1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, chassis 1603 GT (photo: Brian Henniker)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, chassis 1603 GT (photo: Brian Henniker)

A selection of Ferraris that includes a 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione will be among the headline entries at the 2016 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach auction, August 20-21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in California.

“We are truly honored to present these rare and historic Ferraris,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “Offering cars of this caliber – with exceptional specification, racing history, authenticity, and provenance – is what sets our company apart from the competition and what makes The Pebble Beach Auctions so thrilling to attend.”

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, chassis 1603 GT, was equipped from the factory with every available competition feature, including a full-race specification engine and gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, and an endurance fuel tank with outside filler. For competition use, the Scaglietti coachwork was fashioned in lightweight aluminum with the covered-headlight arrangement. Delivered new to the US, this California Spider Competizione has a racing history that includes a 5th overall finish at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring with George Reed and Alan Connell behind the wheel. The Ferrari also raced at the Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau in 1959 and 1960, and was a regular competitor in SCCA events through 1964. Wearing its 1960 Sebring livery and presented in Concours condition, 1603 GT was displayed at the 2011 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, where it earned a FCA Platinum Award and the Competizione Cup for the most outstanding competition Ferrari (Estimate: $18,000,000 – $20,000,000).

The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione presented at Gooding’s 2016 Pebble Beach Week event, chassis 1759 GT, is one of the first SWB Berlinetta competition cars built. Built for endurance racing and tested at Monza in March 1960 by Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, and Wolfgang von Trips, it was delivered new to U.S. distributor Luigi Chinetti, who ran the North American Racing Team. This SWB Berlinetta was instrumental in NART’s four-car team at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it captured a 7th place overall finish with American drivers Augie Pabst and Ed Hugus at the helm. Owned by collectors over the past 40 years, this matching-numbers SWB Berlinetta has been restored and prepared by GTO Engineering. Recently certified by the Ferrari Classiche department and documented by Ferrari historians, 1759 GT is finished in its 1960 Le Mans livery with its original alloy coachwork intact (Estimate: $15,000,000 – $18,000,000).

Gooding will offer another Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta at its Pebble Beach sale, chassis 3359 GT, a late-production ‘lusso’ model. When new, this 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (Estimate: $10,000,000 – $12,000,000) was finished in a silver over red color scheme and delivered to an Italian customer. In 2010, 3359 GT was the subject of a Concours-quality restoration overseen by the Ferrari Classiche department. This work involved the services of Carrozzeria Autosport of Modena, operated by former Scaglietti employees Franco Bacchelli and Roberto Villa, and Autofficina Bonini of Cadelbosco, an official Ferrari service agent and workshop. Refinished in its originally specified color combination, this SWB Berlinetta has since received a special award at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Another headline competition car from the Italian marque is a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000). Chassis 0046 M is an even-serial-number Ferrari originally delivered as a Barchetta with coachwork by Touring of Milan. Scuderia Ferrari enlisted famed Italian coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone to drive this car at the Mille Miglia in 1950 and 1951. In 1952, 0046 M helped its then owner Emilio Giletti capture the Italian Sports Car Championship in the two-liter class. The following year, Milanese driver Luigi Bosisio purchased the Barchetta and had it sent to Carrozzeria Zagato, where it was updated and transformed into a closed Berlinetta. In this form, 0046 M continued to race in Italy, taking part in the 1953 Mille Miglia, and in North American events after being imported to the US in the mid-1950s. This historic Ferrari has been in storage since 1967 and is presented at Gooding’s 2016 Pebble Beach auction in unrestored condition. This early Ferrari offers its new owner options of either preserving the car in its current state or performing a restoration — either in its period Zagato Berlinetta configuration or return the car to its original Barchetta design.

Gooding and Company 2016 Pebble Beach Auction

Dates: Saturday, August 20 at 5:00pm and Sunday, August 21 at 6:00pm
Location: Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA
Public preview: Wednesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 21
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Bidder Registration: $200 includes a catalogue, admission for two to the viewing and auction with two reserved seats, subject to availability.

For further information, visit GoodingCo.com.

[Source: Gooding & Company]