SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 16, 2013) – Gooding & Company, acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, will be hosting its 10th Anniversary sale of the Pebble Beach Auctions on August 17 and 18. As the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, the company is pleased to announce the addition of several highly sought after competition cars to its starting line-up. Highlights include a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta (estimate: $9,000,000-11,000,000), a 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 (estimate available upon request), a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster (estimate: $2,000,000-2,500,000), a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione (estimate: $6,500,000-7,500,000), a 1990 Ferrari F40 LM (estimate: $2,000,000-2,500,000), a 1956 Maserati 150S (estimate: $ 2,250,000-3,000,000), and cars of note from the estate of renowned collector and race driver, Thomas Mittler.
“In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Pebble Beach Auctions, we are thrilled to present a strong selection of competition cars,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “We look forward to offering these rare examples of competition history in August.”
1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta First on the auction block is a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta (estimate: $9,000,000-11,000,000). An important competition Ferrari, this car boasts coachwork by Scaglietti and is unrivalled in its rarity and beauty. It is one of only nine examples built and just eight remaining. This matching-numbers, original-bodied car is a racing machine constructed of lightweight aluminum, with Plexiglas windows and minimal trim. This example is the ultimate Tour de France variant and it boasts an important racing history including 9th overall and 4th in Class at the 1957 Mille Miglia and a 4th place finish at the 1957 Coppa Inter-Europa. Later owned by noted Ferrari collectors Norman Silver and John Apen, the car participated in the inaugural Colorado Grand and countless historic races. It features detailed restoration by Dennison International, a noted marque specialist. In addition, this car has won many accolades including a class award at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® award-winner. It is currently eligible for many of the best international driving events including the Mille Miglia.
1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 A stunning addition to this year’s Pebble Beach Auctions is one of the most beautiful Formula One cars ever produced, a 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 (estimate available upon request). In addition to its exquisite lines, this car is a significant piece of American motorsport history with a distinguished chain of ownership. It has been driven by racing legends including Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and Bruce McLaren. This groundbreaking car was driven by Gurney to win at the 1967 Brands Hatch Race of Champions. It was the first win for an Eagle and the first American car to win a Formula One race in decades. One of only four Eagle Mk 1s built, this stunning patriotic blue racecar boasts an exotic Gurney-Weslake three-liter V-12 engine and was restored under the ownership of noted collector Miles Collier. The Mk 1 has successfully campaigned in leading historic events and seven world championship races. This incredibly important California-built Grand Prix car is offered with FIA paperwork and original AAR Blueprints.
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster Among the competition standouts is the “Gentleman” Tom Payne 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster (estimate: $2,000,000-2,500,000). Named for the successful SCCA racing participant, Payne was Ford dealership salesman by trade and coined the moniker “Gentleman” Tom Payne once having arrived late to a race wearing a jacket and tie, leaving no time to change. The clothing soon became his trademark. This desirably optioned ‘Team Specification’ competition roadster was a two-time entrant in the Bahamas Speed Week and campaigned for SAI by Payne at SCCA and USRRC events with several wins to his credit. It was exactingly restored by Bill Murray in 1985 and has been featured in the Shelby American Museum. Throughout its history, this vehicle has remained a well-known, published example of the Competition Cobra and has appeared on the cover of American Rodding in March 1966, numerous times in The Shelby American including an appearance on the cover of edition #58, Dave Friedman’s Shelby Cobra, Rinsey Mill’s AC Cobra, Trevor Legate’s Cobra, and a featured car in Shelby Cars in Detail: Cars of the Shelby American Collection. Furthermore, this vehicle stands as one of the purest and most original Competition Cobras.
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione This 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione (estimate: $6,500,000-7,500,000) will be prominently featured within the sale. This particular Ferrari marks a unique transition between the fabulously successful 250 MM Competition Berlinettas and the equally victorious 250 GT Tour de France. Purchased new by Scuderia Ferrari driver Alfonso de Portago, 0415 GT was delivered as an all alloy Pinan Farina Berlinetta Competizione on the new 250 GT chassis. The Berlinetta Competizione was strikingly finished in its original bianca white with black leather interior and immediately sent to the Bahamas for de Portago’s participation in the Nassau races. Today, 0415 GT continues its racing legacy as a participant in more than 10 contemporary Mille Miglias and numerous other historic events. A significant early 250 Ferrari, the Berlinetta Competizione is notably accompanied by Ferrari Classiche Certification and is qualified for entry into the world’s most prestigious events.
1990 Ferrari F40 LM Next up on the auction block is a 1990 Ferrari F40 LM, designed by Pininfarina with coachwork by Michelotti (estimate: $2,000,000-2,500,000). This car is an important piece of Ferrari racing history that was driven by Hurley Haywood, Jacques Laffite, and Jean-Pierre Jabouille to podium finishes at Mid-Ohio and Mosport. It is the only known Ecurie Pozzi Team Car in private hands with only three private owners since leaving Charles Pozzi SA. In preparation for its appearance this August at The Pebble Beach Auctions, 79891 has been refinished in its original 1990 racing livery, with the correct Team 0123 and Art Sports sponsorship graphics. This important F40 LM has been certified by the Ferrari Classiche department.
1956 Maserati 150S One of only 27 examples built, this 1956 Maserati 150S (estimate: $ 2,250,000-3,000,000) is one of the first four-cylinder sports cars produced by the marque. The origins of the vehicle can be traced back to its first owner, Lex Beels, a successful Dutch enthusiast best known for racing Cooper 500s in Formula 3 events throughout England and Europe. It was raced in period at Zandvoort, Nürburgring and Bari, typically with Hans Tak behind the wheel. This original bodied, matching-numbers example was also a successful Mille Miglia Storica participant. The car and its racing history are well documented by noted Maserati Historians Adolfo Orsi and Walter Bäumer. Restoration work on 150S was recently carried out by Brazell Engineering Ltd. Today, rare Maserati sports racers such as this remain versatile, as they are eligible for leading international concours and driving events.
Additional cars of note include a selection of vehicles from the estate of renowned collector and race driver, Thomas Mittler. Owner of Mittler Supply, one of the largest independent supply chains in the US, Thomas was a popular figure in the motoring world. Highlights from Mittler’s world-class estate include a 1967 Holman-Moody Ford Honker II (estimate: $240,000-280,000), a 1953 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR-53 (estimate: $180,000-220,000) and a 1961 Corvette Campbell Special (estimate: $150,000-200,000), among others.
Gooding & Company’s 2013 Pebble Beach Auctions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 14, and continue through Sunday, August 18. The auctions will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auctions. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased on-site for $40. Auctions are broadcast live from Gooding & Company’s website. Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are also available on http://www.goodingco.com or by calling (310) 899-1960. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.