2019 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Auction Preview)

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.

Niki Lauda's 1975 Ferrari 312T
© Mike Maez / Courtesy of Gooding

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 2019, Gooding earned $76,824,740 with a sell-through rate of 77% – 108 of 140 lots offered were sold. The average price was $711,340 per car with 17 cars sold for over a million dollar each.

The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, chassis J-563 sold for $22,000,000
The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, chassis J-563 sold for $22,000,000 as the most-expensive American car ever sold at public auction, the most-expensive pre-war car, the most-expensive Duesenberg and the most-expensive car ever sold by Gooding & Company. © Gooding

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:

11958Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider11,000,000 – 13,000,000
21958Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet7,000,000 – 8,000,000
31953Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV6,000,000 – 8,000,000
41975Ferrari 312T6,000,000 – 7,000,000
51958Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta5,500,000 – 6,000,000
61961Aston Martin DB4 GT4,000,000 – 4,500,000
71965Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy3,500,000 – 4,000,000
81913Isotta Fraschi Tipo IM3,000,000 – 4,000,000
91962Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico2,800,000 – 3,400,000
101997Ferrari F502,800,000 – 3,200,000
112014Ferrari LaFerrari2,800,000 – 3,200,000
121939Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe2,750,000 – 3,500,000
132014Ferrari Sergio2,500,000 – 3,000,000
141930Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline2,000,000 – 2,500,000
152015Aston Martin Vulcan2,000,000 – 2,500,000
161988Porsche 959 Sport2,000,000 – 2,400,000
171967Ferrari 330 GTS2,000,000 – 2,400,000
181936Bugatti Type 57 Atalante1,750,000 – 2,250,000
191952Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe1,700,000 – 2,000,000
201993Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.81,600,000 – 2,000,000
211941Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet A1,500,000 – 2,200,000
221989Jaguar XJR-101,500,000 – 2,000,000
231955Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing1,500,000 – 1,800,000
241965Ferrari 275 GTB1,500,000 – 1,800,000
252019McLaren Senna1,400,000 – 1,600,000
261955Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing1,300,000 – 1,600,000
271977Porsche 934/S1,200,000 – 1,500,000
281969Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona1,200,000 – 1,500,000
291990Ferrari F401,200,000 – 1,400,000
301938Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio1,200,000 – 1,400,000
311911Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine1,000,000 – 1,500,000
321959Lister-Jaguar Sports Racer1,000,000 – 1,400,000
331955Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe1,000,000 – 1,300,000
341928Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Sports Tourer1,000,000 – 1,300,000
351958Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster1,000,000 – 1,250,000
361939Lagonda V-12 Rapide Drophead Coupe900,000 – 1,200,000
371925Renault 40 CV Torpedo Skiff900,000 – 1,200,000
381954Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe800,000 – 1,200,000
391991Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer800,000 – 1,000,000
401936Mercedes Benz 500 K Cabriolet C800,000 – 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

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider (Estimate: $11,000,000 – $13,000,000), chassis 1055 GT
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider © Gooding

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

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $7,000,000 – $8,000,000), chassis 0789 GT
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet © Gooding

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

1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000), chassis 00128
© Gooding

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
© Mike Maez / Courtesy of Gooding

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 driving the 1975 Ferrari 312T during the French Grand Prix.
Courtesy of Gooding

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

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
© Gooding

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

Red 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM
© Gooding

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.

Red 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe (Estimate: $2,750,000 – $3,500,000)

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.

1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000)
© Gooding

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

2014 Ferrari Sergio

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.

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