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9)Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder: Year: 1960-1963

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder / Wikimedia C

Ferrari produced the 250 sports car from 1953 to 1964. The 250 series became one of Ferrari’s earliest lasting success stories and quite a few variants were produced. One of these was the 250 GT California Spyder SWB.

SWB stands for short wheelbase. Ferrari took their 250 GT Berlinetta and shortened its wheelbase from 2,600 to 2,400 mm. The result was more responsive handling which was further accentuated by the car’s updated chassis.

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The SWB California Spyder got a 3 litre V12 engine which was designed to produce 276 hp. This engine had a remarkable power to weight ratio for its time. Disc brakes, also a novelty for the time, came as standard.

Ferrari built only 106 California Spyders and only about 55 of these beauties were put on the SWB chassis. Those that have survived are now extremely pricey collectors’ items, seen only at auctions if at all, and worth millions.

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