Charlie’s Angels 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder set to break records at auction
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, regarded by many Ferrari aficionados as one of the most functional and beautiful cars ever made, is now being offered on sale, as Talacrest, an English dealer has put it on the market at a handsome price of $7.8 million. Interestingly, this stunning SWB referred to as ‘short wheelbase’ Ferrari is one of the last three SWB California Spyders built, and has also been driven by beautiful Cameron Diaz in the movie Charlie’s Angels 2. However, earlier in 2008, a Ferrari used in Charlie’s Angels had went on sale; the red colored1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder driven by Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was offered on sale by RM Auctions at a price of around $5 million. But, it failed to sell as it became a victim of tight finances affecting affluent buyers around the globe.
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder is the result of the one of the finest and rarest collaborations in history of automobile engineering, with Enzo Ferrari enlisting the Italian car design firm Pininfarina to design the particular model and Scaglietti to build it.
The example offered by Talacrest with chassis no. 4121 GT has a wonderful history.
It features an engine that was rated 20 hp more than earlier SWB Califonia Spyders, along with refinements and updates that Ferrari incorporated during production. Further, this regularly used car, carefully enjoyed and treated like a well-loved member of the family, has been in long-term ownership from year 1972 until 2003.
The owners also used this 4121 GT in local car shows in Long Beach area, and has been used in several movies and television shows including a 2000 television film about the Beach boys, the television series ‘Fast Lane’ and the movie ‘Charlie’s Angels 2’.
Painted in a silver-grey color, the car still retains its original hardtop, and it remains almost totally original and has a well documented history from the new, making it truly an exceptional example of the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
Considering the recent sale of a vintage 1962 Ferrari GTO that was sold for an astounding $35 million to become the world’s most expensive car, besides the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that earlier set records when it was sold at $32 million at auctions to become the second most expensive ferrari- this rare Ferrari California Spyder will appeal to the classic car collectors.
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