Monday Drool – A Perfectly Specced California T?

For me the most perfect Ferrari ever made was the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Spider CaliforniaOpens in a new tab.…. Oooo Yeah…. If you don’t understand that reference, you need to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of the best films ever made for Ferrari fans. For a generation, the name California was hallowed, special, beautiful and put simply the ultimate. But in 2008 the name was resurrected with not the most expensive model in the line-up, but the cheapest.

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The original California was a V12, while the new one was missing 4 cylinders. The original also had sporting credentials and was glamorous, while the newer CaliforniaOpens in a new tab. was designed to be practical, usable, and attractive for both men and women. Ferrari wanted to increase their customer base and increase sales, so the obvious choice was to design a car that could be used daily.

I for one wasn’t sure what to expect when the new model came out, and as with all Ferraris made, I came to love it. It was a true Ferrari, just different to the mid-engine V8s. It certainly was not a replacement to the V12 2+2s, as both cars served entirely different purposes. It’s actually impressive how Ferrari makes cars within a niche, yet manage to find niches within that niche to design cars within.

The 2008 California impressed me, and finally I understood the brief. It was never supposed to a replacement to the original California. The original California became a legend, but was never launched to be one. It was simply a car that American customers would appreciate to drive in sunny California, and the newer model was perfect for that too.

However, by 2014 an update was needed. Ferrari launched the California TOpens in a new tab., which was much more than just a facelift. The biggest change was under the hood, with the normally aspirated heart being replaced with a V8 twin turbo, pleasing the eco warriors. The change was significant, and every aspect of the car was improved. The interior was also made to be a much nicer place, not that the earlier car was bad by any means.

When we searched for the ultimate California T available for sale, we found many. Not surprising as it has sold amazingly well. We inspected many reds, greys, and even blues, which all look great in the shape. A huge compliment to the designers, who made a car that suits so many different shades. But as always with DroolOpens in a new tab., there is always one car that stands out. We present that car today.

I seem to be having a lot of discussions at the moment about most Ferraris being sold in colours other than red, and this Nero Daytona example demonstrates perfectly why. The car is currently for sale at Ferrari Dealer, Dick LovettOpens in a new tab..

Here is the spec that they give:

20″ Forged Diamond RimsLeather Lower Dashboard in “Cuoio”
Diamond Pattern Style SeatsLeather Upholst. Seat Backrest
Diamond Style Rear Seats in “Cuoio”Special Handling Package
Exterior Sill Kick in CarbonTyres Pressure Measurement
Foldable Rear Seats BackrestUpper Part in Colored Leather in “Cuoio”
Full Electric SeatsVehicle Personalization Plate
High Emotion Low EmissionVisibility Equipment
High Power Hifi SystemBoot Nets Kit
Horse Stitched on Headrest in “Nero”Carbon Fibre Central Bridge
Inner Colour Door Pannel TrimCarbon Fibre Cup Holder
Inner Colour Rear Leather TrimCarbon Fibre Dashboard Inserts
Apple CarplayCarbon Fibre Driver Zone+LEDs
Leather Door Pannel Cent. Trim in “Cuoio”Coloured Mats with Logo

I love cars that have been specced so tastefully. The interior contrasts the exterior perfectly. I love Cuoio as an interior colour, and the diamond pattern seats add so much to the car. I can’t help imagine what people will think of the newer California T in 50 years time. One thing for sure, when they see this example they will be just as wowed as when I first saw the original. Oooo Yeah…..

The car is available at Dick Lovett Opens in a new England. Be Quick!

Andy Rasool

Founder - Although he has been a Certified Ferrari Tifosi since the age of 10, his fate was sealed when at the age of 14 he persuaded a Ferrari dealer in London that he wanted to buy a new Ferrari. A phone call to his dad the following day soon put an end to that! His therapist suggested that to overcome the addiction a healthy dose of Ferrari Blogging and Spotting will help, and with that was born!

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