05/01/2012 Gooding & Co.: The Scottsdale Auction Jan 20-21 2012 - Preview
1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder: $700,000 - 900,000
For those suffering from post-Christmas, bad-weather blues, the thought of a week in Arizona has its attractions. This January, Gooding has assembled a colourful catalogue of significant cars sure to appeal to the most discerning collector.
And, in addition to the requisite number of Ferraris, Maseratis, inter-war entries (Duesenberg, Packard et al) and ‘Gullwings’, the catalogue lists many more accessible cars estimated under $100,000.
“Veritable bargains,” I hear you say. Well, how about the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider for $60,000 - 80,000, the $75,000 - 95,000, 'No Reserve' 1970 Porsche 911 E 2.2 or the 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 HP Coupe, another 'No Reserve' car modestly priced at $65,000 - 85,000? Yes, quite.
Joining this crème-de-la-crème are the 1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Dual Cowl Sports Tourer ($1,200,000 - 1,500,000), the 1958 BMW 507 ($900,000 - 1,200,000), the fabulous Ghibli Spyder you see at the head of this page and the $1,300,000 - 1,600,000, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 HP Coupe: $65,000 - 85,000 'No Reserve'
1958 BMW 507: $900,000 - 1,200,000
And for me? I do like the affordable Corvettes but, money no object, it would have to be the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. An ‘open headlamp’ car it might be, but should $3,400,000 - 3,800,000 come my way I’d be a serious bidder on a model that still has some way to go in terms of investment – and is sure to be one hell of a drive.