Coach-built Maseratis A6Gs by Frua and Zagato and special Ferraris by Pininfarina are on offer at Gooding Pebble Beach 2018.
A 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider by Frua, estimate $5,500,000 – $6,500,000, and a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta, estimate: $4,300,000 – $4,600,000, by Zagato are among the highlights of the Gooding Pebble Beach 2018 classic car auction. The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale, estimate: $3,300,000 – $3,800,000, is one of only four ever built. The 1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT, estimate: $2,000,000 – $3,000,000, is a one-off prototype built during the development of the Dino 206 and 246 GT.
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.
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.
1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider
In 1953, Maserati introduced the A6GCS/53, a sophisticated sports racing car powered by a two-liter twin-cam inline six-cylinder engine. Almost all of these Maseratis were built for racing and were extremely successful, claiming class wins at the Mille Miglia and capturing the Italian Sports Car Championship. The 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider, estimate $5,500,000 – $6,500,000, chassis 2110, is an exceptionally rare coachbuilt version of this acclaimed sports racing car, wearing exquisite custom coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua of Torino.
The man responsible for commissioning this remarkable car was Guglielmo “Mimmo” Dei, the official Maserati dealer in Rome who later founded the racing team Scuderia Centro Sud. The last of three such examples commissioned by Dei, this A6GCS/53 Spider is widely recognized as Pietro Frua’s greatest contribution to the art of Italian coachbuilding. Perfectly proportioned and possessing intricate details, this elegant Frua Spider was masterfully designed, mirroring the best qualities of the Maserati chassis that lay beneath.
Sold new in Italy, the Maserati was exported to the United States in 1959 and was displayed at numerous concours d’elegance in period, including the 1964 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. The car would go on to be owned by noted collectors Ken Hutchison, Bill Jacobs, and Bob Rubin. In 2010, the beautifully restored Frua Spider was shown at the exclusive Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it won Best in Class and the prestigious Coppa d’Oro award, which is the Best of Show by public referendum.
Finished in a stylish black livery with a cream central stripe, this exceptionally rare Maserati represents an ideal marriage of the thoroughbred A6GCS/53 competition chassis with Pietro Frua’s magnificent coachwork. The result is an undisputed masterpiece of Italian design and one of the most beautiful and desirable sports cars from the 1950s.
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta
The Maserati A6G/54 is the essential Italian GT of the mid-1950s. A mere 60 of these chassis were produced and, of these, master coachbuilder Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan built 20 examples with lightweight alloy berlinetta bodies. The Zagato-bodied examples are decidedly the most beautiful, sleek and performance-oriented of the line.
This 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta, estimate: $4,300,000 – $4,600,000, chassis 2155, is the 17th A6G/54 Zagato-bodied Berlinetta built and featured a distinctive double-bubble roof from new. 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.
About 10 years ago, the Maserati was restored by Italian marque specialists with further work carried out by the esteemed Paul Russell & Company and has been presented at numerous events, including the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 2010 The Quail; A Motorsports Gathering, and the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® for Maserati’s centennial celebration. This beautiful Maserati is particularly collectible for its unique Zagato design and rich racing history, especially with its remarkable one-off coachwork finished in silver with blue upholstery. This rare A6G/54 would make an outstanding addition to the finest collections.
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale
Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in 1967, the 330 GTC Speciale was hailed as a brilliant Ferrari-Pininfarina collaboration. The modern design captured the very essence of late 1960s motoring, combining features from Pininfarina’s latest show and concept cars. One of only four such examples ever built, and featuring razor-edge lines, curved glass and trailing pillars creating a dramatic and beautiful effect, this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale, estimate: $3,300,000 – $3,800,000, chassis 09653 is among the last of the great coachbuilt Ferraris.
Finished in Aurora Blue with black upholstery, this Ferrari was displayed on the Pininfarina stand at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, and then delivered new to famed American heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey. Eventual owners included noted Ferrari collectors Norm Silver and John Mecom Jr., both of whom focused on limited-production coachbuilt Ferraris.
Restored in 1991, the 330 GTC Speciale garnered several important honors, including First in Class and the Luigi Chinetti Award at the 1992 FCA National Meet, as well as a First in Class at the Vintage Ferrari Concours at Concorso Italiano in August 1992. Not only is 09653 a beautiful custom-bodied Ferrari with an impressive and fascinating provenance, it has been out of the public eye since it was last shown in 1992.
