Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2014 – Auction Report

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1966 Maserati Sebring Coupe, Body by Vignale
Lot # 040 1966 Maserati Sebring Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM101/10367; Blue/Grey leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000. No Reserve – 3694/245hp, Lucas fuel injection, Ansa exhaust, 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Firestone tires, locking filler cap and glove box, wood shift knob, Veglia dash clock, push button radio. – Very good paint overall with a couple of small scratches. Very good chrome. Tidy engine bay and undercarriage. Strong interior. Stands a bit tall on its suspension. Restored some years ago, but kept very well and used carefully since with recent mechanical attention to redress the effects of being little, if any, used recently. – Bought for a generous price even if it is a bit short of Gooding’s pre-sale estimate, a handsome and well-restored car that earned through its presentation a superior result.
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 045 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 15653; Azzurro Hyperion/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000. No Reserve – 430/320hp, six Weber carbs, 5-speed, Cromodora wheels, Michelin tires, P/W, push button AM/FM radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel. – Decent repaint in the original color that has seen better days. Dings on hood and cracks around gaps. Very good original interior. Tidy original engine bay and undercarriage. The GTC/4 was never the most desirable Ferrari, but this is an honest, consistently maintained, largely original example with 58,913 miles showing on the odometer. – One third of a million dollars for a C/4. Think about that, and the fact that the hammer price is firmly in the middle of Gooding’s estimate range. This isn’t even a paragon of presentation, or a pristine, consistently maintained original car with low miles. It’s just a used, sound and aged old C/4. Mediocre car, big money.
1948 Delahaye 135MS 3-position Cabriolet, Body by Pourtout
Lot # 046 1948 Delahaye 135MS 3-position Cabriolet, Body by Pourtout; S/N 801210; Black/Green leather; Estimate $650,000 – $850,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $540,000 – 3557/160hp, triple Zenith-Stromberg carbs, Cotal 4-speed pre-selector, painted wire wheels, Firestone wide whitewalls, rear fender skirts, Marchal headlamps and driving lights, dash clock, suicide doors. – Good paint. Several light scratches. Very good interior except for a small rip on top of the back seat. Rubber stripping is also coming out of the chrome spear that runs down the middle of the hood. Desirable ‘Modife Speciale’ (MS) car with three carburetors, and rare ‘Malmaison’ three-position cabriolet coachwork by Pourtout. Lightly cosmetically and mechanically restored a few thousand miles ago although with no idea how long that was in years, and its condition reflects that. A great driver with choice Pourtout coachwork – French coachbuilders like Pourtout ‘got it’ in the early postwar years and created some of the most modern, streamlined styles that make American excess look cheap. This Delahaye, despite having prewar mechanicals, is a desirable piece of automobile history, and should be surprisingly fast with 160hp. A little over a half-million dollars in the present environment is not unreasonable for it.
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing(photo: Matthew Howell)
Lot # 050 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980404500003; Engine # 1989804500019; Silver/Blue Plaid cloth; Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,500,000; Not evaluated, – condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,800,000 – Steel wheels, hubcaps, blackwall tires, hinged steering wheel. – The third production Gullwing sold by Max Hoffman to Briggs Cunningham. Engine replaced by M-B after it failed at the Daytona Speed Week in early 1955 where it was driven by Phil Hill. Later long owned by James Hein from whom it was acquired in 2013 by the consignor, then restored by HK Engineering. Many pre-production details including a 55mm shorter wheelbase. Documented with its original service book and typewritten operating manual. – This is a singularly important Gullwing, different in both detail and significant specification from its successors and first owned by Briggs Cunningham. Its failure to find a new owner here is an anomaly that should not reflect on its value or importance. It wouldn’t be expensive at the low estimate. (photo: Matthew Howell)
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket, Body by Brewster
Lot # 054 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket, Body by Brewster; S/N S126PR; Dark Blue, Silver coachline and fenders/Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $198,000. No Reserve – 7668/113hp, single carb, 3-speed, disc wheels, Lincoln tires, dual sidemounts, Depress Beam headlamps, Spirit of Ecstasy radiator mascot, landau bars, wood running boards, rear luggage rack and trunk, front suicide doors, roll-up glass rear division, robe rail, wood dash and window trim. – Strong paint and wood. Big ding on the trunk. Very good chrome and interior. Decent convertible top that is a bit tired. Tidy but used undercarriage. CCCA Senior Award recipient. Former top concours Springfield Rolls that’s no longer going to be taking top honors. It is in roughly the same condition as it was in its previous auction appearances, and still very much presentable. – Sold by RM at Houston in May 2004 for $140,250, by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in August 2004 for $170,000, by Gooding at Amelia in 2010 for $170,000, by Bonhams at Greenwich in 2013 for $187,000. You get any idea that the Phantom I Newmarket for a consistently presented car is pretty steady?
