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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder


Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2383GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2383GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Prototype s/n 1795GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder SWB s/n 1915GT, converted from open to covered Headlights

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder SWB s/n 1915GT, converted from open to covered Headlights

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2015GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2383GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione s/n 2383GT

 

The production period of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder started in 1960 and ended early 1963, in that time frame 54 Spyders were built. The design was by Scaglietti and was close to "TdF" Berlinetta but on a shorter wheelbase, it was available in street version in steel or as competition version in alloy. The majority were the more attractive looking covered headlight version and all were built by Scaglietti.

The early cars had a 3.0 litre 128F type engine delivering 280bhp at 7.000 rpm, the later once had 168/61 type engines and 539 and 539/61 type chassis. Some of the late versions received a engine of type 168 which was used in the SWB Version, which delivered in a range 230 bhp to 282 bhp.

The car of the stars ... many movies stars enjoyed the 250 SWB California Spyder, amongst James Coburn, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim, Barbara Hershey, Kenneth Mars ... just to name a few. Francoise Sagan the autor of "Bonjour tristesse" was another celebrity owner and today it is owned by a female. John Geils from the J. Geils Band was another celebrity owner from show biz.


» Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Register

1795GT was the 250 GT SWB California Spyder prototype, completed in May 1960, is was a covered headlight, steel version with factory hardtop and was delivered to SociÚte Italauto, Lausanne, CH (Emmanuel de Graffenried), since August 1984 it lives in Rancho Santa Fe.

1883GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed August 1960, it was an open headlight steel version with velocity stacks and factory hardtop, it was delivered to Litex Spa in Torino, for it's president Fusina. It was raced in May 1962 in the Targa Florio by Fusina and Bonis and finished 19th, for sure that was not the only race 1883GT participated in.

1915GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed August 1960, it was an open headlight steel version and was delivered to Modena's Ferrari dealership of Mario Camellini, in the 60's it was converted to covered headlights.

1951GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed September 1960, it was a covered headlight steel version with velocity stacks and factory hardtop, it was delivered to Edilizia Santa Rita, Milano, Italy.

1963GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed September 1960, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to Auto Becker, Duesseldorf, Germany and lives since the early 60's in the USA.

2015GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione, completed June 1960, it was a covered headlight alloy version with outside filler cap, velocity stacks, oversize gas tank, no servo and a special engine 168B (testa rossa type engine 168B), it was delivered to Jan de Vroom of New York. In 1960 it was entered in the 24h Le Mans race driven by William Sturgis and Jo Schlesser, it retried in 11th position, in 1961 it finished 12th OA in and 2nd in GT in the 12h Sebring race, driven by Allen Newman, Robert Publicker and Swiss Andrey Gaston. in December 1961 it was entered in the Nassau races and finished in the Nassau Trophy 26th OA and 12th IC on the wheel George Arents. This must be the best 250 GT SWB Comp Spyder, the current owner rejected a $10mio offer, you would too! Because it can not get better.

2161GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed December 1960, it was a covered headlight steel version, in the mid 60's it lived at the East Coast of the USA.

2167GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed December 1960, it was a covered headlight steel version, with velocity stacks, electric windows and featured a special console, it was delivered to Guenther Lohstraeter in Germany and was raced by Lohstraeter and Hans-Georg Plaut until 1962, today it lives in the Ralph Lauren Collection.

2175GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed January 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, with velocity stacks it was delivered to Roger Vadim for his wife Brigitte Bardot.

2249GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was an open headlight steel version, it was delivered to Pierre Bole, Switzerland. In 1982 is was wrecked and sold to Germany, restored by DK Engineering and shown by Peter Glaesel in Monterey and driven in the Colorado Grand by Christian Glaesel.

2277GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in January 1961, it was an open headlight steel version, it was the Brussels Show car and delivered to Dr. Fabbri of Milan, Italy.

2301GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in January 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to Vittorio Emanuele, Switzerland.

2377GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in March 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version with velocity stacks, it was delivered to Freddy Damman via Garage Francorchamps. In the 1960's it was owned by actor James Coburn.

2383GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder Competizione, completed April 1961, it was a covered headlight alloy version with outside filler cap, velocity stacks, oversize gas tank and factory hardtop, it was delivered to Ernst Lautenschlaeger of Stuttgart, Germany, it was intensively raced by Lautenschlaeger and in 1962 sold to German race driver Wolfgang Seidel, in the late 80's it was part of the Greg Garrison collection.

2467GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in April 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version with velocity stacks, it was delivered to Chinetti Motors, NY, NY.

2469GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in April 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to Chinetti Motors, NY, NY. and sold to one of his favorite customers who owned many races Ferraris before, Erwin Goldschmidt, Stamford , CT.

