• Jul 10, 2008


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The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder is one of the most valuable classic Ferraris, as evidenced by the recent sale of one at auction for a record $10.8 million. To celebrate the Cal Spyder's 50th anniversary, the Pebble Beach Concours will have six different versions of the roadster on display on the 18th green this August. Most notably will be an aluminum-bodied competition version that raced at both Le Mans and Sebring. We will be bringing you live coverage from the Concours this year, and we'll be sure to take plenty of photographs. To whet your appetite, we've created a gallery of California Spyders that have been in the Concours over the past few years.

[Source: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance]

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In 1958, Ferrari began production of a race-inspired convertible named after its best-selling market – the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California. Only 105 "Cal Spyders" were manufactured overall. In addition to the prototype, there were six variants-long and short wheelbase models with differing headline treatments and competition versions.

Six of these now iconic roadsters will be displayed among the world's elite vehicles at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 17.

"The Spyder California exemplifies Ferrari's unrivaled racing heritage and matchless individuality," said Sandra Kasky Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, "This is the first time that six variations, including the prototype, will appear together in one place. Once again automotive history will be made at Pebble Beach."

According to Ed Gilbertson, Chief Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and a Ferrari expert, "The Spyder California was a factory-built road car that you could drive to the track and race. We're bringing together examples from around the world – from people who don't often show their cars – to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime display of Ferrari legends."

After the prototype's completion in 1957, coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti began handcrafting the open-air Spyder California based on the long-wheelbase 250 GT platform, with models featuring both open and closed headlights. In 1960 Ferrari moved to a shorter wheelbase, again with open and closed headlight variations. Twelve of the 105 Spyder Californias were built specifically for competition, utilizing all-aluminum bodywork, a larger gas tank and a more powerful engine, and racing triumphs added to the Spyder California's lore.

"Ferraris with competition pedigrees are always the most revered," said Gilbertson, "and the Spyder California earned top finishes at some of the biggest races. We'll have one of the most desirable Ferraris of all on display at the Concours – the closed headlight, alloy-bodied, short wheelbase Spyder California that raced at Le Mans and Sebring."

The Concours will also showcase the only Ferrari 400 Superamerica built by the factory with Spyder California coachwork. Its Pebble Beach appearance in the GT Class marks the first showing of it anywhere in the world.

"This Superamerica is the only one of its kind, and looks just like a pregnant Spyder California due to its bigger chassis and engine," said Gilbertson. "Although it's not truly a Spyder California, it's certainly a close cousin and looks just like the exceptional beauty that it replicates.

"The 2008 Pebble Beach Concours will be a rare opportunity for spectators, especially Ferrari aficionados, to see six types of Spyder Californias together and, just steps away, be able to compare it to the only 400 Superamerica of its kind; something that is unlikely to happen again for a very, very long time."



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      • 6 Years Ago
      There's one sitting in the window of the Ferrari showroom in Manhattan if anyone's interested...
      • 6 Years Ago
      GORGEOUS!
      • 6 Years Ago
      When Cameron was in Egypt land...

      (now you finish it)
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...let my Cameron go. :)

        "A man with priorities so out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile."

        -SimianSpeedster
        • 6 Years Ago
        YESSS!!!

        Simianspeedster F.T.W.-!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wonder if the current owner buffs it with a diaper...
      • 6 Years Ago
      no shots of her ass? dayam!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is awesome. Do you guys "get" the new California now? I love how it clearly takes cues from the old one without appearing gimmicky and "retro" a la the latest Thunderbird, Camaro, and Mustang.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away? Neither would I.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Relax, I'm a professional..."

        "See what a "fin-ski" can do for a guy's attitude..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're not dying, you just can't think of anything good to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ohhhhhh yeahhhhh

      As beautiful as the 250 GT California is, I wonder how much of its value has been inflated by a generation of neauvo riche that grew up watching "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wish the new California would look half this good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        id b happy even if it looked 1/3 as good
        this is so beautiful elegant and simple
      • 6 Years Ago
      THE Ferrari to have. The new one doesn't even come close.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I realize this might be a heretical question, but are the covers on the headlights supposed to be fogged like that? I know it's a new trend to have modern cars' headlights look like jewelry, but those covers just seem funny to me.
      I'd certainly understand if it were "patina", ie. scratches and crazing as the covers aged...
      Regardless, that is an auto I'd gladly do anything to get to drive! Bellissima!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The first three photos were taken at about 6:00 in the morning before the owner had a chance to clean the condensation off the car.
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