We all know the classic Ferraris are true gold mines when heading to auction but we’re still constantly mesmerized by both the astonishing craftsmanship and business case power.
I’m actually pretty sure there are people that bought Ferrari stock once it went independent just to be able to pass along them to their offspring and make sure they will remain part of automotive history. Anyways, here’s another example why the Ferrari spinoff was such a success – a superb Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider built back in 1961 will go under the hammer where it’s expected to deliver up to 17 million dollars. The model was manufactured in just 56 units and of that batch just 37 of them came with the nice covered headlights – this particular example has them as well as a short wheelbase. The design is the proud work of Scaglietti and since it’s the SWB this model also features the more high-tech (for the time) chassis and four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. The SWB variants also had a better suspension and the newer outside-plug Tipo 168 and 168/61 engines.
This unit has under the hood a powerful 3.0-liter V12 engine churning out 240 horsepower (179 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Highlights were the triple Weber carburetors and the combo between an independent coil-spring suspension with a live rear axle, both using tubular shock absorbers. Other amenities include the Abarth exhaust system, Borrani RW3591 wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, and Veglia instruments. Wearing a lovely Rosso Cina (China Red) paint and a black leather interior, the 250 GT SWB California Spider offered by Gooding & Company is going to the block at the Amelia Island Auction set for March 11.