The Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction 2012 will be held Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August, 19th at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. Gooding’s 8th annual auction, again held in association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will feature approximately 125 cars, including 29 estimated to reach bids in excess of $1,000,000.

The Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2012 sale has several major offerings, highlighted by the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster; 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype; 1953 Jaguar C-Type; 1960 Porsche RS60; 1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC “Blower” Sports 2/3 Seater Boattail; 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports Bobtail; 1955 Maserati A6G/2000; 1959 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; ex-Clark Gable 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe; 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet.

While the estimate on the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster is “available upon request”, David Gooding told the New York Times Magazine the von Krieger 540 K could break the all-time auction record of $16,390,000, currently held by the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0666TR sold by Gooding in Pebble Beach last year. “If this car hits that number, it wouldn’t surprise me,” said Gooding.

A host of important Ferraris are also featured at the Gooding Pebble Beach auction, headlined by the 1955 857 Sport; 1957 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype; 1960 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione; 1953 340 MM Spider and 1957 500 TRC.

In 2011, Gooding & Company offered 127 automobiles for sale, with 107 finding a new owner, reflecting a 84% sales rate. Total sales volume was $78,181,900, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $730,671. The top sale went to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at $16,390,000, followed by the 1931 Duesenberg Long Wheelbase Model J Whittell Coupe that sold for $10,340,000 and the 1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sportwagen that made $5,040,000. (See 2011 Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach – Auction Report).

The Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction is located at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Auction preview days will be from Wednesday, August 15 through Sunday, August 19, 2012. The Saturday evening auction will start at 5:00 PM and the Sunday evening auction at 6:00 PM. Auction catalogs are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auction. Bidder registration is $200 and includes reserved seating for two and a catalog. General admission to the viewing and the auction can be purchased at the tent for $40 per person.

For more information, contact Gooding & Company at (310) 899-1960 or visit www.goodingco.com.

