Ferrari 250 GT California sells for $17 million at Amelia Island auction


1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

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If you're looking to live out your Ferris Bueller Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] fantasy, it's going to cost $17.16 million—at least if you want the real thing.

Last weekend at Gooding & Co.'s Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance auction, this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder crossed the auction block. By the time the hammer hit, the bidding had crept, no, skyrocketed, to $17 million. That's a lot of coin for anything, but it's actually more than $1 million below what a similar Ferrari in barn find condition sold for last year.

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This year's Ferrari, however, chassis number 2871 GT, was a silver screen star in its own right. It was featured in the Sofia Loren film Ieri, Oggi, Domani and had never been before been offered at auction. Instead, it had passed through a series of owners in Italy and had been kept by its previous owner for more than 30 years.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

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Notably, the 250 GT California actually exceeded the auction house's $16 million estimate.

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There are a variety of reasons that 250 GT Californias are desirable, but this particular car stood out by being one of a mere 37 built with covered headlamps.

And, for what it's worth, the one that Ferris Bueller backed into the trees was a fake. Even in 1986, Ferrari 250 GT Californias were well out of reach for the average movie studio.

For more from the Amelia Island concours, head to our dedicated hub.

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