2018 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Auction Preview)

Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C are the leading cars for the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 auction during Monterey Week.

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
1935 Duesenberg SSJ © Gooding

Although Gary Coopere’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ is the star car for the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 classic car auctions during Monterey Week in California, USA, several classic racing Ferraris are also expected to sell for multimillion dollar prices. The 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C is likely to attract the highest bids but the classic 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, 1950 Ferrari 166 MM / 195 S Le Mans and 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II remain highly desirable cars. Several special Porsches, Maseratis and Bugattis are also likely to achieve multimillion-dollar results.

Gooding Pebble Beach Classic Car Auction 2018

Gooding & Company, the official auctioneer of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, will have it annual Pebble Beach classic car auction on 24 and 25 August 2018. The auction is at Equestrian Center, Pebble Beach, California, USA, during the annual Monterey motor week that is held in 2018 a week later than usual to prevent a clash with a major golf tournament.

1970 Porsche 917K at Auction
1970 Porsche 917K Setting a New Marque Record – © Gooding

In 2017, Gooding earned $91.5 million with sell-through rate of 81% – 110 of the 135 lots on offer sold. 22 cars achieved a million dollar with two of these over $10 million. A new marque record of $14,080,000 was set by a 1970 Porsche 917K that was used in the filming of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans.

In 2016, Gooding set a company record when $129.8 million was earned by selling 115 of 138 lots (83%). 26 cars achieved over a million dollar with four selling for over $10 million.

Million-Dollar Cars at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 Sale

No fewer than 45 cars – nearly a third of all cars on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 classic car auction – have presale estimates of a million dollar or more:

YearCarEstimate ($)
11935Duesenberg SSJUpon request
22007Porsche RS SpyderUpon request
31966Ferrari 275 GTB/C12,000,000 – 14,000,000
41958Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta6,500,000 – 7,500,000
51950Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans6,500,000 – 7,500,000
61955Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II5,500,000 – 7,500,000
71955Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider5,500,000 – 6,500,000
81956Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta4,300,000 – 4,600,000
91955Porsche 550 Spyder4,000,000 – 5,000,000
101959Porsche 718 RSK3,600,000 – 4,100,000
111966Ford GT40 Mk I3,500,000 – 4,000,000
121967Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale3,300,000 – 3,800,000
131931Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix3,200,000 – 3,700,000
142014Ferrari LaFerrari3,200,000 – 3,600,000
151938Bugatti Type 57C Atalante2,800,000 – 3,300,000
161975Gulf-Mirage GR82,500,000 – 3,500,000
171967Ford GT40 Mk IV2,500,000 – 3,000,000
182014Bugattin Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse2,100,000 – 2,600,000
191966Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT2,000,000 – 3,000,000
202013Pagani Huayra2,000,000 – 2,400,000
211961Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet2,000,000 – 2,300,000
221932Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Grand Sport Roadster1,800,000 – 2,200,000
231963Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster1,800,000 – 2,200,000
241952Siata 208 CS Corsa Spider1,800,000 – 2,200,000
251931Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan1,750,000 – 2,000,000
261963Ferrari 250 GT Lusso1,700,000 – 2,000,000
272015Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder1,600,000 – 2,000,000
281952Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback1,500,000 – 2,000,000
291955Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America1,500,000 – 1,800,000
301965Ferrari 275 GTS1,500,000 – 1,800,000
312010Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport1,500,000 – 1,800,000
321964Ferrari 250 GT Lusso1,400,000 – 1,800,000
332011Ferrari 599 SA Aperta1,300,000 – 1,600,000
341908American Underslung 50 HP Roadster1,200,000 – 1,400,000
351976Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopica1,100,000 – 1,500,000
361993Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.81,100,000 – 1,400,000
371956Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing1,100,000 – 1,300,000
381930Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton1,000,000 – 1,400,000
391991Ferrari F401,000,000 – 1,200,000
401939Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Tourer900,000 – 1,200,0000
411972Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona800,000 – 1,000,000
421949Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet800,000 – 1,000,000
431967Toyota 2000 GT800,000 – 1,000,000
441957Mercedes Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet750,000 – 1,000,000
451966Porsche 911 Spyder700,000 – 1,000,000

1935 Duesenberg SSJ

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
1935 Duesenberg SSJ © Gooding

The headline car for the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 sale is the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ originally delivered to Gary Cooper. No presale estimate has been released but at the original announcement “in excess of $10 million” was mentioned. The current marque record is $10,340,000 achieved for a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2011 sale.

