2018 Ferrari California T 70th Anniversary
Sold For £286,250Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 24 OCTOBER 2019 - Offered from a Private Collection
- 70th Anniversary livery no. 23, the ‘Lucybelle’
- Inspired by the 250 Testa Rossa, chassis no. 0732 TR
- Virtually as-new throughout with delivery mileage
On the occasion of their seventieth birthday, Ferrari chose to celebrate their rich history in a very thoughtful and imaginative way. Rather than create a special limited-edition model, Ferrari chose to show off their Tailor Made department by taking a batch of their existing production cars and finishing them in seventy distinct liveries celebrating seventy individual and significant cars across their seventy-year history. One of each model in production at the time—the 488 GTB, 488 spyder, F12 berlinetta, GTC/4 Lusso, and the California T—would be produced with each of the liveries, meaning every car produced was the only one of its kind.
Celebrating Ed Hugus’s Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, chassis number 0732, the ‘Lucybelle’ is certainly one of Ferrari’s most eye-catching liveries bestowed on its 70th Anniversary models. Chassis number 0732 TR raced to a 7th overall finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, and Hugus’s white-and-blue paint job was said to have been inspired by a yacht Hugus had seen earlier that year!
Boasting triple-layer Bianco Italia paintwork with dual Blu Laguna stripes, Hugus’s racing number 22 appears on both the bonnet and doors. Inside, the California T is trimmed in black leather on the dashboard, transmission tunnel, and headliner, with contrasting red seats and door inserts. Its Goldrake racing seats are finished in Rosso Ferrari Jeans Aunde fabric, echoing the red fabric seats on Ed’s Testa Rossa. Further white details appear throughout the car, including the Cavallino Rampantes on each headrest, the white rev counter, and white striping on the seats. While carbon fibre certainly wouldn’t have appeared on Hugus’s car in 1958, it is plentiful in the California T and can be found on the dashboard and steering wheel.
Built to European-delivery specifications in left-hand drive, this California T presents in virtually as-new condition throughout, have only covered delivery mileage since leaving the production line in Maranello. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an as-new California T with a spectacular livery, celebrating a highly significant Ferrari.