The Quintessential Ferrari 250 GT with Limited Ownership
from New and Cinematic History
SANTA MONICA, CA – February 12, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is privileged to announce the addition of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (estimate $15,000,000-$17,000,000) to be sold at the Amelia Island Auction on March 11, 2016. This highly coveted Ferrari is the 22nd SWB California Spider built and one of only 37 covered-headlight examples produced. Remarkably, it has been in the loving care of the current owner for over 30 years.
“We are thrilled to present this California Spider to our clients,” states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “With only three owners from new and a rich and fascinating history, this covered-headlight SWB California Spider has never before been offered for public sale and is being presented for the first time outside of Italy.”
Ferrari introduced the 250 GT California Spider in 1957 on their long-wheelbase (LWB) chassis for the booming North American market. Ferrari’s leading US dealers, Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, requested from the factory a dual-purpose sports car that was highly capable on the racetrack, but comfortable for use as a daily driver. In 1960, with the introduction of Ferrari’s new short-wheelbase (SWB) 250 GT Berlinetta chassis, Ferrari thoroughly redesigned the California Spider. The new 250 GT SWB California Spider benefitted from a much more sophisticated chassis, along with standard four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes, a refined suspension setup and new outside-plug engines. The renowned Italian coachbuilder, Scaglietti, redesigned the California Spider’s coachwork around the updated chassis, resulting in a much more aggressive and sporting appearance. Despite being a more refined and well-rounded sports car, the SWB California Spiders were true thoroughbreds, with several examples raced at events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Targa Florio. Between 1960 and 1963, Ferrari built just 56 examples of the SWB variant, with only 37 being highly sought after covered-headlight versions.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider presented here, chassis 2871 GT, is among the most desirable SWB California Spiders. The Ferrari was purchased new in Milan, Italy by the famed Italian industrial designer, Gianfranco Frattini in September, 1961. While in Mr. Frattini’s care, chassis 2871 GT was featured in the Italian film Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow), which starred Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Mr. Frattini lovingly owned the car for 17 years before selling it to Terzo Dalia in June, 1978. Mr. Dalia participated in two Ferrari events in the early-1980s before selling 2871 GT to the current owner in December, 1985. This important Ferrari has been with its current owner for the last 30 years, is well-documented by Ferrari historian, Marcel Massini, and is presented the classic color combination of red with a black interior. This exemplary California Spider, with a celebrated provenance and featuring only three owners from new, offers the astute collector the opportunity to own a piece of Ferrari history.
The Amelia Island Auction
Date: Friday, March 11 at 11:00 am EST
Location: Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 (1 mile south of Amelia Island Parkway)
Public preview: March 10-11
Auction catalogue: $75, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $30, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com
$200 includes a catalogue, admission for two to the viewing and auction with two reserved seats, subject to availability.
About Gooding & Company
Gooding & Company’s auctions, now in their second decade, produce market-leading prices and deliver to a worldwide reach of clients and enthusiasts. Throughout 2015, spectators and patrons from over 45 nations witnessed this year’s auctions live in high-definition video broadcast via our webcast. Gooding & Company will be conducting its annual Scottsdale Auctions on January 29 and 30, 2016 at Scottsdale Fashion Square, located in Old Town Scottsdale. The next annual Amelia Island Auction will take place on March 11, 2016 in Amelia Island, Florida, and the Pebble Beach Auctions will be held August 20 and 21, 2016 in Pebble Beach, California. Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are available at www.goodingco.com or by calling (310) 899-1960. Follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompan