The 2008 Gooding & Company “The Pebble Beach Auction” was held Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August, 17th at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California.
Gooding & Company’s 4th annual auction, held in association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, featured 140 cars, including the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, which sold for a stunning $7.92 million – setting a record for the highest price ever paid for an automobile at a North American auction.
“Our auctions at Pebble Beach this year represent the finest grouping of cars we have ever had the honor to offer, and the strong sales results reflect that exceptional quality,” said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. “We’re proud to have set the North American auction record with the $7.92 million sale of the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, and to have reached noteworthy milestones in a host of other categories as well.”
Gooding offered 140 automobiles for sale, with 111 finding a new owner, reflecting a 79% sales rate. The total sales volume was $64,228,300, inclusive of a 10% buyer’s premium.
Gooding’s auction included 20 cars that sold for more than $1 million, including five cars that sold over the $2 million mark.
Above the $2 million mark, in addition to the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, highlights include:
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB “California” Spider which sold at $3.63 million
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia “Sleeping Beauty” at $2.585 million
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans that fetched $2.2 million
Sports Car Digest caught Jean Todt, former Ferrari F1 team head and company CEO, enjoying the 166 MM
2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Chassis 001, benefiting the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, delivered an impressive $3.19 million
The world’s finest collection of Bugattis ever to come to auction, the Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson Collection, comprised of twelve significant collectibles, sold for more than $15.5 million with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth Medical School. In addition to the record-setting sale of the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, the 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster sold for $1.76 million and the 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix sold for $1,457,500.
Other noteworthy cars that beat the one million mark over the weekend included:
1931 Bentley 4 ½ Litre “Blower” ($1.76 million)
1962 Chevrolet “Gulf Oil” Corvette ($1.485 million)
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider ($1.32 million)
1914 Stutz Series E Bearcat, one of six known to exist, scored a record at $1.375 million
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 ($1.43 million); 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long Nose ($1.375 million); 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS ($1.265 million); 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500k Cabriolet B ($1.045 million); and the 1907 Thomas Flyer Model-36 60 HP Touring “Blondie” ($1.028 million).
The Carl J. Schmitt Collection of eleven Brass Era automobiles sold for nearly $2.2 million including the 1901 Packard Model C Dos-à-Dos Runabout, which set a record for its type at $214,500.
Another highlight of the evening was the sale of Oprah Winfrey’s Charity Car Collection, which sold for $716,000 including her 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with proceeds to benefit the annual Arts and Culture Workshop at The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa.
Additional Sports Car Digest Photos:
1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Alloy ($517,000)
1955 Jaguar D-Type (did not meet reserve)
1954 Lancia D-24 Carrera Reconstruction (did not meet reserve)