CURVE 1967 Ferrari 365 Spyder California CURVE

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Shortly after the last Ferrari 500 Superfast was made, the 365 California was announced as the model's successor. It was the continuation of a series of limited production cars which included the 410 and 400 Superamercas. These cars were marketed to attract premium customers who demanded a more unique coachwork on their grand touring machines. To keep costs down, but exclusivity high, the 365 California was only offered to select VIP clients of Ferrari.

To much success, the California title had been already been associated with the earlier 250 GT Series. Around one hundred 250 California Spyders were built with some light alloy competizione examples actually racing Le Mans and Sebring. Drawing on this rich heritage, Ferrari decided that new 365 Spyder would be marketed as the next California model.

Much like the 250, this 365 used a well developed chassis to provide a basis for the next Calfornia Spyder. Released alongside the 330 GTC at the 1966 Geneva Auto Salon, the long and low 365 California Spyder was basically a reworked 330 GT chassis featuring a striking Pininfarina body. As far as engineering was concerned the 365 California Spyder was uninventive, having a wishbone front suspenion and live rear axle held by leaf springs.

Powering the 365 was a Columbo long block V12. This engine was common in the 365 range, being an enlarged version of the unit found in the 330 GT. Other evolutions of this engine powered the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, GTC/4 and standard 365 GT coupe.

The area in which the Spyder was the most developed was styling. Most of the costs associated with the project went into designing and building an appropriate form that could carry the evocative California name.

Working for Pininfarina, Tom Tjaarda was responsible for styling of the 365 California. He used a culmination of design cues from the 500 Superfast and 330GTC to create a harmonious cabriolet of grand proportions. Unique elements to the car include its covered headlights, popup driving lights and door handle treatment which faked a mid engine air intake. Especially unique was Tjaarda's treatment on the rear area on the car which was a departure from Ferrari's traditional design language. The rear was very angular and even payed homage to the Kamm tail as found on cars like the 250 GTO and Breadvan.

In total only 14 examples of the 365 California were made. Each featured the identical bodywork which kept the already high production costs down. The limited production run can be attributed to such costs and the fact that Ferrari wanted keep this model exclusive, much like the 500 Superfast.

Christie's Sale of the
1967 Ferrari 365 Spyder California #9889

During their sale of exceptional motorcars at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on August 7. 2003, Christies auctioned chassis number #9889, the light metallic blue car seen above with black leather interior. Being a very original car with 20,350 miles on the odometer, the car was sold for the sum of $634 500 US Dollars.

Year1967 OriginModena, Italy
MakeFerrari Base PriceNot Available
Model365 Spyder California ProductionNot Available
Engine & TransmissionBody / Chassis
PositionFront Longitudinal Drive WheelsRWD w/ZF Limited-Slip Differential
ConfigurationType 217B 60 Degree V12 Curb Weight1500 kg / 3307 lbs
ValvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl LengthNot Available
Displacement4390 cc / 267.9 cu in WidthNot Available
Power238.6 kw / 320.0 bhp @ 6600 rpm HeightNot Available
Torque343.02 nm / 253 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm Wheelbase2650 mm / 104.3 in
Bore81 mm / 3.19 in Front Track1405 mm / 55.3 in
Stroke71 mm / 2.8 in Rear Track1397 mm / 55.0 in
RedlineNot Available SteeringNot Available
HP / Liter72.89 bhp per litre Body / FrameSteel over Type 598 Tubular Steel Chassis
HP / Curb Weight213.33 bhp per weight Front BrakesHydraulic Discs
Gear Type5-Speed Manual Front Brake SizeNot Available
1st Gear RatioNot Available Rear BrakesHydraulic Discs
2nd Gear RatioNot Available Rear Brake SizeNot Available
3rd Gear RatioNot Available Front WheelsNot Available
4th Gear RatioNot Available Rear WheelsNot Available
5th Gear RatioNot Available Front Tires205x15
6th Gear RatioNot Available Rear Tires205x15
7th Gear RatioNot Available Front SuspensionA-Arms w/Coil Springs, telescopic Shock Aborbers, Anti-Roll Bar
Final Drive RatioNot Available Rear SuspensionLive Axle w/Coil Springs, Semi Elliptic Leaf Springs, Telescopic Shock Abosrbers,
Top Speed245 kph / 152.2 mph 0 - 60 mph7.1 seconds
0 - ΒΌ mileNot Available 0 - 100 mphNot Available
Lateral AccelerationNot Available EPA City/HwyNot Available