A 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB are the leading Ferraris at the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction.
Gooding announced several top Ferraris for the Scottsdale, Arizona, classic car auction series in January 2019. The leading car is a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000) – the frist 275 car built that not only served as development car but also participated in the Monte Carlo rally. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000) has a realistic estimate reflecting the weaker market for high-end non-racing Ferraris. Also on offer is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (Estimate: $1,600,000 – $1,800,000) and a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC (Estimate: $650,000 – $800,000).
Gooding Scottsdale 2019 Classic Car Auction
Gooding & Co scheduled its 12th annual Scottsdale classic car auction on January 18 & 19, 2019, at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
In 2018, Gooding earned $49.2 million in Scottsdale by selling 110 out of 129 cars offered – a sell-through rate of 85% and an average price of $447,415. 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. In 2016, Gooding grossed $43 million from 113 cars and in 2015 it achieved $51.5 million from 126 cars on offer.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype
The 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000), chassis 06003, is the foundation for the entire 275 GTB program – it was the very first example built and served as Ferrari’s prototype and development car. This prototype would be used to test numerous features and upgrades that would eventually be introduced into production cars. Most notably, the Scaglietti coachwork was updated to the long-nose style, which became standardized after approximately 250 cars were built.
Ferrari’s racing manager, Eugenio Dragoni, and managing director, Ugo Gobbato, had a desire to test the 275 GTB in a rally and gather technical information on the model’s innovative new features, namely its transaxle and independent rear suspension. Before it could go racing, 06003 was equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary rally lights, reinforced glass, a 75% locking differential, a modified hood, a third windshield wiper and second rearview mirror for the navigator.
In January 1966, 06003 was entered into the 35th annual Monte Carlo Rally painted in the bright Giallo Prototipo (Prototype Yellow) with Giorgio Pianta driving and Roberto Lippi navigating. Pianta would go on to describe this experience as “the most beautiful memory of my life,” in the 1991 issue of Ferrari World magazine. Tucked away in a private collection for the last 25 years, 06003 is presented today much as it was in that famed rally. Without question, this one-of-a-kind 275 GTB is one of the most fascinating, charismatic, and distinctive Ferraris of all time.
Ferrari 275 GTB prices have been weaker in 2018 and only a handful were actually sold. However, these included the personal car or Battista Pininfarina, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale, chassis 06437, that sold for $8,085,000 – a record for a steel-bodied 375 – as the top result at the Gooding Scottsdale 2018 sale. It was also the highest price paid for any car at the 2018 Scottsdale, Arizona, classic car auction series and the highest result Gooding achieved in 2018.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000), chassis 4037 GT, with a history of notable owners and Ferrari Classiche certification, is a great representation of a very late-production, steel-bodied “Lusso” model.
This car offers exceptional provenance, having been owned by Ferrari collectors such as Eric Stewart, a recording artist who worked with Sir Paul McCartney, as well as Dr. Carlo Bonomi, an Italian industrialist, sportsman and World Powerboat Champion with close ties to Ferrari.
As the fourth-to-last example made, this SWB offers the refinements made over the course of the model’s production, including a bigger windshield, more luxurious seats, and a leather dash. The Ferrari’s iconic coachwork is finished in Rosso (Red) over a Pelle Nera (Black Leather) interior. Its documented history and late-production features, combined with its classic color scheme, make this SWB Berlinetta particularly inviting.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB are amongst the most-expensive cars ever made. In open-top California versions results have been just below $19 million and in Competizione versions over $13 million is possible. However, several failed to sell at recent auctions making the estimate realistic in the current market.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (Estimate: $1,600,000 – $1,800,000), chassis 5141 GT, is among the all-time great sports car designs and the 133rd of only 350 Lussos ever built. With exceptional coachwork by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso has always been a must-have among astute Ferrari collectors.
This Lusso, chassis 5141 GT boasts a fascinating provenance and has been beautifully restored in a dark blue over tan leather interior and has made appearances at multiple concours, culminating in a Gold Award at the 2007 Ferrari Club of America National Meeting in Watkins Glen, New York. In the consignor’s care, 5141 GT has been shown occasionally as part of an extensive collection maintained in a climate-controlled private museum.
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
The 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC (Estimate: $650,000 – $800,000) offers timeless coachwork by Pininfarina and exceptional driving characteristics. In 2008, this 330 GTC was treated to a show-quality restoration performed by respected California specialists that include The Patrick Ottis Company, Brian Hoyt of Perfect Reflections, and Ken Nemanic of Vintage Automotive Upholstery.
In September 2009, the freshly restored 330 GTC was entered in the FCA Vintage Concours at the Danville Concours d’Elegance, where it earned a Platinum Award, a testament to the quality and accuracy of the work completed.
It’s always exciting for me as an enthusiast to present not just great examples of significant motor cars, but also pieces of history that represent a significant chapter in that marque’s story. We feel honored to be selected to present such great cars as the rare and prominent 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the prototype for the famed 275 GTB model line, and some of the finest examples of Ferrari’s great road cars in the 250 GT Lusso and 330 GTC.”David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company
More on Scottsdale 2019 Collector Car Auctions
The first major collector car auction series of the year is traditionally the Scottsdale and Phoenix auctions in Arizona, USA, in mid-January.
Most major car auctioneers have sales in Arizona including Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby’s. A notable exception is Mecum that start the auction year a few weeks earlier at Kissimmee in Florida.
Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Sale Previews:
- Top Ten Ferraris at Scottsdale, Arizona 2019
- Bonhams – 2019 Scottsdale Auction Preview
- Gooding – 2019 Scottsdale Auction Preview
- RM Sotheby’s – 2019 Arizona Auction Preview
Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Pre-Sale Announcements:
- Bonhams – Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider
- Bonhams – Team Cunningham 1959 Lister-Jaguar Sports Racer
- Bonhams – Miura, Porsche 904 & 356 Carrera Cabriolet
- Gooding – Four Mercedes Benz 300 Classics
- Gooding – Top 1960s Ferraris – including a 275 Prototype & 250 GTB SWB
- Gooding – Top 1950s Ferraris – including a 250 GT Tour de France, 250 MM Spider & 212 Europa Cabriolet
- Gooding – American Muscle Cars – including three Shelby Cobras
- Barrett Jackson – 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition VIN001
- Barrett-Jackson – 2020 Toyota Supra VIN20201
- Barrett-Jackson – 14 Charity Lots, including four Bumblebee Camaros.
- RM Sotheby’s – Top Ferraris