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Award-winning California Heads for Villa d’Este


At this weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, there will be a stunning example of a Ferrari convertible in its finest form.

This 250 GT California, s/n 1203 GT, was sold new through Chinetti Motors to Harvey Schur, an eighteen-year-old resident of Scarsdale, New York, in early 1959. The original color was pale metallic blue with a beige interior, and it was specified with hotter cams, intake trumpets to the carburetors with the associate cold air box, plus a low, 8×34,
final drive ratio for better acceleration. As he was under age for a road racing license, he used to take it to local drag racing strips, pitting it against the local hot rods of the day. How successful he was is unknown, but he obviously had a lot of fun with his “funny little foreign import” that could smoke with the best of them!

Whilst in his ownership, he loaned it to Sports Cars Illustrated magazine, where it was featured in their September 1959 issue, which was a special edition “The Fabulous Cars of Enzo Ferrari”, as part of a double test with a 250 GT “LWB” Berlinetta loaned by George Arents.

After many owners, the car was purchased by Nigel Allen for his wife Sarah in 2011, and after an intensive eighteen month restoration in England, this 250 GT California made its post-restoration debut in September of 2013, at the prestigious Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance. There was tough competition in their class, “Wind in Your Hair”, but the results achieved made the whole process worthwhile, a Best in Class award being topped at the end of the day by the overall Best of Show award, from the twelve judged classes.

This very California is featured in Cavallino 201, the upcoming June/July issue.

Source: Keith Bluemel