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A gorgeous, mint condition 1959 Ferrari GT sold on Ebay.com for $3.26 million. The car, with 52,000 miles on its odometer, was listed from an owner in Pittsburgh, Pa., and sold after 86 bids. The car's official designation is a Ferrari California Spyder 250 GT CS. It has a 12 cylinder engine, manual transmission and a cloth convertible top.
Designed for export to America, the California Spyder was Ferrari's interpretation of an open-top Gran Turismo Car. The concept was driven by California enthusiasts and a leading Ferrari dealer who prevailed on the Italian company to create a sports car for Californians who regularly drive with the top down.
Of the approximately 51 Long Wheelbase (LWB) California Spyders made, at least 10 were built for competition and nine of these were made with aluminum bodies. 1627GT was one of them. This rare California Spyder features a Tipo 508 D frame, which was one of nine created. 1627GT is also one of the initial California Spyders to be equipped with disc brakes, an innovation for its time. A replica of this car was featured in the film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.