1959 Ferrari California Spyder LWB
RM Sotheby’s estimates that a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione going on the block in New York City on December 6 will sell for between $14 and $17 million.
This stunning machine is particularly valuable because it’s one of only eight LWB California Spyders built with an all-aluminum body and it finished fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959.
Ferrari produced fifty 250 California Spyder LWBs between 1957 and 1960 for the North American market, and this high-spec Competizione model features a Tipo 128F engine with triple carburetors that generates an impressive 262.5 bhp at 7,300 rpm. It was raced through the early 1960s, won first place in its class at Pebble Beach in 1983, and is still eligible for vintage racing events such as the Le Mans Classic.
Gooding & Company sold a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione for 18 million US dollars in 2016, and at least nine Ferraris have been publicly auctioned for between $15 and $18 million since 2011. Of course, new Ferraris are also out of reach for most enthusiasts. They sell for anywhere from $200,000 for a California T to $1.4 million for a LaFerrari.
Fortunately, Ferrari fanatics can find used models that are much less expensive. This is especially true in Japan, where numerous used car dealers and Japanese used car auctions — putting over 150,000 vehicles on auction every week — offer some of the world’s best deals. Japan Car Direct recently had the honor of handling the purchase and export of the following used Ferraris.
1994 Ferrari 512 TR
This incredibly alluring Pininfarina-styled supercar presses all the right emotional buttons by tweaking Testarossa styling to perfection and delivering performance that leaves even the Testarossa behind. Only 2,261 of these exclusive machines were produced.
1991 Ferrari Testarossa
Wicked fast and drop-dead gorgeous. The radically aggressive Ferrari Testarossa took the world by storm when unveiled in 1984. Few cars in history have so dramatically influenced pop culture and automotive design.
There’s just something about Ferraris that no other cars can match. Fast, beautiful, exciting and exclusive, they make everything around them shine. When you finally decide to settle for nothing less than the absolute best, give Japan Car Direct a call. We can find the secondhand Ferrari of your dreams at a price you can afford and have it shipped to your home port anywhere around the world in an efficient and professional manner to meet your highest expectations.
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After an initial inquiry several years ago, I still wanted to get a Japanese Delica or Hiace. Matthew was immediately in contact and helped with all the details. His videos were perfect for my search. Matthew was able to answer all of my questions and my wife and I were able to make decisions based on the great information he provided. I would recommend Japan Car Direct to anyone interested in getting the right car at the best price.
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Awesome experience !! Their service was extremely good and efficient. Yoshiro was soo patient with my many requests for information and translations. The vehicle purchased was better than expected. I would definitely consider using their services again.
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All around exceptional experience! Matt was great to work with and guided me through the entire process with ease. As a first timer, importing was a bit nerve racking but JCD did a great job providing a cool little truck I can enjoy here in Delaware. I look forward to picking up the next toy/vehicle through them.
The experienced, grizzled veterans of the import scene. They were very accommodating with all my questions and concerns. It was my first time importing, so everything was confusing and intimidating, but I'm happy to report everything went as planned! I'm definitely calling them back when I finally come up with an excuse to import another!
Mathew was great to work with and made what could be a scary daunting experience very easy. I am super happy with my car and am sure I will be importing with them again!
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Just purchased my second car through Japan Car Direct. Could not be more pleased with their customer service. Matt went above and beyond to help me find the right car. Translating countless auction sheets, messaging sellers, requesting vehicle inspections, putting up with me and my requests well after his time in the office, etc. I can happily and honestly say that I would recommend this company to anyone looking to purchase a car from Japan and that you will not be dissappinted. Very kind, helpful and professional. Can’t wait for vehicle number 3.
Mathew and the team are amazing. Bought my first Porsche in Japan and they have helped me all the way through. They are competent and honest people, will definitely be doing more business with them. Thanks guys!
Mat is is the best he was right on target and video descriptions are perfect. Shipping was alot faster than I thought it would be, as JCD didn't mess around. My van was at port and ready to go. I will be using JCD again soon, got my van now I want a car.
I hunted the internet for a broker I could trust with my money. JDC won and I am so happy I went with them. Matt and Yoshi are great. Matt puts up with a very demanding customer in me, I can certainly take up time. Matt sends me cars from the list I sent him, when I don't have time to check the auction. It is scary how accurate Matt is when I ask him to predict a selling price. He is always very close which sometimes is not fun but he really does know pricing. They have walked we through buying two cars now and have held my hand on both. I really apricate all the time and knowledge. After purchase they have also held my hand through the whole import process which can be daunting for a first timer. I am a dealer and Matt is great at suggesting other cars to import as well. I am very satisfied with my choice
What can I say? The service was friendly and good, and I got my car, which ended up being in a better condition than expected. Sure, there were couple of unforeseen snags that no-one had anticipated, but overall, it was an extremely positive experience. Hommat meni hyvin, auto tuli Suomeen eikä noiden pyytämä hintakaan ollut mikään mahdottoman paha.