1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT
In May 1965, Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone produced a sketch that would serve as the basis for the Ferrari Dino, which was named after Alfredino “Dino” Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari’s first son. The concept was a short-wheelbase, two-seat coupe with aerodynamic lines and beautiful, rounded front fenders. Pininfarina’s first prototype, known as the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, was unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1965. Afterward, Pininfarina continued to develop a Dino concept that was more likely to be used in production. Their efforts resulted in the car presented here, the Berlinetta GT, the second prototype for the Ferrari Dino. Constructed in 1966, the Dino Berlinetta GT was the first mid-engine, six-cylinder Ferrari designed from the outset for use as a road car.
This Dino Berlinetta GT was presented on the Ferrari stand at the Torino Motor Show in November 1966 and marked a major turning point in the company’s history. Finished in Fly Yellow with its interior trimmed in black leather and blue cloth, this one-off Pininfarina show car featured a two-liter Dino engine, placed longitudinally rather than transversely, as seen in the production model. It was this car that inspired the final design of the subsequent 206 and 246 GTs, among the most revered production models in Ferrari history.
For the past 25 years, this groundbreaking Ferrari has been a crown jewel in one of the most impressive private collections of postwar Italian sports cars ever assembled. During this period, the Berlinetta GT has been featured in countless books and articles on Ferrari, Pininfarina, and the Dino model, and yet remains just as mesmerizing today as it did upon its debut at the Torino Motor Show. A one-of-a-kind Dino prototype, designed and built by Carrozzeria Pininfarina, one of the most successful and influential Italian coachbuilders, 00106 is a world-class automobile that possesses every special quality sought after by discerning collectors.
“Between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, the art of custom coachbuilding reached its zenith in Italy,” notes David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Company. “Firms like Pininfarina, Zagato, Frua and Bertone produced some of their finest work during this period, and their most extraordinary designs were realized for exclusive Italian manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati, and Siata. The cars presented here perfectly capture this tradition, combining thoroughbred chassis with the finest custom coachwork.”
2018 Monterey Week Classic Car Auctions
Monterey 2018 Auction Results
- List of the 69 Cars Sold for at Least a Million Dollar at Monterey 2018 (and 47 unsuccessful million-dollar highest bids).
- 2018 RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Auction Results
- 2018 Mecum Monterey Sale Auction results
- 2018 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Auction Results)
- 2018 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale (Auction Results)
- 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – Most-Expensive Car Ever Sold at Public Auction
- 1935 Duesenberg SSJ – Most-Expensive American and Most-Valuable Pre-War Car Ever Sold at Public Auction
- 2018 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale (Auction Preview)
- 2018 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Auction Preview)
- 2018 RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale (Auction Preview)
- 2018 Mecum Monterey Sale (Auction Preview)
Bonhams Quail Lodge 2018:
- Golden Age Automobiles: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport, 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Saloon and 1911 Mercedes 28/60 Tourer
- 1928 “W.O. Model” Bentleys: 6 ½ -Liter Open Sports Tourer by Barker & 4 ½-Liter Open Tourer by Vanden Plas
- 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
Gooding Pebble Beach 2018:
- 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II: the only Ferrari factory team entry not to have raced in red!
- Unrestored Icons – the first production Bentley R-Type Continental, a Gullwing and garage-find Ferrari Lusso.
- Competition Ferrari Berlinettas: a 275 GTB/C, a 250 GT Tour de France, and a 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans.
- 1935 Duesenberg SSJ – ex-Gary Cooper, ex-Briggs Cunningham
- Porsche Spyders – including a one-off 911 by Bertone.
- Coach-Built Italian Cars – Maserati A6GS/53 Spider, A6G/54 Berlinetta, Ferrari 330 GTC Special, Dino Berlinetta GT Prototype.
Mecum Monterey 2018:
RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018:
- Pebble Beach Winners – 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich & 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster by Fleetwood
- 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Zagato Berlinetta
- 1968 Porsche 908 K Works Racer
- 1966 Ford GT40 – third place at Le Mans
- 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – expected to become the most-expensive car ever sold at public auction
- 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype – possibly the most-expensive Aston ever.
- Top Ferraris – 12 of 29 on offer have estimates above a million dollar.
- German racing cars: Mercedes Benz AMG CLK GTR & Porsche 550A
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