Santa Monica, Calif. (December 20, 2018) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable Ferraris ever offered, has announced an outstanding lineup of 1950s Ferraris along with the online catalogue, which is now live for the annual Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2019. With brilliant coachwork and exceptional provenance, each of these offerings delivers the kind of quality Gooding & Company has become known for bringing to auction.
“We are thrilled to present three exceptional Ferraris from the 1950s, perhaps the most vibrant and romantic period in the marque’s history,” states David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Company. “Models like the 212, 250 MM, and Tour de France established Ferrari as a leading manufacturer on the world stage and these particular examples are among the very best of their respective breeds.”
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta (Estimate: $5,750,000 - $6,500,000) Ferrari produced just 78 examples of the Tour de France Berlinetta, among the most successful and desirable GT racing cars of the 1950s. This car, chassis 1037 GT, is the 19th of 36 single-louver Tour de France built and represents the ultimate evolution of this important model, with its covered headlight bodywork and advanced mechanical specification. Delivered new to Venezuela, this Tour de France was raced by local heroes including Julio Pola, Ettore Chimeri, and José Miguel Galia between 1958-1960 at events such as the 1958 Grand Prix of Venezuela and the 1959 Grand Prix of Trinidad. Today, 1037 GT is beautifully presented and finished with a red exterior and prominent white stripe with a tan leather interior. These cars were the finest dualpurpose sports cars of their day and are widely admired by today’s collectors for their outstanding styling and performance, as well as remarkable versatility. With Ferrari Classiche certification and fascinating early racing history, 1037 GT is an exceptional example worthy of any Ferrari collector’s consideration.
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II (Estimate: $5,500,000 - $6,500,000) This 250 MM, 0348 MM, is one of 12 Vignale Spiders built on the legendary 250 MM chassis – the first series-production Ferrari competition car to use the 250 appeleation. Designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti, this extraordinary Vignale-bodied Ferrari possesses marvelous details, including distinctive fender portholes, triangular cutaways at the rear, and decorative chrome trim. Sold new to Alfred Momo, who managed Briggs Cunningham’s racing team, this car was entered in numerous races in the United States throughout the mid 1950s. Its provenance includes a number of noted collectors including Ken Hutchison, Bill Jacobs, and David Sydorick. Today, 0348 MM is beautifully presented and retains its original chassis, bodywork, engine, and gearbox, making it one of the most sought-after 250 MM Vignale Spiders. Finished in an elegant dark red livery with patinated brown leather interior, this historically significant early Ferrari possesses every quality one looks for in a collectible automobile: aesthetic beauty, mechanical sophistication, exclusivity in numbers, a fantastic racing history, and exceptional provenance.
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet (Estimate: $1,900,000 - $2,200,000) This significant 212 Europa Cabriolet, chassis 0235 EU, was the third 212 bodied by Pinin Farina and it debuted on the Ferrari show stand at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1952. In January 1953, the Ferrari was displayed at the Brussels Auto Show and then sold to its privateer racer Tony Parravano of Southern California. Parravano entered 0235 EU at the inaugural Nürburgring 1000 KM in August 1953 where it finished 9th Overall and 3rd in Class driven by Ricardo Vignolo and Maurice Gatsonides (the future inventor of the “Gatso” speed-measuring camera). Restored and certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department, 0235 EU is beautifully presented in the original color scheme of Azzurro Metallizzato (Light Blue Metallic) paint over beige leather, as first presented at the 1952 Paris Salon. It is eligible for the world’s most prestigious events and marque gatherings and would make a crowning addition to most any collection.
The Scottsdale Auctions Dates: Friday, January 18 at 11:00am and Saturday, January 19 at 11:00am Location: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E. Highland Ave. Public preview: Wednesday, January 16 – Saturday, January 19 Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoodingandCompany Twitter: @goodingandco #goodingscottsdale Instagram: @goodingandcompany #goodingscottsdale YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/GoodingandCompany Phone: 310.899.1960