Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report Page Four

1956 Maserati 200 SI Sports Racer, Body by Fantuzzi
Lot # 56 1956 Maserati 200 SI Sports Racer, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N 2401; Aluminum/Red; Estimate -; Competition car, original as-raced, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,700,000. With Reserve – RHD. 1,993cc/195hp, 5-speed, deDion rear axle, side exhaust, outside laced wire wheels, wraparound full-width windscreen, driver’s head fairing. – The first Maserati 200S, raced by Maserati and used in development of the 200SI. Long racing history that includes the Mille Miglia in 1956. Drivers include Moss, Behra, Farina, Taruffi and Musso and Wolfi Zweifler in historic events. Stripped of its paint to reveal the erratic construction techniques of the period (or contemporary race repairs). A winner at Amelia Island in 2010 in the class for Cuban GP cars and shown at Pebble Beach in 2008. Full documentation file, Maserati Classiche certification, photos and race history. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2001 for $605,000, then extensively documented and restored to its present appearance by the buyer there and sold at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2010 for $2,640,000. It has a remarkable history and is very competitive in historic racing today although the rationale for turning down the reported high bid is difficult to fathom. The consolation prize for the consignor was the car’s appearance among the featured Cars of Stirling Moss exhibit at the Amelia Island Concours on Sunday.
1979 Ferrari 308 GTB, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti
Lot # 57 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 25737; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800. No Reserve – A/C, Michelin Pilot tires, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Poor repaint with alligator skin cracking on the roof and elsewhere. Sound but aged old upholstery. Orderly but aged engine compartment. Rust blisters in the lower front corner of the passenger’s door. Not pretty. – Nothing so clearly shows the renewed interest in the long-overlooked 308 GTB than this result for a distinctly marginal example. It would have been half this much only a few months ago.
1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Touring Berline, Body by Rollston
Lot # 58 1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Touring Berline, Body by Rollston; S/N 2543; Engine # J-514; Burgundy, Black, Burgundy padded roof/Grey cloth; Estimate $950,000 – $1,400,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $775,000. With Reserve – Roof rack, windshield visor, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual semi-enclosed sidemounts with chrome rings and burgundy leatherette tire covers, outside headpipes, Burgundy leather covered trunk, roof rack, jump seats, pulldown shades including division shade but no division window, Lorraine spotlight, Pilot-Rays, opening windshield, polished aluminum body accent – Handsome body purpose-built for Mrs. Constance Evans for European tours loaded with luggage. Known history from new and impressively original in all important respects. Fresh paint, chrome and interior. Fully restored and very attractive in nearly concours condition. – Offered at the Dragone auction in May 2013 where it brought a reported bid of $1 million, then restored by Dragone with a new Brian Joseph supercharger, and now it brings an even smaller bid. It is a highly impressive car with a wonderful story, but built on the scale of a delivery truck, with ample headroom inside for Mrs. Evan’s hats. It is hard to see it bringing much if any more than the reported bid here.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet
Lot # 59 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet; S/N 11102512004187; Gray/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $240,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – 2778/160hp, automatic, Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection, power steering, power brakes, Phoenix whitewalls, dual mirrors, black vinyl top boot, power windows, air conditioning, Becker Europa stereo, power antenna, VDO dash clock, fog lights. – One of just under 1,400 280 SE Cabriolets and just 200 with the more attractive ‘low grille’ body. Restored about ten years ago and still with very good paint and interior. Used but tidy engine bay. Lightly scratched but presentable chrome. No show car, but an attractive hand-built Mercedes cabriolet that you’d be happy to be seen in. – Still elegant, stylish and exclusive this 6-cylinder 280SE brought an appropriate price for the age of its restoration and post-restoration miles. It won’t run like the 3.5 V-8, but it looks just as good, for half the money.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Sport Lightweight Coupe
Lot # 60 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Sport Lightweight Coupe; S/N 9113600354; Light Yellow/Black leatherette; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000. With Reserve – 2681/210hp, 5-speed, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, Fuchs wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, ducktail spoiler, bucket seats, dash clock delete. – Just 200 of the 1,580 Carrera RS 2.7s were the more hardcore Sport Lightweight. This one was bought new in Switzerland and raced in period before having a replacement engine of the appropriate type obtained from the factory. Restored in the 1990s but the work looks much newer than that. Engine rebuilt with a new alloy case restamped with the original number 6630350 with the factory replacement magnesium case engine (complete and usable) included. Excellent paint, interior and engine bay. The Carrera RS is 911 royalty, and this car has been treated as such. – The engine vicissitudes detract from this RS 2.7 Lightweight’s appeal and the consignor is going to have to find just the right buyer willing to accommodate its exceptions in order to get much if any more than the reported high bid here. It is good to keep in mind that the reported high bid is enough to buy a good, original engine, Ferrari Daytona.
