Shortly after taking delivery, Mr. Clark commissioned a light cosmetic restoration, in Oklahoma City and began contacting Ferrari specialists in an effort to trace the early history of his latest acquisition. In 1980, Mr. Clark sent the California Spider to famed Ferrari specialist Bill Rudd Motors in Van Nuys, California, for a complete mechanical restoration and fresh paintwork. According to existing records, almost $32,000 was spent on restoration, a remarkable amount for the time. In 1982, Mr. Clark relocated to Denver, and sold the California Spider to local businessman Frank “Bud” Spratlen III of Englewood, Colorado. An avid enthusiast, Mr. Spratlen was thrilled with his Ferrari and enjoyed the Italian sports car as it was originally intended – on the open road. When classic car events began gaining popularity, he took full advantage of the privilege of Ferrari ownership; 1073 GT was a regular Colorado Grand participant (1992, 1996, and 2000) and took part in the International Ferrari Concours and Concorso Italiano at Monterey in 1994. Throughout much of Mr. Spratlen’s ownership, his prized California was entrusted to wellknown Ferrari specialist Mike Dopudja for general maintenance and upkeep. After Mr. Spratlen passed away, 1073 GT was sold to the current owner, a Colorado collector who had been searching for the ideal Ferrari project. In spring 2011, the consignor commissioned Dennison International of Puyallup, Washington, to perform a complete restoration that would return 1073 GT to its original splendor. A firm equally renowned for its high-quality race preparation and award-winning concours restorations, including Best of Show at Pebble Beach, Dennison International approached this project with its characteristically high standards of excellence. The result speaks for itself. Prior to embarking on any serious work, extensive research was undertaken to ensure an accurate presentation in every respect. During this process, the history of 1073 GT was thoroughly researched and similar, early-production Californias were studied to establish reliable references. The complete nut-and-bolt restoration saw the Ferrari rebuilt from the frame up, with every mechanical system, from the engine to the wiring, restored to original factorycorrect specifications. The matching-numbers driveline components were carefully analyzed, addressed, and detailed before they were returned to the chassis and, from there, the engine was tested on the dynamometer and fine-tuned. While the mechanical restoration was being carried out, the coachwork was disassembled and prepared for show-quality paint. As the body was being taken down to bare metal, sections of the original Bleu Sera Metallizzato paint were discovered in the doors. Using these areas for reference, along with a period-correct Carrozzeria Scaglietti paint chip, an exact match to the original color was achieved. During this process, several custom windshields and headlight covers were constructed, and the consignor will make these items available to an interested new owner. With the Scaglietti coachwork finished in its gorgeous original livery, the interior was reupholstered in the finest 1950s vintage Connolly leather sourced from a highly respected fellow collector. The dashboard was fitted with restored Veglia gauges and the correct instrument jewels. Chrome-plated Borrani wire wheels and period-correct Dunlop Road Speed 5 tires further highlight the California’s elegant outward appearance and exemplary attention to even the smallest details. From the highly detailed undercarriage to the exquisite engine bay, the overall presentation is beyond reproach and speaks to the extraordinary care that this Ferrari has received. If any doubt remains regarding the quality and breadth of this restoration, a comprehensive file of invoices totaling approximately $600,000 will be made available for review. In August 2012, 1073 GT made its postrestoration debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Displayed in Class M-1 for Ferrari Grand Touring, the California Spider earned an impressive 99.5-point score and completed the 50-mile Tour d’Elegance without incident. Since its appearance at Pebble Beach, this Ferrari has only been shown once, at the 49th Annual Ferrari Club of America Field and Driving Concours in Palm Springs, California. A testament to its outstanding presentation, 1073 GT proved itself at the highest levels of FCA judging and was awarded a coveted Platinum Award. In December 2012, Ferrari Classiche Certification was issued for 1073 GT, verifying its compliance with the original construction specifications and details. Amazingly, after 50 years of continuous use, this California Spider still retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox, brakes, and bodywork – few 1950s Ferraris can make such a proud claim. In addition to the important Ferrari Classiche “Red Book” certification documents, the sale of 1073 GT is accompanied by a history report compiled by noted marque historian Marcel Massini. Also included is an impressive file of original documents, some dating as far back as the 1970s, that trace the unique history of this special 250 Ferrari. Among important maintenance records and archival photographs, this file includes numerous correspondences between the car’s prior caretakers and some of the great names in classic Ferrari circles, including George Carrick, Gerald Roush, Mike Dopudja, and Bill Rudd. To say that this California Spider is well documented is a tremendous understatement. Brilliantly finished and immaculate in every respect, this Ferrari is a truly outstanding representative of the original long-wheelbase California Spider. A stately presence on any show field, 1073 GT is sure to find further success at the most prestigious concours events and will certainly stand out, even in the rarified category of open 250-series Ferraris. Though this California Spider is sure to remain a sensational concours display for many years to come, it should not be forgotten that this Ferrari is also a real performer. The classic three-liter V-12 delivers an unforgettable rush of acceleration accompanied by a symphony of crackling Abarth exhaust, and the pure, visceral experience of open motoring. It is in high-speed touring that the California Spider really comes alive; it would make a fabulous mount for events such as the Colorado Grand, where driver and passenger can enjoy 1950s grand touring at its finest on long, sweeping turns and mountain passes. An exquisite beauty with the athletic per formance of a true thoroughbred, this covered-headlight Long-Wheelbase Cal i fornia Spider possesses every characteristic that a collector looks for in a classic 12-cylinder Ferrari : beautiful open coachwork, unquestioned authenticity, and an absolutely sensational appearance. Beyond these criteria, this Ferrari benefits from a sophisticated color combination, full Ferrari Classiche certification, and a world-class restoration per formed by one of the most respected names in the business. In the eyes of many Ferrari experts, this magnificent car is one of the most appealing California Spiders in existence. We are proud to present 1073 GT, a superb 250 Ferrari that possesses al l the fabulous qualities that have made the California Spider a legend amongst classic car enthusiasts.

Reference Number 205641

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
VIN 1073 GT 
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Known History

Formerly the property of Lawton Clark and Bud Spratlen