Cavallino Magazine issue 36

December 1986 / January 1987

Language American English language icon American English
Publishing John W. Barnes, Jr.
Dimensions softcover, 56 pages, 208 x 277 mm

American English language icon Cover The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, s/n 1451 GT

Guy Mangiamele

The Magazine for Ferrari Enthusiasts

Cavallino is the journal of Ferrari history, covering Ferraris old and new for over 40 years. It's the most reliable, most trusted source of everything Ferrari. Ever since the first issue in 1978 Cavallino presents extensive stories and detailed information from knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts who share the passion for Ferrari. All Ferraris are unique, and each one has its own chassis serial number. This is how the Ferrari world keeps track of all the great cars. Cavallino is the only publication that prints the serial number for every Ferrari mentioned in our stories, articles, and race results.

Cover of Cavallino Magazine issue 36, December 1986 / January 1987

Table of Contents

Page Section Description
3 Ecco Ecco
Number Thirty Six
6 Commento Ferraris New ... Ferraris Old ...
In out last issue, where we commented upon all the new and exciting projects Ferrari has scheduled in the years ahead, we also made mention of how elated the factory is over the present success of all its cars.
The management at Ferrari stands back in wonderment at the ferocious demand for all the models, even the Mondial, and of course, there is much deserved back-patting over how well everything is going.
10 Lettere Lettere

Bill Neale

12 Feature Ferrari 250 P
The First of the Great Prototypes

Peter Coltrin

It was the First Rear Engine V-12,
It was the First of a Long Line of Successful V-12 Prototypes,
It was the First Pininfarina Prototype Body,
It was the First new car of Mauro Forghieri and his Men,
It was the First Ferrari to Contest the New Prototype Championship,
It had new Drivers, a new Team Manager, a Reorganized Racing Team,
And, Oh Yes, it was a Winner!
19 Feature 1963 Ferrari 250 P
Specifications & Race Results
21 Feature Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
Fantasy and Facts on a Superlative Sports Car

Guy Mangiamele

Guy Mangiamele

All 250 GT Spyder Californias, of which perhaps one hundred were made, hold a special place in Ferrari's production history. They were among the fastest and most beautiful open cars that the company ever built.
Produced for five years, and concurrent with models like the 250 GT Tour de France, 250 Testa Rossa, 250 SWB, 250 GTO, 250 GT Spyder, Coupé and Cabriolet, as well as the 250 GTE, the California was designed expressly for clients requiring race level performance in a street car.
27 Feature 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
s/n 1451 GT Specifications
Please not these specifications are for 1451 GT only.
Nearly all Spyder Californias varied to a degree.
30 Daily Transportation
My Life with 1451 GT

Stan Nowak

Courtesy of George Carrick

Gerry Butterfield called me from his Porsche dealership in West Palm Beach, Florida (this was about 10 years ago). Would I have any interest in a California Spyder that had been languishing in the oversized garage of a well-heeled Floridian?
Of course, I said, and (always the optimist) why don't you take along a magnet. Some of those Californias did have all aluminium bodies!
31 Feature Serial Numbers
Ferrari 250 GT LWB & 250 GT SWB California Spyders

Stan Nowak

32 Twice Told Tales
Ferrari - Alboreto - Monaco Winners in Spite of it All

Paolo Mallepelle

Thierry Thompson

Here is the second in our series of great motor races, tales told before but always good in the retelling. This is the saga of a race run by a Ferrari and a race which Ferrari did not win, but a race which gained more glory for the House of Maranello that day than the actual winner. The year was 1985, fairly recent for a competition to be called a classic, but all the glorious and needed elements were there.
37 Notizie Ferrari Registers

D.M. Ezmerlian, Bill Locke

Most Ferrari enthusiast have an abiding interest in nearly all Ferrari models, but certain model types seem to tug at the heart and soul more than others.
In many cases, learning all there is about a certain Ferrari is a must. This leads, naturally, to many individual efforts in garnering all there is to know about a type, but also everything about each of the cars that is of that type.

