Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2016 – Auction Report

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1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 21 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 26835; Rosso Dino/Black leather; Estimate $160,000 – $180,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $187,000 – Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Rare color. 5,822 km and two owners from new. Great preservation with just a little butt wear to the seats as the only sign of age. Repainted in 2005. Belt service done last year. Fully documented and barely used, this car has a lot going for it. – The preservation and low miles of this 308 GTS brought a deserved superior price, eclipsing even the pre-sale low estimate. The nicest part is that it has enough kilometers that it can be driven judiciously without adversely affecting its value.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Lot # 25 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194377S114881; Marlboro Maroon, Black stinger/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $76,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $83,600 – 427/390hp, 4-speed, Positraction, hub caps and trim rings, Silvertown narrow whitewalls, dash clock, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, teakwood steering wheel, original jack and spare. – Pitted, surface-rusty wheels. Newer tires. Faded, mostly original paint with cracks and crazing and scratches throughout. Good, mostly original interior with newer upholstery. Good newer chrome. Tidy and original underneath. Bloomington Gold Survivor in 2007. Sympathetically kept and maintained to keep its original presentation but not 100 percent original. – I looked at this Corvette with a Corvette expert and we both liked what we saw. It’s not completely original but it is a thoroughly honest Big Block car that shows just what is expected from a car that’s been kept after during its life. He noted that one cylinder head was later (don’t ask me to explain how he knew) but originality doesn’t always mean ‘as it left the factory’. Bought right for what it was, the new owner should be very happy with it and proud to continue driving and preserving it.
1972 Iso Grifo Series II Coupe, Body by Bertone
Lot # 26 1972 Iso Grifo Series II Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N 250391; Volte Argentata Metallizzato/Rosso Cartier leather; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $360,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $396,000 – Ford 351, Holley 4-barrel, ZF 5-speed, alloy wheels, Cinturato tires, Personal woodrim steering wheel, Veglia dash clock, power windows, power steering and air conditioning added during restoration. – One of 78 Series II cars. 34 of those had the 351 Cleveland engine, and 23 of those had the ZF 5-speed. Shown at the Torino Motor Show in 1972. Dull chrome. Dull, lightly pitted exhaust tips. Lightly scratched rear glass. Excellent upholstery. Slightly dull shift knob and switchgear. Very good paint. Only the right front and left rear wheels have Campagnolo stamped on them. Striking car, but has notable flaws. A recently finished full but not meticulous restoration. – Isos and their successors from Bizzarrini are on the ascendancy and this superficially restored Ford-powered Iso with its ugly hood chicken coop shows their attraction. Mid-estimate it is expensive for what it is.
1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo 3.6 Coupe
Lot # 27 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo 3.6 Coupe; S/N WP0AC2964RS480348; Black/Cashmere Beige leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $255,000 – 3.6/355hp Turbo, 5-speed, polished modular wheels, Toyo tires, whale tail, rear window wiper, cross-drilled rotors with Red Brembo calipers, sunroof, aluminum shift knob, Alpine stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Four owners from new, showing 20,275 miles represented as being from new and looking like a car with much fewer. One of 288 964 Turbo 3.6s imported in 1994. Pampered from new. – While the reported high bid was under Gooding’s low estimate, it was close and to be offered $255,000 for a car that had an MSRP of $150,000 a little over 20 years ago, even in the current market, should not have been refused. The Porsche buyers were still keeping their powder dry for the Seinfeld cars.
1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe, Body by Touring
