SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 18, 2014) – The official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Gooding & Company, will be hosting its annual Pebble Beach Auctions on August 16 and 17. As an industry leader, the world turns to Gooding & Company for spectacular auctions featuring extraordinary, rare-to-market automobiles from across the collecting spectrum. This year’s Pebble Beach Auctions will be no exception with outstanding Ferraris leading the way. Exquisite entries from the marque include a 1961 250 GT SWB California Spider (estimate: $13,000,000-15,000,000), a 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (estimate upon request), a 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione (estimate: $5,500,000-7,000,000), a 1959 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (estimate: $4,500,000-6,000,000), a 1964 250 GT Lusso (estimate upon request) and a 1956 250 GT Europa (estimate: $2,500,000-3,000,000), among other highlights.
David Gooding, President and Founder: “We have recognized the demand for special Ferraris with exceptional originality. It is our privilege to be entrusted with some of Maranello's best examples. Each of these special automobiles that we have consigned, from the California Spider all the way through to the Daytona Competizione, are respected by Ferrari enthusiasts for their desirability, exceptional provenance and phenomenal histories.”
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider This Ferrari 250 GT presented here, chassis 2903 GT is among the most desirable of the SWB California Spiders. It features the highly attractive covered-headlight treatment, which Scaglietti applied to just 37 of the 56 examples built. In addition to this significant distinction, 2903 GT is one of a limited number of SWB California Spiders factory equipped with an optional hardtop. This car has spent its life in the care of dedicated owners, including famed actress Barbara Hershey, and in prominent collections. Chassis 2903 GT has the distinction of having been displayed at world renowned events including Concorso Italiano, Monterey Vintage Ferrari Concours and Cavallino Classic as well as participating in important rallies such as the Colorado Grand and the Copperstate 1000. Offered for sale for the first time in over 14 years, this exceptionally desirable 250 GT is accompanied by a Ferrari Classiche certification and would surely complete any world-class collection. (estimate: $13,000,000-15,000,000)
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta An exceptionally original 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, chassis 3113 GT has a rich, well-documented history and provenance that begins with its first owner, Doris C. Blackwood, the 46th member of the Ferrari Club of America. This late-production SWB Berlinetta ranks among the most beautiful and iconic sports cars ever built. Finished in its elegant factory-delivered Silver Grey over black color scheme, this SWB Berlinetta has benefited from exceptional stewardship and its outstanding presentation reflects the care and attention it has continued to receive. Here is a significant 250 Ferrari that has never required a full, ground-up restoration. Rather, it has always been maintained as needed and, as a result, gives an insight into what these cars were like when they were new. With less than 35,000 original miles, this Ferrari was driven sparingly and, with the exception of an appearance at the inaugural Santa Fe Concorso, it has not been seen on the show circuit. For one who has a deep appreciation for extraordinary automobiles and the fascinating lives they have led, 3113 GT is a unique prize. (estimate upon request)
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione Based on factory records, this Daytona began life as a European-specification road car but in April 1971, it became much more. A significant piece of Ferrari racing history, this Daytona’s story truly begins when it was serviced at the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti and then sent to Autofficina Sport Auto in Modena, where it was prepared for competition use. During its prestigious racing career, this car was campaigned by the North American Racing Team (NART) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 where it achieved 5th Overall and won the Index of Thermal Efficiency. Following this Daytona’s outstanding result at Le Mans, Ferrari recognized the model’s potential as a GT-class winner and developed three series of purpose-built Daytonas for endurance racing. Following its triumph with the NART team, the car went on to be successfully campaigned by Baker Motors at Sebring, Daytona, and Watkins Glen. Today, this car is presented in its original 1971 NART Le Mans livery. Considering its remarkable race record, documented provenance, and extraordinary versatility, this 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione is an indisputable piece of Ferrari racing history and a worthy addition to any collection. (estimate: $5,500,000-7,000,000)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet The 250 GT Series I Cabriolet presented here, chassis 1475 GT, the very last example built. As such, this is a virtually unique example in terms of its coachwork and mechanical specification. Given its late build, this body displays clear evidence of the transition from the ornate designs of the late 1950s to the clean, modern styling that characterized Pinin Farina coachwork in the early 1960s. As with nearly all late-production Cabriolets, 1475 GT features full-width bumpers, and its flanks are unadorned with vents, emphasizing the long, elegant lines of the front wings. Additionally, this Series I Cabriolet is one of only four examples built with the open headlamp treatment, and one of only two that features the tall vertical tail lights that were later incorporated into Pinin Farina’s 250 GT Coupe and Series II Cabriolet. Amazingly, since it was delivered to its first owner in fall 1959, this Pinin Farina Cabriolet has covered just over 42,000 miles. As presented today, this Ferrari remains in outstanding condition throughout and is finished in a very attractive color combination of Amaranto Bull Lea, a rich metallic dark red, with Crema Connolly leather upholstery. While all Series I Pinin Farina Cabriolets are among the top tier of collector cars, 1475 GT is surely a star among the best of them. (estimate: $4,500,000-6,000,000)
Additional Ferrari highlights from Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions will include a 1964 250 GT Lusso (estimate upon request), a 1956 250 GT Europa (estimate: $2,500,000-3,000,000), a 1960 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (estimate: $1,800,000-2,200,000), a 2001 333 SP (estimate: $1,750,000-2,250,000) and a 1968 Dino 206 GT (estimate: $600,000-700,000).