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THE ONLY FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA SPIDER TO RACE THE TARGA FLORIO IN PERIOD HEADS TO AUCTION IN MONTEREY

30 Jun 2023
  • What is the history of the Chassis 1883 GT?

RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce the offering of the sole 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti to compete in period at the legendary Targa Florio. This remarkable Ferrari, known for its racing pedigree and unmatched elegance, presents an extraordinary opportunity for passionate collectors and automotive enthusiasts to own a piece of motoring history at RM Sotheby’s 26th Monterey sale.

Established in 1906, the legendary Targa Florio is celebrated as one of the most exciting endurance sports car races in the world. Held yearly through 1977 in the picturesque region of Sicily, the Targa Florio's original course stretched over 92 miles, traversing breathtaking mountain roads and the streets of charming Italian villages. The race drew great popularity with famous drivers behind the wheel of factory-backed entries and privateers eager to put their newly purchased sports cars to the test. The 1962 event would see a very competitive field chock-full of Alfa Romeos, Porsches, Lancias, Ferraris, and Maseratis. One entry, however, caught the eye of many—the privateer team of Robert Fusina and Guido De Bonis in a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, chassis 1883 GT. While at that time a two-year-old car, Fusina and De Bonis piloted the former show car to an impressive podium class finish, proving to all that this prancing horse was not ready to be sent out to pasture just yet.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti

Chassis 1883 GT is the second of 56 short-wheelbase examples built and one of 18 built with uncovered headlamps as well as one of three built without side vents; its rarity is further cemented as one of two examples fitted with a type 128 F engine. Sold new through Turin-based dealer Garage Fontanella & Co. to Litex S.a.S. for then-company president Robert Fusina, Mr. Fusina allowed Ferrari to exhibit the car on their stand at the 1960 Turin Motor Show. Litex would sell the car to its second owner, Alessandro Terni, who go on to loan the SWB to Fusina and Guido De Bonis for use in the 1962 running of the Targa Florio. The team would prove a formidable pairing, impressively finishing 3rd in class and a respectable 19th overall. According to Cavallino magazine, chassis 1883 GT holds the unique distinction of being the only Ferrari 250 GT California Spider (Long or Short Wheelbase) to have raced in the legendary Targa Florio.

Chassis 1883 GT has since benefitted from a complete restoration by Carrozzeria Egidio Brandoli and Zanasi & Co. completed in 2016, with mechanical considerations completed by Joe Macari in London. Upon completion, 1883 GT was certified by Ferrari Classiche. It has been meticulously maintained and successfully campaigned on the Colorado Grand and the Ferrari Factory 70th Anniversary Cavalcade Classic. Additionally, it has been shown at prestigious global events, including the Cavallino Classic, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Retromobile. The Ferrari’s recent refinishing in its period Targa Florio configuration, down to its removable roll bar and racing numbers, further accentuates its racing pedigree. Short-wheelbase California Spiders are a rarity in public settings, making the auction of this period-raced, Classiche-certified example a truly special opportunity for nuanced marque collectors (Estimate: $9,500,000 – $11,500,000).

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McLaren pays tribute to Ayrton Senna with unique liveries inspired by his legacy, showcased on a heritage McLaren Senna and the MCL38 Formula 1 cars that will race in the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

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McLaren pays tribute to Ayrton Senna with unique liveries inspired by his legacy, showcased on a heritage McLaren Senna and the MCL38 Formula 1 cars that will race in the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

McLaren is marking 30 years of Ayrton Senna’s incredible legacy of performance with a powerful and emotive tribute that visually represents his vibrant personality and outlook on life, and his three Formula 1 World Championship titles and five Monaco Grand Prix victories with McLaren.

In parallel with a one-off livery for the MCL38 Formula 1 cars that will be driven by Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, McLaren Automotive celebrates Ayrton Senna’s talent, racing achievements and more with the Senna Sempre livery; a unique, hand-painted tribute to Ayrton applied on a pre-production McLaren Senna from McLaren’s own heritage collection.

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed – expressive concept car gives a look at the first model in the Mythos series

27 May 2024
Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed – expressive concept car gives a look at the first model in the Mythos series

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™ Monaco Grand Prix. The radical design of a completely open, two-seater performance car without a roof or windscreen is a tribute to motor racing. The concept car provides a preview of the first model in the highly limited Mercedes-Benz Mythos series. The world premiere of the Concept Mercedes AMG PureSpeed took place in an exclusive setting on the sidelines of the Formula 1™ Monaco Grand Prix. The vehicle was unveiled on a floating pontoon in the harbour of the principality and also impressed Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team racing drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. 

The BMW Skytop Concept: A Fusion of Classic Inspiration and Modern Design

26 May 2024
The BMW Skytop Concept: A Fusion of Classic Inspiration and Modern Design

BMW has once again captivated the automotive world with its latest reveal at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This year, the German automaker unveiled the Skytop Concept, a stunning two-seater coupe that blends contemporary performance with nostalgic design cues. Despite BMW's assertions that the Skytop draws heavily from past icons like the Z8 and the 503, many see it as a reimagined 8 Series with a targa top.

Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design, describes the Skytop Concept as "a truly unique and exotic design, in the tradition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este." He emphasizes that it combines "driving dynamics and elegance at the highest level," akin to its historic predecessors. The parallels to the Z8 roadster are undeniable; the Skytop features thin taillights and a distinctive sharknose front end reminiscent of the early 2000s Z8. Furthermore, the sculpted hood, compact headlights, and unique flat-decked rear are clear nods to the 1950s BMW 503.