2505GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was an open headlight steel version, it was delivered to Cupellini, Bergamo, Italy.

2537GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in July 1961, it was an open headlight steel version, no side vents, it featured an unusual instrument arrangement on the dashboard, it was delivered to Jean William Savy of Geneva, Switzerland.

2561GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, competition engine, limited slip differential and factory hardtop, it was delivered to Jo Setton via Franco Britannic Autos, Paris, France.

2591GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961.

2571GT was completed in 1961 and delivered to Frattini, Italy, today it is a rebodied alloy 250 GT SWB California Spyder.

2891GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to an Italian customer.

2903GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in September 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to Alain Cheuvrie of Geneva, Switzerland and was then owned by actress Barbara Hershey.

2955GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show the IAA, it was white with black interior. Own of the owners was actor Kenneth Mars (1972 What's up Doc).

2987GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in October 1961, it was a covered headlight alloy version, it was once owned by "King of Water Beds" Bruce Lavachek, then by Albert Obrist.

3007GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in October 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version.

3021GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version with factory hardtop, it was delivered to French writer Francoise Sagan (Bonjour tristesse) and is today again in a female ownership.

3053GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in November 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, long time owned by John Geils from the J. Geils Band a well-known "Party Band" which had in 1981 a #1 hit "Centerfold".

3059GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, once owned like so many cars by Anthony Bamford CEO from JCB.

3077GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version, it was delivered to J.H. Keller of Zuerich, Switzerland. It was raced in Swiss Hillclimbs.

3095GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version with a factory hardtop, in 1965 it was sold by Toulo de Graffenried to Dr. Stephen Safran of Grenoble, France.

3099GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1961, it was a covered headlight steel version with a competition engine.

3119GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in March 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to Garage Francorchamps for Freddy Damman (owner of SWB Cal Spyder 2377GT).

3163GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in January 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to Off. Romanazzi Spa of Rome, Italy.

3185GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was a covered headlight (covered with net, not perspecs) steel version with a factory hardtop, delivered to Italy, in 1969 it was owned by Peter Helm an actor who owned many Ferraris before.

3195GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to Jan de Vroom, NY, NY.

3245GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version.

3293GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to entertainer Bob Hope.

3301GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in March 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to Pennati of Milano and today it still lives in Milan.

3345GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in April 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, delivered to Vincenzo Comi of Milano and modified to covered headlights and in the 1980's converted back to original specs, today it still lives in Milan.

3665GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in August 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, since the 80's it is part of the Rene Maspoli Collection in Switzerland.

3677GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, it was delivered to Otto Bowden of Jacksonville, Florida.

3867GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in September 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, it was delivered to Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, CT.

3923GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, today it lives in a Collection on the East Coast.

3995GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version with chromed side vents, no front bumpers with a factory hardtop. Today it is in the Collection of Giorgio Perfetti, Italy.

4013GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, delivered to Emil Tossi, Michigan, USA. According to Joe Moch, 4013GT started life as a covered headlight California. But Tossi didn't like covered headlights and so he changed it to open headlights. While owned by Moch, he changed it back to its original configuration.

4083GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, delivered to Ian and Martin Hilton, UK.

4095GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, side vents and hood scope, delivered to Georges Filipinetti of Geneva for Prince Saddrudin Aga Khan.

4103GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version, delivered to Charles Rezzaghi Motors of San Fransico.

4121GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1962, it was a covered headlight steel version with a factory hardtop, delivered to Marquis Medici de Vascello of Torino, Italy. In 1965 it was owned by race driver Franco Rol.

4125GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in January 1963, it was an open headlight steel version, delivered to Carlos Kauffmann of Caracas. It was used in a local movie.

4131GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in December 1962, it was an open headlight steel version, in 1972 it was offered by Rob de la Rive Box in Switzerland.

4137GT was a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, completed in February 1963, it was a covered headlight steel version with velocity stacks, it was delivered to Chinetti Motors, CT.

Since 250 GTO passed the $15mio mark ... all Ferraris in the rank's below have climbed the price ladder, steel SWB's California Spyders have passed the $5.0mio mark and we can not see any reason why the Rolling Art will not climb even further.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Technical Specifications

Engine

Front longitudinal 60░ V12, light alloy cylinder block and head

Timing gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank

Bore and stroke

73 x 58.8 mm

Total displacement

2,953.21 cc

Unitary displacement

246.10 cc

Compression ratio

9.2:1

Maximum power

280 bhp at 7,000 rpm

Transmission

Dry, single-plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox + reverse, conventional differential

Chassis

Elliptical section steel tubes

Front suspension

Independent, double wishbones, coil springs

Rear suspension

Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs

Wheelbase

2,400 mm

Front track

1,378 mm

Rear track

1,374 mm

Kerb weight

1,020 kg

Fuel tank

90 litres