The Carrozzeria Pinin Farina is the privileged partner of Ferrari for the design of the bodies. In the long pre-series phase of the luxury 250 GT convertible, 40 Prima Serie cars are produced. The body is built by Pinin Farina.
Chinetti is not waiting to ask Ferrari for another convertible, less luxurious but more incentive to the competition, which will be the 250 GT California Spyder, also designed by Pinin Farina but built by Scaglietti. This confusing denomination of 'spyder' for a convertible has the advantage of differentiating the model both from the convertible for European use and from true spiders. In the Ferrari price list this cabriolet is more expensive than the California.
The Seconda Serie is the industrial phase that follows the Prima Serie from 1959. However some of the latest ideas for improvements in the Prima are still being implemented by Pinin Farina after the Seconda prototype.
Realized in 1959 the latest Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet is in a great condition with its engine in matching number. It was sold for $ 5.6M including premium by Gooding at Pebble Beach in August 2014. After a cosmetic restoration that does not disturb its originality it returns to the same venue with the same auction house on August 18, lot 36 estimated $ 5M. Here is the link to the press release.
SOLD for $ 4.8M including premium