If one car could be credited with associating the Ferrari brand
with approachability, the California would be it. By mixing a Grand
Touring body with familiar Italian traits and proven prancing horse
performance, it welcomed a whole new group of followers to the
fold. It arguably kicked off the firm's transition from hardcore
sports cars to shooting brakes and even SUVs. And in terms of
price, performance and prestige, there's little doubt the car
creates the ownership experience of a lifetime! Logging a mere
14,548 miles, this drop-top stunner combines a rev-happy 8-cylinder
with a whole roster of luxury and performance equipment. And in
terms of power, condition, fun factor and flat out style, you
simply won't find a more incredible car for the money!
There's just something about a Ferrari that conveys the perfect combination of excellent dynamics and world class exclusivity, and this 3-owner California, dressed in a slick coat of Rosso Corsa 2-stage, puts a traditional twist on a fresh favorite. Accompanied by a clean CARFAX, this convertible's pristine body has been lovingly cared for. Its professionally detailed surfaces are straight, solid and free of major glitches. And today, only seven years into its life, this awesome sports car is one of the nicest modern classics on the planet!
As the 'entry-level model' for the Ferrari line-up, the California is essentially an approachable sports car that veils some of the brand's best engineering elements in unique trim pieces. At the front of the car, a stretched nose hangs a classic Ferrari crest between a small splitter, HID headlights and a toothy, horse-branded grille. At the top of the car, a scooped hood fronts a pristine greenhouse, which folds a power-operated roof behind tinted mirrors. At the sides of the car, sculpted rockers frame sculpted panels, which center red louvers, small turn indicators and low-mount door handles between requisite Ferrari badges and ornate Pininfarina scripts. And at the back of the car, rocket-style tail lamps illuminate a Ferrari- branded trunk and an aggressive rear fascia that's complete with quad-outlet exhaust tips.
Naturally, all that visual testosterone is backed up with plenty of power from the engine room. In this first-generation guise, Maranello's familiar 4.3 liter V8 benefits from significant upgrades that make it more efficient and more reliable. Those tweaks result in an impressive output of 454 horsepower and 357 lb./ft. of torque. And, in typical Ferrari fashion, the car sounds as fierce as a racer. Those numbers translate to a lightweight roadster that's capable of brisk four second 60 MPH sprints and a quarter-mile time of 11.9 seconds. The substantial updates provide torque throughout the RPM range, creating a very drivable car anywhere from Saturday track days to rush hour commutes. The high tech mill, widely regarded as one of the world's best powertrains, features a great combination of race-proven technology and traditional smoothness. And, based on appearance, the silky engine has been meticulously maintained and carefully driven. This is definitely a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too Ferrari!
As one of the automakers that pioneered nimble front engine, rear wheel drive powertrains, Ferrari has been generally praised for their exceptionally athletic platforms. Take a close look under this svelte California and you'll see just how much work went in to its track-tested engineering. Naturally, there's a fully independent suspension, which frames a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Smooth power steering leads Brembo carbon ceramic brakes that are highlighted by red, Ferrari-branded calipers. And in front of those brakes, 20-inch diamond-finish sport wheels spin 245/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sports in front of 285/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sports.
Inside, it's all about a symbiotic relationship between cutting edge performance and traditional, 'old world' luxury. At the center of the car, power-operated seats wear predictable Crema leather under contrasting black stitching. Between those seats, a simple center stack frames a high-end sound system that's complete with navigation. At the base of that stack, fade-free carpet frames an attractive, aluminum-trimmed console that's finished with factory climate control and buttons for the car's transmission. In front of the driver, a carbon fiber steering wheel with LED shift indicators laps carbon fiber transmission paddles. A 2-tone dash hangs a yellow tachometer and electroluminescent telemetry above metal foot pedals. And throughout this leather-lined cockpit you'll find the usual assortment of luxury appointments and convenience features including: Cruise Control, a full array of airbags and full power accessories.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
The car's Owner's Manual and factory accessory booklets
Recent service records
Two keys with fobs
Highly civilized and extremely potent, this clean California is a no-compromises exercise in high-end Italian performance. Luxurious where it matters, the car offers virtually limitless appeal without breaking the bank. If you're looking for a modern classic that's reliable, streetable and poised to become a future collectible, this brilliant Ferrari is your kind of car!
Only 14,548 miles
4.3 liter F136 V8 / 454 horsepower
7-speed dual-clutch transmission / Paddle shifters
4-wheel carbon ceramic power disc brakes
Crema leather interior
20-inch diamond-finish sport wheels
Rosso Corsa paint
Factory air conditioning
Sale includes records for recent service performed