1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company

The extraordinary Ferrari presented here, 1425GT, is the 27th of 50 California Spyders built on the long-wheelbase 250 GT chassis. Consistent with its May 1959 build date, this California Spyder benefits from a number of significant evolutionary improvements introduced throughout the model’s two-year production run.

Although more than 55 years have passed since it left the factory, 1425GT has never warranted a full restoration. Simply maintained as required, the Ferrari is largely unchanged since the seller acquired it over 45 years ago. Still wearing its late-1960s red paint and original black leather upholstery, this California Spyder possesses a glorious, irreplaceable patina that is sure to resonate with sophisticated collectors.

1425GT is offered with tool roll, original spare and an extensive file of documentation that includes important ownership records, service invoices, shipping documents, period photos, sales literature, parts catalogs, written offers, and fascinating personal correspondence dating back to 1969.

For the next caretaker, this opportunity ought to hold the same promise and excitement as the moment that the owner arrived at Tom Meade’s garage in Modena and first laid eyes on his new California Spyder.

John Apen

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John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.

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