1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 1961Unquestionably one of the most iconic cars of all time, and certainly one of the most collectible Ferraris ever made, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder leads a superlative roster of 37 of the world’s finest and most desirable cars at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend on May 23.

The offering includes a remarkable collection of Maranello classics, along with two vintage Riva boats, perfectly matched to the event’s Lake Como setting in Northern Italy.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder on offer at the upcoming RM sale, chassis no. 2505 GT, is one of only 16 open-headlight versions, and the 18th of just 56 SWB California Spiders produced.  Unlike most examples that were delivered to the United States, 2505 GT was a European delivery car, sold new by the official dealership in Milan. It remained in Italy up until 1974 when it was sold to a Swiss collector, who kept the car for the next 20 years.

In 2007, its current owner returned the car to Maranello for a full, concours-quality restoration by Ferrari Classiche. As part of this process, all mechanicals were fully re-built and it was refinished in its stylish shade of Blu Scuro over a Pelle Beige interior.

Presented in spectacular condition and with Ferrari Classiche certification, this Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder remains ready and eligible for display at all of the world’s most prestigious concours events, and as a European delivery example, will be a rare prize for any serious collector.

If a more recent example of Maranello’s ultimate performance engineering is on your wish list, the auction also features a rare offering of the marque’s ultimate modern-era hypercars. RM Sotheby’s Lake Como sale will present a 1985 288 GTO, a 1991 F40, a 1996 F50 and a 2002 Enzo.

Additional late-model Ferraris set for the auction stage include: a breath-taking Grigio Silverstone over Cuoio 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, in single ownership and showing just 700 kilometres from new (Est. €370.000 – €450.000); and, a 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE, one of just 10 manual-transmission examples delivered to Europe, and perhaps the only six-speed example upgraded to the HGTE specifications (Est. €225.000 -€300.000).

Beyond the Ferraris, the RM sale will present a selection of other blue-chip automobiles from the world’s most admired marques, including a beautiful 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé, chassis no. 915.882, one of just 36 built and the last hand-made Alfa Romeo of its era (Est. €600.000 – €750.000) ; and, a grand, multi award-winning 1930 Minerva AL Cabriolet, chassis no. 80139, the only surviving Minerva AL Cabriolet (Est. €1.100.000 – €1.390.000).