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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

A LEGENDARY NAME FOR THE 250

CALIFORNIA DREAMING
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315 S
335 S
250 California
801 F1
1958
CALIFORNIA DREAMING
1957CALIFORNIA DREAMING
MomentsGarage
1947
1947FIRST VICTORY
1948Launch of 166 MM
1949TRIUMPH AT LE MANS
1950
1950A RED MILLE MIGLIA
1950DEBUT IN F1
1951FIRST F1 WIN
1952MARZOTTO'S MONACO WIN
1952VICTORY FOR ASCARI
1953SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONS
1954LAST PAN AMERICAN
1954QUEEN OF PARIS
1955THE LADY OF THE COUPÉ
1956FANGIO CHAMPION
1957LAST MILLE MIGLIA
1957CALIFORNIA DREAMING
1958ELEGANT CHAMPION
1959AMERICAN RESISTANCE
1960
1960SERIES BEGINS
1961RED MONOPOLY
1962MASTERPIECE
1963LE MANS, ITALY
1964HERO OF THE TWO WORLDS
1965VICTORY AT TARGA
1966365 P JEWEL
1967LEGENDARY FINISH
1968TRIBUTE TO THE TRIUMPH
1968ARGENTINE TANGO
1969DINO OF TASMANIA
1969MASTERS OF EUROPE
1969A NEW PARTNER
1970
1970THE 512 S MIRACLE
1971THE 365 GT4 BB
1972CLEAN SWEEP FOR 312 P
1972HOME TRACK
1973DINO 308 GT4 ARRIVES
1974FEVER AT 50
1975LAUDA CHAMPION
1975FIRST TIME
1976AUTOMATICALLY LOVELY
1977NIKI DOUBLE
1978PROPHET AT HOME
1979SCHECKTER WORLD TITLE
1980
19804 PLACES, 8TH TITLE
1981TURBO WIN IN MONACO
1982UNSTOPPABLE 308 GTB
1983OPEN AIR PLEASURE
1984MASTERPIECE OF STYLE
1984FIRST OF A KIND
1985328, LAST ACT
1986AMERICAN SURPRISE
1987ENZO’S DREAM
1988DAY OF FAREWELL
1989MANSELL’S GEARS
1990
1990100TH F1 WIN
1991EVOLUTION OF AN ICON
1992A CLASSIC GT
1993DEDICATED TO CUSTOMERS
1994EXTREME REFINEMENT
1995F1 IN A ROAD CAR
1996SCHUMY’S FIRST
1997REVOLUTIONARY GEARBOX
1998SHAPE AND SPEED
1999RETURN TO THE TOP
2000
200021 YEARS LATER
2001SECOND WORLD TITLE
2002HOMAGE TO THE FOUNDER
2003REMEMBERING AGNELLI
2004UNSTOPPABLE
2005SUPERAMERICA MAGIC
2006EXCLUSIVE XX PROGRAMME
2007KIMI FINAL MASTERPIECE
2008STILL CHAMPIONS
2009BENCHMARK CAR
2010
2010RED FUN
2011FF FOR EVERY CONDITION
2012PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
2013EXTREME INNOVATION
2014THE ULTIMATE
2015INTO THE FUTURE
201670 YEARS OF AN ICON
2016STOCK MARKET LAUNCH
2017HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY!
2018Farewell Sergio
2019DIFFERENT FERRARI FOR DIFFERENT FERRARISTI
2020
2020AN ENORMOUSLY RESILIENT BRAND
2021A YEAR OF GREAT CHANGE
2029
1957The first world titles

CALIFORNIA DREAMING 

A LEGENDARY NAME FOR THE 250
Some cars have left their mark right from the start. True icons, by dint of their design, performance, and victories: the 250 GT California Spider is one of them. It was the brainchild of Luigi Chinetti, a US Ferrari importer and personal friend of Enzo Ferrari, and John von Neumann, his representative on the West Coast.
Von Neumann said that American customers wanted an open-top version of the sporty 250 GT for driving around in sunny California – the state after which the car was to be named. Chinetti convinced Enzo Ferrari that this was a good idea and instructed Sergio Scaglietti to bring it to life. The first was the 250 GT LWB (Long Wheel Base), based on the Tour de France berlinetta, which was then followed by the even more captivating 250 GT SWB (Short Wheel Base). The name Spider was used to avoided any confusion with the 250 GT Cabriolet designed by Pinin Farina, which was already in production and had a less sporty look. The California soon became the best seller among the jet set of Beverly Hills and Malibu Beach, but surprisingly few were in circulation. In fact only 106 examples were built, including nine totally in aluminium. The interior was rich and well finished. Some of the cars were adapted for racing use. Their best result was a fifth place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, with Bob Grossman and Fernand Tavano for Scuderia NART of Luigi Chinetti, who was always personally involved in any racing activity or the launch of new models in the US.
The car had already performed well in the 12 Hours of Sebring in the same year, with a first place in its class and ninth overall for Richie Ginther and Howard Hively in NART colours. Several more wins and placings followed in 1959 and 1960 in the SCCA Championship as well as a first place in the Bahamas Memorial Trophy, mainly with Bob Grossman in the driver’s seat. At Sebring in 1960 Reed and Connell came fifth while Abate, Scarlatti, Serena were eighth, but first in the GT category. The California continued to compete until 1965. The California first appeared in late 1957 as a prototype and, from 1958 to 1960 the first LWB models were built; the subsequent SWB models were produced from 1960 to 1963. There was only 20 cm difference in length between them, but the SWB also allowed for a change in set-up, lowering the ride height by 3 cm. Certain body details also changed in terms of aesthetics, including the option of pop-up (not in Italy) or fixed headlights. A disc brake system was introduced in 1959 and the engine and chassis were also updated. The company only produced the car as a left-hand drive. The 250 GT California Spider was equipped with a 3,000 cc V12 engine with an output of 240 hp (LWB) and 280 hp (SWB) for a maximum speed of between 250 and 270 km/h. The most recent listing of a California SWB from 1961 valued it at over EUR 16 million.

1957 Masterpieces 

315 S
335 S
250 California
250 GT Cabriolet
801 F1
Dino 156 F2
250 Testa Rossa
290 S
500 TRC
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