Snapshot 1964: Alain Delon’s other car is a yellow Rolls-Royce

Alain Delon and Shirley MacLaine are pictured here in 1964, about to be filmed for a scene in the film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’. So why are they driving a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider?

‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce’ was a British film that starred Alain Delon and Shirley MacLaine alongside Ingrid Bergman, Jeanne Moreau and Omar Sharif. At the centre of the action is a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II – but it seems that pre-War cars aren’t quick enough for Delon. A photo was circulated to the press of Alain Delon and Shirley MacLaine in a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, taken on the French Riviera away from the shooting. The Ferrari community argued for years over whether the Ferrari actually belonged to Monsieur Delon or was simply borrowed from a wealthy patron for a spin. If you believe the latest rumours, the mystery of the origin and fate of the California Spider could soon be clear.

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