Gooding & Co.: The Amelia Island Auction Mar 11 2011 - Preview

1953 Siata 208 CS Berlinetta - $650,000 - 850,000

In addition to the wonderful ‘time-warp’ R-Type Bentley Continental, Gooding has another unmolested, original car – the LHD 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV ($425,000 - 475,000) – in its forthcoming Florida sale. The two British cars will join 85 often concours-standard entries in the Santa Monica-based auction house’s Amelia Island event.

As with the Bentley which we previewed exclusively recently, the DB4 presents another opportunity for a buyer (at some cost, as the estimate is ‘adventurous’...) to purchase a really original car and either restore to perfection, or drive as a ‘preservation class’ runner.

Other Astons include a more modern 2003 DB AR1 Roadster ($160,000 - 210,000), and two LHD ‘DBs’, the 1969 DB6 Mark II Vantage ($300,000 - 350,000) and the 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III ($180,000 - 220,000).

More British-made entries always finding favour in the States are the 1950 Allard K1 Roadster ($150,000 - 200,000) and the two six-cylinder ACs.

Both LHD 1957 cars, the Ace Bristol is estimated at $250,000 - 275,000, the AC-engined (a rarity) Aceca is $100,000 - 130,000.

1962 AC Cobra - $450,000 - 550,000 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer - $250,000 - 325,000

Also titled ‘AC’ (rather than ‘Shelby’) is the 1962 Cobra, an early car with an extensive show, mild competition and ownership history that names the first recorded owner as New York-domiciled Mr Kelly Wakefield, no less. As delivered to Mr Wakefield (no doubt a long-lost relation...), the car was finished in “charcoal grey with leather seats and door pockets a shade darker than sky blue”. $450,000 - $550,000 is the estimate – a nice car.

A feature of the sale is the high standard of quality Italian exotica. Joining the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ ($320,000 - 360,000) are the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Prototype (‘In excess of $1,000,000’), a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 ($1,200,000 - 1,400,000) and one of the early, dramatically styled Ferraris, a 1951 212 Export Cabriolet, to be offered at $800,000 - 1,100,000.

There’s also the superb, $650,000 - 850,000 1953 Siata 208 CS Berlinetta; surely a likely entry to all manner of events - such as the Mille Miglia retrospective or Colorado Grand - with its head-turning (by Carrozzeria Successori Balbo, pre-dating a typical ‘Zagato look’) bodywork.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV - $425,000 - 475,000

Moving north of the Alps to southern Germany, the Gooding Amelia sale features two 300 SL Mercedes: a ‘No Reserve’ 1955 ‘Gullwing’, for $375,000 - 450,000 and a Roadster, the 1957 example carrying a price of $550,000 - 650,000. Gooding will be hoping its sparkling form with these cars continues from Scottsdale this January, where it sold a restoration-level 1962 car for $951,500.

The collecting world is becoming used to $100,000+ ‘chrome bumper’ Porsche 911s. Gooding’s Amelia Island offering is an orange, matching numbers 1973 2.4 S coupé for $100,000 - 130,000.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Race Car - $90,000 - 120,000 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S Coupé - $100,000 - 130,000

And for those more interested in older, pre-War cars the catalogue lists ‘Great Gatsby’ Americana (the 1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 Town Car, $275,000 - 325,000), sophisticated European classics (1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet, $200,000 - 250,000), and understated British reserve at its best in the form of two ‘Cricklewood’ Bentleys: the 1928 6 1/2 Litre Coupé ($750,000 - 950,000) and the 1925 3 Litre Tourer ($250,000 - 325,000).

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - $550,000 - 650,000

The 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Co. will be held at Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034 USA. (1 mile south of Amelia Island Parkway.)

VIEWING:
Thursday, March 10 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, March 11 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

AUCTION:
Friday, March 11 - 3:00pm

Please click HERE to see a full lotlist.

For further information, visit www.goodingco.com.

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Gooding & Co.





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