A lovely Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider from 1961 is heading to the auction block where it could fetch up to $17M.
Just 56 units were ever made, but only 37 of them had the desirable covered headlights like this example featuring a short wheelbase. The beautiful and timeless design is the work of Scaglietti and being a SWB model it comes with the more sophisticated chassis and four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. SWB versions also had a more refined suspension as well as new outside-plug Tipo 168 and 168/61 engines.
Power comes from a mighty 3.0-liter V12 engine developing 240 horsepower (179 kilowatts) at 7,000 rpm sent to the road through a four-speed manual gearbox. It features three Weber carburetors and combines an independent coil-spring suspension with a live rear axle, both featuring tubular shock absorbers. Other goodies worth mentioning include the Abarth exhaust system, Borrani RW3591 wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, and Veglia instruments.
Wearing a Rosso Cina (China Red) paint combined with a black leather interior, the VIN 2871 GT made a cameo appearance in the 1963 comedy “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” starring Sophia Loren. It’s the 22nd SWB built and was sold as new to Italian industrial designer Giangranco Frattini who kept it for 17 years before selling it in 1978 to Terzo Dalia. The latter sold it to its current owner in 1985 and now for the first time the car is offered for public sale.
According to Gooding & Company, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider is estimated to fetch anywhere between $15M to $17M at the Amelia Island Auction set for March 11.
Additional images can be found at the source link below.