Jay Leno settles into a 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder

Jay Leno does not own Ferraris, but drives them occasionally. In a recent episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” he took a spin in a 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder, part of the Nethercutt Collection.

Located not far from Leno’s Los Angeles garage, the Nethercutt Collection is crammed with rare pre-war cars such as the 1928 Isotta Fraschini Type 8A Landaulet and the 1933 Hispano Suiza J12, which were featured in previous episodes of Jay Leno’s garage. The Ferrari may be younger but perhaps even rarer as it is one of only 14 built.

1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder at Jay Leno's garage

1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder at Jay Leno’s garage

The California Spyder was introduced in 1966 as the first variant of the 365 series, which was later expanded to include the 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC 2-seater coupes. The hardtop versions were built in larger numbers, including around 200 of the GTC model alone. However, they lacked some of the Spyder’s signature styling cues, like the chrome spears encircling the door handles and the large, oddly shaped taillights.

All 365 models use a 4.4-litre version of the Colombo V-12 that powered most Ferrari road cars in the late 1960s, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Spyder has 320 hp, which allows a top speed of 240 km/h, estimated by Ferrari.

As the California Spyder name suggests, this car was aimed at the US market, but most ended up in Europe, Nethercutt Collection vice president Cameron Richards says in the video. This car was also originally sold in Europe, as evidenced by the concealed headlights. She’s no longer driven regularly, but she’s not a trailer queen either. The speedometer currently shows approx. 18,000 km.

Watch the full video to see one of this car’s rare outings and hear that classic V-12 sound.

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