Without doubt, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder is one of the most beautiful cars ever to pass through Ferrari’s fabled gates on Via Abetone Inferiore. With its stunning bodywork designed by Pininfarina, and masterfully executed by Scaglietti, the car was a collaboration between the very best.
The 250 GT Pinin Farina Series II Cabriolets were based upon one of Ferrari’s earliest volume series built production cars, the 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupés, and like the PF Coupé they were nicely trimmed and fitted for everyday use and long trips. Combining the exciting performance of Ferrari’s race-proven 3.0-litre V-12 engine with the excellent handling and supple ride of the 2,600 mm wheelbase chassis, the Series II 250 GT PF Cabriolet had a well-earned and highly justified reputation as a superb, elegant and understated touring car with quality interior appointments, soundproofing and classic Ferrari styling.
In 1959 Ferrari introduced a short wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta that offered quicker, more responsive handling, followed a year later by its California Spyder variant, introduced at Geneva in 1960. While the SWB Berlinetta got a newly designed body, the SWB California Spyder continued with its LWB sibling’s coachwork, with its styling drawn and executed more tautly and sharply over the shorter wheelbase.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena.
280 bhp, 2,953 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine, three Weber carburettors, four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension via A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptical springs and telescopic shock absorbers, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)