Ten Special Cars from Scottsdale 2015
Sold at Gooding & Co Scottsdale 2015
One of Only 50 LWB California Spiders Built
Late-Production Example with Cold-Air Box and
Magnificent Unrestored Condition with Preserved
Presented with Extensive Records, Tool Roll,
and Sales Literature
Offered for Sale for the First Time Since 1969
2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 128D V-12 Engine
Three Weber 36 DCL3 Carburetors
240 HP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension with
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
|1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider|
The extraordinary Ferrari presented here,
1425 GT, is the 27th of 50 California Spiders built on the
long-wheelbase 250 GT chassis. Consistent with its May 1959 build date,
this California Spider benefits from a number of significant
evolutionary improvements introduced throughout the modelís two-year
First and foremost, 1425 GT has, as its foundation, the 508D chassis, a highly developed version of the original 250 GT platform. The original engine, a Tipo 128D unit, with internal no. 0444D, represented the latest advances in the famed 250 series. Incorporating twin, rear-mounted distributors, strengthened connecting rods, a new crankshaft, and revised cylinder heads with new valves and larger intake manifolds, the Tipo 128D served as the basis for the 250 Testarossa engine, known internally as the 128 LM.
Other desirable qualities of 1425 GTís specifications are the optional cold-air box and velocity stacks. More often seen on the contemporary 250 GT Tour de France, this sporting configuration was designed to force cold air from the hood scoop directly into the carburetors and was specified only on a limited number of California Spiders.
Upon completion, the chassis was entrusted to Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena for coachwork. In keeping with its mechanical specification, 1425 GT features the improved rear-end treatment (introduced with 1379 GT or 1411 GT) that gives the later long-wheelbase California Spiders a more resolved appearance, as well as a more sporting stance.