1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series One

“He just wipes it with a diaper.” No seriously, Cameron’s dad was right. You should just wipe it with a diaper. But Cameron and Ferris were of course talking about a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, the younger and more plentiful redheaded half-brother to this 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series One. If I’ve lost you, I apologize. I’m referencing this: Cameron Fry’s Ferrari (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

About 40 of these beauties were built and the list of owners (and wives of a particular owner) of this particular automobile is quite interesting, from Porfirio Rubirosa (Euro Playboy and original owner) and his subsequent wives Barbara Hutton (Woolworth heiress) and Doris Duke (Duke University and American Tobacco) to an airline pilot in Washington State to Nicolas Coppola (Cage) and Lisa Marie Presley. Now that is a long line of famous joyrides.

The 250 GT was designed by the Carozzeria Pininfarina (Pininfarian SpA). The Pininfarina design group, known for their work with Alfa Romeo, BLMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Cisitalia, Citroen, Daewoo, Ferrari, Fiat, Fiat-Abarth, Ford, GM, Hafei, Honda, Jaguar, Lancia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, Nash Healey, Peugeot, and Volvo, has a legacy as rich as any automotive manufacturer as they have designed some of the most famous cars in the industry. If I had to pick a few favorites to come out of the doors at Pininfarina, the 250 GT would be near the top of the list. Also included? The Nash Healey Carbiolet and amazingly the Fiat 2000 Spyder. Are you detecting a trend? I’ll post photos of those two bad boys later on.

For now, enjoy the beauty that is the 250 GT Cab. Downloadable photos can always be found here: Shiny Side Flickr

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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