The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB is tops among collectible road Ferraris.

Ferraris are among the most highly coveted automobiles and these articles reveal which of the Italian stallions are prized above all others.

Our focus is on Ferraris treasured for their significance to the marque and to automotive history, not merely what they might bring on the auction block. And though the world of collectible Ferraris is deeply influenced by Ferrari racing cars, our spotlight is on the road-going models, which were available to Ferrari's regular clientele.

We must note, however, that each of our choices does boast some racing exposure. A competition pedigree is, after all, the dual-purpose ideal that courses through the Ferrari bloodline; all the classics have it.

So, with the expertise of renowned Ferrari authority Winston Goodfellow as a foundation, here, in order, are the five most collectible Ferraris:

The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB

Unmatched provenance and unwavering class make this stunning open-air GT the most collectible Ferrari.

The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder

A drop-top version of one of Ferrari's best coupes, this convertible was a star of street and screen.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Flawlessly proportioned and famously potent, this is the definitive dual-purpose sports car.

The Ferrari 375 MM

A competition-bred machine that brought high speed and high style to the road.

The Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Every one of these bold berlinettas was a gem, but the covey of alloy-body examples stands out.

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