SANTA MONICA, Calif. (November 18, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is delighted to present an exceptional ensemble of motorcars at its annual two-day Scottsdale Auctions on January 16 and 17, 2015. Appearing in this impressive roster is a wonderfully original 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato, a rare-to-market Porsche 959 Sport with an exclusive factory power upgrade as well as a Formula 1 Ferrari 641/2 with a rich racing history and museum-worthy design.
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ A truly exciting find for connoisseurs of Italian cars, this wonderfully original Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato is one of approximately 200 built and displays supreme panache. With its extensive race history and original Zagato coachwork, it’s a fascinating time capsule of the 1960s Italian racing scene. The SZ competed in several important events including the 1961, 1962 and 1963 editions of the Targa Florio, the legendary Sicilian road race. In both the April 1961 and May 1962 races the SZ was manned by noted drivers Gianni Bulgari and Maurizio Grana, who went on to pilot other exciting Italian GTs, such as the Alfa Romeo TZ and the Ferrari GTO. Hidden away since its arrival in the United States 50 years ago, this Giulietta SZ is being offered for public sale for the first time, presenting collectors with a rare opportunity to acquire an important Zagato-bodied Alfa Romeo with both a rich racing history and exceptional patina.
1988 Porsche 959 Sport A world-class supercar, the 959 Sport is the ultimate evolution of this landmark Porsche model. One of only twenty-nine Sport models produced, and one of only eleven specified in Grand Prix White, this rare and desirable 959 is a remarkably correct and original example with 19,000 miles from new, a recent factory service and extensive documentation. Significantly, this particular 959 Sport benefits from the factory-installed Stage II power upgrade that increased horsepower from the standard 450 hp to 540 hp, elevating an already superlative supercar into an even more rare and extraordinary class.
1990 Ferrari 641/2 F1 A pivotal point in the evolution of Ferrari Formula 1 racing cars, this Ferrari 641/2 is defined by its sleek and lustrous silhouette crafted by prominent F1 designer, John Barnard. The Museum of Modern Art recently recognized its level of artistic and cultural significance by exhibiting the Ferrari as a prominent lobby display. Notably, this 641/2 was driven by legendary British F1 driver and Formula One World Champion, “Il Leone” Nigel Mansell. Most importantly, Mansell and the 641/2 raced to victory in the 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix, finishing over two seconds ahead of the competition. This sculptural racing machine is equipped with the evolutionary sequential gearbox and celebrated Ferrari V-12 racing powerplant, which lead the industry in innovation and optimal performance.
Gooding & Company will also showcase several Italian originals like the unaltered 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe, a superbly authentic 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, as well as flex major American muscle with two highly documented Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaros on the blocks.