Sunday, June 25, 2006

Ferrari 250 California Spyder

Last week I saw Enrico Tenni (son of the famous Moto-Guzzi team rider Omobono Tenni) driving this car through Sausalito.

I believe this is the short wheel base California Spyder with the stiffer chassis, four wheel disc brakes, and a more powerful V12 engine. The Spyder was based on the 250GT Berlinetta coupe, and only 54 SWB California Spyders were made.

These cars sold for over $2m in the late 80's when the market for Ferraris was hot. Today they change hands for around $1m.

June 26th, 2007

Thanks to an anonomous tip, and to the help of members of FerrariChat forum, I have come to the conclusion that this is not a real Ferrari 250 California Spyder.

After comparing this car to the car used in the movie "Ferris Buellers Day Off", I conclude that it is not one of those cars.

Thanks to the helpful people at FerrariChat, I've concluded that this is a reproduction of a 250 California Spyder, using some Ferrari parts.

Here is one of the forum comments:

"Based on the pictures, I'd guess it's a rebody of a later model Ferrari. Gauges, other trim pieces are from a newer model. Motor is a Ferrari motor, but looks larger than a 250. I'd guess that this is a rebody of a 330 or 365 2+2. But it's just a guess."



Anonymous said...

The car you are looking at is a 1961 250GT California Spider Replica identical to the one used in the hit movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The company that was manufacturing these cars built a total of only six complete cars. Four of which were used in the movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and the others were going to be sold to the public. When Ferrari got word of these replicas being made and saw how closely they resembled the real thing, they sued and put a halt to the production and just two were sold to the public.

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