1958 - 1960 Ferrari 250 California

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When talking about the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, you are sort of talking about two different cars, the long-wheelbase version and the later short-wheelbase version. The cars debuted a few years apart, and have different bodies and engines with different states of tune. But both are built with the same idea in mind, and you could almost call them two generations of the same car, if that wasn’t such a difficult word to apply to the 250. All Californias, whatever the wheelbase, wore Scaglietti bodywork, and all of them were convertibles.

Throughout the ’50s and early ’60s, small European roadsters had become incredibly popular in North America. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, MG was selling huge numbers of cars in this newly discovered market, and in 1957, Ferrari debuted this new version of the 250 as a high-end convertible specifically for the U.S. market. It was based on the 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina, but was a higher-performance version of the car, produced in much smaller numbers. In theory, the Pininfarina was meant to be sold in Europe, and the California in America, but those were more suggestions than rules, and certainly today you’ll find examples of both on either side of the Atlantic.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 250 California.

 

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