Auctions and Brokerage
Santa Monica, CA (February 12, 2015) - Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is set to present an array of noteworthy examples from Ferrari, the industry’s most sought-after marque. Initial Ferraris heading to Amelia Island include a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Estimate: $3,400,000 - $3,800,000) recently discovered and debuting for the first time at a public sale, a stunning white over red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Estimate: $2,000,000-$2,500,000), a low-mileage, limited ownership 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (Estimate: $900,000-$1,100,000) and a fully optioned “Chairs and Flares” model 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS (Estimate: $500,000-$600,000). Gooding & Company’s auction will be on Friday, March 13 at 11:00am on Amelia Island, Florida at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Estimate: $3,400,000 - $3,800,000) The 275 GTB/4 is the Ferrari with all the allure: impressive performance, exclusivity, timeless design and the unparalleled recognition from the global car community. These Ferrari models remain as strong as ever and continue to be a staple on the “ones-to-watch” list for market trends and benchmarks.
This 275 GTB/4, chassis number 09489, is among the finest of the limited production and truly stands the test of time with its beauty and preservation. Finished in striking and rare Bleu Chiaro with black leather interior and equipped with cast alloy wheels, front bumper guard and a radio console, it is ideally specified.
It was sold new in Rome, Italy in February 1967 where it was registered on Italian roads until the early 1970s. Circa 1972, the 275 GTB/4 was sold to an American car enthusiast, John Doonan - a retired pilot who bought and sold exotic sports cars throughout the early 1970s, including several Ferraris that he imported from overseas.
In March 1972, a young Massachusetts-based car enthusiast struck a deal with John Doonan and purchased 09489 for $5,500. The car was cherished and enjoyed, attending local car shows and cruising around during summer weekends. As the value of the Ferrari continued to increase each year, the owner decided to retire 09489 from the road in 1982. So for the next 33 years the Ferrari was kept lovingly preserved inside his den, safe from the elements and always at home for him and his family to enjoy. It has not been started, driven or registered since.
David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company: “After 43 years in the care of one owner, Gooding & Company is proud to present this wonderful 275 GTB/4 at auction on behalf of the family that has so lovingly treasured and cared for it. A Ferrari of this kind is what every collector dreams of finding and will never tire of its extraordinary quality and transcendent style.”
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Estimate: $2,000,000-$2,500,000) The Ferrari 250 GT is highly regarded as the most successful Ferrari series of its time, production of all editions exceeded 900 and only 200 of those were Series II Cabriolets, making it even more limited and desirable among the marketplace. As the 124th built, this late production Series II Cabriolet is the luxurious open-top version of the Pininfarina 250 GT Coupé and was built alongside its famous sportier sister, the California Spider.
This particular Series II Cabriolet, which received a Ferrari Factory Certification of Authenticity in 2012, is presented in a stunning white over red interior with a factory hard top and built in sunroof, a very rare option for this series. Delivered new to its first owner, the wife of a wealthy bank director in Zurich, Switzerland, this Series II Cabriolet was driven and very well enjoyed until 1976. It was then sold to its second owner where it remained on Swiss roads until 1991 before making its way to Holland and eventually to the United States.
It has since been widely celebrated and showcased at many events including the 2010 XIX and 2011 XX Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, the 47th and 49th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Field and Driving Concours and presented at The Quail in 2012. Also in 2012, the Series II had a complete and total restoration. It’s impeccable correctness and beauty yielded the receipt of two Platinum awards at both the 2013 and 2014 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours in Palm Beach, Florida.
In 2013 it was shown at the 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, where it won the Amelia Award and 2nd in Class as well as the Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, where it was awarded Excellence in Class.
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (Estimate: $900,000-$1,100,000) The creation of the Ferrari 330 GTC embodied both the lavishness of the 330 GT 2+2 and the toughness of the 275 GTB that came before it. Equipped with the 275 GTB’s suspension, steering, transmission and a wheelbase much shorter than the 330 GT 2+2, the GTC is one of Ferrari’s most beloved GTs.
With only 598 models produced, this 330 GTC finished in the covetous Grigio Fumo over light parchment interior is very special. The juxtaposition of smokey grey with accented blue carpets gives it a rare and dynamic presence. A well cared for and pristine model, it was purchased new by the son of a notable New York nightclub owner and retained by the second owner for over 30 years, having been driven only once and totaling only 12,000 miles from new. The presentation of this well documented, beautifully unrestored, original condition 330 GTC is complete with authentic books, tools and the original 1967 bill of sale.
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS (Estimate: $500,000-$600,000) One of the last 20 examples ever built, the 246 GTS heading to Amelia Island for auction is truly a special example of the most evolved Dino series, the Tipo E. A Dino of particular distinction, as part of the rare factory-built “Chairs and Flares” models, purposefully titled because of their attractive Daytona seats, dramatically flared wheel arches, and 7.5” Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. Fewer than 300 Dinos were ever equipped with both chairs and flares, with the majority being US-spec GTS models. Throughout its existence the Dino has been passed through several distinguished collections.
Today this rare “Chairs and Flares” 246 GTS is presented in outstanding condition and showing approximately 23,600 miles on the odometer. Boasting an exceptional provenance, superb original colors, and low mileage, as well as the most desirable options and accessories, this late-production 246 GTS is among the finest examples to be found anywhere.