One of the hardest classes to win at Pebble Beach is Class M1 – Touring Ferraris.
This is typically contested by the best Ferrari restorers and can range from early one-off Ferraris to the later production versions.
For 2016, Class M1 was won outright by a fabulous 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California Prototipo chassis 0769GT. This car has many prototype features including unique rear fenders and a one-off dashboard.
Let’s take a look at the class:
First in Class1957 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California Prototipo 0769GT
This Ferrari (chassis 0769 GT) is the 250 GT Spyder California prototype. After Ferrari replaced its 250 Cabriolet Series I with the more luxurious Series II, Ferrari’s two American distributors, Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, convinced Enzo Ferrari to build a more sporting version specifically for the American market—and the Spyder California was the result. Based on the long wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta, it has the 3.0-litre Tipo 128C V12 engine with an unusual reverse-pattern gearbox. The finished chassis was delivered to Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena who built the Pinin Farina–styled body, and the car was finished in the summer of 1957. It was then delivered to Chinetti, who sold it to his first business partner, George Arents, in January 1958. It then passed through several other owners,
and the current owner bought the car in 2012.
Second in Class 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupé Aerodinamico 5029SA
Ferrari’s Superamerica range was intended to appeal to wealthy individuals for whom a regular Ferrari was just a little too ordinary. The first Ferrari 410 Superamerica was built from 1956 to 1959, the Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I was introduced at the 1959 Turin Motor Show, and the 400 Superamerica Series II debuted at the London Motor Show in September 1962. The new car retained the distinctive aerodynamic coachwork of the earlier cars but was built on a longer 250 GTE chassis. The 400 Superamerica attracted many well-heeled owners, including Gianni Agnelli, Count Volpi, and Nelson Rockefeller. This example (chassis 5029 SA) is the 15th of the 18 long wheelbase cars that were constructed before production came to a close in 1964.
Third in Class 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy
The V12-engined 275 GT Berlinetta was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1964 and was followed by the more powerful GTB/4 with additional twin camshafts and six twin-choke Weber carburetors. This is one of 16 alloy-bodied 275 GTB/4s with coachwork designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The 275 GTB/4 was the last of the great front-engined Ferrari GTs, and it offers one of the most rewarding driving experiences of all the road-going Ferrari sports cars. This car (chassis 9609) was enjoyed by several owners on the East Coast before it headed West in 2003. Its current owner commissioned a complete restoration and engine rebuild in 2007 and has since won several concours awards.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I 0791GT
The Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet was first seen at the 1957 Turin and Geneva Motor Shows, and this example (0791 GT) is the 14th of the approximate 40 Series I Cabriolets to be built. The grand tourer was aimed at the more sporting driver and was one of the first production cars to be fitted with four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes. Shortly after its completion, this car was delivered new to the Ferrari dealership in Genova, Italy, and then went to Luigi Chinetti, the dealer in New York. Chinetti sold the car to amateur racer John Fulp Jr.
of South Carolina, and in 1971 it was bought by another race driver, Robert Donner Jr., who owned it for over 40 years.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II 2489GT
This Cabriolet (chassis 2489GT) was delivered to the Ferrari dealer in Zurich, Switzerland, in June 1961, who sold it to a Mrs. Tora, the wife of a Swiss banker. This is the only known Ferrari to have this unique factory hardtop with sunroof. After spending 40 years in Europe the car was bought by American collector Robert Wiesenthal in New York. Its current owner acquired the car in 2015 and has restored it to its original factory condition.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyder California 4121 GT
This car (chassis 4121 GT) is one of 18 SWB Spyder Californias built with open headlights and was one of the last to be delivered. It was also fitted with a very rare factory hardtop from new. This car has been owned by several notable people, including its first owner, the Italian nobleman, the Marquis Medici de Vascelo, as well as Maserati grand prix driver Franco Rol and classic car author Rob de la Rive Box. It was also featured in the Charlie’s Angels film Full Throttle, driven by actress Cameron Diaz.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C 08011
This alloy-bodied 275 GTB (chassis 8011) was originally built in 1965 for Swedish racing driver Sture Nottorp of Göteborg, who requested this rare combination of Notte Bleu paintwork and Rosso leather upholstery. It was specifically ordered for the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally with a high-performance Tipo 231 engine with six Weber carburetors, up-rated cylinder-heads, and a GTO type exhaust system by Abarth. Before the start of the rally, the car was displayed with powerful additional lighting at the Swedish Sports Car Show in Göteborg. Sadly, ottorp withdrew the Ferrari from the rally due to his failing eyesight, but he used it as his road car until 1969. After several additional Swedish owners the GTB was sent to Ferrari in the early 1970s, and the body was returned to its original configuration by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The car was brought to the United States in 2007, and its current owner recently carried out a full restoration.
1967 Ferrari 365 California 09985
Enzo Ferrari presented the 365 California Spyder at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1966, and over the following two years just 14 Spyders were assembled, making this one of the rarest series-built Ferraris in the world. It used the same chassis as its predecessor, the 500 Superfast, and was Ferrari’s most expensive road car at that time. The coachwork is by Pininfarina, and it was the first 365 model to be fitted with the V12 long-block 4.4 litre engine. The 365 California was only offered to a small selection of Ferrari’s VIP clients whom Enzo Ferrari thought deserved the more exclusive and striking grand tourer. This car (chassis 9985) is one of two built with right-hand drive. It has spent much of its time in the UK, with a brief two-year period in the Bahamas. It has recently been restored to its original specification of Blu Sera paintwork and tan leather interior.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS-4 NART Spyder 09751
vThe Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyders were specially built for Luigi Chinetti, the Ferrari importer for the United States. Chinetti convinced Enzo Ferrari to build a whole series of these special NART Spyders as an alternative to the luxurious 330 GTS. Named after his North American Racing Team, Chinetti hoped to sell many of them, but the timing was wrong, so only ten were made and sold—making it one of the rarest of all the street Ferraris. This is the second Spyder to be finished (chassis 9751) and one of just two built with an alloy body; the others were all made of steel. The car was tested for the September 1967 issue of Road & Track, which concluded that it was “The most satisfying sports car in the world.” Its current owner bought it in 1994 and he has driven it on many tours.
All Photos by Richard Michael Owen and descriptions by Pebble Beach Company.