The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB (short wheelbase) is automotive art.
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Neumann and the rest of the Ferrari world got that and a lot more. The
Ferrari Spyder California quickly became one of the ultimate “dual-purpose”
cars, machines equally at home on street and track. Such versatility
underscored an integral part of the Ferrari 250 legend: the firm’s
ability to make a range of products with the same mechanicals but
Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California was available with lightweight aluminum coachwork or
a steel body. Its chassis, suspension, and drivetrain came from the Ferrari 250
Tour de France sports racer, which itself was nearly identical to the
other 250s offered at the time. While the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California looked
quite similar to the Series I Cabriolet, its interior appointments were
considerably more spartan, reflecting its competition orientation.
The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB is among the most coveted Ferraris.
1960’s Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari introduced a new version of the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder
California with underpinnings identical to those of the 250 “Short
Wheelbase” Berlinetta, which had been unveiled in late 1959.
now measured 94.5 inches (2400mm), and these Ferrari 250 GT Spyder
California also had open
and covered headlights. The engine gained 20 horsepower and, as with
the Ferrari LWB Spyder California, a number of owners raced their cars.
genuine work of automotive art, the Pinin Farina-bodied Ferrari 250 GT Spyder
California was produced into 1963, and marked the last true open-air
The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB had a 280-horsepower V-12 engine.
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