GTO Engineering is reviving one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever made.
Many will agree that the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder is one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Considering that original examples often sell for millions at auctions, it's also one of the most valuable. A few years ago, an original 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder sold for nearly $18 million. Only 106 250 GT California Spyders were made in SWB and LWB guises, making it one of the rarest, most expensive, and most desirable Ferraris.
Fortunately, GTO Engineering is making the iconic convertible sports car more attainable. Meet the California Spyder Revival, a modern interpretation of the stunning 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
While original examples are rarely seen out on the road and are usually displayed in original factory specifications at coveted Concours events, the California Spyder Revival by GTO Engineering can be extensively customized with upgraded engines, gearboxes, and color options for the exterior and interior. As standard, GTO Engineering's California Spyder Revival will be offered with a 3.0-liter V12 engine and a four-speed manual gearbox, but 3.5- and 4.0-liter engines will also be available along with an optional five-speed manual.
Each car takes over 1,500 man-hours to build using in-house components. The beautiful aluminum body is hand-built, while the interior can be finished in a range of leather materials. A smaller vintage-style wooden steering wheel can also be fitted with a retro-style horn. Strengthened sills give the California Spyder Revival "greater stiffness than the original."
"It's very exciting to be able to start talking about our latest addition to the Revival series: the California Spyder Revival. It is one of, if not, the most iconic Ferrari road car from the Sixties and it's something we've worked hard over recent years to develop, following on from the success of the 250 SWB Revival and 250 TR Revival models," said Mark Lyon, Founder and Managing Director of GTO Engineering. "The feedback from both previous and new Revival-series customers is encouraging and we're looking forward to work with more owners to create their dream car."
Depending on the donor car, specifications, and shipping, the California Spyder Revival is priced between £750,000 ($1.03 million) - £850,000 ($1.1 million). Customer deliveries will start at the end of this year. Before then, GTO Engineering will showcase the California Spyder Revival at the Goodwood Revival on September 17-19. Coincidentally, RML group is also building a modern interpretation of the 250 GT with a V12 sourced from a 550 Maranello, the predecessor to the 812 Superfast.