1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

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.


Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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