Who Knows which California Spyder was owned by Alain Delon ??

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  1. moriaan1

    moriaan1 Formula 3

    Dec 3, 2006
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    Saw it yesterday.. am in love :)

    This is an amazing piece of history..
    Its a beauty as is, dirty and worn, but an amazing opportunity to see an original car that isn't over-restaured or pampered.

    In its present state the lines and design are phenomenal. Some things are difficult to see on a shiny body

    I hope the new owner will preserve the appaerance as is, it would be a shame to restaure it to something shiny and new.. Make it drivable and save as much patina and character as is.

    If i could afford it, i'd keep it exactly as is and build a huge showcase for my livingroom... Unfortunately, my livingroom isn't big enough.. ;-)
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  2. Jota 5084

    Jota 5084 Formula 3

    May 18, 2006
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    Eric Andersson
    A big plus one on that comment.
  3. gt4me

    gt4me F1 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2005
    Sadly the chances of it remaining as is cosmetically are very slim.
  4. silver1331

    silver1331 Formula Junior
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    Feb 9, 2009
    car hammered at 14.2M Euros
  5. Diablo_4_Ever

    Diablo_4_Ever Formula Junior

    Nov 9, 2004
    Winning bid by Simon Kidston?
  6. nerofer

    nerofer F1 World Champ

    Mar 26, 2011
    Meanwhile, Alain Delon is angry about Artcurial:

    To sum-up:
    "they use my name without any shame, this just to artificially inflate the auction's price of a car that has belonged to me only for two years from 1963 to 1965; they did not even had the courtesy to ask me anything about the words they wrote about me, and furthermore, the car they are selling is not the one I was pictured in with Jane Fonda for the well known pictures (it was another 250 California); and they use a picture of Jane and me in the other California on the cover of the catalogue; I want expressly my name not to be associated with anything related to this sale..."

    Alain Delon en colère de l'utilisation de son nom dans une vente aux enchères

    So much for "Alain Delon's California..."; but it is sold now, so...

  7. gt4me

    gt4me F1 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2005
    The price of celebrity, you live by the sword etc.
  8. Fiorano78

    Fiorano78 Formula Junior

    Feb 4, 2011
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    Bidders are really crazy ! The California is a very beautiful car but to that price ? and above all to completely restore ! .... Only because in the past Alain Delon was one of its owners ?
  9. st@ven

    st@ven F1 Rookie
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    So Alain Delon claims he indeed owned the car as whereas Marcel Massini earlier stated that he did not? Funny.
  10. kare

    kare F1 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
    I understand one can get confused when exposed as prior owner to something that just sold for gigabucks. The claim that the car in Fonda photos would be a different one is quite funny though. How many dark, late style, closed headlight Californias were there equipped with Snaps?

    If I was forced to make a guess, I would say one.
  11. kare

    kare F1 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
    Everybody makes mistakes. Get over it.
  12. babci

    babci Formula Junior

    May 19, 2011

    Oh really! Even Mighty Marcel! 6045
  13. TT fan

    TT fan Rookie

    Aug 12, 2014
    I agree that this California is beatiful in its present state.
    But I’d like to know what should be the cost of a “perfect” restoration for a car like this one (I suppose at Ferrari Classiche or at great specialists).

    Thanks for your replies
  14. Terra

    Terra Formula 3
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    Feb 16, 2004
    Although Spider California SWB #2175 GT had SNAPS from new . . .
  15. David Hudson

    David Hudson Karting

    Jan 20, 2008
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    David Hudson
    I've heard of megabucks... now gigabucks.... what's next?
    It looks like the same car with Jane to me.
    Why would the actor would mind using his name, if he owned it?
    Are there more unrestored 250 SWB California(s) to be found in the world?
    I really like this car.
  16. KenGoldman

    KenGoldman Formula Junior
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    May 25, 2009
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    Kenneth Goldman
    From what I have been told recently, the restoration of this car will be from $500,000. To
    $1 million. This is if you want a top restorer to do it to
    Pebble Beach quality.

    Ken Goldman
  17. kare

    kare F1 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
    Easily separated as 2175GT is not a late car, it is an early one.
  18. Aardy

    Aardy F1 Rookie

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    Cyril TESTE
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  19. BIRA

    BIRA Formula Junior

    Jun 15, 2007
    Sorry but common sense tells us the restoration of this car is not materially different from the restoration of a PF series 2 cabriolet. Unless you find a shop that bills hours proportionally to purchase price,,,then you are a Russian oligarch only happy if you have the most expensive restoration in the world on top of the most expensive Cal spyder....
  20. mechaniker

    mechaniker Formula Junior
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    May 30, 2004
    What are the differences between an early and late one in apearance?

    I know the differences in the interiour and the shape of the "hips" behind the doors are a bit different. Also the shape of the front grill is a bit different, but it seems, that nearly every car is unique here...
  21. wbaeumer

    wbaeumer F1 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2005
    ++++1! :)
  22. wbaeumer

    wbaeumer F1 Veteran

    Mar 4, 2005
    I am pretty sure that $600k would do the job. Anything more is GaGa!
  23. kare

    kare F1 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
    Leather on the center console has clearly been replaced.
  24. 360modena2003

    360modena2003 Formula 3

    Jul 11, 2009
    Yes, and gear selector leather "boot" has also been replaced.

    The rear view mirror also seems to be a different size, or is it just the angle?
  25. kare

    kare F1 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
    Several interior details.

    It is very very difficult to be sure of external changes as so many cars have been repaired/modified after completion; they are over 50 year old cars after all.

    All this also increases the value of the Delon spider; as we have photographic evidence from day one, there is no room for specualtion if it was really modified or converted in some point of its life.

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