Monday, 3 February 2014

250 GT Scaglietti SWB California

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



'Ferrari 250 GT Scaglietti SWB California Spyder' is a very large name for quite a small car. Acting as an interesting showcase of the diversity of the 250 series, this elaborately-monikered poppet has plenty of race pedigree beneath the skin, but hides it all within a lissom and delicate soft-top silhouette.
Under the surface, this is basically a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta - one of the most significant race cars of the late-fifties/early-sixties. Power comes from an optimised iteration of the 3.0-litre V12 - offering 276bhp - while pioneering disc brakes take care of the other end of the kinetic spectrum. Scaglietti bodied just 55 of these cars, so they're as rare as hen's teeth... a fact proven by the price Chris Evans paid for James Coburn's old SWB California in 2008: £5,500,000.

This 1961 example, chassis no. #3059GT, is owned by Andrew Pisker, who's recently entered it into such high profile concours events as 2012's Villa d'Este; it won the People's Choice award at Pebble Beach in 2010. But sometimes these stars do descend from the firmament, and SuckSqueezeBangBlow was able to have a good perv over it at last year's St. James's Concours in London. You can see more photos here.











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