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1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Gooding Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Preview

The Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 Auction will be held January 16-17 nearby the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gooding’s 8th annual Arizona Auction Week sale will see more than 125 automobiles on offer, including 18 automobiles with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million.

Headline offerings at the Gooding Scottsdale 2015 sale include the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider; 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico; 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4; 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ; 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6; 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSH; 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe and 1959 BMW 507 Series II; among others.

An assortment of eighteen Ferraris will be offered at Gooding’s 2015 Scottsdale sale, headlined by the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. The trophy of the late Jack Castor’s collection in Half Moon Bay, California, the hobbyist held sole ownership of this California Spider since 1969 until now as it is presented for the first time at auction. The Spider is offered complete with early documentation, photography and history files. Finished in Ferrari “Rosso Rubino” red with its original black leather interior, the Ferrari is one of 49 LWB California Spiders produced (Est. $8,000,000 – $10,000,000).

“In 2014 we saw an overall increase in demand for exceptional and rare Ferraris amidst the marketplace and we have no doubt that the trend will continue for the marque in 2015,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.

The 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico on offer is the 12th of seventeen Series I 400 Superamericas. Finished in its original “Bianco” white over grey Connolly leather interior, this Pininfarina coachwork Ferrari is one of seven Aerodinamico coupes outfitted with a left-hand drive and covered headlights. The 400 Superamerica was completely restored in 2005, earning a factory Certificate of Authenticity in 2007. That same year, it was displayed at Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary meeting in Maranello as well as the Concours d’Elegance at Fiorano (Est. $4,000,000 – $5,000,000).

Additional Ferraris include the 1990 641/2 F1 (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000) that was campaigned during the 1990 Formula 1 season by Nigel Mansell, winning the Portuguese Grand Prix and finishing on the podium at Spain and Australia. It was sold from Scuderia Ferrari to its first private owner in 1991 and rebuilt by Ferrari in 1992-1993 following a wreck. The Ferrari Classiche-certified 1967 275 GTB/4 on offer retains its original chassis, coachwork, engine, and transaxle, as well as its braking and suspension systems (Est. $3,250,000 – $3,750,000).

Further Italian offerings include a 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2. A resident of Japan for nearly 45 years, this 400 GT 2+2 is a late-production, low-mileage example, finished in specially ordered Amaranto (Red) paint and Senape (Mustard Tan) leather upholstery. One of approximately 242 produced, the Lamborghini was sold to its first owner in Japan in 1968 and was soon road-registered. Three Japanese owners followed, and in mid-2013, the car was exported to the US. Having traveled less than 11,700 km (7,270 miles) from new, Gooding called the 400 GT is one of the most authentic and correct surviving examples in the world (Est. $700,000 – $825,000).

Another Italian is the 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato (SZ), one of approximately 200 built. With its extensive race history and original Zagato coachwork, it’s a time capsule of the 1960s Italian racing scene. The SZ competed in several events including the 1961, 1962 and 1963 editions of the Targa Florio road race. Hidden away since its arrival in the United States 50 years ago, this Giulietta SZ is being offered for public sale for the first time (Est. $600,000 – $800,000).

A selection of twenty Porsches will be offered at Gooding’s 2015 Arizona Auction Week sale, including a 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster (Est. $275,000 – $375,000) that has been owned by a single family from new. Discovered in 2014, this Speedster is offered from the estate of its first and only owner, Ken Johnson. Purchased in Long Beach, California and equipped with Dynaplastics accessory hardtop with Plexiglas side curtains and added cabriolet-style seats for comfort, the Speedster remained covered and secured for the next 56 years until late 2014. When the garage door was finally pried open this past September, the 356A rolled outside for the first time in decades. In the following weeks, the Porsche was returned to running order and received new tires, brake and fuel system servicing, and the carburetors were resealed.

The 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 on offer is an example of a landmark Porsche prototype. Driven by Gijs van Lennep and Ben Pon for Racing Team Holland, the 906 achieved outright wins at the Grand Prix de Paris and Aspern, as well as numerous 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Among the most significant results for the Racing Team Holland 906 was 7th overall and 1st in class at the Nu?rburgring 1000 Km in 1966 (Est. $2,000,000 – $2,400,000).

Early 911 examples include the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSH, one of 17 RSH models delivered in original specification, that was previously owned by Carrera RS author Dr. Georg Konradsheim (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000); a 1967 Porsche 911 2.0 S (Est. $275,000 – $325,000) presented in original Sand Beige over Black color scheme and the 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S offered without reserve (Est. $220,000 – $260,000).

Other German consignments include an original 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Est. $1,700,000 – $2,000,000) that has never been offered for public sale. It will be presented in the combination of Slate Grey over Red, which is in authentic condition including original paint, interior, accessories the ‘large’ drum brakes. This roadster was recently discovered in Washington State, where it was maintained by one owner since the 1970s. The vehicle shows just 55,000 miles from new and boasts the most desirable options including hard convertible top, sport wheels, Nardi steering wheel, Becker radio, fitted Hepco luggage as well as original tools, owner’s manual, radio manuals and 1963 Washington State license plates.

Further offerings at Gooding’s 2015 Scottsdale sale include:

  • 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe, One of 21 Allemano coupes built, last road registered in 1969 (Est. $750,000 – $950,000)
  • 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS, One of 99 produced, documented by Marcel Massini (Est. $2,600,000 – $3,000,000)
  • 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, Restored by Aston Martin Works Service, original US-delivery LHD example (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,400,000)
  • 1988 Porsche 959 Sport, one of twenty-nine Sport models produced, one of eleven in Grand Prix White, correct and original example with 19,000 miles from new (Est. $1,500,000 – $2,000,000)
  • 1996 Porsche 993 Turbo, Offered without reserve, 8,400 Miles from new, (Est. $180,000 – $220,000)
  • 1959 BMW 507, Late Series II example fitted with front disc brakes and Rudge wheels, includes factory hardtop (Est. $1,800,000 – $2,200,000)
  • 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, time capsule example, single ownership for 40 years, offered without reserve (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,400,000)
  • 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, Recent cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment, engine and gearbox rebuilt by Bobilef (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,500,000)

In 2014, Gooding and Company offered 118 automobiles for sale, with 110 finding a new owner, reflecting a 93.2% sales rate. Total sales volume was $49,461,550, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $449,650. Top sale went to the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet that sold for $6,160,000, followed by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail at $5,280,000 and the 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1 Coupe that made $3,300,000. (See 2014 Gooding Scottsdale – Auction Report)

The Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 Auctions will be held January 16-17 — starting at 11 a.m. both days — at 4700 N. Scottsdale Road, nearby Arizona’s Scottsdale Fashion Square. Guests may preview the cars Wednesday through Friday, January 14–16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. An auction catalogue for $100 admits two to the viewing and auction. General admission to the viewing and auction can be purchased at the tent for $40 per person.

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[Source: Gooding & Company]