Lot # 29 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 915539; Engine # 923650; Light Gray/Blue leather; Estimate $600,000 – $900,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $520,000 – 2443/105hp, triple Webers, 4-speed, Blue centerlock wire wheels, Michelin tires, dual mirrors, banjo steering wheel, column shift, radio, dual circuit brakes, electric fans. – One of 383 postwar 6C 2500 Super Sports built. Two owners from new. 2010 restoration. Displayed at Villa d’Este in 2011. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Bumper rub strips are a bit wavy. Spotless engine bay and underbody. Steering wheel metal and radio are a little dull. Otherwise this is a great, still fresh show car. – Chic in the Forties and eligible for many classic events, the bidders may have sensed some shortcuts in the noted deficiencies and didn’t rise to the bait as much as the consignor wanted. The reported bid could, however, have bought it and the consignor shouldn’t have felt serious compromised.
1966 Porsche 911 Coupe
Lot # 31 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe; S/N 304182; Engine # 907419; Sand/Tan vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Detailed to restored, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – Blaupunkt radio, woodrim Porsche steering wheel, chrome wheels, hubcaps, Michelin XAS blackwalls, owner’s manual, tool roll, jack. – Excellent original paint, chrome and interior, 18,679 miles from new. Underbody and matching numbers engine are like new. Obsessively detailed to beyond new condition. Jerry Seinfeld collection. – ‘Detailed to restored’ condition evaluations are rarely given, but this early short wheelbase 911 is a perfect example of the category. It has minimal miles, beyond meticulous preservation and detailed presentation that makes it a paragon of the model and of preservation in general. The first car in Gooding’s Seinfeld collection, it blew away its low estimate, a tribute to its quality and preservation. On first viewing it looked like a careful restoration; closer up its quality and originality became apparent and among today’s passion for early 911s it might even be considered a good value.
1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Campmobile Microbus
Lot # 33 1964 Volkswagen Type 2 Campmobile Microbus; S/N 1260046; Engine # 0476701; Light Grey, Ivory roof/Gray vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000 – Bumper overriders, blackwall tires, period conversion by EZ Camper with stove, cabinets, folding stools, Coleman lantern and window curtains. – Sound original paint, good interior. Stone chipped nose, frayed window felts, used underbody. Charming, and employed by Jerry Seinfeld and his kids as a lemonade stand in the Hamptons, but showing its age. Jerry Seinfeld collection – No popup roof, no roof rack and U.S. converted, this Campmobile misses on several counts even though its originality is highly desirable. It is perfect for surf camping on either U.S. coast, even at this price.
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, Body by Wendler
Lot # 34 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, Body by Wendler; S/N 5500060; Engine # 90063; Blue, White fender accents/Tan cloth; Estimate $5,000,000 – $6,000,000; Competition restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $4,850,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,335,000 – Passenger’s hard tonneau cover, white rim banjo spoke steering wheel, driver’s windscreen. – No known early racing history. Sound repaint and good interior. Paint chipped in right front wheel well and cracked over the rear fender accents. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Many areas of paint peeling off the inside of the body. Driver’s door front edge chipped and touched up. It looks something of a mess, but it is original except for the repaint, has its original engine and transaxle, 10,337 original miles on its odometer and three owners from new who have maintained it meticulously. Jerry Seinfeld collection. – It isn’t a beauty, cosmetically, but its history is beautiful and the new owner should be proud to own it, even at this magnanimous price. One of the first of Porsche’s little giant killers, its history and provenance make it worthy to stand beside 550 Spyder race/class winners. The Porsche guys were gaga at this 550’s originality.

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  1. All those Porsches and ’70s–’80s Ferraris make for a really dull article and probably auction too–unless you were just Porsche crazy. Didn’t Gooding sell anything else?

  2. Rick, I’m always grateful fo your fascinating reports and the understanding you provide of the auction market. And have never disagreed with your taste…until your negativity towards the Fiat 130 Coupe! That is a very fine bit of Pininfarina design, subtle and classy like a nice Italian suit. I hope you can take a look at one sometime in isolation, and gain an appreciation for its beauty. Thanks for all that you share with us, John in CT.

    1. Dead right, John. I’ve always admired the Fiat 130 so much I took Rick’s slight about its design very badly. Couldn’t see what he was talking about. In my book the 130 has always been and will always be a great looker…!!!