Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2014 – Auction Report

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1912 Packard Model 30 Seven-Passenger Touring
Lot # 121 1912 Packard Model 30 Seven-Passenger Touring; S/N 21099; Blue, Black fenders and hood/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $550,000. No Reserve – RHD. 4232/30hp, 3-speed, grey artillery wheels, Lincoln wide whitewall tires, two sidemount spares with vinyl covers on driver’s side, Warner speedometer, suicide rear doors, brass headlamps, driving lights, windshield frame, mirrors and door handles, wood dash, rear luggage rack. – Brass Era magnificence. Good, not fresh paint, brass and upholstery. Older restoration reflects its age but also the exceptional standards to which it was done. Restored by Phil Hill (yes, that Phil Hill) after he acquired it from the Roderic Blood collection in the 1960s. Shown at Pebble Beach in 1973 and 1999, where it won Best in Class, then shown in 2013 by the Hill family and again won Best in Class. – With this car’s history and the strength of its older restoration it’s no surprise it brought a premier price. Phil Hill’s affinity for antique Packards was formed at a young age and is no less illustrious after his death. The new owner got full value for money with this Model 30, and significant bragging rights.
1938 Packard Model 1608 All Weather Cabriolet, Body by Brunn & Co.
Lot # 122 1938 Packard Model 1608 All Weather Cabriolet, Body by Brunn & Co.; S/N 6082022; Maroon/Brown leather in front and Tan cloth in rear; Tan cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $300,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $440,000. No Reserve – 473/175hp V-12, Duplex Stromberg carb, 3-speed, wide whitewall tires, amber fog lights, landau bars, rear luggage rack, cormorant radiator mascot, dash clock, roll-up rear division, robe rail, clock under division window. – Tired chrome and brightwork. Decent paint with chips in the front and big scratch on right front. Very good interior. Used older restoration. Seen use but not too tired. First acquired by Phil Hill in 1966, and lightly restored by him just in time for his wedding. Believed to be one of just three All-Weather Cabriolets in 1938. – A mediocre old restoration with a significant Phil Hill history, now aged and use but a rare body style on the 1608 V-12 chassis. A premium price for a car with history that makes it more valuable than most, if not this valuable.
1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale 'Tre Posti', Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 123 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale ‘Tre Posti’, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 8971; Gardenia White/Black leather; Estimate -; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $22,500,000 – Center driving position, outside fuel fillers, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin X tires, reflective glass roof panel, P/W. – An important Ferrari and Pininfarina concept car debuted at Paris in 1966 and displayed throughout Europe and in the U.S. through 1967. Very good older repaint, otherwise clean and original appropriate to the 7,980 km on the odometer. Minor cracks around the engine cover hinge pivots, delaminating roof glass. Excellent panel fits and shut lines. Essentially new, because it is. Part of the Chinetti collection, apart from two short term private owners, since new. – One of the very best Pininfarina/Ferrari concept cars, with design elements that distinguished most of Ferrari’s early mid-engined GTs. The design’s balance is forward, but that suits the middle-positioned driver. It would be tough to be the right seat passenger, with legroom compromised by the tall competition shifter. Widely touted as, ‘potentially the first postwar car to be Best in Show at Pebble Beach’, the wind got taken out of those sails about 3PM on Sunday when Jon Shirley’s Ferrari 375MM forever foreclosed that distinction. It was a letdown when Tre Posti came across the Gooding auction block and, honestly, there didn’t seem to be much if any bidding on it. Had there been money, surely it would have sold.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Lot # 125 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980405500646; White/Blue plaid cloth; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,200,000 – Steel wheels, hubcaps, Becker Mexico radio, original belly pans, jack, service book, parts catalog, owner’s manual. – Owned by Helmut F. Geiger and his family for over 60 years. Original except for an old color-change repaint that is now dull and peeling. Interior is original and sound, but fragile. Engine compartment is grungy. – In this condition its originality is compromised making it difficult to assign any originality value to it. It is, however, a choice, complete car on which to do a magnificent restoration at great cost and could have been passed on to a new owner well below the reported high bid without being inexpensive.
