Ferrari California

I really enjoyed my Ferrari California, but there was something missing. I felt that it did not have the wow factor, particularly on the inside. After spending a long time searching online I eventually found the perfect Ferrari California. The only problem was the price, which was far more than I was willing to spend.

I watched the car advert for some time and after a couple of months I contacted the dealer. As it turned out it was their demo car and they needed to sell it so it could be replaced by the new California 30. Although, it was a late 2011 model it was not registered until May 2012 and had covered under 4,000 miles. After some negotiation a deal was done over the phone. I went to view the car a few days later and it was exactly as advertised and I agreed to proceed with the part-exchange and purchase. A week or so later I was taking in my black California and driving home in my new red California.

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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So what made this Ferrari California so special? Well it had every carbon fibre option available and it also had the very rare carbon racing seat option. I replaced the front grill with the optional GTO-style version and I also added a Capristo exhaust system to add to the amazing exhaust note.

I had great fun in the California going to a number of events and taking part in some driving trips. The highlight was a 16 day tour to Europe, driving through the south of France and onwards to Monaco for the Grand Prix and through Italy, Switzerland and Germany taking in some of Europe’s best driving roads. After 18 months of ownership and adding an additional 10,000 miles to the clock, I decided that it was time for a change and went on to look for another car.

The Ferrari California specification was as follows:


  • Rossa Corsa
  • 20” Forged Diamond Finish Sports Wheels
  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Carbon Fibre Front Splitter
  • Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser
  • Carbon Fibre Rear Boot Panel
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • 'Scuderia Ferrari' Shields
  • Adaptive Front Lights + Static Bending Lights
  • Magneride Dual Mode Suspension


  • Crema Interior Leather with Rosso Stitching
  • Black Dashboard
  • Bordeaux Carpets
  • Armrest on Tunnel in Leather
  • A Pillars in Leather
  • Carbon Fible Racing Seats
  • Prancing Horse Stitched on Headrests in Rosso
  • Aluminium Drivers and Passengers Footrests
  • iPod Connection
  • Interior and Exterior Electrochroamatic Mirrors
  • Yellow Rev. Counter
  • Carbon Fibre Drivers Zone and LEDS
  • Carbon Fibre Finish For Upper Area
  • Carbon Fibre Central Bridge
  • Carbon Fibre Kick Plates
  • Tyre Pressure Measurement
  • Cruise Control

Additional Options

  • 'Capristo' Exhaust System
  • Ferrari GTO-Style Front Grill
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Comments (1)
John Adams
Posted on, 06 December 2015 Reply

I'm interested in buying a used California. Do you notice any difference between your early car and the later one?

Posted on, 14 December 2015 Reply

I can highly recommend the Ferrari California. I did notice improvements in the later built car. The greatest improvement was that the gearbox was quicker and smoother. Auto mode also worked better. The handling was better too, and it just was better built.

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