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The Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider: A Collector’s Treasure with a Unique Design

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider was a convertible sports car produced by Ferrari between late 1957 and 1959. It was designed for export to North America and was Scaglietti’s interpretation of an open-top 250 GT.

The car had an aluminium hood, doors, and trunk lid with steel elsewhere for most models. Several aluminium-bodied racing versions were also built. A total of fifty LWBs were made.

The Ferrari 250 GT California Spider was equipped with a 3,000 cc V12 engine with an output of 240 hp (LWB) and 280 hp (SWB). The LWB version had a maximum speed of between 250 and 270 km/h. The 1957 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder had a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds.

The car was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The car was made famous by the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” where a custom-built fiberglass-bodied replica of a 1961–1963 250 GT California Spyder was feature.

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider was essentially a drop-top version of the 250 GT Berlinetta – with an aluminium hood, doors and boot lid to save weight. Only 50 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider were made.

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