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1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder / 3095 GT Vehicle Information

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California1961 Ferrari 250 GT California
Sold for $16,830,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
Lord Laidlaw is one of Scotland's premier car enthusiasts boasting of a collection that is both rare and exceptional, a collection that would be the envy of just about anyone. In 2015, he would make one of the rarest pieces of his collection go free, and it couldn't be a more iconic offering.

There really isn't a more exotic and rare example of Ferrari's coveted 250 GT California Spider. Just a total of 37 examples of the short-wheelbase spider with the covered headlights would ever be produced. Each California Spider is a highly sought-after entity. The passion, the desire for this particular example, however, is beyond description.

Regarded as the most beautiful car in the world, the simple lines of the California Spider are without question. But the beauty wouldn't end just with the aesthetic look of the Scaglietti-bodied spider. No, the beautiful melody of the pitch of the 3.0-liter Tipo 168 V-12 engine was what completed the love affair.

Producing around 240hp through its triple Weber carburetors and 4-speed manual gearbox, the California Spider was the rare mixture of automobile that inspired ripping through tree-lined bends on some back road, but also, slow cruises through a city's streets. A driver wanted to go fast, and slow, at the same time, and this car more than made that possible.

3095 GT would be one of those 37 examples finished with the covered headlights. Completed in 1961, the car's early history is somewhat blurry. There are a number of suggestions and legends surrounding the car's early years, including the fact that it may have been owned by Gunther Sachs, the German who married Brigitte Bardot. This is one of those stories that cannot be varified. What does seem more certain is the fact the car was finished in a metallic blue and was first sold to a couple of Swiss gentlemen, one potentially coming to own the car through the gentleman racer and Baron Toulo de Graffenried. It seems then the car traded time between Europe and the United States over the next few decades.

Then came Lord Laidlaw. One of Scotland's wealthiest citizens and a passionate automobile collector, he would purchased the car and would make it a centerpiece of his extensive collection.

Though continually changing hands through private sales the car has not remained hidden in a private collection. Though it has not made many, if any, appearances in concours and other such events, the car hasn't exactly been hidden away. In fact, in 2014, the car would be front and center at Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix. At the race, the car would serve as the official parade car carrying Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Finished now in the iconic red, this would be about the only update and change the car has undergone in more than a few decades. Because it has not undergone restoration efforts the car remains highly original, and, therefore, highly desirable.

Highly original, exceedingly rare and perhaps the ultimate expression of the California Spider, 3095 GT set the collector world abuzz when it was announced it would be made available for public auction for the very first time.

Consigned through Gooding & Company's 2015 Pebble Beach auction, 3095 GT could not have been part of a better event and would actually provide one of the biggest highlights of the record-breaking weekend.

Boasting of Ferrari Classiche certification and well documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 3095 GT would set off furious bidding. Initial estimates had the car selling somewhere between $16,000,000 and $18,000,000. Sure enough, the car would garner a sale price of $16,830,000.

By Jeremy McMullen



2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $16,000,000-USD $18,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $16,830,000

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Chassis#: 2871 GT
Sold for USD$17,160,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Chassis#: 3095 GT
Sold for USD$16,830,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Chassis#: 2935GT
Sold for USD$18,553,009
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1961 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Chassis#: 2903 GT
Sold for USD$15,180,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Chassis#: 2377GT
Sold for USD$10,912,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti2505 GT2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba $11,000,000$13,000,000

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1961 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1961 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
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Sold for $17,160,000
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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale
Chassis#:3269 GT
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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
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Ferrari 250 GT California Vehicle Profiles
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Model Year: 1959
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Model Year: 1959
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1203GT
Model Year: 1959

Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1215 GT
Engine Num: 1215 GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1307GT
Engine Num: 1307GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1425GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History

Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1431GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1451 GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1489GT
Engine Num: 1489GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History

Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1501GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1505 GT
Engine Num: 1505 GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1525GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile

Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1603GT
Engine Num: 1603 GT
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 2467GT
Engine Num: 168
Model Year: 1961
Profile
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 2561 GT
Model Year: 1961
Profile

SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 2871 GT
Engine Num: 2871
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 2903 GT
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 2935GT
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History

SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 3059GT
Model Year: 1961
Profile
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 3095 GT
Engine Num: 3095
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History
SWB Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder

Chassis Num: 3099 GT
Engine Num: 168/61
Model Year: 1961
Profile

Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 3119 GT
Engine Num: 3119 GT
Model Year: 1962
Profile and Auction History
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 3163GT
Model Year: 1962
Profile and Auction History
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 3195GT
Model Year: 1962

Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 3245GT
Model Year: 1962
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 3293GT
Model Year: 1962
Profile
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4131 GT
Engine Num: 4131 GT
Model Year: 1962
Profile and Auction History

Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Model Year: 1963
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4013GT
Model Year: 1963
Profile
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4103GT
Model Year: 1963
Profile

Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4121GT
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4137GT
Model Year: 1963
Profile
Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4487
Engine Num: 3635
Model Year: 1963
Profile

Convertible
Ferrari 250 GT California Convertible

Chassis Num: 4933 GT
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History


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