Classic pre-war trio added to Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2017-07-18 15:28:30

A trio of pre-war classics has been added the roster of Gooding & Company's forthcoming Pebble Beach Auction.

The sale takes place on August 18 – 19 as part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one of the most prominent events on the international car collecting calendar.

Together the three cars represent the pinnacles of automotive engineering and design, with each expected to achieve a seven-figure sum when they hit the block in California.

First up is a 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/180 Sports Tourer, offered from a private family collection for the first time in more than 50 years.

The car is one of just 146 S-Types ever produced, with only a handful known to survive, and its custom coachwork by prominent coachbuilder Gläser is believed to be unique.

A veteran of both concours events and family shopping trips, the much-loved vehicle is recently restored and valued at $5 - $6 million.

Next up is a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet, regarded by many as Jean Bugatti's "masterpiece".

The car was built in 1939 at the company's Molsheim factory, but was not given a chassis number until 1941, when was sold to a friend of Jean Bugatti.

Marked '57841', it's believed that the car features the last Type 57 chassis number ever assigned, adding historical significance to an already stunning automobile.

With coachwork by Letourneur et Marchand and exceptional provenance, the car emerges from long-term ownership after 30 years, with an estimate of $1.5 - $2 million.

The final car of the trio is a 1937 Maserati 6CM, originally owned by the Italian racing driver Giovanni Rocco, who used it to set a new lap record at the 1937 Targa Florio.

Well-documented and eligible for the world's most prestigious racing events, the car is expected to sell for $1 - $1.4 million.

"I love studying early automotive engineering and design, and admiring the work of true craftsmen," said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.

"These are not simply rare cars, but expressive works of art that continue to inspire us, especially when you explore the details. We are honored to present these distinguished automobiles and the people and historical events that surround them."

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