1974 Volkswagen 181 Thing Acapulco Edition Convertible
Lot # 61 1974 Volkswagen 181 Thing Acapulco Edition Convertible; S/N 1842542990; White, Blue/White, Blue vinyl; White, Blue vinyl top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. No Reserve – 1585/46hp, 4-speed, steel wheels, Michelin Primacy tires, vinyl surrey top, bucket seats, wicker shelf underneath the dashboard, wood slat floors, later stereo, locking glove box. – Decent quality paint. Touch ups on the right front fender, uneven paint and drips on some of the hinges. Worn, faded vinyl roof. Slightly faded blue and white cloth seat covers over vinyl in similar condition. Missing a top frame bolt in the back. Restored 10 years ago and received an engine rebuild with increase to 1,835 cc and dual carbs. It has cosmetic shortcomings to be sure, but what’s appealing about this Volkswagen is that it’s a fun, charming and fairly ridiculous beach vehicle that’s far more usable and way cheaper than a Fiat Jolly. – “Way cheaper” doesn’t mean cheap, though, in this case. This same Thing sold at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale back in 2010 for $22,500, less than half what it brought here. and this over-estimate price is generous to a fault for a Beach Thing in this condition.
1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # 62 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFFMN34A8M0088374; Red/Red cloth; Estimate $1,600,000 – $1,800,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,475,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,622,500. With Reserve – A/C, modular centerlock wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Tubi exhaust (factory exhaust included), fitted luggage, tool kit, owner’s folder, car cover. – U.S. spec car with 2,426 miles from new. Thick repaint over old paint, good only lightly scuffed upholstery and belts, cloth upholstered dash top. Body color wheel wells with stone chips through black overpaint. Assembly number 06054. Clean engine compartment is nearly like new. Ferrari Classiche certified. Timing belt serviced four months ago. – Compared with $1,155,000 for the 599 SA Aperta this seems like a heck of a deal in a low mileage, maintained and largely original F40.
1964 Jaguar XKE SI Convertible
Lot # 63 1964 Jaguar XKE SI Convertible; S/N 880192; Gray, Black hardtop/Black leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. No Reserve – 3781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome centerlock wire wheels, black hardtop, woodrim steering wheel, Clarion AM/FM stereo, grille and trunk guards. – An original car that stayed with the same family from 1965 to 2009. Showing 29,950 miles and its condition corresponds, if showing more than a little sitting-in-the-garage wear. Faded paint with scuffs, nicks and scratches throughout. Inch-wide dent on the nose. Decent chrome. Very tired hard top with worn out paint and foggy rear glass. The interior, which was redone in the 1990s, is very good. Original but tidy and complete engine bay. This is a fine preservation class E-type. Much more wear and tear, though, and it would border on being an eyesore. – What a contrast to some of the other peeling, festering, grungy Amelia Island ‘barn-find’ cars, this is actually a good, reasonably well maintained E-type, yet it brought barely less than a competently restored example. No better example than this exists of the misplaced fad for dirt, neglect and grime. It is a shame, but this sound and well-preserved E-type would probably have brought more if it had been used as a chicken coop for the last two decades. This is a responsible, realistic price for a sound old car.

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  1. i like the way the auction is covered. I enjoy this digest a lot. I would like to know what it cost a seller who will not sell because it did not meet the reserve. Thank you ts