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Striking 1970s Exotics Headline Gooding & Company’s Geared Online October Auction

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 9, 2020) – Gooding & Company, the auction house revered for selling the world’s most significant and desirable collector cars, is thrilled to present a selection of exotic European sports cars for the company’s second Geared Online auction to be held October 26–30. These remarkable automobiles, all manufactured during the 1970s, showcase the avant-garde designs and engineering advances that were developed during this period. A variety of prestigious marques – including Alpine, Lancia, Lamborghini, and Porsche – are well represented in the upcoming auction, with models rarely offered at public auction in the US.

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopica' (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,100,000) Out of the many lightning bolts thrown by a young Marcello Gandini during his tenure at Carrozzeria Bertone, the Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopica’ defined many precepts of the mid-engine exotic car. The successor to the legendary Miura P400, the LP400 Countach was unveiled in prototype form at the 1973 Geneva Auto Show and entered production the following year. Featuring scissor doors, origami-like bodywork, a periscope-style rearview mirror, and Lamborghini’s robust four-liter V-12, the original Countach is the definitive Italian supercar of the 1970s.

One of only 158 Countach LP400 ‘Periscopicas’ ever made, chassis 1120064 is presented here in its striking original Blu Metallizzato livery. One of two examples sold to Saudi Arabia in 1975, this early-production Countach was later owned by collectors in Germany and Italy before settling with its current owner in the US. Rarely seen on the open market, the LP400 is deserving of a place in any lineup of iconic sports cars. This example, with its matching-numbers engine and fascinating provenance, represents an exciting opportunity for discerning collectors.

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale (Estimate: $350,000 – $450,000) The Lancia Stratos was built to win the World Rally Championship. With a purpose-built chassis, Dino V-6 engine, and sensational Bertone bodywork, the Stratos took the racing scene by storm and went on to win three consecutive championship titles.

A road-going version of the Italian marque’s famed rally car, this HF Stradale, chassis 001599 was completed at Bertone’s Grugliasco works in 1975, finished in Dark Blue, and originally delivered to a customer in Milan. Originally exported to its first owner in Japan in the late 1970s, the Lancia shortly made its way to California in the early 1980s, where it was acquired by the current owner, a San Francisco-based enthusiast with a passion for fine Italian machinery. The Stratos was driven occasionally during its first decade of its current ownership before eventually being parked in the early 1990s. Today, chassis 001599 is presented in as-found, unrestored condition. Offered for public sale for the first time, this California “blue plate” Stratos is an extraordinary discovery that is sure to generate tremendous excitement and interest.

1970 Alpine A110 1600S Group 4 (Estimate: $180,000 – $240,000) The first winner of the World Rally Championship was an Alpine A110, an innovative French sports car that was first introduced in 1962 and uncompromisingly developed over the next decade. Of the many A110 variants produced, the car presented here is among the most desirable – a genuine example of the highly evolved 1600 VB model, of which approximately 800 were built between 1969 and 1972.

Delivered new to France, this A110 has a long and well-documented racing career, having been campaigned in over 150 events since 1970. Raced by noted Alpine driver Michel Bessac throughout the early 1970s, Bessac re-acquired the car in 1990 and gave the A110 a second career as a historic racer. Professionally restored in correct Group 4 specification, this Alpine has participated in the exclusive Tour Auto Optic 2000 in 2011 and 2012, and also took part in the Gstaad Classic and Rallye Neige et Glace.

Additional highlights include a selection of rare ‘70s Porsches – an exceptionally well preserved 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 E (Estimate: $175,000 – $225,000) displaying less than 22,000 miles from new, a rare 1972 Porsche 914/6 (Estimate: $125,000 – $175,000) factory-built with the desirable M471 competition package, and a matching-numbers engine 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 T (Estimate: $100,000 – $130,000) specially ordered in Leaf Green. A garage-find 1972 Porsche 911 2.4 T (Estimate: $55,000 – $70,000) and a low-mileage 1971 Porsche 914/6 (Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000) round out this exciting selection.

The auction house’s online only auction series will complement the company’s live auction events and offer a selection of reserve and no reserve lots, providing a superb array of automotive brilliance for every level of collector. Gooding & Company will house all vehicles and automobilia included in the online auction within one accessible location, providing the unique ability to offer on-site inspections for interested bidders and to engage with the available lots on behalf of buyers and sellers. The auction house invites you to speak with a Gooding & Company staff member for more information on how to consign for the upcoming sales.

Geared Online | October 2020 Online Catalogue Available: Monday, October 19 Auction Begins: Monday, October 26, 9:00 AM PDT Lots Begin Closing: Friday, October 30, 12:00 PM PDT Auction Details: Facebook: Twitter: @goodingandco #GearedOnline Instagram: @goodingandcompany #GearedOnline YouTube: Phone: 310.899.1960

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