Spyder California and F40 – three decades of Ferrari brilliance
Ferrari has rarely been anywhere but at the top of its game but from the late 50s to the 90s it produced a succession of truly iconic motor cars for the world’s super-rich. Geneva-based consultants Kidston SA have recently announced two new Private Treaty Sales that each personify their era, representing the best of their type.
A star in long-wheelbase form at the recent Monterey auctions, the 1963 Ferrari 250GT Spyder California is one of 55 later cars built on the more desirable 2.4m wheelbase of the ‘SWB’ street/ racing car. The Pininfarina-styled two seater convertible, finished in its original Verde as a nice alternative to the usual Rosso Corsa, was originally delivered to British top model and socialite Nina Dyer, titled HRH Princess Nina Khan as the wife of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the Geneva-based international statesman.
After the (unsurprisingly) short marriage ended, the Ferrari - which had been a familiar sight with the princess around Paris - was sold but remained in France until acquired by its fifth and last (French) owner, on behalf of whose estate Kidston SA offers it for sale.
With an unusual colour, gorgeous styling, exotic previous ownership and race-track-derived performance, US Ferrari historian Alan Boe believes chassis 4095 GT “is one of the best SWB Californias ever built”.
The second Ferrari defined the era of 1980s supercar excess – the 478bhp (but almost infinitely tuneable) F40. Complete with the appropriate UK registration plate ‘F40 AUM’ this twin-turbo pre-catalyst example was built at the end of 1989 and, like all F40s, was finished in Rosso Ferrari with the model’s trademark red Nomex-covered seats and carbonfibre interior. It always lived in the UK where it has been maintained only by official Ferrari agents, including a recent cambelt change
It has covered just 18,000km from new, and even comes with rare fitted tan leather luggage, plus a massive history folder detailing every year of its life. It’s the perfect car for a trip to the Finali Mondiali this October in Mugello, and remember, only pre-catalyst F40s emit flames from the exhaust on the over-run!
For further details please contact Simon Kidston on +41 22 740 1939, or email [email protected].
Text: Classic Driver
Photos: Kidston SA
Simon Kidston's company, Kidston SA, was formed in 2006 with the benefit of almost two decades’ experience at the forefront of the collectors' car world. Services available include: rapid financing for acquisitions, specialist insurance solutions, objective, confidential advice on buying and selling including the latest market valuations, and Private Sales Portfolios, the very latest of which can be see on the Classic Driver Car Database.
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