Ferrari 250 GT California Spider
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Tyres
Long wheel base Ferrari 250GT California Spider Tyres
- The first 250 GT California Spider LWB, from 1957 to 1960 fitted 16” RW3264 Borrani Wheels.
- These series 1 Long wheel base cars we suggest either 6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA or 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- For the early California Spider 250GT on the tyres above we suggest Michelin 16F inner tube.
- Inner tubes are not essential for most radial tyres, but they can still be a good option compared to going tubeless. For more information, see our inner tube guide.
Series 2 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider SWB tyres
- The Series 2 Ferrari 250GT California Spider 1960 – 1963 had RW3526 or RW3687 Borrani wheels.
- Predominantly these Short wheel base cars would have fitted 175 HR 400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
- For the Ferrari 250 GT California SWB with 400mm or 16” wheels we suggest Michelin 16F reinforced inner tubes.
- Some of the later SWB 250GT California Spider may have had 15” wheels with 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67. For these tyres the correct inner tube is the Michelin 15F Offset Valve inner tube.
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History of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider
The 1957 250 GT California Spyder was Scaglietti's version of an open-top 250 GT, designed for export to North America. For most versions, aluminium was used for the hood, doors, and boot lid, while steel was employed elsewhere. A number of racing variants with aluminium bodies were also produced. The engine was the same as the one used in the 250 Tour de France racing vehicle, producing up to 237 horsepower from a 3.0 L naturally aspirated SOHC 2 valves per cylinder 60º Ferrari Colombo V12 engine outfitted with three Weber carburettors. The lengthy 102.4 in chassis was utilised by every model. Before the SWB variant replaced the LWB in 1960, a total of fifty LWBs were produced. On August 18, 2007, in Monterey, California, one car sold at auction for $4.9 million. In 1986, a replica of this vehicle appeared in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Chris Evans, a UK radio broadcaster and automobile enthusiast, paid $12 million for one in 2008.
In 1959, Ferrari improved the handling of the 250 GT Berlinetta by lowering its wheelbase from 2,600 mm to 2,400 mm. Scaglietti debuted the 250 GT California Spyder SWB at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show, with its bodywork stretched tauter over the revised chassis. The improved Spyder, like the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB on which it was based, fitted disc brakes and a 276 horsepower version of the three-litre V12. The revised 2400 mm chassis (derived from the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB) allowed the body of this new version of the California Spyder to be lower, resulting in a 30 mm reduction in total height. This, however, is quite difficult to spot. The hood scoop and vents on the sides of the front fenders are the easiest ways to recognise the difference between the long and short wheelbase California Spyders. The hood scoop on the SWB model is likewise significantly lower. A total of 55 were constructed.
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Tyre Pressure
A: The First Ferrari 250GT California Spider may have fitted Continental tyres, some vintage Ferrari fitted Dunlop. Predominantly vintage Ferrari fitted Pirelli Stella Bianca, Stelvio or Cinturato. Later vintage Ferrari of the very late 1960s fitted Michelin XWX. Then in the late 1970s, classic Ferrari moved onto Michelin XWX tyres.
A: For the most part you would fit Pirelli 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 tyres. These tyres and alternatives are listed with their prices above.
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Borrani Wheels
Borrani wheels are still available for your Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.
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Ferrari 250 GT California Spider wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.
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Wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:
- Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
- Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
- Painted finish with polished outer edge