Scottsdale, AZ (January 17, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, realized more than $26 million during the first of its two Scottsdale auctions. The energy in the salesroom was electric as the auction house sold 57 of the 59 lots, which resulted in a 97% sales rate and an impressive average price of $456,858 per car sold.
David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company: “We had one of the most exciting first-day sales with fantastic excitement surrounding the sale of the record-setting Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet. It’s incredible that Friday’s results do not yet take into account many of our star attractions including the highly anticipated 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton and the newly discovered 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS barn find that will highlight our auction on Saturday.”
Leading the Friday offerings was a stunning dark blue 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet (estimate: $4,000,000-5,000,000, sold for $6,160,000), a new world auction record for a Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet. An undisputed Pinin Farina masterpiece, this car is 14th of only 40 Series 1 Cabriolets built. It is a prime example of what many would consider one of the greatest sports cars of the 1950s – an open 250 GT with an unbroken provenance, desirable factory upgrades, and a stunning presentation that is impressive to the most discerning eye. To many Ferrari connoisseurs, the Series 1 Cabriolets, such as this example, are some of the most beautiful Ferraris ever made.
Also among the highlights was a rare to market 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I Coupe (estimate: $2,250,000-2,750,000, sold for $3,300,000), a new world auction record for a Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I Coupe. This car is among the most powerful, expensive, and prestigious Ferraris of the 1950s. Constructed with coachwork by Pinin Farina in late 1955, this car was the fourth of only 16 Series I 410 Superamericas built on the 2,800 mm wheelbase. Possibly the first 410 in the US, this car was included in the Chinetti Motors display at the New York International Auto Show in 1956 and boasts a rich, well-documented provenance with limited and noteworthy ownership that includes DuPont heir William Kemble Carpenter and is offered from the McBride Collection. Refinished in stunning dark red, this Superamerica was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1984 and was a participant on the Colorado Grand in 1997 and 2007.
Leading the Mercedes-Benz offerings from the day was a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (estimate $1,100,000-1,400,000, sold for $1,897,500). Delivered new to Los Angeles, this three-owner 300 SL Gullwing barn find is one of a select group originally finished in the classic color scheme of black (DB 40) over red leather. Owned by the same family for almost 50 years, this highly original, matching-numbers car was an exciting find for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale Auctions marked its first appearance at public sale.
Top Ten Results from the Friday Sale
Lot 39 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet, sold for $6,160,000, a new world auction record for a Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet
Lot 14 – 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe, sold for $3,300,000, a world auction record for a Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe
Lot 29 – 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, sold for $2,365,000
Lot 42 – 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, sold for $1,897,500
Lot 18 – 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for $1,430,000
Lot 7 – 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, sold for $1,402,500
Lot 11 – 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, sold for $649,000
Lot 33 – 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900c C SS Coupe, sold for $649,000, a world auction record for a Alfa Romeo 1900 SS
Lot 27 – 1937 Hispano-Suiza K6 Coupe, sold for $621,500
Lot 21 – 1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe, sold for $550,000
World Auction Records from the Friday Sale
Lot 14 – 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe, a world auction record for a Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe at $3,300,000
Lot 25 – 1973 Ferrari Dino GT, a world auction record for a Ferrari Dino GT at $473,000
Lot 33 – 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900c SS Coupe, a world auction record for a Alfa Romeo 1900c SS Coupe at $649,000
Lot 39 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet, a world auction record for a Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet at $6,160,000
Lot 52 – 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe, a world auction record for a Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe at $550,000
Gooding & Company’s Auctions continue on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. MST. Highlights for January 18th include a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (estimate: $1,350,000-1,700,000), a 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe (estimate: 1,700,000-2,200,000), a 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail (estimate: $5,000,000-7,000,000), a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton (estimate: $2,000,000-2,300,000) and the newly discovered 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS barn (estimate upon request), among others.
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