Gooding announced a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione for sale as the early lead car for the London 2022 classic car auction.
A yellow 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione (Estimate: $7,500,000 — $8,750,000) is the first major car announced for the Gooding London 2022 sale. Although details are still sketchy, this Ferrari comes with an extensive in-period racing history including participation at the Le Mans 24-Hours race. The freshly restored Ferrari is offered for sale for the first time in two decades.
Gooding London Sale 2022
Gooding & Company London classic car auction: 3 September 2022 at Hampton Court Palace in conjunction with the Concours of Elegance.
London is currently the only location outside the USA where Gooding stage an annual classic car auction. At the first London sale, the Passion of a Lifetime Auction in 2020, Gooding earned £34,048,900 ($45,285,037) with a recorded average price per car of £2,432,064 ($3,234,645). The sale included two Bugattis for over $10 million including the most expensive Bugatti ever — a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports that Gooding sold for $12,681,550.
In 2021, the London sale was a more modest online-only auction with £5,259,650 earned from only 14 cars with a 86% sell-through rate. The top result was for the 1969 Ford GT40, chassis P/1085 that sold for £2,508,000 ($3,462,000).
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione at Gooding London 2022 Sale
The early lead car announced for the Gooding London 2022 classic car auction is the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, chassis 2021 GT, estimate: £6,000,000 – £7,000,000 ($7,500,000 — $8,750,000). The Ferrari was raced in period including at Le Mans.
Unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1959 at a particularly innovative moment in time for the legendary Italian marque, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was the brainchild of Mauro Forghieri, Giotto Bizzarrini, and Carlo Chiti. The three young engineers developed the all-new Berlinetta to feature a shorter wheelbase than its predecessor, at 2,400 mm, and four-wheel disc brakes. These stunning new cars were available with either a road-going steel body or a competition-specified alloy body.
The competition-proven variant offered in London, chassis 2021 GT, is a 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione that features lightweight aluminum coachwork by Scaglietti wearing a vivid and historically significant livery. It has a well-documented period race history, including its significant presence at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Chassis 2021 GT comes fresh to market after over 20 years in its current ownership. It recently underwent an extensive collaborative restoration project between Ferrari Classiche and highly regarded UK-based specialist Lanzante Limited, where details were fine-tuned to reflect the original splendor of this car. It is accompanied by a history report produced by noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
Although at least two Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinettas have sold for over $10 million, results around $8 million have been more common at recent auctions.
More on Gooding London 2022 Sale
- 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
- 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet
- 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder (Barn-Find)
- 1950s British Classics: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible and 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica
- More cars: 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ, and a 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux
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