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The 5 Best Buys of Monterey 2009 - 01-08-10 - 1. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

Gooding & Co.,
Pebble Beach, CA
August 16, 2009

SOLD at $2,750,000

Early Cal Spyder with one-piece side vents, wrap-around bumpers, crackle finish dash and rare and useful hard top. Underwent engine switch in ’70s but regained original motor in 1988. Returned from Japan in 1998, restored and won its class at Pebble in 2007, Cavallino awards in 2008. Superb paint, plating, and interior. Excellent panel fit, fresh interior.

A very crisp restoration, helped a lot by the unusual and very attractive color combination. The initial impression was dazzling, but on closer inpection, the details were correct as well. This car had more snap than the SWB, and the difference in price exactly reflects the span in the SCM guide—both are at the lower end this year. In terms of the future, I call this well bought.

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