In the same year, the improvement of the 250 GT chassis is primarily intended for competition berlinettas. Two dealers in the USA, Von Neumann in California and Chinetti in New York, manage to convince Ferrari to assemble a convertible on the new frame.
The new car designed by Pinin Farina and bodied by Scaglietti enters the catalog in 1958 as the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. It is interesting to observe that Ferrari does not acknowledge it as a cabriolet but as a spyder. Whatever. Under the pressure of the lucrative market of cinema personalities and of playboys, Ferrari has created a model for stars and womanizers.
In 1960, the shortening of the chassis for reasons related to competition does not prevent Ferrari from continuing the removable hardtop version, with a more comfortable cockpit. The car, more efficient on the road, is compact and its look is less sharp. The 50 earliest spyders now renamed Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider will remain the sexiest cars in the whole Ferrari range.
Ferrari did not restrain the 250 GT spider to the American market as he will do in 1967 when Chinetti will force his hand for another cabriolet, the Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 NART Spider. We appreciate why the production of this exceptional 275 was not continued after the first ten units.
Going back to 1959. One of these LWB is released from factory to be sold to an Italian aristocrat. Also coachworked by Scaglietti, this spyder includes some refinements that make it one of the prettiest units of the series. Maintained throughout in matching numbers, this car is estimated $ 9M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 13, lot 118.