A 1986 hit movie made the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider famous among non-enthusiasts, but the California Spider had a rich life before that film. Enthusiasts have revered the car as a pinnacle Ferrari classic since it left the factory more than a half-century ago. The Ferrari collectors who restored this 1962 California Spider bought it in lightly damaged condition in 1972 for – wait for it – $2,400! It is expected to sell for up to $22 million at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction.
Ferrari made the 250 GT Berlinetta TdF from 1956-1958, replacing it with the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Gooding & Company will offer a 1958 model at its Monterey auction next month, with a $5.5m-$6m pre-sale estimate.