The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, chassis J-563, is one of only two Duesenberg SSJ models ever built, and was constructed on a specially shortened 125-inch wheelbase. It was originally delivered to Gary Cooper while chassis J-564 went to Clark Gabe in a planned publicity stunt that seemed to have had limited success. No photo of the two stars with an SSJ survived and Duesenberg shortly afterwards went out of business too.

The car had various subsequent owners but since 1949 only two: famed racing driver Briggs Swift Cunningham and equally famous car collector Miles Collier. The Duesenberg is highly original, as could be expected for such a car that spent most of its life on display and with only 20,000 miles on the clock.

Top Ferraris at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018

Gooding will offer 14 Ferraris at Pebble Beach 2018 with estimates above a million dollar. The more interesting Ferraris include:

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, chassis 09063, (Estimate: $12,000,000 – $14,000,000)
© Gooding

The 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, chassis 09063, estimate $12,000,000 to $14,000,000, is the car with the highest presale estimate in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 sale.

The 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C is one of 12 competition cars built by Ferrari for the 1966 season. It was originally owned and raced by Mexican racing driver Pedro Rodriguez but subsequently belonged to Luigi Chinetti Motors that entered it into the 24 Hours of Daytona as a NART entry in 1967 and 1970 but if failed to finish on both occasions.

The Ferrari was restored in the 1990s and is a matching numbers example. It has not been exhibited since 2005.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, chassis 0905 GT, (Estimate: $6,500,000 – $7,500,000)
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The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, chassis 0905 GT, estimate $6,500,000 to $7,500,000, was the fifth of 36 single-louver examples built. It is presented in its original stunning dark grey metallic livery.

The car had a limited in-period racing history including a DNF at the Targa Glorio and a third in class at the Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb in 1958.

Since 1966, Fred Peters owned this Tour de France. He frequently exhibited the car and had it completely returned to its factory appearance in 2014.

1950 Ferrari 166 MM / 195 S Le Mans

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans, chassis 0060 M, (Estimate: $6,500,000 – $7,500,000)
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The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM / 195 S Berlinetta Le Mans, chassis 0060 M, estimate $6,500,000 to $7,500,000, is one of just six touring berlinettas built on the 166 MM chassis.

The Berlinetta was the display car at the Paris Salon in 1950 before Brigg Cunningham took ownership. He had the car upgraded to 195 S specification before racing it with success in the America for three years.

The Ferrari was last exhibited at Pebble Beach in 2001 when it won Second in Class.

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II © Gooding

The 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II, chassis 0556 (0446) MD, estimate $5,500,000 to $7,500,000, had a successful in-period racing history both by privateers and as a works entry. It famously finished the inaugural Venezuela Grand Prix in 1955 first in class (and fifth overall) as an official Ferrari entry when still painted French racing blue.

The Ferrari 500 Mondial belonged to Rear Admiral Robert Philips since 1960. It was successfully exhibited at many events in the USA, including a first in class at Pebble Beach in 2008.

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale
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The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale, chassis 9653, estimate $3,300,000 to $3,800,000, is one of four GTC Speciales built and amongst the final coachbuilt Ferraris. It was a Pininfarina show car at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1967. The car was restored in the 1990s and has not been exhibited in the past 20 years.

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, estimate $3,200,000 to $3,600,000, is a single-owner, US-specification car with only 1,050 miles on the clock. The car is finished in triple black: black exterior, black interior and black seats. It is one of four LaFerraris on offer at the various Monterey Week 2018 auctions.

1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT

1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT
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The 1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT, estimate $2,000,000 to $3,000,000, was the second Ferrari Dino prototype built by Pininfarina. It was displayed at the Ferrari stand at the 1966 Torino Motor Show and played an important role in the development of the Dino 206 and 246GT.

