Unrestored California Spider to top ten million pounds


A 1961 Ferrari California Spider that has never been the subject of an extensive restoration is due to be auctioned at Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach sale on 15-16 August. Chassis 3095 GT is one of only 37 covered headlight, short-wheelbase examples, and is set apart from many of its contemporaries by its originality.

The Pebble Beach auction will mark the first time the car has been offered for public sale in the United States since the 1960s, and the fact that it has been kept away from top-level concours events during that time will likely prove an irresistible lure for those seeking to exhibit a world-class classic for the first time – and that have a pocket book to match their ambition. The stunning roadster is estimated to fetch between $16m and $18m (£10.2m-11.5m). 

As well as its fine condition, the California Spider also boasts FIVA and ASI certification, in addition to a Ferrari Classiche Red Book and a well-documented history.

A barn-find 250GT California Spider formerly belonging to Alain Delon recently sold in Paris for €14.2m ($15.5m), surpassing its €12m pre-sale upper estimate.

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