Three 1950s Ferraris – a 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, a 250 MM Spider Series II and a 212 Europa Cabriolet were announced for the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 sale.
Gooding announced an enticing trio of 1950s Ferraris for its Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta (Estimate: $5,750,000 – $6,500,000) is one of 78 built and finished in an interesting two-tone red and white color scheme. The 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II (Estimate: $5,500,000 – $6,500,000) is one of only twelve bodies by Vignale. The 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet (Estimate: $1,900,000 – $2,200,000) finished the inaugural Nürburgring 1000 KM in ninth overall.
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.
Top 1950s Ferraris at Gooding Scottsdale 2019
Gooding announced a trio of top 1950s Ferraris for the Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction. All three are for series that were produced in low numbers so rarely come to auction. The estimates are not overly ambitious given results for similar cars at recent auctions. These cars are in addition to the three 1960s Ferraris announced previously for the Arizona sale.
We are thrilled to present three exceptional Ferraris from the 1950s, perhaps the most vibrant and romantic period in the marque’s history. Models like the 212, 250 MM, and Tour de France established Ferrari as a leading manufacturer on the world stage and these particular examples are among the very best of their respective breeds.”David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Company
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
Ferrari produced just 78 examples of the Tour de France Berlinetta, among the most successful and desirable GT racing cars of the 1950s. This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta (Estimate: $5,750,000 – $6,500,000) chassis 1037 GT, is the 19th of 36 single-louver Tour de France built and represents the ultimate evolution of this important model, with its covered headlight bodywork and advanced mechanical specification.
Delivered new to Venezuela, this Tour de France was raced by local heroes including Julio Pola, Ettore Chimeri, and José Miguel Galia between 1958-1960 at events such as the 1958 Grand Prix of Venezuela and the 1959 Grand Prix of Trinidad. Today, 1037 GT is beautifully presented and finished with a red exterior and prominent white stripe with a tan leather interior.
These cars were the finest dual-purpose sports cars of their day and are widely admired by today’s collectors for their outstanding styling and performance, as well as remarkable versatility. With Ferrari Classiche certification and fascinating early racing history, 1037 GT is an exceptional example worthy of any Ferrari collector’s consideration.
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II
This 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II (Estimate: $5,500,000 – $6,500,000), 0348 MM, is one of 12 Vignale Spiders built on the legendary 250 MM chassis – the first series-production Ferrari competition car to use the 250 appellation. Designed by the great Giovanni Michelotti, this extraordinary Vignale-bodied Ferrari possesses marvelous details, including distinctive fender portholes, triangular cutaways at the rear, and decorative chrome trim.
Sold new to Alfred Momo, who managed Briggs Cunningham’s racing team, this car was entered in numerous races in the United States throughout the mid 1950s.
Its provenance includes a number of noted collectors including Ken Hutchison, Bill Jacobs, and David Sydorick. Today, 0348 MM is beautifully presented and retains its original chassis, bodywork, engine, and gearbox, making it one of the most sought-after 250 MM Vignale Spiders.
Finished in an elegant dark red livery with patinated brown leather interior, this historically significant early Ferrari possesses every quality one looks for in a collectible automobile: aesthetic beauty, mechanical sophistication, exclusivity in numbers, a fantastic racing history, and exceptional provenance.
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
The 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet (Estimate: $1,900,000 – $2,200,000), chassis 0235 EU, was the third 212 bodied by Pinin Farina and it debuted on the Ferrari show stand at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1952. In January 1953, the Ferrari was displayed at the Brussels Auto Show and then sold to its privateer racer Tony Parravano of Southern California.
Parravano entered 0235 EU at the inaugural Nürburgring 1000 KM in August 1953 where it finished 9th Overall and 3rd in Class driven by Ricardo Vignolo and Maurice Gatsonides (the future inventor of the “Gatso” speed-measuring camera).
Restored and certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department, 0235 EU is beautifully presented in the original color scheme of Azzurro Metallizzato (Light Blue Metallic) paint over beige leather, as first presented at the 1952 Paris Salon. It is eligible for the world’s most prestigious events and marque gatherings and would make a crowning addition to most any collection.
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