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta Competizione, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # 127 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta Competizione, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 12467; Red, NART/Black vinyl; Estimate $5,500,000 – $7,000,000; Competition restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,400,000 – Gold 5-spoke wheels, Goodyear Blue Streak slicks, braced rollbar, flares, fire system. – Fifth place overall at Le Mans in 1971 for NART driven by Luigi Chinetti, Jr. and Bob Grossman. Restored like new and vintage raced for many years. Series III flared fenders, wheels and aerodynamics. – An illustrious history that will earn this Daytona entry just about anywhere its age and configuration qualifies it to be, and its estimate is no more than reasonable. It should have brought a more generous bid and if it could be bought anywhere close to the reported high bid it would be an enduring value for a competition-oriented owner.
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, Body by Murphy
Lot # 129 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, Body by Murphy; S/N 2194; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,350,000 – $1,750,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000 – 420/265hp, 3-speed, wire wheels, Bedford wide whitewall tires, dual sidemount (One is Pennsylvania Rubber, one is Goodyear) spares with mirrors, driving lights, rear luggage trunk, single Duesenberg ‘STOP’ taillight, front suicide doors, toolbox in frame rail. – Missing mascot. Paint is cracking and chipping. Tired chrome. Tired tires. Tired but not terrible interior. Wheels are pretty bad. Top is also pretty bad. Dirty but solid underneath. A distinctive but aged and indifferently maintained Duesenberg but winner of the FIVA and Preservation Class awards at Pebble Beach in 2001, The Way it Was at the Concours d’Elegance of America in 2011 and others subsequently. Owned by the Saladino family in New York from the mid-30’s until 1998, then sold to Bob Bahre to join his collection of unrestored classics. ACD Category One certified. – The ‘preservation’ fanatics put their money in later (and not particularly well-maintained) cars this year, overlooking this long-cherished Duesenberg and its nearly miraculous survival. The bid failed to recognize its preservation, or its gorgeous Murphy coachwork, a missed opportunity.
1927 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix
Lot # 131 1927 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix; S/N 4863; Engine # 111; Grey/Brown leather; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,500,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $2,700,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,970,000 – RHD. 2.3 liter, supercharged, alloy wheels, radiator stone guard, Marchal lights, no fenders, single aeroscreen. – Ex Helle Nice, the dancer, actress and acrobat who proved herself at the wheel of this Bugatti as an accomplished race driver. Later updated with the supercharger and during a 1974 restoration given a new 100mm roller bearing crankshaft, larger brakes and Targa Florio radiator. Freshly mechanically serviced by Scott Sargent. Original frame and numbered sump. Scratched, peeling old paint over even older paint. Worn but sound old leather, worn hood straps. Delightful patina. – Sold by Christie’s at Tarrytown in 1997 for $486,500 to Oscar Davis, later owned and vintage raced by Brian Brunkhorst, the history of this Bugatti is alone sufficient to warrant the price it brought here. Being freshly mechanically serviced it should need absolutely nothing before being taken to the track and exercised as Helle Nice did. Doing anything to this Bugatti beyond driving and maintaining it would be criminal.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SI
Lot # 133 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SI; S/N 1475GT; Amaranto Bull Lea/Cream leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $4,500,000 – $6,000,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $5,100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,610,000 – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, Blaupunkt AM-FM, fog lights behind grille, Abarth exhaust, full tool roll, handbook pouch, original Italian registration book, leather key fob, open headlights, vertical taillights, Lucas electrical system. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody is slathered in sound deadener. Even body gaps and flush panel fits. Right door bottom filled along with adjacent sill. Makes a great first impression and represented as all original engine, gearbox and rear axle. Hilary Raab collection. – More conventional Pinin Farina than the early SI Cab sold by Bonhams on Thursday from the Maranello Rosso collection, but the Hil Raab history and record of consistent maintenance, regular road trips and never having been apart for a restoration add significant value to an already valuable automobile and make this result a sound value.