CALIFORNIACLASSIX 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder Modena {43 Photos}

1961 Ferrari

Condition: Used
Make: Ferrari
Trim: 250GT Modena Spyder
Year: 1961
Mileage: 30,000
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Ventura, California, United States
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A 1961 Modena Spyder, ow for auction on eBay!

Almost Unreal: 1961 Ferrari 250GT Modena Spyder

If you were a billionaire car enthusiast, ou could fill your garage with the most desirable automobiles ever created. Fancy classics, ach worth Millions of Dollars. For your collection to be complete, ou would want a Duesenberg SSJ Roadster, Bugatti Type 57, Jaguar XK-SS, nd, ertainly, vintage Ferrari.


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Of all the Ferraris ever made, he 250GT California Spyder holds a special place. Just a handful of these Scaglietti-bodied supercars -- each one slightly differing from another -- were manufactured during the late 1950s and early 1960s. VIPs of the era, nternational playboys, nd assorted potentates were knocking on Enzo's door clamoring for one of the coveted convertibles. Many years ago, hese original California Spyders ascended to the rarefied realm of multi-Million-Dollar Ferrari collectibles, ecurely tucked away inside gated compounds of the fabulously wealthy.


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Back in the Sixties, he breathtakingly sexy lines of the 250GT California caused sleepless nights for scores of Ferraristi. One young California designer, ark Goyette, ent on to turn the impossible dream into reality, erging the best elements of the model into the fantastic creation seen here. Sold initially as the Modena, t is estimated that between 38 and 52 examples were manufactured before the company folded. A high point in the Modena's career was a pivotal role in the cult classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," were it was chosen as the "hero car" over a black Porsche 930 Turbo! The Spyder, atthew Broderick's object of desire, ecame the real star of this 1986 movie. Just like James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, erris' bright red California Spyder -- a virtual duplicate to this one -- was immortalized on the big screen.


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The Modena featured here hails from Arizona where it lived a sheltered life. Registered as a 1961 Ferrari, t had traveled a mere 29,609 miles by 2008 when it was parked. Since then it benefitted from a sensible refurbishment and has traveled another 497 miles, ringing the total mileage to slightly over 30,000.


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Although a California Spyder doesn't really need a top in California, his one features a beautifully preserved black canvas top with clear rear window and a matching, lack canvas tonneau cover.


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Its arrow-straight body is finished in Ferrari's classic Rosso Corsa, nd there is no hint of any rust or damage, ver. The front bumper's chrome shows its age, ut the remainder of the chrome and polished aluminum brightwork shines like new. Please, ccompany us while we describe the inner workings of this mind-bending sports car.

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Any self-respecting Italian steed needs a set of authentic center-lock wire wheels, hich are amazing works of art with their polished alloy rims and stainless steel spokes. The ones on this car are in superb condition, nd are shod with high performance Firestone Firehawk radials.


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Motorvation comes from a fuel-injected 5-litre Vee Eight, oupled to a clutchless 4-speed AOD transmission, oth sourced from the Blue Oval bin. Producing an estimated 250 horses, his engine is only slighly less powerful than the Colombo power plant of the 1960s, et a great deal more reliable and infinitely cheaper to service. Needless to say, t runs like a Swiss Rolex watch.
Let's look inside now!


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No, his is not a photo from a factory brochure, irca 1961: it's the California Spyder's world-class cockpit -- in the year 2015! The dash is dressed in a cognac pebble grain. Chrome-rimmed gauges display black faces, hite pointers and numerals, nd appear as stylish as the wood-and-aluminum NARDI volant. Notice the hand-fabricated, ated shifter with the traditional chromed knob and polished aluminum surround, Ferrari option we have not seen on any other Modena.
Swell!


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Door panels, ick panels, nd console feature the same exotic material as the dash. Seats have been richly clothed in glove soft, romatic, an leather, ust like you would expect from an expensive Italian antique. Red wool carpeting adds to the luxurious feel.


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The Modena is currently registered -- tags are valid 'til November of 2016 -- and ready to be driven anywhere, cross the country if that's where you live.
Let's check out the trunk!


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Sizeable luggage compartment features matching carpeting, n flawless condition.

The car's undercarriage is so clean, ou could eat off of it! The car's proprietary tubular frame is superbly finished and features a 4-link rear suspension with Panhard bar as well as fully adjustable coil overs on all corners. Large, our-wheel disc brakes ensure superb stopping capability and the free-flow dual exhaust system still looks new.
Given the car's age, he condition of the undercarriage confirms that this Spyder has not been driven very much, ertainly never in rain, now, ud, ce, r on salty roads.

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Above photos showing the undercarriage in more detail.


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Having finished the physical inspection, et's get on with the visceral part of the day!


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No, n Italian Diva she's not. The California Spyder starts up and runs completely untemperamental, ith an attitude, f course. The car features power brakes and power steering to ease the driver's work load. Turn a dash knob, nd you'll instantly enjoy air conditioning or heat as needed.


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Best of all, he Spyder's light weight, ombined with the torque monster below the hood, esult in a uniquely exhilarating driving experience. Keep up the revs, nd, hanks to its specially tuned exhaust, he Commendatore's favorite music is trumpeting forth from its quadruple pipes.
It's an unequalled adventure!


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Returning home, e are mightily impressed by the Spyder's perfect combination of ferocious power and civilized road manners. On the highway, he car garners more respect and adulation than any vehicle we've ever owned. In a nutshell, t has the multi-Million Dollar look and performance to match. If you've been contemplating the purchase of a Porsche Speedster or AC Cobra, ou might want to reconsider: they're all too common nowadays, hile the 250GT Spyder California Modena is in a class all by its own. The only comparable replica perhaps might be one of Toni Ostermeier's Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadsters, hich are virtually impossible to find, nd, f one should turn up, et you back $200,000.00-plus!


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A coveted supercar that can be driven daily without worries, his car also offers a stellar appreciation potential. Only once in a blue moon will you find one of these über-rare, and-built Modena Spyders on the market. If you'd like to become the proud owner of the most famous Farrari of all time, ere's a unique opportunity.
Ciao, ella!

You are most welcome and encouraged to view this fine automobile in Ventura, y appointment, uring the auction, r have someone inspect it for you. Please, erform your due diligence before you bid.
Please, ote that this car is currently advertised on our Web site and on display in our Showroom. We reserve the right to accept a satisfactory offer and close this auction at any time. Feel free to contact us via e-mail at bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at (805) 653-5551.

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