The Ferrari 250 California

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Ferrari 250 California – Key Details

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 250 California

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Ferrari  – Technical Specifications

Ferrari 250 California – Registry & Videos

Ferrari 250 California – Key Details

Ferrari 250 CaliforniaDetail
Launched: 1957
Engine: V12 – Front Engine
Power: 176 kW (240 hp) at 7000 rpm
Top Speed: 252 km/h
0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): TBC
Replaces: TBC
Fiorano Lap time: TBC
Did you know: TBC

The Ultimate Guide to the Ferrari 250 California


We have Ferrari enthusiasts John Von Neumann (the car guy, not the polymath) and Luigi Chinetti to thank for the creation of the Ferrari 250 California. Both race car drivers originally, the duo combined forces to exert enough influence on Enzo to convince him to build the new model, based on the 250 GT Berllinetta. Ferrari dealer and importer Chinetti first heard the idea for an open-top version of the Berlinetta from Von Neumann and then took it to Enzo himself, who would eventually commission Scaglietti to construct the bodywork for the car in 1957. The Pininfarina-designed body has become a classic Ferrari design, with some considering it one of the most beautiful Ferraris of all time.

Two series of the 250 California were produced: the LWB, or long wheelbase, was produced from 1958 to 1960, while the SWB, or short wheelbase, was made from 1960 to 1962. The aforementioned wheelbases for these models were listed at 2600 and 2400 millimetres, respectively. Aside from the shortened wheelbase, the SWB cars can be differentiated from their longer predecessors by their slightly lower ride height, revised bonnet scoop, and non-flush door handles.

Both SWB and LWB versions of the California were raced in 1959 and 1960, with American driver Bob Grossman piloting an LWB to fifth-place overall at the 1959 Le Mans race. Technically, these vehicles are referred to as “Spiders,” although they feature a folding roof mechanism more in line with what Ferrari traditionally refers to as a Cabriolet model.

Under the bonnet sits a 3-litre V12, which, according to Ferrari, was capable of producing 240 bhp on early cars, up to 260 bhp on the later examples which received a twin-coil ignition system. Top speed was reportedly 252 km/h. Great performance and even better looks have made this one of the most desirable Ferraris of all time, with one example being sold for £7.04 million in 2008, making it the most expensive car ever sold at that time.

Ferrari 250 California​ – Photo Gallery

Photo Credits: RM Sotheby’s

Ferrari 250 California – Technical Specifications

Technical SpecificationDetail
0-100 km/hTBC
0 -200 km/hTBC
Max. speed156 mph / 252 km/h
Overall displacement2953 cm3
Max. power output*176 kW (240 hp) at 7000 rpm
Max. torque*TBC
Dimensions & Weight
Dry weight**1100 kg
Fuel ConsumptionTBC
Co2 EmissionsTBC

Ferrari 250 California – Registry & Videos

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