Ferrari California

After owning two Maserati GranTurismo’s I decided that I would like to have a convertible car. The main criteria were that it needed to be a hard-top convertible and it needed to have space for at least one set of golf clubs and some luggage.

There were very few cars that met the requirements and I started by looking at the Mercedes SL Convertible, but it just seemed like a big SLK and not that special. I did also consider the Mercedes SLS Convertible, but this was a soft-top and the boot was small. Then I found the Ferrari California, which met all of my criteria. It had a hard-top roof, a reasonably sized boot that could be expanded by being able to push down the rear seats allowing for the boot size to be increased, it looked amazing and it was a Ferrari. After a test drive at my local dealership and a test to ensure golf clubs could fit in the boot, I then needed to find a California in a great colour combination and with a reasonable specification.

The California features a lot of Ferrari firsts, including 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, direct injection, a front-mounted V8 engine and folding metal roof.

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Searching on Auto Trader I eventually found a black California in Nero Daytona with a crème interior with Daytona style seats. It was a 2009 pre-owned car with just under 5,000 miles on the clock being sold by an authorised Ferrari dealer. I visited the dealer and drove the car and it seemed like the perfect car. I rang the dealer a few days later and negotiated a price and a week later I was picking the car up.

I had a fantastic time in my Ferrari California. The highlights were a track day at Bedford Aerodrome and a trip to Europe for a 14-day tour, which included driving through France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. The car was eventually sold and replaced by another very highly specified California.

The Ferrari California specification was as follows:


  • Nero Daytona
  • 20” Forged Diamond Finish Sports Wheels
  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • 'Scuderia Ferrari' Shields
  • Adaptive Front Lights
  • Magneride Dual Mode Suspension


  • Crema Interior Leather with Black Stitching
  • Black Dashboard
  • Nero Carpets
  • Daytona Style Electrically Operated Seats
  • Armrest on Tunnel in Leather
  • iPod Connection
  • Interior and Exterior Electrochroamatic Mirrors
  • Yellow Rev. Counter
  • Carbon Fibre Drivers Zone and LEDS
  • Tyre Pressure Measurement
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