2017 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Pre-War Classics Announcement)

A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/180 Sports Tourer, 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet and a 1937 Maserati 6CM are on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2017.

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26 180 Sports Tourer
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer © Gooding

Gooding announced three further magnificent pre-war classics for its annual Pebble Beach sale during the Monterey Week in mid-August 2017. A supercharged 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/180 Sports Tourer (estimate: $5,000,000-$6,000,000) will be offered for sale for the first time in 53 years. The 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet (estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000) bears the final Type 57 chassis number while the 1937 Maserati 6CM (estimate: $1,000,000-$1,400,000) once belonged to racing driver Giovanni Rocco and set a race lap record at Targa Florio.

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 Pre-War Classics at Gooding Pebble Beach 2017

Gooding announced several top pre-war classic cars for its Pebble Beach 2017 sale:

  • 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer (estimate: $5,000,000-$6,000,000)
  • 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet (estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000)
  • 1937 Maserati 6CM (estimate: $1,000,000-$1,400,000)
  • 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Special Sport Roadster (estimate: $700,000-$900,000)
  • 1938 Packard Twelve 1608 Convertible Victoria (estimate: $650,000-$750,000)
  • 1930 Minerva Model AM Dual-Windshield Convertible Sedan (estimate: $500,000-$700,000)

“I love studying early automotive engineering and design, and admiring the work of true craftsmen. These are not simply rare cars, but expressive works of art that continue to inspire us, especially when you explore the details,” states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “We are honored to present these distinguished automobiles and the people and historical events that surround them.”

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26 180 Sports Tourer
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The S-Type 26/180 is among the greatest of all Mercedes-Benz touring cars and was the brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. Producing 180 HP, S-Types had a burly 6.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that was mated to a Roots-type supercharger, which engaged when the accelerator was fully depressed. Only 146 S-Types were produced between 1927 and 1928, a fraction of which survive today.

The 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer, chassis 35920, estimate: $5,000,000-$6,000,000, on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2017, is one of the most sporting of all, with its custom coachwork by prominent coachbuilder Gläser, and is believed to be a one-off design. Presented today in a gorgeous yellow body with swooping black accents and fenders, chassis 35920 has been with the same family since 1964 and is a veteran of numerous concours, tours and rallies. Although the Gläser Tourer is a true showpiece, the owners did not just take their prized Mercedes-Benz out for events, but would often use it for family errands, making it a common sight around the owner’s hometown.

Though this car has been driven and enjoyed with regularity over the last fifty years, it has also been dutifully maintained and was recently restored by the renowned D.L. George Coachworks Ltd. of Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Gooding & Company is proud to be entrusted by the estate of a private collector with presenting this truly unique Mercedes-Benz S-Type. An opportunity to own such a rare, stylish, and sophisticated Tourer may not present itself for another fifty years.

A 1928 Mercedes Benz Typ S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi sold for $4,812,500 at the Bonhams Scottsdale 2017 sale.

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet
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The Bugatti Type 57 was introduced in 1934 and is widely regarded as a masterpiece from the hand of Jean Bugatti. The beauty of these cars was not just held by the striking coachbuilt bodies; under the hood was an eight-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, which was an Art Deco sculpture in itself.

This Bugatti Type 57C, (estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000), was manufactured in Molsheim, France, in August 1939, but was not initially stamped with a chassis number as sales of new chassis had stopped due to impending WWII. The car was eventually numbered when the chassis was sold to a friend of Jean Bugatti in 1941, by that time the factory had moved to Bordeaux, France, and the business was being operated under German occupation.

It is believed to be that 57841 is the very last Type 57 chassis number assigned. With spectacular coachwork by Letourneur et Marchand, history chronicled by respected Bugatti historians, exceptional provenance, and coming from ownership spanning over 30 years, chassis 57841 is a most significant Bugatti.

At least four Bugatti 57 chassis cars were sold at public auction thus far in 2017: prices ranged from just over a million dollar to the $7,700,000 achieved for a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 S Cabriolet with body by Vanvooren sold at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2017.

1937 Maserati 6CM

1937 Maserati 6CM
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One of the great manufacturers of voiturette racing cars was the small firm established by the Maserati brothers in Bologna, Italy. When they released the Maserati 6CM in 1935, the car broke new ground in design with its independent torsion bar front suspension and supercharged twin-cam inline six engine.

This 1937 Maserati 6CM, chassis 1540, estimate: $1,000,000-$1,400,000, has a rich, well-documented history and was sold new to Giovanni Rocco, a racing driver from Naples, Italy. Rocco proved his remarkable driving abilities with this car at the 1937 Targa Florio where he set the fastest lap time of the race. This 6CM then went on to be enjoyed by multiple owners, including respected collector Raymond Fielding, who lovingly cared for 1540 for over three decades beginning in 1969.

Today, the car is presented in a very attractive silver livery and was displayed at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. This historic and genuine car has been carefully documented by Dr. Adolfo Orsi Jr., and is eligible to compete in the world’s premier automotive events, including the Goodwood Trophy, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, and many other racing series in Europe and the US.

More Information on the Monterey Week Classic Car Auctions 2017

  • Monterey Week – Updates on all Monterey week 2017 auctions
  • Pebble Beach – Updates on Gooding auction announcements, previews and results
  • Monterey – Updates on RM Sotheby’s auction announcements, previews and results
  • Quail Lodge – Updates on Bonhams auction announcement, previews and results