A Ferrari 250 GT California Spider is the lead car for the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 sale that also includes Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312T Formula 1 racer.
The most-expensive car on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 classic car auction is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (estimate $11,000,000 to $13,000,000). However, Niki Lauda’s championship-winning 1975 Ferrari 312T Formula 1 racing car and the 1913 Isotta Fraschi Tipo IM that twice raced in the Indianapolis 500 are arguably the more exciting cars. The Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 auction includes 40 cars spanning more than a century with presale estimates exceeding a million dollar.
Gooding Pebble Beach Classic Car Auction 2019
Gooding and Company scheduled its 16th annual Pebble Beach classic car auction for 16 & 17 August 2019 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California, USA.
In 2018, Gooding earned $116.5 million with an 84% sell-through rate with 123 of the 147 lots sold. The average price per car was $947,174 with 25 cars selling for above a million dollar and 23 world auction records set for models, including a new Duesenberg marque record.
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 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale 2019
The following 40 cars have a presale estimate exceeding a million dollar at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 classic car auction:
|1||1958||Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider||11,000,000 – 13,000,000|
|2||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet||7,000,000 – 8,000,000|
|3||1953||Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV||6,000,000 – 8,000,000|
|4||1975||Ferrari 312T||6,000,000 – 7,000,000|
|5||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta||5,500,000 – 6,000,000|
|6||1961||Aston Martin DB4 GT||4,000,000 – 4,500,000|
|7||1965||Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy||3,500,000 – 4,000,000|
|8||1913||Isotta Fraschi Tipo IM||3,000,000 – 4,000,000|
|9||1962||Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico||2,800,000 – 3,400,000|
|10||1997||Ferrari F50||2,800,000 – 3,200,000|
|11||2014||Ferrari LaFerrari||2,800,000 – 3,200,000|
|12||1939||Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe||2,750,000 – 3,500,000|
|13||2014||Ferrari Sergio||2,500,000 – 3,000,000|
|14||1930||Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline||2,000,000 – 2,500,000|
|15||2015||Aston Martin Vulcan||2,000,000 – 2,500,000|
|16||1988||Porsche 959 Sport||2,000,000 – 2,400,000|
|17||1967||Ferrari 330 GTS||2,000,000 – 2,400,000|
|18||1936||Bugatti Type 57 Atalante||1,750,000 – 2,250,000|
|19||1952||Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe||1,700,000 – 2,000,000|
|20||1993||Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8||1,600,000 – 2,000,000|
|21||1941||Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet A||1,500,000 – 2,200,000|
|22||1989||Jaguar XJR-10||1,500,000 – 2,000,000|
|23||1955||Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing||1,500,000 – 1,800,000|
|24||1965||Ferrari 275 GTB||1,500,000 – 1,800,000|
|25||2019||McLaren Senna||1,400,000 – 1,600,000|
|26||1955||Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing||1,300,000 – 1,600,000|
|27||1977||Porsche 934/S||1,200,000 – 1,500,000|
|28||1969||Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona||1,200,000 – 1,500,000|
|29||1990||Ferrari F40||1,200,000 – 1,400,000|
|30||1938||Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio||1,200,000 – 1,400,000|
|31||1911||Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine||1,000,000 – 1,500,000|
|32||1959||Lister-Jaguar Sports Racer||1,000,000 – 1,400,000|
|33||1955||Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe||1,000,000 – 1,300,000|
|34||1928||Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Sports Tourer||1,000,000 – 1,300,000|
|35||1958||Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster||1,000,000 – 1,250,000|
|36||1939||Lagonda V-12 Rapide Drophead Coupe||900,000 – 1,200,000|
|37||1925||Renault 40 CV Torpedo Skiff||900,000 – 1,200,000|
|38||1954||Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe||800,000 – 1,200,000|
|39||1991||Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer||800,000 – 1,000,000|
|40||1936||Mercedes Benz 500 K Cabriolet C||800,000 – 1,000,000|
Top Cars at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019
The top five cars on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 classic car auction are:
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, chassis 1055 GT, estimate $11,000,000 to $13,000,000, is the most-expensive car on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 classic car auction. It is an early production example of the around 50 built on the long-wheelbase chassis. (One of the 56 SWB versions are on offer for similar money at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019).
This California Spider was the 11th built and the second on the improved tipo 508D chassis. It was lightly raced in the early 1960s in SCCA events to class victories.
The fully restored California Spider retained many original components in addition to its original engine, gearbox and Scaglietti bodywork.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, chassis 0789 GT, estimate $7,000,000 to $8,000,000, is with only 40 built even rarer than the California Spider. Originally, this Pinin Farina bodied cabriolets were around 20% more expensive than the California Spiders.
The car on offer was the 13th built and one of only five with factory side vends. Its first owner was the Italian playboy aristocrat Prince Alessandro Ruspoli, who inspired the main character in Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita.
The car is currently in black lacquer over olive green and offered for sale for the first time in two decades. Enticingly for the new owner, the car has not been displayed for the last decade.
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV
The 1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV, chassis 00128, estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000), is similarly a Pinin Farina coachwork car but a unique design study.
Fiat produced around six 6C 3000 CM tubular spaceframe chassis for competition cars before the company suspended its factory-backed racing activities in the mid-1950s. Chassis 00128 was subsequently used by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina for a series of experimental show cars. The first version of the Alfa Romeo Superflow was unveiled at the 1956 Paris Auto Show and then underwent several revisions before being finished in its final Superflow IV form.
