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Last year, Gooding & Company broke several all-time sales records when it came to vintage exotica, specifically Ferraris. This year, the auction house plans to do much the same. During 2011, no fewer than 15 coachbuilt examples dating from 1950 to 1963 will be up for grabs at various events including the August 20-21 Pebble Beach auction.
Examples slated to cross the block include a 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe with bodywork by Touring, a car that was displayed at the Turin Motor Show back in 1951; a 1953 Ferrari 375 America by Vignale; a 1957 Pininfarina bodied Series II 410 Superamerica (shown), which was also displayed at a show, in this case that year’s Paris Auto Salon, plus a 1963 400 Superamerica Aerodynamica, another ex-Turin show car.
“We are delighted to present more than 15 collector-quality Ferraris at our Pebble Beach Auctions this year,” declared company president and founder David Gooding. “These ultra-rare, low-production Ferraris, such as the ‘50s- and‘60s-era show cars we’re offering, will continue to hold their value and reward those with a passion for the best.”
To give you an idea of how much some vintage Ferraris go for, at Scottsdale back in January a 1959 Ferrari 250 long wheel base California Spider Competizione went for a whopping $7.26 million, while at Pebble Beach last year, a 1961 250 short wheelbase Berlinetta SEFAC brought in a cool $6.105 million.
[Source: Gooding & Company]
Over August 13-14, during the prestigious Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach, Mecum Auctions will be hosting its event at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Monterey. And headlining will be this, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase Tour de France. This particular car, (chassis number 1321) is significant in that, firstly, it’s un-restored and secondly, that it has racing pedigree. It won the gruelling Nurburgring 1000 km in 1959 and later that year finished third overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Belgians Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier. The car has been meticulously maintained since its winning days and has seldom changed hands, the last owner purchasing the car sometime in the 1970s. Prior to being showcased at the Del Monte Golf Course recently, the last time it was seen in public was at Road America, almost two decades ago, so anticipation for the sale is particularly high.
Mecum’s Monterey auction is currently shaping up to be a memorable one. Dana Mecum, President of the auction house, stated, “the list of vehicles continues to grow for our upcoming auction and as a result, we’ve now expanded it to two days, as more than 400 investment grade collector cars, exotic vehicles and ultra rare boats are scheduled to cross the auction block.” It will be interesting to see how 25o GT Tour de France (chassis# 1321) will fare, especially given that high profile vintage Ferraris (especially those with significant racing pedigree) tend to go for serious money at the Monterey auctions.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]