A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider was sold at RM Sotheby’sauction in New York for $17.99 million. The hammer price was expected to be between $14 and $17 million.
Chassis 1451GT was one of three cars entered in the 1959 Le Mans 24Hrs by racing driver and Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinetti, and it was built to full-on “competizione” spec. The second of eight Cali Spiders was bodied in aluminium, RM says 1451 had “the first outside-plug, Tipo 128F engine, topped with high lift camshafts, triple 40 DCL6 carburetors, and a competition-spec fuel tank with an external fuel filter”. Power was rated at 262.5 bhp at 7,300 rpm.