Gooding & Co. at Pebble Beach 20th August 2006 - Preview

Now into its third year of running, Gooding & Co.’s sale will bring the curtain down on this year’s Monterey events. In a sale that includes several desirable Ferraris, you cannot get much better than this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’.

It was 2005 of course when the same company sold the ex-Steve McQueen ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ (and ex-NART racing) 1967 275GTS/4 Spyder, at nearly $4,000,000 the most expensive road Ferrari ever sold at auction. This time the lotlist has four Ferraris, two of which, the TDF and the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder are ‘Estimate On Request’. The ex-Bill Harrah ‘Hot-Rodded’ 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe looks good at $275,000 - 350,000, the stunning ‘Rame Metallizato’ - that’s metallic copper - GT was built to Harrahs’s specifiaction so he could visit his casinos in the Nevada desert in the fastest possible time...

Of the pre-war cars there are three Bugattis that represent the crème-de-la-crème of either High Society or motor racing of the era. Take the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Drophead Coupe 1,500,000 - 1,800,000, or the 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe at 650,000 - 850,000 (with No Reserve on this, and many other lots); wonderful cars with both performance and beautiful lines. The 1927 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix is also ‘Estimate On Request’ but Gooding’s catalogue the car as ‘probably no more accurately and thoroughly documented, original and correct Bugatti Type 35C Grand prix car extant’ so it should fetch a big figure.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing - $400,000 - 500,000

1938 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe - $650,000 - 850,000

1937 Maserati 6CM Monoposto Voiturette - $650,000 - 850,000

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet - $350,000 - 425,000

The rest of the carefully selected catalogue includes a selection of cars from the early age of motoring right up to a 2006 Fisker Tramonto at $270,000 - 300,000. We particularly like the ex-Rodriguez brothers 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 R, ‘Estimate On Request’, a car your author saw being club-raced in the UK earlier this year, as well as the 1962 Maserati 3500 GT, $50,000 - 60,000 - No Reserve. And there’s also a nice 1967 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper at $30,000 - 40,000 - No Reserve too.

The Sale will be held at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 20 Aug 2006 at 18.00 pm.

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Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Gooding & Co. - Strictly Copyright

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