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach 2012 – Auction Preview

1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder 718-060
1960 Porsche RS60 – Estimate $2,250,000 – $3,000,000. One of 14 customer RS60s built, 718-060 is a matching-numbers, original-bodied example; first delivered to William Wuesthoff, who launched the car’s racing career, capturing 12 class wins in just four seasons at venues such as Elkhart Lake, Meadowdale and Watkins Glen. After its racing career, the RS60 was sold to Porsche driver Bruce Jennings. 718-060 has also participated in the Monterey Historics and Rennsport Reunion, as well as displayed at Meadowbrook, The Quail and the Porsche Race Car Classic. (photo: Mike Maez)
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Le Mans Team Car, Bentley Boys
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports Bobtail – Estimate $5,500,000 – $7,500,000. Coachwork by Vanden Plas; YW 2557 is one of the few purpose-built 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans team cars and the only remaining example in “Bobtail” form. Two-Time Factory Le Mans Entry; 3rd Overall at the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans with J. Dudley Benjafield and Baron Andre d’Erlanger; 2nd Overall at the 1929 Brooklands Double Twelve; restored to its 1929 Le Mans specification in recent years. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1931 Bentley 4.5 Liter SC Blower Sports 2-3 Seater Boattail
1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC “Blower” Sports 2/3 Seater Boattail – Estimate $8,000,000 – $10,000,000. Coachwork by Gurney Nutting; Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example; “The Green Hornet” Formerly the Property of E. Ann Klein. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster, Von Krieger Special Roadster
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster – Estimate Unavailable. Coachwork by Sindelfingen; Formerly the Property of Baroness Gisela von Krieger; Special-Ordered with Unique Custom Features; Only Three Caretakers in 76 Years; Matching-Numbers Example; Restored by Chris Charlton; Presented in Original, As-Delivered Appearance Best in Class at 2004 Pebble Beach Concours. (See SCD Profile). (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1955 Ferrari 857 Sport for sale, John Edgar Racing
1955 Ferrari 857 Sport – Estimate $5,000,000 – $7,000,000. Chassis 0588 M; Coachwork by Scaglietti; Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Competition Ferrari; Multiple Podium Finishes in 1956 with Carroll Shelby and Jack McAfee, racing for John Edgar; Additionally Driven by Olivier Gendebien, Richie Ginther, Masten Gregory; Recently restored to its 1956 livery by DK Engineering; Documented by Marcel Massini. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Frua
1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta – Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000. Coachwork by Frua; Offered From the Jay Kay Collection; 1955 Paris Auto Salon car; competed in the 2010 Mille Miglia Storica; Best in Class at Salon Prive.
1959 Maserati T61 Birdcage
1959 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage – Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,500,000. Chassis 2454; Formerly the Property of Loyal Katskee, Don Skogmo and Carlo Voegele; North American race history; Retains Original Body, Chassis and Correct Type Engine; Certified by Maserati Classiche.
XKC-050
1953 Jaguar C-Type – Estimate $4,000,000 – $5,500,000. Chassis XKC-050; Last Production C-Type; Matching-Numbers Example; Two-Time Irish Tourist Trophy Participant; Single Ownership for Nearly 30 Years. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1969 Bizzarrini Manta Concept Car
1969 Bizzarrini Manta – Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,500,000. First Independent Project of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design; Triple-Seat, Center-Drive Configuration; First in Class at 2005 Pebble Beach Concours. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Alloy California Spider Competition
1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Alloy California Spider Competizione – Estimate $7,000,000 – $9,000,000. Chassis 1639 GT is one of nine alloy-bodied LWB California Spiders. When new, 1639 GT was delivered to Illinois-based Ferrari dealer and racer George Reed and displayed at the 1960 Chicago Auto Show. In the late 1970s, Sherman Wolf purchased the California Spider as his first Ferrari and later drove it on the inaugural Colorado Grand. In addition to its alloy body and covered headlights, it is equipped with full competition specifications including an outside plug motor with TR heads, disc brakes, velocity stacks and a ribbed gearbox. Chassis 1639 GT has been restored by Ferrari specialist David Carte and it remains in show condition. From the Sherman M. Wolf Collection. (Photo: Brian Henniker)
1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Vignale Spider
1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Vignale Spider – Estimate $4,500,000 – $6,500,000. Chassis 0350 AM is the last of ten 340 MMs as well as the last of five 340 MM Spiders bodied by Vignale. This car was sold new, in a two-tone American racing scheme, to Sterling Edwards, a California sportsman and chairman of the Pebble Beach Road Races Committee. After picking up the car in Italy while on his honeymoon, Edwards returned to the US and raced 0350 AM throughout 1953 and 1954, winning at Pebble Beach, Palm Springs, Stead AFB and Seafair. In 1955, Los Angeles race car driver Tom Bamford purchased the 340 MM, which he drove in local races through 1955. Sherman Wolf gained ownership of the Ferrari in 1984 and enjoyed it on long-distance tours, including the Mille Miglia Storica and Colorado Grand. Offered with its unrestored, matching-numbers engine. From the Sherman M. Wolf Collection. (Photo: Brian Henniker)
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC bodied by Scaglietti
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC by Scaglietti – Estimate $3,750,000 – $4,500,000. Chassis 0662 MDTR was delivered new to John von Neumann. Von Neumann raced it briefly before he sold the car to Dr. Frank Becker of Washington, who competed with the 500 TRC successfully throughout the US in the 1950s. Eventually 0662 MDTR was sold to Thor Thorson and then Sherman Wolf, who has since owned it for 20 years. Bodied by Scaglietti, this matching-numbers 500 TRC was a past Monterey Historics and Colorado Grand participant. From the Sherman M. Wolf Collection. (Photo: Brian Henniker)
1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT/104
1964 Ford GT40 Prototype – Estimate $5,000,000 – $7,000,000. Chassis GT/104; Second-Oldest Surviving GT40; Third Overall at the 1965 Daytona Continental; Driven by Hill, McLaren, Bondurant, Miles, Schlesser, Ginther, Attwood, Amon and Other Works Drivers; Recently Restored by Paul Lanzante. (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX 3216
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra - Estimate $750,000 - $950,000. CSX 3216 is one of 260 road cars produced; genuine, date-coded 427 FE big block engine and has been restored to its original livery of Wimbledon White over an original black interior; equipped with documentation dating back to its first owner. (Photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe
1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe – Estimate Unavailable. One-Off W. Everett Miller Design; one of 10 JNs built and one of four bodied as a convertible coupe; Originally the property of Clark Gable; featured in the 1938 film Merrily We Live; Best of Show at Meadow Brook and Amelia Island; Special Award Winner at 2007 Pebble Beach Concours. (Photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio, Prince Louis Napoleon
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio - Estimate $1,300,000 - $1,600,000. Under the pseudonym Louis De Montfort, Prince Louis Napoleon received this Bugatti from Molsheim on May 10, 1938. Grandson of the nephew of Emperor Napoleon I of France, the prince favored Bugattis, reputedly having owned close to three dozen in his lifetime, and this matching-numbers, black and cream Type 57C (supercharged from new) was the last one he purchased before leaving to serve in the war. From new, Napoleon specified that Bugatti add a Cotal gearbox and Houdaille shock absorbers, two additions that remain on the car today. (Photo: Simon Clay)
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet – Estimate $5,000,000 – $6,500,000. Coachwork by Billeter & Cartier, designed in a two-tone black over green color scheme; Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example; 1933 Rallye des Alpes Competitor; Formerly the property of Dr. Jacques Kocher; Documented by David Sewell and Julius Kruta. (Photo: Mathieu Heurtault)
1932 Daimler 40-50 Double Six Sport Saloon
1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon – Estimate $3,000,000 – $4,000,000. Designed by Captain H.R. Owen; Coachwork by Martin Walter Ltd.; Premiere Award Winner at the 1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance; 1999 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show Winner.
1954 Porsche 356 1500 Speedster
1954 Porsche 356 1500 Speedster – Estimate $275,000 – $350,000. One of 200 Pre-A Speedsters Built; Matching-Numbers Engine and Transmission; Kardex-Correct Color Combination; 1956 Pebble Beach Road Race Podium Finisher; Formerly the Property of Skip Hudson. (Photo: Chip Riegel)
1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype
1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype – Estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000. Coachwork by Scaglietti; Chassis 0769 GT; first pre-production California Spider built; Winner of the 1961 De Diego Trophy in Puerto Rico; Matching-numbers, Ferrari Classiche certified. (Photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

[Source: Gooding & Company]