SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 17, 2015) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is pleased to announce an outstanding array of bespoke offerings from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti at its annual two-day Scottsdale Auctions on January 29 and 30, 2016. The coachbuilt era was a very short period, which ceased in the mid-1960s, yet delivered to the world some of the rarest and most beautiful rolling art examples.
“We are privileged to be offering a variety of exquisite automobiles from Touring, Pininfarina, Boano and A.P. Compton,” states David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. “Automotive art is best exemplified by the top coachbuilders on the finest chassis such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Bugatti."
1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans (Estimate: $5,750,000-$6,500,000) Built in 1950, 0060 M is a thoroughbred competition Ferrari, based on the highly successful 166 MM/195 S chassis with aerodynamic coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. One of only six examples of the Berlinetta Le Mans, this Ferrari was campaigned in Italian races by the factory and displayed by Luigi Chinetti at the 1950 Paris Auto Salon. Sold new to famed American sportsman Briggs Cunningham, 0060 M was raced at Sebring, Buenos Aires, Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton through 1952. Later owned by Road & Track writer Henry N. Manney III, the Ferrari eventually made its way to the UK, where it took part in many important European events including the Mille Miglia Storica and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Beautifully restored and presented in its original light blue livery, 0060 M is among the most important early competition Ferraris. This historic car will grant its new owner entry into the world’s most exclusive classic car events.
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale (Estimate: $3,400,000-$4,000,000) Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in 1967, the 330 GTC Speciale was hailed as a brilliant Ferrari-Pininfarina collaboration. The modern design captured the very essence of late 1960s motoring, combining features from Pininfarina’s latest show and concept cars. One of only four examples ever built, and featuring razor-edge lines, curved glass and trailing pillars creating a dramatic and beautiful effect, chassis 10107 was initially sold to an important and influential customer – Maria Maddalena Da Lisca. The heiress of a prominent Tuscan family, Maria Maddalena was the wife of famed Italian pasta manufacturer Pietro Barilla, who was a personal friend of Enzo Ferrari. This car has been thoroughly documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini and is an ideal entry into the finest international concours d’elegance.
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale (Estimate Available Upon Request) This striking one-off Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale was designed and built by Carrozzeria Boano for display at the prestigious 1955 Torino Motor Show. Conceived as a showcase of Boano’s coachbuilding talents, this unique Alfa Romeo is a fantastic example of 1950s custom coachwork, with a futuristic wrap around greenhouse and other fascinating mid-century design elements. The Alfa Romeo was sold new in Italy and spent decades in the world-famous Mario Righini collection. Recently displayed in the Postwar Preservation Class at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this unrestored, coachbuilt Alfa Romeo is being offered for the first time at public auction and will be sold without reserve.
1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport (Estimate: $550,000-$750,000) Many veteran Bugatti enthusiasts believe that the finest of all touring Bugatti motor cars was the Type 49 Tourer. Among the first examples of the model, chassis 49119 was delivered new to England where it received sporting Grand Sport coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. Upon completion this Bugatti was presented at the 1931 Olympia Motor Show in London and possesses an exceptional provenance with only two registered owners from new, as well as a museum that did not register the vehicle. This matching-numbers, unrestored, Type 49 is beautifully preserved with its original saddle-brown interior. Offered for public sale for the first time in its history, this important Bugatti is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.