In contrast to the first Dino Berlinettta Speciale Prototype that was sold for $4,650,000 by Artcurial in Paris 2017, this prototype is a running and fully operational car.

Top Porsches at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018

Gooding has a good reputation for selling top Porsches at Pebble Beach, including both Porsche cars that sold for over $10 million dollar: the Le Mans-winning 1982 Porsche 956 in 2015 and the marque-record 1970 Porsche 917K used during the filming of the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans.

The more interesting Porsches on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 include:

2007 Porsche RS Spyder

2007 Porsche RS Spyder
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The 2007 Porsche RS Spyder is offered without a presale estimate largely as this is the first of its kind ever offered at public auction – a marque record is unlikely. The car on offer was the last of six built for the 2007 season with around 15 produced in total of one of the most successful prototype racing cars in Porsches illustrious racing history. However, it was not raced in period and only sparingly at historic races.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
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The 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, chassis 500-0053, estimate $4,000,000 to $5,000,000, was successfully campaigned in period by privateer racer Eldon Beagle. It is a matching numbers car in good mechanical condition.

After Bonhams sold a Porsche 550A for a model record $5,170,000 at Scottsdale 2018, more came to auction. Mecum and RM Sotheby’s will both offer a 550A at the Monterey 2018 auctions. The model record for a 550 was set at Gooding Amelia Island 2016 when Jerry Seinfeld’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder sold for $5,335,000.

1959 Porsche 718 RSK

1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder
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The 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, chassis 718-024, estimate $3,600,000 to $4,100,000, is one of only 34 built. It was sold new to American racing driver Ed Hugus who raced the car until 1963, including a DNF at Le Mans in 1959. The Porsche has not been displayed for two decades and has never before been offered at auction.

1966 Porsche 911 Spyder

1966 Porsche 911 Spyder by Bertone
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The 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder, estimate $700,000 to $1,000,000, is a bit of a dark horse. It was produced by Bertone for influential car dealer John von Neumann in the hope that Porsche would produce it. The Spyder was shown at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show but Porsche ultimately preferred to produce the Targa that closely resemble the familiar 911 lines. This unique 911 Spyder would remain the only collaboration ever between Porsche and Bertone.

Top Bugattis at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018

Four Bugattis – two classic prewar cars and two modern Veyrons – will be on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018:

  • The 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix was an original Bugatti Works racing car. It comes with a comprehensive in-period racing history and retained its original bodywork.
  • The 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante is a late production model in very original condition including its original engine and rare alloy coachwork.
  • The 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is one of only 150 built. It had two owners and only 9,000 miles on the clock.
  • The 2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is as new with only 400 miles on the clock.

Other Top Cars at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018

1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider
© Gooding

A few further million-dollar cars worth watching at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 sale include:

1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder

The 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder is one of only three spiders built by Frua. It was displayed widely in the 1960s but more recently only at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este where it won Best in Class in 2010.

1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta

1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
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The 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta is one of only 20 with lightweight alloy Berlinetta bodywork by Zagato. After being raced at the 1956 Mille Miglia, 1957 Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb and other period races, 2155 was re-bodied by Zagato in 1958 as a unique design study for the new 3500 GT model.

1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1

The 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I was originally used by Shelby America for promotional purposes. It thus includes a very rare set of factory luggage boxes.

1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV

The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV is one of only 12 produced. It was extensively raced, but mostly DNF, in the Can-Am Competition by Peter Revson, Jack Brabham and George Follmer.

1908 American Underslung 50 HP Roadster

The 1908 American Underslung 50 HP Roadster, estimate $1,200,000 to $1,400,000, is the only pre-Frist World War car on offer at the auctions during Monterey Week 2018 with a lower estimate exceeding a million dollar. The automobile retained its original body and the 50 HP engine is still capable of propelling the vehicle to over 60 mph.

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1911 Mercedes 28/60 Tourer
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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3413 GT
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 3413 GT – Patrick Ernzen © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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