The Superflow IV was shown at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show and was later part of the Peter Kaus Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany. The meticulously restored Superflow won First in Class at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and in 2014 received Best of Show at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Salon Prive.
1975 Ferrari 312T
Niki Lauda’s 1975 Ferrari 312T, chassis 022, estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000, is the most-expensive Formula 1 car at the Monterey Week 2019 classic car auctions. Lauda qualified in pole position in all five championship races in which he drove 022 en route to his first of three Formula 1 World Driver Championship titles.
Niki Lauda began his successful 1975 campaign in chassis 022 with a victory in the non-championship 1975 BRDC International Trophy held at Silverstone. He drove this chassis to victory at the French Grand Prix, second place in the Dutch Grand Prix and third at the German Grand Prix.
Additionally, the car was driven on two occasions by Scuderia Ferrari teammate Clay Regazzoni and, following a single outing at the 1976 South African Grand Prix, was retired from racing.
See also Niki Lauda Ferrari F1 Announcement for more on this car.
The record modern Formula 1 car is Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001 that sold in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in November 2017 for $7,504,000. The most-expensive Formula 1 single-seater racing car ever was $29,650,000 paid for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196R at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 sale. It is also the only Formula 1 car to have achieved more than $10 million at auction.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
The competition 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, chassis 0903 GT, estimate $5,500,000 to $6,000,000, is one of just 78 examples produced and the fourth of only 36 single-louver Tour de France Berlinettas built.
Delivered new to Sweden, this Tour de France was initially owned by two Swedish race car drivers; first by noted driving ace Sture Nottorp and later Kjell Lundberg. Its current owner undertook a complete, concours-quality restoration in 2012. It received several concours accolades, including a Platinum Award at the 2013 Cavallino Classic held in Palm Beach, Florida; a first-place Blue Ribbon at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; and a “Premio d’Onore” award at Italy’s 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Top Pre-War Cars at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019
Over 20 prewar cars at the various Monterey Week 2019 classic car auctions have presale estimates exceeding a million dollar with Gooding alone providing half of these.
The most fascinating million-dollar vintage car at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 is arguably the 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM. It was incredibly advanced for its time with its overhead cam four valve per cylinder engine, and most importantly, as the first car ever to be equipped with four-wheel brakes. Enzo Ferrari and Alfieri Maserati drove Isotta Fraschinis before founding their own companies. This Tipo IM, one of only two in existence, was part of a team of racing cars that participated in the Indianapolis 500 in 1913 and 1914.
Equally fascinating and with racing history is the 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe (Estimate: $2,750,000 – $3,500,000) that was originally built as a Tipo 256 Spider Siluro. Enzo Ferrari himself directed the manufacturing process for this car in Modena, Italy as part of five 256 Spider Siluros built by Alfa Romeo. Between 1939 and 1940, this Alfa Romeo, chassis 915014, competed in eight races, including placing fourth at the Pescara Grand Prix in Italy, and finishing seventh in its class at the last Mille Miglia before the start of World War II.
The 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine, chassis 1850E, (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000) is the oldest million-dollar car on offer. The magnificent automobile not only retains its original body and numbers-matching components but also sports the earliest known sunroof mechanism, which is a further testament to its unique coachwork. It was ordered new with nickel fittings, Dunlop grooved tires, and a seven-passenger landaulette body.
Two Bugatti Type 57s will be available at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 as well as two large Mercedes Benz K cabriolets. The more interesting is a 1941 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet A, one of only 83 produced in this version. Originally built for the British market, it was only completed end 1939 after the outbreak of the war. It was eventually exported to Finland in April 1941. The Mercedes Benz retained its original chassis, engine and coachwork.
Modern Supercars at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019
The million-dollar cars on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 cover well over a century: from the 1911 Rolls Royce to the basically brand new 2019 McLaren Senna.
Modern supercar and hypercars on offer include a 1988 Porsche 959 Sport that was possibly the first legally imported to the USA (initially for museum display only, which is sad in its own way and contributed to its low less than 5,000 miles on the clock).
Gooding is also offering a 1990 Ferrari F40, a 1997 Ferrari F50 and a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari – no Enzo from any of the three catalogue auctioneers at Monterey in 2019. The rarer modern Ferrari is the 2014 Ferrari Sergio. It is one of six built to commemorate the 60 years of cooperation between Ferrari and Pininfarina.
Monterey Week 2019 Car Auctions News
- Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Auction Preview
- Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 Auction Preview
- RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 Auction Preview
Pre-Sale Auction Announcements:
- RM Sotheby’s: 1939 Porsche Type 64
- RM Sotheby’s: McLaren F1 LM-Specification
- RM Sotheby’s: Top Ferraris (incl. LWB California Spider & 196 SP)
- RM Sotheby’s: Aston Martin DB3S
- RM Sotheby’s: James Bond Aston Martin DB5
- RM Sotheby’s: Low-Mileage Hypercars (incl. an FXX)
- RM Sotheby’s: Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
- RM Sotheby’s: Works 1954 Maserati A6GCS
- RM Sotheby’s: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
- Gooding: Pre-War Classics (incl. 1913 Isotta Fraschini)
- Gooding: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
- Gooding: Niki Lauda’s 1975 Ferrari 312T F1 Racing Car
- Gooding: Four Pininfarina Coachbuilt Cars
- Gooding: Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
- Bonhams: Classic Pre-War Bentleys