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Gooding & Company Counts Down to its Star-Studded 2013 Scottsdale Auctions

Glamorous pre-war additions, a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A, 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport, and 1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe round out a stellar 106-car portfolio.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (January 4, 2013) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is delighted to highlight three extraordinary pre-war automobiles for its Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19: a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A, 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Series V Gran Sport and 1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe.

“In our business, the stars of the show are the cars and we’re proud to present another A-list level offering over two days at our Scottsdale Auctions in January,” says David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. “Among the wide variety of exceptional automobiles we’re presenting this year, the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K, 1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe and 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport are three cars that epitomize collector car star power, for their historical significance, rarity and pre-war engineering.”

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A Chassis No. 105379/ Engine No. 105379 Estimate $2,500,000 - $3,000,000

  • One of the most beautiful and desirable pre-war Mercedes-Benz body styles

  • Arguably the best of just 11 remaining examples of the 500 K cabriolet A

  • Factory supercharged with the marque’s signature Kompressor engine

  • Coachbuilt in-house by Sindelfingen, renowned for its simple and luxurious design ethos

  • An authentic, matching-numbers example that was ordered new by a Swedish Baron

  • After nearly 50 years spent in Sweden among a few elite collectors, this car moved to West Germany in 1983 and then to its current owner’s established collection in the Netherlands in 2004

  • Well-documented provenance from new with an exceptional restoration by Rolf Bunte

  • Beautifully finished in the period, two-tone exterior of light grey and black with chrome detailing over a red leather interior and a rare, beautiful leather convertible top

1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe Chassis No. 2446/ Engine No. J-429 Estimate $2,000,000 - $2,400,000

  • The most iconic example of the legendary Model J Duesenberg: a Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe design by Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, CA

  • Unlike most Model Js that were immediately shipped to coachbuilders, this car was sold as a bare chassis, allowing the first owner a custom body style of his choosing

  • In 1961, this car was purchased by famed collector Bob Estes of Los Angeles who owned it for approximately 40 years

  • Displayed at Pebble Beach five times between 1970 and 1985

  • ACD Category 1 certified

  • Retains original chassis, engine, and bodywork

  • Exquisitely restored to concours standards by Stone Barn Automobile Restoration of New Jersey

  • An ideal contender for ACD meets, concours and classic car tours and a recent participant in a prestigious Duesenberg tour in California

  • One of the finest surviving Murphy Roadsters

1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport Chassis no. 10814400 Estimate $1,500,000 - $2,200,000

  • An outstanding pre-war Alfa Romeo and among the most desirable of the 6C variants, the late and highly-developed Series V Gran Sport

  • Beautifully coachbuilt by Zagato with a spectacular disappearing top

  • Distinguished chain of ownership including Alfa Romeo enthusiasts Oscar Davis, Brian Brunkhorst and Tom Price

  • Awarded Best in Class at the 1996 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

  • Twice entered at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: awarded a third in class in 1985 and later displayed as an exhibit-only entrant in 2005

  • Comprehensive mechanical restoration by marque specialist Jim Stokes

  • This Alfa Romeo was a successful participant in the Mille Miglia Storica and 1000 Millas Sport, an official FIVA event and, arguably, the best driving event in South America

  • An eligible candidate for premier international concours, races and rallies