SWB Cal' Spider a last-minute entry to RM's 2012 Monterey sale

It’s not too late to book a ticket to this year’s Monterey Peninsula car week. An additional reason for making the trip is the news that RM will offer an example of that bluest of blue-chip collectible Ferraris – a 1962 SWB 250 GT California Spider - at its 17-18 August sale.

The Ontario-based auction house hit the headlines when it sold a similar car, once owned by Hollywood star James Coburn, for 7,040,000 euros (then the equivalent of $10.9m), at its 18 May 2008 Maranello sale.

By coincidence, the ‘similarity’ of this example (chassis 3119 GT) extends to the fact that both it and the Coburn car were purchased new by Fredy Damman from Jacques Swaters’ Garage Francorchamps in Belgium. And both subsequently made the trip to the USA.



SWB Cal' Spider a last-minute entry to RM's 2012 Monterey sale
SWB Cal' Spider a last-minute entry to RM's 2012 Monterey sale SWB Cal' Spider a last-minute entry to RM's 2012 Monterey sale

As a California Spider it’s rare, as only some 106 were built. As a short wheelbase car (‘SWB’) it’s rarer still, with only 56 of the 106 so constructed. And of that 56 – please bear with us here, it’s important – RM understands that “only about 37 were delivered in the most desirable of all configurations: the very attractive covered-headlamp variant.”

It is, in other words, ‘the best of the best’, and a car that has already enjoyed a class win at Pebble Beach.
 

SWB Cal' Spider a last-minute entry to RM's 2012 Monterey sale


Estimated at $7,500,000 - 9,000,000, chassis 3119 GT also has the all-important Ferrari Classiche certification and ‘matching numbers’. It will be auctioned on Saturday, 18 August at RM’s familiar Portola Plaza Hotel & Spa venue in Monterey.


Photos: RM Auctions / shooterz.biz

 

Many classic and modern Ferraris for sale can be found in the Classic Driver Market.