Among the four-wheeled jewels of the house of Maranello there is definitely it: the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, now brighter than ever thanks to the very accurate restoration by Pastorelli Classic Cars, which has been able to renew and reinterpret the rebellious soul of this Prancing Horse, protagonist between the 1950s and 1960s of the most prestigious international competitions reserved for Gran Turismo cars.
It's time to celebrate it in all its beauty: no longer behind the screen of the 1980s cult movie “Una Pazza Giornata Di Vacanza”, but immortalized as she speeds along the Ligurian Riviera, through the picturesque streets of Lerici.
Molded by the master beaters of the famous Scaglietti coachbuilder, produced from designs by Pininfarina, it was manufactured on the same production lines as the berlinettas, and built in only 55 units. Unsurprisingly, it won the hearts of celebrities of the caliber of Alain Delon, James Coburn and Roger Vadim, while Jan De Vroom demonstrated its absolute power by competing in both the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring, achieving an extraordinary 12th place overall.
The 3-liter V12 engine, the star of this incredible performance, underwent constant improvements over the years. With a single-shaft distribution per bank of cylinders, and with spark plugs strategically placed in the "V" of the engine, this red diva embodied the pinnacle of automotive engineering of its time. The implementation of a dual ignition coil helped to further optimize performance, ensuring extraordinary power under all conditions.
The bright red of the bodywork restored to its splendor stands out under the Mediterranean sun, in the setting of the Ligurian coast with its unmistakable sea, breathtaking views and “dolce vita” atmospheres, perfect for enhancing the unique forms of this diva on four wheels.
All we can do now is enjoy the shots that have captured with extreme authenticity the combination of Ferrari's signature power and elegance and all the sophistication of the Italian scenery.
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