Ferrari 250 GTL "Lusso" Registry by Joseph C. Ngai
Dino Register by Denny Schue
38 Notizie You didn't see these, either...
Ferrari Spy shots

Alessandro Stefanini, Autosprint

Another photograph of the experimental Ferrari 412 Cabriolet, bodied by Scaglietti, here on the town, in Modena, presumably.
38 Notizie More Koenig Specials from Germany

Alan Yorgason

Wille Koenig has done it again. Not content with revamping Boxers and 308s, he has now performed a thorough job on the Testarossa and the 328. Two turbos have been added to the Testarossa motor, along with special radiators and water injection in the fuel system, to bring the power output up to 710 bhp at 6,300 rpm!
40 Notizie Mille Miglia 1987

Marcel Massini

The 1986 running of the Mille Miglia was an outstanding success, remembered with pleasure by all, and it was so good, there are plans to do it again. Run now as a "very fast rally," the next event ordinarily wouldn't take place until 1988, but fortunately, fate intervened in that 1987 will be exactly sixty years from the founding of the race in 1927.
Can anyone pass up such a perfect excuse to run the race again next year? Of course not.
41 Notizie Monaco, 1987
Any of you who have been on any kind of travel tour know what cattle trips they van be, especially it it's to an automobile race. Travel promoters' opinions of the average race fan must be the pretty low, but it's not really the best of fun to pay good money to go to a European Grand Prix to root on your favorite, and have to fly on an airline you never heard of, travel in cramped buses, and stay in small hotels away from the track that don't even qualify as quaint.
42 Notizie La Festiva De Macchina Italiana

Jerry McDermott

Jerry McDermott

The Labor Day weekend was a cause for any number of celebrations, but in Dearborn, Michigan, the annual Italian Car Show was the celebration.
There were approximately 115 cars entered for judging with numerous Lamborghini, Maserati, numerous De Tomaso models, Alfa Romeos, and, of course, Ferraris (including three new Testarossas).
44 Corse The Season draws to a merciful Close
Formula one


Italian Grand Prix (September 7)
Portugese Grand Prix (September 21)
Mexican Grand Prix (October 12)
Australian Grand Prix (October 26)
45 Corse Formula one Year in Review
The Good News is the Ferrari F1-86 is Okay; the Bad News is the Ferrari F1-86 is... Okay...


We have held off in the last few issues in making any general comments or observations upon Ferrari's racing problems, and its approach to them, because both the problems and the solutions changed from race to race, and the steps Ferrari was taking overall to improve things were shrouded in rumor at worst and in intelligent conjecture at best.
47 Corse Mr. Ferrari speaks, the world listenes
Ferrari looks to 1987

Alessandro Stefanini

The Ferrari people are masters of public relations and promotion, and their special talent, refined to a very fine edge over many a year, is to work the motoring press and public into a very high state of excitement, as it anxiously waits each season to find out what Ferrari's plans are for the next year. The expectation has been especially intense over the past fe months, since Ferrari's fortunes have been at a low ebb and the team has actively sought talent from outside, both in the form of new drivers and new designers.
48 Corse Gaston Andrey Racing keeps Ferrari Racing alive in America

Courtesy of Gaston Andrey Racing

If you follow Ferrari's racing history, you know that one important chapter is composed of all those gallant privateers who have taken Ferraris on their own to race track of the world and, in most cases, finished up in the points in a respectable manner. A more select group have simply taken the Ferrari engine and mated it to a responsible chassis, usually under the premise that if Ferrari itself won't make the car to fir a certain class of racing, the the privateers will.
49 Arte The Modern Automotive Artistry of Thierry Thompson

Jacques Vaucher

The brush and airbrush paintings of Thierry Thompson are more than slick works of art - they are a fluent representation of the modern automobile.
Although you cannot put a dollar sign on artistic significance, the escalating price tag on Thierry's work is evidence of the growing respect accorded him among automotive enthusiasts.
50 Modellismo Ferrari Slot Racing models

Dave Robidoux

Slot car racing appears to have first stated in the mid to late 1950s. It would seem that while many toy manufacturers produced slot cars over the past years, the English firm of Scalextric was probably responsible for most of the early development of these toys. One of the earliest, if not the first, slot racing car was a Ferrari 375 F1 racer that was constructed by Scalex in 1/28 scale of tin.
55 Avvisi Economici Avvisi Economici
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