Gooding announced top Italian coach-built sports cars for its Pebble Beach 2017 classic car auction in mid-August. Several top Ferraris will be joined by a very special Maserati A6G/54 and a Fiat 8V.
As expected, a number of top Ferraris and other Italian sports cars with bodies by renown coachbuilders including Pinin Farina, Zagato and Scaglietti will be on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach classic car auction during the Monterey Motoring Week in California, USA, in mid-August 2017. A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $5,000,000-$7,000,000) is the leading Ferrari thus far announced for the Gooding sale, while a Zagato-bodied 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta (Estimate: $4,000,000-$5,000,000) and a 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Elaborata (Estimate: $1,400,000-$1,800,000) confirm that Ferrari is not the only Italian carmaker that could achieve multi-million dollar results at public auction. Several further Ferraris are expected to achieve strong results.
Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Sale 2017
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, will held its annual Monterey Week classic car auctions on August 18 & 19, 2017, at the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California.
In 2016, Gooding set a new company record earning $129,8 million in sales during the two-day event. The 115 of the 138 lots offered sold for a sell-through rate of 83% and an average of $1,128,606 per car. Gooding sold 26 cars for more than a million dollars with four selling for more than $10 million.
Top Italian Coachbuilt Cars at Gooding Pebble Beach 2017
Although the 1970 Porsche 917K, estimate $13,000,000-$16,000,000, is still expected to fetch the highest price at the 2017 Gooding Pebble Beach classic car auction, the majority of the multi-million dollar results are likely to come from Italian marques. Most of these will be Ferraris but the odd Maserati and Fiat are also expected to achieve strong results.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, (chassis 1475 GT, Estimate: $5,000,000-$7,000,000), was the last of 40 examples built. This car is currently the leading Ferrari for the Gooding Pebble Beach 2017 sale.
As characterized by Pinin Farina coachwork in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this handsome Cabriolet displays the transition from the ornate designs of the late 1950s to the clean, modern styling. This is exemplified by 1475 GT’s full-width bumpers and flanks that are unadorned with vents, which emphasize the long, elegant lines of the front wings.
This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet is one of only four examples built with the open headlamp treatment, and one of just two with tall vertical taillights. This Cabriolet was owned by noted Ferrari collector and historian Hilary Raab Jr. for over three decades and has participated in numerous concours and road rallies. It remains in outstanding condition throughout and is finished in a very attractive color combination of metallic blue over tan leather upholstery.
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
The stunning Maserati A6G/54 is the essential Italian Berlinetta. A mere 60 of these chassis were built, and only 21 were bodied by the master coachbuilder Zagato. The Zagato-bodied examples are decidedly the most beautiful, sleek and performance-oriented.
The 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta, chassis 2186, (Estimate: $4,000,000-$5,000,000), was the last A6G/54 Zagato-bodied Berlinetta built. As such, it incorporates all the desirable late-production features, such as the curvaceous rear fenders and twin hood scoops.
This striking Berlinetta has been recently restored to its original color combination of dark red with light upholstery by Carrozzeria Quality Cars in Vigonza, Italy. It has been displayed at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2014, as well as the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy. This matching-numbers A6G/54 is one of the most elegant, sophisticated GT cars of the 1950s and presents a great opportunity for the astute collector.
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I
The 500 Mondial was the first Ferrari sports car created for privateer owner-drivers and was powered by two-liter Lampredi-designed 4-cylinder engine. After the Ferrari 500 F2 captured the 1952 and 1953 World Championships, Ferrari was convinced that the experience of this ferocious 4-cylinder should also be made available in the company’s sports cars.
This 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I, chassis 0468 MD, (Estimate: $3,000,000-$3,800,000), was a first series car and was sold new to Guido Petracchi, who immediately took it from Italy to Africa to race it. The Mondial placed first overall in the Ethiopian Grand Prix and then went on to be displayed at the Italian Pavilion during the Silver Jubilee Fair of Addis Adeba, Ethiopia.
The car was stored from 1959-1980 and then restored in the early 1980s by DK Engineering.The current owner acquired 0468 and subsequently displayed the Ferrari at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. Recently, the car was part of a full feature in the June 2016 issue of Forza magazine and is Ferrari Classiche Certified. With undeniable credentials and provenance, 0468 is an exceptional Mondial that is ready to be enjoyed by a new distinguished collector.
Additional Italian Highlights at Pebble Beach 2017 Include:
- 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (estimate: $3,000,000-$3,500,000)
- 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB (estimate: $2,000,000-$2,400,000)
- 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe (estimate: $1,500,000-$1,800,000)
- 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Elaborata (estimate: $1,400,000-$1,800,000)