Gooding lists Italian star cars for Pebble Beach auction

1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Calling them the “Quintessential Gentleman’s Lineup of Italian Sports Cars,” Gooding & Company has announced seven classic Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat automobiles for the Pebble Beach auction scheduled for August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Combined, the vehicles have a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $25 million, according to Gooding & Company.

Topping the group is a Ferrari 250 GT Series I cabriolet (chassis 1475 GT), the last of the 40 produced, and with a pre-auction estimated value of $5 million to $7 million.

“As characterized by Pinin Farina coachwork in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this handsome Cabriolet displays the transition from the ornate designs of the late 1950s to the clean, modern styling,” the auction company said in its news release.

1956 Maserati A6G 54 by Zagato
1956 Maserati A6G 54 by Zagato

“This is exemplified by 1475 GT’s full-width bumpers and flanks that are unadorned with vents, which emphasize the long, elegant lines of the front wings.

“This Series I Cabriolet is one of only four examples built with the open headlamp treatment, and one of just two with tall vertical taillights.”

Gooding added that the car, in metallic blue over tan leather interior, was owned for more than three decades by noted collector and Ferrari historian Hilary Raab Jr. for more than three decades.

Valued at $4 million to $5 million is a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Belinetta, one of only 60 produced and one of only 21 with coachwork by Zagato. Gooding notes that chassis No. 2186 was the last A6G/54 Berlinetta built with Zagato bodywork.

“As such, it incorporates all the desirable late-production features, such as the curvaceous rear fenders and twin hood scoops,” the auction house said, adding that the car has recently been restored to its original dark red and light interior colors, with that work done by Carrozzeria Quality Cars in Vigonza, Italy.

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial

The car has been displayed at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari museum in Modena, Italy.

The 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I was the first Ferrari produced for privateer owner-drivers. The car going to auction is 0468 MD and was sold new to Guido Petracchi, who raced it in Africa, winning the Ethopian Grand Prix. Gooding reported that the car was in storage from 1959 until 1980, and was then restored by DK Engineering. The car, work an estimated $3 million to $3.8 million, was displayed at Pebble Beach in 1998.

Also on the docket are:

  • A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, estimated at $3 million to $3.5 million;
  • A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, estimated at $2 million to $2.4 million;
  • A 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe with coachwork by Vignale and estimated at $1.5 million to $1.8 million;
  • A 1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta Elaborata, with coachwork by Rapi updated by Zagato and estimated at $1.4 million to $1.8 million.

For information about Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale, visit the auction website.

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