Four important Ferraris added to Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale



2016-07-25 09:43:10

Gooding & Company has added a quartet of remarkable Ferraris to its 2016 Pebble Beach line-up.

Leading the pack is a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione with an impressive racing provenance.

Chassis 1603 GT was delivered new to the U.S, and was regularly campaigned from 1959 until 1964. Most notably, the car was piloted to a 5th overall finish at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring, with drivers George Reed and Alan Connell behind the wheel, and was also competed at Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau in both 1959 and 1960.

Featuring every available factory-fitted competition feature, such as a full-race specification engine and gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes and an endurance fuel tank with outside filler, the car is described as "quite possibly the ultimate open 250 GT" and is valued at $18 - $20 million.

Next up is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, one of the first SWB Berlinetta competition cars ever built.

Having been tested at Monza by the likes of Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, the car was shipped to Luigi Chinetti to join his North American Racing Team. With NART drivers Augie Pabst and Ed Hugus at the helm, chassis 1759 GT finished 7th overall at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, and has been carefully restored to its original Le Mans livery.

Offered with Ferrari Classiche certification, and meticulously documented by leading Ferrari historians, the car comes with an estimate of $15 - $18 million.

Third in a trio of 250 GTs is a Red Book certified 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, "a masterpiece of Italian automotive design". The late-production 'lusso' model, chassis 3359 GT, has received a concours-quality restoration overseen by the Ferrari Classiche department, and is expected to sell for $10 - $12 million.

The final automobile of the four is also the earliest, a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta which started life as a Barchetta with coachwork by Touring of Milan.

It was campaigned at the famous Mille Miglia in both 1950 and 1951, and allowed owner Emilio Giletti to win the 1952 Italian Sports Car Championship in the two-liter class. It was then transformed into a closed Berlinetta by new owner Luigi Bosisio in 1953, and continued to race on both sides of the Atlantic before being retired.

Chassis 0046 M remains in incredibly original condition, having stood untouched in storage since 1967, and is estimated to sell for $6 - $8 million.

"We are truly honored to present these rare and historic Ferraris," said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. "Offering cars of this caliber - with exceptional specification, racing history, authenticity, and provenance – is what sets our company apart from the competition and what makes The Pebble Beach Auctions so thrilling to attend."

The Gooding & Company Pebble Beach sale takes place on August 20-21.

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2016-07-29 09:23:46

Someone must have the job of test driving these *seethes with jealousy*

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