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Epitomising la dolce vita, the Ferrari 250GT California Spyder has been hailed over and over as perhaps the finest motoring experience imaginable. Borne out of an idea cooked up in the late fifties by US Ferrari dealers Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, the Spyder variant of the 250GT Berlinetta Tour de France was designed for the demands of the American market. Realising that a convertible would satisfy the currently mutually exclusive performance of the Tour de France and a yearning for the excitement and glamour of an open top Ferrari, Chinetti and von Neumann took their concept to Maranello.
The Italian stable threw top-drawer styling at the concept, enlisting Pininfarina and Scaglietti with the brief to create an open top design with space for two people and their luggage within the racing bred performance of the Tour de France. Just 56 examples of the GT short wheelbase Spyders were built and were to be mainly spotted in period on the French Riviera and in Hollywood. The Spyders used the same three-litre V12 engine as the Tour de France model, producing some 280 brake horsepower. The race car on which the whole concept was based represented the most remarkable competition success for the prancing horse, with N.A.R.T (the North American Racing Team) achieving fifth place overall at the 1959 edition of Le Mans driven by Bob Grossman and Fernand Tavano achieving an average speed of over 165 miles per hour, including pit stops. The short wheelbase Ferrari 250GT California Spyder remains perhaps the most sought-after convertible of all time.
This fine 1:8 scale model of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both the engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
Every Amalgam 1:8 scale model is supplied in a luxury black presentation box and mounted on a carbon fibre or leather base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover. The model title, original branding and edition number are displayed on polished stainless steel plaques mounted at the front end of the base.
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