Lot 75 (Chateau Impney, 7th December 2016)
Sold for £127,125
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: WK12LCA
Chassis No: ZFFLJ65C000185151
Mot Expiry: Jan 2019
- Supplied by HR Owen at a cost of £166,000
- 2 previous owners and 656 recorded miles
- MOT'd into January 2019
Introduced at the Paris Salon in 2008, the Ferrari California had been conceived as a grand tourer rather than an out-and-out sports car. Intended to appeal to those who might otherwise opt for a Bentley, Aston Martin or Mercedes-Benz, it was the Maranello marque's first design to feature the following: a front-mounted V8 engine, two-piece folding metal roof, dual clutch seven-speed transmission, direct fuel injection and multi-link rear suspension. Styled by Pininfarina and subject to over 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing, the newcomer utilised aluminium for both its chassis and bodywork construction. Related to that in the F430, its 4297cc 'quad cam', 32-valve V8 developed some 453bhp and 358lbft of torque and was allied to the aforementioned dual clutch seven-speed transmission as standard (though, Ferrari would fit a six-speed manual to special order). Despite being among the least expensive models in the range, the California boasted carbon ceramic disc brakes and the traction control system from the marque's flagship 599. Plus it could still sprint from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and onto 193mph. Less demanding to drive than its siblings and therefore more enjoyable during everyday 'real world' motoring, the notional 2+2-seater more than fulfilled its brief of attracting new customers to the Ferrari fold.
This particular example was purchased from H.R. Owen (South Kensington) for £166,000, its impressive specification included a yellow rev counter, aluminium foot rest, iPod installation, cruise control, carbon fibre driver zone and steering wheel, carbon fibre central tunnel, Beige central tunnel and armrest, leather / alcantara trim / Daytona, Scuderia Ferrari shield, Magnaride Dual Mode, Red Brake Callipers, parking sensors, interior / exterior electrochromic mirrors, special stitching and 20in Diamond Finished Wheel Rims and was entrusted to Jack Barclay for some £2,700 worth of additional colour coding. Now displaying 656 miles to its odometer, this highly presentable California is offered with H.R. Owen New Vehicle Invoice, original book pack (recording a service at 360 miles) sundry paperwork and an MOT certificate into January 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: This Lot received a service and auxiliary belt change in June of this year by Dick Lovett Ferrari.