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Mighty modern classics set the tone for Gooding in 2020

There’s a distinctly modern flavour to Gooding & Company’s 2020 season opener in Scottsdale, Arizona, telling of the Los Angeles-based auction house’s willingness to listen to the market. These are our favourite modern machines from the 140-lot sale, taking place on 17 January…

At the beginning of the year, we published our annual in-depth story outlining which cars the experts were tipping to be in high demand in 2020, based on the back of the trends of 2019. One of those trends was the collector car market’s hunger for limited-production modern sports cars, supercars and hypercars, indicative of a new, younger wave of buyers in the market and a newfound obsession for rarity and originality. Clearly, Gooding & Company has been listening to the market – the catalogue for its Scottsdale 2020 auction is studded with desirable younger cars, the large majority of which are ultra rare, highly original, low-mileage examples and, as such, have healthy pre-sale estimates attached to them. 

Take the pair of hardcore, track-focused contemporary Ferraris, for example. The 2017 Ferrari F12tdf is specified beautifully in Bianco Avus over Blue Medio upholstery and, more importantly, shows just 450 miles on the odometer. The 2020 Ferrari 488 Pista, meanwhile, is a delivery mileage example and boasts a very tasteful Blu Scuro Alcantara interior. The two are estimated to garner 850,000–900,000 and 475,000–550,000 dollars, respectively. The latter estimate is particularly impressive given Ferrari did not cap Pista production like it did the F12tdf. 

Elsewhere, we were also attracted to a pair of Blue British beauties: the 1998 Bentley Continental T Regional Special Edition (est. 140,000–180,000 dollars) and the 1993 Jaguar XJ220 (375,000–450,00 dollars). The Jag is believed to be the penultimate example to leave the line and has travelled fewer than 2,000km since then. The XJ220 is a car that featured on the aforementioned list of cars to watch in 2020 and, if the expert who cited the car’s sentiments are anything to go by, the pre-sale estimate of this fantastic example is rather reasonable. You can find our 10 favourite modern classics from Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale sale listed below or, alternatively, browse the entire catalogue in the Classic Driver Market

Our 10 favourites modern classics from Gooding & Co. in Scottsdale