Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2014 – Auction Report

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1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 136 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 07205; Azzuro/Blue leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,000,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,500,000 – Blaupunkt multiband radio, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – Paint is old and flawed but sound. Chrome is remarkably good for its age. Borranis have been cleaned up, as has the engine compartment. Original leather is cracked but has only one tear in the driver’s cushion. Described as ‘Wonderfully preserved’, but it isn’t really; but it’s good enough to use until it needs restoration. – The only 275 GTS in the Monterey auctions, the flawed condition of this car was apparent to all, as was the exaggerated claim of preservation. It’s a tired car that needs serious attention, or one that can be used only by acknowledging its cosmetic and mechanical shortcomings. It should have been ‘loose and selling’ well below the reported high bid.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # 141 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 5791GT; Argento/Black leather; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,500,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $2,000,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,200,000 – 2953/240hp, triple Weber carbs, 4-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, wood-rimmed steering wheel, dash clock. – One of 350. Lightly worn seats. Excellent paint and chrome. Really good, not the best. Freshly completed cosmetic restoration, including highly detailed engine compartment and interior as well as a high quality respray in the original color. Also recently serviced and sorted. Showing 55,095 km. Ferrari Classiche certification pending. – Everything in markets is relative. The price of corn is affected by the price of soybeans; the prices of Chevys are linked to the prices of Fords. But, then, how to understand the price this very good cosmetically restored Lusso in a color that highlights the coachwork’s gorgeous lines brought, $150K hammer under the neglected and long-stored barn find Lusso? Even at this healthy price, at least by the standards prevailing on the Monterey peninsula this week, the buyer of this Lusso did well.
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe, Body by Touring
Lot # 143 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 915831; Engine # 926778; Dark Blue/Grey leather; Estimate $550,000 – $750,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $490,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $539,000 – RHD. Silver painted wire wheels, Michelin tires, turn signals, column shift, Bosch fog lights, Carello headlights.. – Replacement engine. Decent paint, chrome and interior. Flawed interior brightwork. No wiring to the headlights. A superficial cosmetic redo that does no credit to the caliber of the car. – Sold by RM in Arizona in 2009 in comparable condition to its now somewhat older and neglected condition. This is the first of three Alfas from a Swiss collection, a desirable and distinctively styled car that deserves much better than it has had. The price is appropriately handicapped, as is the car.
1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet Sportivo, Body by Pinin Farina
Lot # 144 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet Sportivo, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 915026; Grey/Blue leather; Estimate $5,000,000 – $7,000,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Post-block sale at $3,636,364 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $4,000,000 – RHD. 2443/125hp, triple Weber carbs, wheel discs, rear wheel skirts, headlights faired into the front fender catwalks Jaeger timer-clock, blue faced gauges, Bosch headlights, folding vee windshield, fully disappearing top, biplane bumpers. – Represented as one of the Tipo 256 series 6C 2500 SS built by Ferrari in Modena with Spider Siluro coachwork by Touring. Probably raced when new by Mario Tadini at Stelvio in 1939 then rebodied for first owner Gigi Koeilliker by Pinin Farina with unusually aerodynamic coachwork. Next owned by Piero Dusio and later by Karl Weber in Zurich who raced and hill climbed it until 1988. Good older paint, erratic chrome, surface cracked original upholstery. Erratically cosmetically redone. Makes a good first impression and must go like the wind. – This is an important and, more importantly, beautiful Alfa with competition history and milestone coachwork. It is remarkably original but superficially cosmetically presented and maintained. More than good enough to be toured in its present condition, it won’t be long before it feels a restorer’s touch and emerges as a Best in Show contender. It’s that pretty and a sound buy even at this post-block price and taking its shortcomings into account.
