1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder / 1603GT Chassis Information

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California photograph

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Spyder
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 1603GT
Engine # 1603 GT
Vin #: Internal Num: 22F
Sold for $7,260,000 at 2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
Sold for $18,150,000 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
The Ferrari California Spider was designed and marketed as a multi-purpose sports car capable of racing and equally suitable for grand touring. With a lightweight aluminum body and tuned engine, it could function as a serious racing car. In this guise, just nine LWB California Spiders were original constructed with alloy coachwork, and of those, just a few left the factory with competition features. The alloy-bodied Spiders were produced on a one-off basis throughout the 50-car production run, and no two examples are exactly alike. The nine examples display many differences, both aesthetically and mechanically.

Without direct factory support and despite their limited production, the California Spider Competiziones achieved impressive results. From 1959 to 1961, alloy-bodied California Spiders won their class at major events (Sebring, Bridgehampton, Nassau, and Watkins Glen) and dominated the SCCA's B and C Production classes.

This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione features an alloy body and left hand drive configuration. It was created on November 23rd of 1959 and is the 42nd example created. It is powered by a Type 168 engine mated to a Tipo 508C/525 gearbox. This engine was the same unit found in the Competition SWB Berlinettas, and was a development of Ferrari's 250 Testa Rossa sports racing cars and was installed in just four LWB California Spiders. The engine in 1603 GT was factory-equipped with Testa Rossa-type cylinder heads, featuring high-lift Tipo 130 camshafts and 9.8:1. It was fitted with three Weber 40 DCL6 carburetors with velocity stacks and an Abarth competition exhaust. In comparison to the standard LWB California Spider, this example produces approximately 50 more horsepower.

1603 GT was given lightweight aluminum coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena and features the covered-headlight arrangement.

It was first owned by George Reed of Midlothian, IL via Chinetti Motors. Reed campaigned it during the remainder of the 1959 season through 1961. It raced in the Tourist Trophy, 12 Hours of Sebring, Governor's Trophy, Nassau Trophy and at Road America. At the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1960, the car was driven by Reed and Alan Connell to 5th overall, and third in class.

At the close of the 1964 season, Reed sold the Ferrari to a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ed Zwintscher of Wisconsin acquired the car around 1969. In 1984, Brian Brunkhorst acquired 1603 GT and sent it to Wayne Obry's Motion Products Inc. in Neenah, Wisconsin for a full restoration. The car was then finished in dark blue with a tan interior.

In 1989, Mr. Brunkhorst displayed the California at the 25th Ferrari Club of America annual meeting, where it received a First in Class award. It was later shown at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. In the 1990s, the car was sold to Michael Mak, who traded it to Dennis Machul for another significant Ferrari in 2000. The following year, Todd Morici acquired 1603 GT, and he campaigned it in several vintage races before refinishing the car in its original Sebring livery. While in Mr. Morici's ownership, the car was certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department, which confirmed it as an authentic example, retaining its original chassis, body, engine, gearbox, rear end, and other major components.

The current owner acquired the car in 2010 and immediately set about performing a selective cosmetic restoration. Completed in January 2011, the California Spider was displayed at the annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, where it earned an FCA Platinum Award and the Competizione Cup for the most outstanding competition Ferrari.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016

2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$18,000,000-$20,000,000 
Sale Price :
$18,150,000

2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Sale Price :
$7,260,000

2017 2
2016 1
2015 2
2012 2
2011 2
2010 1
2009 1
2008 1
2005 1
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$13,721,998$17,990,0002
2016$18,150,000$18,150,0001
2015$8,100,000$8,500,0002
2012$4,897,938$5,890,8752
2011$3,474,789$3,594,5782
2010$7,260,000$7,260,0001
2009$2,858,689$2,858,6891
2008$3,630,000$3,630,0001
2005$1,320,000$1,320,0001
2003$54,060$54,0601

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione by Scaglietti
Chassis#: 1451 GT
Sold for $17,990,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Icons
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
Chassis#: 1503 GT
Sold for $9,453,996
  2017 RM Sothebys : Ferrari - Leggenda e Passione
 
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione
Chassis#: 1603 GT
Sold for $18,150,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti
Chassis#: 1307GT
Sold for $8,500,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Chassis#: 1425 GT
Sold for $7,700,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder avec hard-top dusine
Sold for $5,890,875
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Chassis#: 1505 GT
Sold for $3,905,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
Chassis#: 1215 GT
Sold for $3,355,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Chassis#: 1307 GT
Sold for $3,594,578
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT
Sold for $7,260,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250GT California (LWB)
Chassis#: 1487 GT
Sold for $2,858,689
  2009 Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California
Chassis#: 1489GT
Sold for $3,630,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Chassis#: 1217 GT
Sold for $1,320,000
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1959 Ferrari California Spyder Replica
Sold for $54,060
  2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Ferrari 250GT California Spider1411GT2012 Bonhams Exceptional Ferrari Motor Cars $800,000$100,000
1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spyder Recreation 2009 Bonhams Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex $260,000$300,000
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$1,975,000$2,400,000$2,900,000
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Cal Spyder 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$850,000  

Comparables

Similar sales to the $6,690,157 range.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
Chassis#:0905 GT
Sold for $6,600,000
2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype
Chassis#:DP199/1
Sold for $6,765,000
2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Chassis#:408383
Sold for $6,600,000
2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans
Chassis#:0060 M
Sold for $6,490,000
2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
2005 Ferrari Enzo
Chassis#:ZFFCZ56B000141920
Sold for $6,050,000
2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring
Chassis#:0158 ED
Sold for $7,311,360
2015 RM Sotheby's : Villa Erba
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina
Chassis#:1945 SA
Sold for $6,380,000
2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
Chassis#:GT/108
Sold for $6,930,000
2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1958 FERRARI 250 GT SERIES 1 CABRIOLET
Chassis#:0759 GT
Sold for $6,820,000
2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1953 FERRARI 250 MILLE MIGLIA BERLINETTA
Chassis#:0312 MM
Sold for $7,260,000
2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina
Chassis#:1181 GT
Sold for $6,472,939
2014 RM Auctions : Monaco
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#:48667
Sold for $6,600,000
2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet
Chassis#:0791 GT
Sold for $6,160,000
2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione
Chassis#:0415GT
Sold for $7,150,000
2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France'
Chassis#:0585GT
Sold for $6,710,000
2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports Bobtail
Chassis#:KM3088
Sold for $6,050,000
2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype
Chassis#:0769 GT
Sold for $6,600,000
2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1955 Ferrari 857 Sport
Chassis#:0588 M
Sold for $6,270,000
2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider
Chassis#:0680 MDTR
Sold for $6,511,207
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1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod
Sold for $6,105,000
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1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  1959 Ferrari 250 GT California vehicle thumbnail image  

Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1203GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1215 GT
Engine Num: 1215 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1307GT
Engine Num: 1307GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1425GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1431GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1451 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1489GT
Engine Num: 1489GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1501GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1505 GT
Engine Num: 1505 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1525GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1959 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 1603GT
Engine Num: 1603 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1961 SWB Spyder
Chassis Num: 2467GT
Engine Num: 168
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1961 SWB Spyder
Chassis Num: 2871 GT
Engine Num: 2871
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1961 SWB Spyder
Chassis Num: 3095 GT
Engine Num: 3095
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1961 SWB Spyder
Chassis Num: 3099 GT
Engine Num: 168/61
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1962 Convertible
Chassis Num: 3119 GT
Engine Num: 3119 GT
Chassis information for the Ferrari 250 GT California1963 Convertible
Chassis Num: 4487
Engine Num: 3635


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