Classic Ferrari expected to fetch €13 million at auction

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Ferrari 250 GT California

If you ever wondered how much car you could get for £9.3million, you need look no further. Yes, if this Ferrari 250 GT California Spider SWB sells for the top end of its auction guide price, that's how much cash its new owner can expect to part with.

Ferrari fans will know this figure isn't unreasonable when it comes to classic Fezza figures. Last year a less desirable (if that's even possible when it comes to classic 250 GTs) long-wheelbase version sold for £5.5million and carrot-topped face for radio Chris Evans spent marginally more on his short-wheelbase back in 2010.

The last 250 California to sell at auction went for £13.2million, but that all sounds like peanuts when you remember the homologation special 250 GTO, which sold for £23million back in 2014.

This example, which is being offered by RM Auctions, is chassis number 2505 GT; one of just 56, and only 16 were made with open headlights like this, which goes a little way to explaining the high price.

Most Californias made their way to the US, but this lucky example spent it days cruising the roads of Italy. It stayed there until 1974 before heading to Switzerland. In 2007 it was purchased by its current owner and made the grand journey back to Maranello.

This pretty little thing has been fully restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche. It was even displayed in the Museo Ferrari and won the Ferrari Classiche Cup and the 2011 Cavallino Classic.

Feeling Flush? RM Auctions Villa Erba auction takes place on May 23 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shores of lake Como, Italy.

Ferrari 250 GT California Spider

Ferrari 250 GT California Spider