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Cherished Racing Treasures from The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection Announced for Gooding & Company’s Geared Online Auctions

Outstanding pieces of automotive and racing history will be offered for the first time ever through the auction house’s online only platform starting in December and continuing through 2021.

Santa Monica, Calif. (November 2, 2020) – Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is honored to present The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection, a series of online only sales dedicated to one of the world’s most recognized and accomplished racing drivers, Phil Hill. The first of three dedicated automobilia auctions begins November 30, 2020, with additional offerings from the Hill estate running from February 8-19, 2021 and March 15-26, 2021. Each sale encompasses Hill’s various automotive and personal interests; from his time with the Scuderia Ferrari racing team to his passion of restoring and collecting rare and unique pieces of motoring history. Gooding & Company will house all automobilia included in the online auction within one accessible location, providing the unique ability to offer on-site inspections for interested bidders and to engage with the available lots.

“While Phil Hill needs no introduction among car enthusiasts, his automotive passions beyond racing are perhaps less known," states Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding. “After a long and successful racing career, with his crowning achievement being America's first World Champion driver, he then focused on his famed restoration business. Both a collector and a world-class restorer, Phil’s passion for cars and collectibles was extraordinary. It is our honor to present these cherished possessions from The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection."

“My father was prone to keeping things he treasured, liked, or found useful. From his unbelievable racing career with years of success at Ferrari to his post-racing life as a professional classic car restorer at his company Hill & Vaughn, he amassed a unique collection which reflects a golden era in motor sports and automobiles, while also including items from his diverse hobbies and love for music,” says Phil Hill’s son, Derek Hill. “Opening up my father’s archive to part with so many of his coveted treasures is a momentously sentimental event. Even though I grew up around all these things which were simply a part of our family home or stored away in a garage or two, it leaves me very excited to finally bring so much of this to light and to see it move on to folks who will absolutely cherish these long held objects.”

The first sale from the Hill collection features items from a variety of marques such as Ferrari, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and Jaguar, and many more. Rare automotive literature includes sales brochures, posters, prints, signs, scale models, artwork, and photographs. Also on offer are selections from Hill’s personal library and archives comprising uncommon motoring books and magazines, car club publications, and event programs. This is surely one of the most comprehensive collections of automotive works to come to auction in years, all hailing from the personal compendium of America’s first World Champion.

About Phil Hill Phil Hill is widely regarded as one of the most famous racing drivers of all time. Born in Santa Monica, California, he began competing in local Southern California sports car events, quickly rising to fame and eventually joining the Scuderia Ferrari racing team. With Ferrari, Hill won the 1961 Grand Prix Championship, a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a three-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring among other races. He later raced for two of America’s most famous racing teams – Shelby American, Ford (as part of the GT40 program), and Jim Hall's Chaparral team. In addition to his distinguished and successful racing career, Hill was a student of automotive history, a passionate collector, and a talented restorer. He collected a wide variety of prewar American antiques and prestigious European classics, established the world-famous restoration shop Hill & Vaughn, and won multiple Best of Show trophies at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®. From his time on ABC's Wide World of Sports to vintage racing at the Monterey Historics, to collaborating with Road & Track magazine, Hill was actively involved in the automotive world throughout his entire life.

Geared Online – The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection | December 2020 Online Catalogue Available: Monday, November 30, 2020 Auction Begins: Monday, November 30, 2020, 9:00 AM PT Lots Begin Closing: Friday, December 11, 2020, 12:00 PM PT Auction Details: Facebook: Twitter: @goodingandco #GearedOnline #PhilHillCollection Instagram: @goodingandcompany #GearedOnline #PhilHillCollection YouTube: Phone: 310.899.1960

Geared Online – The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection | February 2021 Online Catalogue Available: Monday, February 8, 2021 Auction Begins: Monday, February 8, 2021, 9:00 AM PT Lots Begin Closing: Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:00 PM PT

Geared Online – The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection | March 2021 Online Catalogue Available: Monday, March 15, 2021 Auction Begins: Monday, March 15, 2021, 9:00 AM PT Lots Begin Closing: Friday, March 26, 2021, 12:00 PM PT

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