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Italian Racing Classics Lead Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary Pebble Beach Auctions

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 4, 2013) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, will be hosting the 10th Anniversary sale of the Pebble Beach Auctions on August 17 and 18. This year Gooding & Company offers an early preview of some of the most highly sought after and rapidly amassing value collectible – the distinguished Italian race car. Auction highlights include a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C Competizione 2500 from the famed “Sleeping Beauties” collection, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy in dazzling in Fly Yellow, and an extremely low mileage 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast with only one owner since 1966. All three early consignments are a rarefied display of Italian design and racing ingenuity.

“In celebration of Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary as the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, we are pleased to present a stellar line up of Italian marques,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “Our Pebble Beach Auctions will offer collectors the opportunity to bid on a selection of the finest racecars ever produced.”

1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione 
Leading the Italian offerings is an exciting and historic 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione (estimate: $2,800,000-3,500,000). This car is one of the rarest and most important post-war Alfa Romeos known. It is one of only two factory-made sports cars developed for the 1948 racing season, and successfully campaigned by legendary driver Franco Rol for four seasons. An astonishing feat and never-repeated record, 920.002 participated in the Mille Miglia on four consecutive occasions, Targa Florio three times and other important Italian events including Pescara and Coppa D’Oro delle Dolomiti. Decades later, the 6C 2500 was unearthed in France as part of Michel Dovaz’s “Sleeping Beauties” collection. This remarkable, superbly-restored and authentic car is easily one of the most significant Alfa Romeos Gooding & Company has ever presented for sale. Equipped with a twin-cam six cylinder engine, triple Weber dual-throat carburetors and a dry sump oil system, this alloy-bodied Alfa Romeo has always been a strong performer and will continue to be a leader of great, racing Alfas for years to come. With beautiful and sporting style in Alfa racing red, this sole surviving example of Alfa Romeo’s first post-war competition car is eligible for the greatest concours and driving events.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy Among the first of 25 alloy-bodied Long Nose 275 GTBs ever created, this rare 1965 Ferrari (chassis 07887) was an early stand-out as the show car for the prestigious Paris Auto Salon).  It is a highly-original and desirable example of this rare breed of 275, with a matching-numbers engine and optional six-carburetor set-up. This Ferrari was delivered to the US and treated to comprehensive restoration by Norbert Hofer’s Grand Touring Classics and Juniors House of Color. With three platinum awards and Ferrari Classiche certification to its credit, it is an important example of the 275 series and an ideal entrant for all the best concours and driving events.  Dazzling in Fly Yellow (giallo fly) over rich, black leather interior, this Long Nose Alloy’s estimate is $2,250,000-$2,500,000.

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast The Ferrari 500 Superfast was the most powerful, exclusive, and expensive Ferrari of the sixties (estimate: $1,750,000-$2,250,000). The appearance of this car represents a rare opportunity to acquire the last undiscovered Superfast, never before offered for sale. Very rarely seen in the public, this Ferrari boasts only one owner since 1966 and approximately 13,500 original miles – possibly the lowest-mile example in existence. This particular car was displayed at the 1965 Chicago Motor Show and sold to famed New York Collector Dieter Holterbosch. Stunning in its original orange (arancia) leather interior, this desirable Series 1 model was the sixth example built of only 36 produced.

Additional highlights from the 2013 Pebble Beach Auctions include a rare Michelotti-bodied Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider (estimate: $700,000-1,000,000) and a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II, Coachwork by Pininfarina (estimate: $180,000-$220,000), among others.

Gooding & Company’s 2013 Pebble Beach Auctions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 14, and continue through Sunday, August 18. The auctions will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auctions. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased on-site for $40. Auctions are broadcast live from Gooding & Company’s website. Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are also available on http://www.goodingco.com or by calling (310) 899-1960. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.