A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $7,000,000–$8,500,000) and a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I (Estimate: $5,000,000–$5,750,000) were announced as leading cars for the Gooding Scottsdale 2018 classic car auction in Arizona, USA.
Gooding & Company announced examples of striking road and racing Ferraris with coachwork by Pinin Farina for its annual two-day Scottsdale Auctions on January 19 and 20, 2018, in Arizona, USA. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $7,000,000–$8,500,000) is one of the most-expensive Ferraris on offer during the annual Scottsdale Auction week. A strong result is also expected from a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I (Estimate: $5,000,000–$5,750,000) – the first Ferrari four-cylinder sports racer model. Two further valuable classic Ferraris on offer include a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa GT (Estimate: $1,600,000–$2,000,000) and a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Estimate: $1,500,000–$1,800,000).
Gooding Scottsdale 2018 Classic Car Auction
Gooding & Co will hold its 11th annual Scottsdale classic car auction on January 19 & 20, 2018, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
In 2017, Gooding gained $33.4 million at the Scottsdale auction by selling 106 of the 126 lots on offer – a good 84% sell-through rate. The top result in 2017 was $3.3 million – a new model record for a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix. In 2016, Gooding grossed $43 million from 113 cars and in 2015 it achieved $51.5 million from 126 cars on offer.
Top Ferraris at Gooding Scottsdale Sale 2018
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet
Between 1956 and 1959, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina produced a series of 41 special Cabriolets for Ferrari’s most important clients, each exquisitely designed and constructed, on Ferrari’s 250 GT chassis. The Series I Cabriolet has long been regarded as one of the most successful collaborations between Ferrari and Pinin Farina and, by all accounts, is a true masterpiece of the coachbuilder’s art.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $7,000,000–$8,500,000), chassis 1079 GT, was displayed on Ferrari’s stand at the 1958 Torino Motor Show, and was pictured in that year’s official Ferrari Yearbook. Originally sold to the prince of Saudi Arabia, the Series I Cabriolet would go on to be owned by respected collector John Clinard for more than 40 years. During his ownership, he displayed the car at numerous prestigious events, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1993 and 2004. Today, 1079 GT has been returned to its original livery of Grigio Conchiglia with red leather upholstery. This special coachbuilt 250 GT has been certified by the Ferrari Classiche department, and its history has been documented by Ferrari authority Marcel Massini.
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I
The 500 Mondial was the first Ferrari four-cylinder sports racer that utilized the two-liter Lampredi-designed engine developed from the World Championship-winning 500 F2.
This beautiful Pinin Farina-bodied 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I (Estimate: $5,000,000–$5,750,000), chassis 0434 MD, was sold new to race car driver Herman Roosdorp through famed dealer Garage Francorchamps. Roosdorp and second owner Hans Maasland successfully campaigned the car at numerous races between 1954 and 1956. The 500 Mondial has since been owned by many prominent Ferrari collectors and has been displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and participated in the Mille Miglia Retrospective.
1954 Ferrari 250 Europa GT
Introduced in 1954, the Ferrari 250 Europa GT featured handsome Pinin Farina coachwork and a robust three-liter V-12 engine developed by Gioacchino Colombo. This 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa GT (Estimate: $1,600,000–$2,000,000), chassis 0379 GT, is unique among the series for its distinctive rectangular driving lights, decorative chrome trim, and unique interior appointments.
This car debuted on the Pinin Farina stand at the 1955 Torino Motor Show and was sold new to a prominent cinematographer in Rome. Today, the car is presented in the classic color combination of a deep red over a tan leather interior. A fixture in a major collection for the past two decades, this Europa GT is being offered at auction for the first time in its history, making this an exceptional opportunity to acquire a singular coach-built Ferrari.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet
The 250 GT Series II Cabriolet was the final evolution of open-top models in Ferrari’s 250 line. It benefited from technical advancements that added to its overall driving experience, such as disc brakes and the latest iteration of the Gioacchino Colombo-designed 60º three-liter V-12.
The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Estimate: $1,500,000–$1,800,000), chassis 2341 GT, was sold new to its first owner, American film and television actor Gordon Scott, perhaps best known for his work as the lead in several Tarzan films. The car was comprehensively restored in 2010 and meticulously refinished in the sporting and bold color combination of black over a red leather interior. It is complemented by a canvas soft top and detachable hardtop. Rare and possessing the desirable attribute of a matching-numbers engine, this Series II Pinin Farina cabriolet is among the most elegant and attainable open-top Ferraris of the era.