1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 2014 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction will be held August 16-17 at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. The official auction of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature a selection of Ferrari street and race cars, including a 1961 250 GT SWB California Spider, a 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a 1969 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione, a 1959 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, a 1964 250 GT Lusso and a 1956 250 GT Europa, among other highlights.

David Gooding, President and Founder, said, “We have recognized the demand for special Ferraris with exceptional originality. It is our privilege to be entrusted with some of Maranello’s best examples. Each of these special automobiles that we have consigned, from the California Spider all the way through to the Daytona Competizione, are respected by Ferrari enthusiasts for their desirability, exceptional provenance and phenomenal histories.”

This 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider presented here, chassis 2903 GT, features covered headlights, which Scaglietti applied to just 37 of the 56 examples built. In addition, 2903 GT is one of a limited number of SWB California Spiders factory equipped with an optional hardtop. This car has spent its life in the care of dedicated owners, including famed actress Barbara Hershey, and in prominent collections. Offered for sale for the first time in over 14 years, this 250 GT is accompanied by a Ferrari Classiche certification (estimate: $13,000,000 – $15,000,000).

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta on offer, chassis 3113 GT, has a well-documented history and provenance that begins with its first owner, Doris C. Blackwood, the 46th member of the Ferrari Club of America. Finished in its factory-delivered Silver Grey over black color scheme, this SWB Berlinetta has never required a full, ground-up restoration. Rather, it has always been maintained as needed and, as a result, gives an insight into what these cars were like when they were new. With less than 35,000 original miles, this Ferrari was driven sparingly and, with the exception of an appearance at the inaugural Santa Fe Concorso, it has not been seen on the show circuit (estimate upon request).

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (photo: Brian Henniker)
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (photo: Brian Henniker)

Based on factory records, this 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione began life as a European-specification road car but in April 1971, it became much more. This Daytona’s story was serviced at the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti and then sent to Autofficina Sport Auto in Modena, where it was prepared for competition use. During its racing career, this car was campaigned by the North American Racing Team (NART) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 where it achieved 5th overall and won the Index of Thermal Efficiency. Following this Daytona’s result at Le Mans, Ferrari recognized the model’s potential as a GT-class winner and developed three series of purpose-built Daytonas for endurance racing. Following its triumph with the NART team, the car went on to be campaigned by Baker Motors at Sebring, Daytona, and Watkins Glen. Today, this car is presented in its original 1971 NART Le Mans livery (estimate: $5,500,000 – $7,000,000).

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1969 NART Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet offered at the 2014 Gooding Pebble Beach sale, chassis 1475 GT, is the last example built. Given its late build, this body displays clear evidence of the transition from the designs of the late 1950s to the styling that characterized Pinin Farina coachwork in the early 1960s. As with nearly all late-production Cabriolets, 1475 GT features full-width bumpers, and its flanks are unadorned with vents. Additionally, this Series I Cabriolet is one of only four examples built with the open headlamp treatment, and one of only two that features the tall vertical tail lights that were later incorporated into Pinin Farina’s 250 GT Coupe and Series II Cabriolet. Since delivered to its first owner in fall 1959, this Pinin Farina Cabriolet has covered just over 42,000 miles. As presented, this Ferrari is finished in Amaranto Bull Lea with Crema Connolly leather (estimate: $4,500,000 – $6,000,000).

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (photo: Brian Henniker)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (photo: Brian Henniker)

Additional Ferrari highlights from Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions 2014 will include a 1964 250 GT Lusso (estimate upon request), a 1956 250 GT Europa (estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,000,000), a 1960 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (estimate: $1,800,000 – $2,200,000), a 2001 333 SP (estimate: $1,750,000 – $2,250,000) and a 1968 Dino 206 GT (estimate: $600,000 – $700,000).

The 2014 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 13, and continue through Sunday, August 17. The auctions will start at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Auction catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the sales. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased for $40.

For additional information, visit goodingco.com or call (310) 899-1960.

[Source: Gooding & Company]