2001 Ferrari 333 SP Sports Racer
Lot # 058 2001 Ferrari 333 SP Sports Racer; S/N 041; Rosso Corsa/Black; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,250,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $2,150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,365,000 – 3997/650hp, Weber-Marelli fuel injection, 5-speed sequential, Enkei wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, bare carbon front splitter and rear wing, Momo steering wheel. – Good paint and interior. Well presented. One of only 25 built by Michelotto. Sold to Ferrari of San Francisco and intended for the 2002 Grand Am season, but never ended up racing and is currently in its as-delivered condition. As of yet, the 333 SP was Ferrari’s last major foray into international sports prototype racing, and this car was the very last of just 40 built. – A brand new, never-raced 333 SP and if the Monterey bidders say this is what it’s worth, then this is what it’s worth. It will take significant work to freshen it for vintage racing and its prospects more clearly lie in sitting quietly in a collection.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # 060 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 5249GT; Black/Red leather; Estimate -; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $2,150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,365,000 – 2,953cc/240hp, triple Weber carbs, 4-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Semperit tires, wood-rimmed steering wheel. – Cracked, chipped, crazed paint. Pitted chrome. Dirty but complete engine bay. Interior is very tired but not terrible. Recently discovered in a garage after long-term storage. Last registered in 1976. First owned by Angelo J. Sarubbi, the former mayor of North Bergen, New Jersey who was indicted for extortion and fraud. A dirty, tired old car, but showing 20,359 miles and in better shape than the red barn find Lusso at RM. – The values of Lusso barn finds were definitively pegged at Monterey this year with two similar cars, here and at RM, selling around $2 million. This is the better example and it brought a better price. In order for it to make sense, though, it has to put restored Lusso values somewhere around $3 million and the sale of cosmetically restored but presentable and usable Lusso s/n 5791GT here for $2.2 million puts that notion out to pasture. Think about that, a cosmetically restored Lusso is worth less than a ratty barn find. It doesn’t compute.
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SII, Body by Pinin Farina
Lot # 062 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SII, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 1817GT; Shell Grey, Shell Grey hardtop/Red leather; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,200,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,900,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,090,000 – 2953/240hp, triple Webers, Abarth exhaust, 4-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, Marchal headlamps and driving lights, hardtop, wood-rimmed steering wheel, locking filler cap and glovebox, dash clock, push button radio. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Clean undercarriage and engine bay. Custom ordered with special Superamerica-style side vents and bumper-mounted driving lights. Factory replacement engine stamped by Ferrari Classiche. A beautiful, unique car with gorgeous presentation. FCA Platinum at Cavallino in 2014. – A wonderful color combination and a meticulously restored example that suffers only from its replacement engine. Ready to be driven, toured and shown and bought appropriately for its history and presentation.
1924 Renault 6CV Delivery
Lot # 101 1924 Renault 6CV Delivery; S/N F10429; Dark Blue, Black fenders/Black leather; Grey cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. No Reserve – 951/8hp, single Solex carb, 3-speed, Michelin wheels and tires, sidemount spare with Firestone tire on driver’s side. – Paint is so old that it’s hard to tell what color it used to be. Wood is rotted a bit visibly on running boards. Frame is complete. Hand-painted license plates add a lot of charm. The 6CV was Renault’s entry-level model, and this example was fitted with a van delivery body. Otherwise, its history is murky. It’s hard to imagine what you would do with such a car, but it does have plenty of charm. – ‘Cute’ still sells, and this Renault 6CV is far more ‘cute’ than a shiny Jolly. No harm, no foul, a nifty vehicle at a realistic price and one that will keep people coming up to admire (and touch) it wherever it appears.