2019 Gooding Scottsdale Sale (Cobras and American Muscle Cars Announcement)

Three Shelby Cobras lead a series of American muscle cars on offer at the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction.

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra © Gooding

Gooding is offering three classic Shelby Cobras at the Scottsdale sale in mid-January 2019: 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra (Estimate: $1,100,000 – $1,400,000), 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (Estimate: $950,000 – $1,100,000) and 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,100,000). Further American muscle cars include a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (Estimate: $500,000 – $600,000) and the very interesting 1948 Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster (Estimate: $250,000 – $350,000) hot rod.

Gooding Scottsdale 2019 Classic Car Auction

Gooding & Co scheduled its 12th annual Scottsdale classic car auction on January 18 & 19, 2019, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

In 2019, Gooding earned $48 million by selling 105 of the 124 lots on offer for a sell-through rate of 85% and an average price of $459,417 per car.

In 2018, Gooding earned $49.2 million in Scottsdale by selling 110 out of 129 cars offered – a sell-through rate of 85% and an average price of $447,415. In 2017, Gooding gained $33.4 million at the Scottsdale auction by selling 106 of the 126 lots on offer – a good 84% sell-through rate. In 2016, Gooding grossed $43 million from 113 cars and in 2015 it achieved $51.5 million from 126 cars on offer.

Shelby Cobras at Gooding Scottsdale 2019

Gooding will offer three special Shelby Cobras at the Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction. In line with the broader classic car market, classic Shelby Cobra prices have been mostly lower at recent auctions with several failing to reach the million dollar marque. Recreations and copies will undoubtedly be available at much lower prices at some of the non-catalogue auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona, in mid-January 2019.

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra 

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The 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra (Estimate: $1,100,000 – $1,400,000), chassis CSX3107, is an early production example of a true 427 Cobra. Among the earliest of just 260 built, the car is equipped with the original low-rise 427 motor sporting dual four-barrel Holley carburetors.

Originally delivered in Maine, the car saw limited use and has been in the care of three West Coast collectors for the past 30 years. The Cobra was just treated to a year-long, show-quality restoration by famed restorer Dave Wagner of Detroit, MI. It is presented in the original color combination of red over black interior.

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra 

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The late-production rack-and-pinion 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (Estimate: $950,000 – $1,100,000), chassis CSX2246, has a well-documented provenance and a beautiful restoration by Cobra specialist Dave Wagner.

The original owner kept this car for over 20 years and CSX2246 has remained on the West Coast since it was delivered new in San Francisco. Stunningly presented in the car’s original color combination of Princess Blue over red interior.

1965 Shelby 289 Cobra

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One of only 30 independently prepared competition Cobras, this 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,100,000), chassis CSX2448 was successfully campaigned at numerous SCCA regional and national races throughout the 1960s.

The current owner acquired this exceptional Cobra in 1976 and spent over $460,000 to restore his beloved car to its original specifications. Finished in black, the Cobra is equipped with Weber carburetors, Halibrand wheels, side pipes, roll bar, and other special equipment. The sale of CSX2448 represents a rare opportunity to purchase a documented independent competition Cobra from its long-term owner.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible

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Few cars from the 1960s have the performance prowess possessed by the Corvette L88. One of only 116 Corvette L88s built in 1969, this well-documented 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (Estimate: $500,000 – $600,000) is presented in an elegant and rare burgundy over black interior color scheme.

In the late 2000s, this L88 received restoration work by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in Valley Stream, NY. Extremely rare and brutally powerful, this pristine L88 is one of the most desirable Corvettes available.

1948 Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster

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This 1948 Spurgin-Giovanine Roadster (Estimate: $250,000 – $350,000) is among the most historic dry lake roadsters dating from the Golden Age of Southern California hot rodding. Constructed by Albata Club members Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine, this car was the 1948 SCTA Class A Roadster Champion with a perfect 1800-point score, which it earned by placing first and setting a new record at every meet. The car was then featured on the cover of the 1949 March issue of Hot Rod magazine.

The current owner treated the car to a full restoration overseen by SCTA historian Terry Baldwin, as well as the Giovanine, Spurgin, and Borgh families. Completed in 2009, the roadster was displayed at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and took First in Class awards at the Grand National Roadster Show and Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. In 2015, it was inducted into the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame. 

Additional Gooding Scottsdale 2019 Muscle Car Highlights Include:

1961 Chevrolet Corvette 283/315 Fuel-Injected Roadster (Estimate: $275,000 – $350,000)

  • Big Brake Tanker with Period SCCA Racing History
  • NCRA Top Flight and Duntov Award Winner

1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396/375 Convertible (Estimate: $250,000 – $325,000)

  • Rare RPO L78 Convertible; Approximately 1,500 Miles
  • NHRA Record Holder, known as the “Bat Car”

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 Roadster (Estimate: $125,000 – $175,000)

  • Rare Early-Production 427 Factory Rated at 450 HP
  • Equipped with Side Pipes, Hardtop, and Knock-Off Wheels

More on Scottsdale 2019 Collector Car Auctions

2017 Ford GT
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The first major collector car auction series of the year is traditionally the Scottsdale and Phoenix auctions in Arizona, USA, in mid-January.

Most major car auctioneers have sales in Arizona including Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby’s. A notable exception is Mecum that start the auction year a few weeks earlier at Kissimmee in Florida.

Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Sale Results

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