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Coupe, Body by Touring
Lot # 145 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Mille Miglia Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 815092; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $2,000,000 – $3,000,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,500,000 – RHD. 2309/105hp, three carbs, 5-speed, Carello headlights, Bosch fog lights, silver painted wire wheels. – Replacement engine with block MM024047 included. Competed in the 1939 Liege-Rome-Liege rally. Really awful repaint over cracked, peeling old paint, terrible masking. Overspray on dry surface rusted old chassis. Warped sliding Plexiglas door windows, cracked quarter windows. A major restoration project. The paint is so bad it doesn’t even bear consideration in describing the condition. – It’s sad to see this wonderful Alfa so poorly maintained and presented with a paint job Earl Scheib would be ashamed to have bear his name. It would have been better left alone in shabby condition. The reported high bid should have been well more than enough to see it transferred into the hands of someone caring (and rich) enough to give it the treatment it deserves.
1967 Brabham-Repco BT24 Race Car
Lot # 148 1967 Brabham-Repco BT24 Race Car; S/N BT24-1; BRGreen, Gold stripe/Black leatherette; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Competition restoration, 2- condition; Post-block sale at $954,545 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,050,000 – 2996cc/335hp Repco V-8, slide throttle fuel injection, Hewland DG 300 5-speed transaxle, chromed suspension arms. – Part of Brabham’s 1967 Constructors Championship winning team, driven by Jack Brabham with three wins (French, Canadian GPs and International Gold Cup at Oulton Park) and three further podium finishes. Later raced in South Africa, then displayed for two decades in the Donington Grand Prix Museum. Rebuilt in the late 90’s with new body, suspension, engine and wheels, original parts retained and go with the car, then historic raced. Now fitted with a Repco Type 740 engine and gearbox (as fitted by Brabham is unclear.) Good cosmetics. Engine and chassis show use but are clean and professional. FIA HTP, logbooks, some spares including a new engine. Should be close to race-ready condition. – This Brabham-Repco has a significant, race-winning, history in the hands of a legendary driver. More than that, it is eligible for some very enjoyable events and with 335 hp can be driven by pretty much anyone of moderate skill. Its price here is a good value for its history, condition and potential.
1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
Lot # 150 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX 2567; Silver/Black leather; Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $770,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $847,000 – Driver’s windscreen, braced paperclip rollbar, electric fuel and diff pumps, Stack tach, centerlock Halibrand wheels, dual Talbot outside mirrors, four Webers, flash side exhausts, flared fenders, oil cooler scoop under grille opening, flared fenders, hood scoop – Late production ring & pinion steering Cobra. Fair old paint with some outie stone stars. Torn and tattered original leather. Orderly but aged underhood. An honest old race car prepared for vintage racing in the early 90’s. Comes with some original street equipment including the windshield, grille, bumpers, wire wheels and a 289 engine block stamped 00029 as on the data plate. – This Cobra might be a candidate for a show quality restoration, but its best and highest use is to keep it, and vintage race it, as-is. That can be done at the price it brought here, a price that in present circumstances seems to have nowhere to go but up.
1992 AAR/Toyota Eagle Mk III IMSA GTP
Lot # 152 1992 AAR/Toyota Eagle Mk III IMSA GTP; S/N WFO004; White, ‘Toyota’/Black cloth; Estimate $700,000 – $1,000,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000 – 2.1 liter turbocharged DOHC four-cylinder, 700-750hp, electronic fuel injection, 4-speed. – 1992 and 1993 IMSA GTP Champion, Driver and Constructor, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II (and others), winner of 14 of 23 races entered, Sebring winner in 1992 and 1993. Won six straight races in 1993. Given to Fangio by Toyota, displayed many years at the Fangio Museum in Argentina. As raced and not used in decades. Needs comprehensive attention before turning a wheel on track. Offered directly from J.M. Fangio III. – There was no beating the AAR Toyotas in ’91-’92, winning 21 of the 27 races entered including 17 straight. The technology that was so daunting then is perhaps less esoteric today and fortunately AAR is around to help put this historic car back on track. It attracted great interest in the previews, and continued that interest into the bidding on Sunday evening.

[Source: Rick Carey]