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Ferrari 250 GT SWB California joins RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale

Open-headlight 250 GT SWB California to be offered along side other amazing Ferraris at RM Sotheby's Villa Erba sale on 23 May

An incredibly rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider has been announced for RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale line-up, at the auction near Lake Como in Italy on 23rd May. It will appear alongside the previously announced Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione.

The 1961 Spider is one of only 16 open-headlight versions built and also one of the few versions that has remained in Europe, not shipped to the United States. Ferrari Classiche in Maranello restored the car in 2007 and refinished it in Blu Scuro over a Pelle Biege interior.

It boasts a fantastic history, having previously been driven by ex-Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Since restoration, the California has won numerous awards at shows and has been displayed at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello. There is no estimate on price, although it will be interesting to see how well it performs following on from the Baillon collection’s 250 SWB California Spider, which recently sold for €16.3m.

Another car to titillate the early years tifosi is a 1950 vintage Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta. This car was shown at the 1951 Brussels Motor Show and competed in the 1957 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. The car then spent most its life in the UK, and was restored in 2003, since competing in the modern Mille Miglia. It’s expected to sell for €1,125,000-€1,650,000.

To cater for more modern tastes, more modern Ferrari supercars are available, including a 1985 288 GTO, 1991 F40, 1996 F50 and a 2002 Enzo. Away from Ferrari, the sale will also offer a multi-award winning 1930 Minerva AL Cabriolet, the only surviving example which is expected to sell for €1,100,000-€1,390,000.

To suit the auction’s lakeside venue, there are also two Riva speedboats for sale…

Words: Robert Every

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