Mathieu Heurtault, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company

In 1957, Ferrari’s leading U.S. dealers, Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, impressed upon the factory the need for a simple, dual-purpose 250 GT Spider — a car that could be used to commute during the week and then raced with success on the weekend.

As a result, Ferrari produced the California Spider, a ...

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