Gooding & Company adds coach-built classics to Arizona sale

Uri Slav

Uri Slav

2015-12-17 16:13:25

A quartet of coach-built classics will light up the forthcoming Gooding & Company sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The company will offer bespoke models from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti amongst the line up of its annual two-day event.

“We are privileged to be offering a variety of exquisite automobiles from Touring, Pininfarina, Boano and A.P. Compton,” said David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. “Automotive art is best exemplified by the top coachbuilders on the finest chassis such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Bugatti.”

First up is a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans, one of only six models ever built. Featuring aerodynamic coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the car was campaigned competitively in Italy by the factory team before being displayed by Luigi Chinetti at the 1950 Paris Auto Salon.

It was then raced at Sebring, Buenos Aires, Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton by its first owner, renowned sportsman Briggs Cunningham, and in later years attended the Mille Miglia Storica and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Eligible for the world's most prestigious vintage events, the car is expected to sell for $5.7-$6.5 million.

Next is a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale featuring coachwork by Pininfarina, one of just four examples ever produced. Unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in 1967, and later owned by the Tuscan heiress Maddalena Da Lisca, this GTC Speciale is estimated at $3.4-$4 million.

Then there's a unique Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale, designed and built for the 1955 Torino Motor Show by Carrozzeria Boano as a showcase for his talents. Having spent decades in the world-famous Mario Righini collection, the car will now be offered at auction for the first time in its history without reserve.

The final addition to the line-up is a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport, presented at the 1931 Olympia Motor Show in London with sporting Grand Sport coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. With just two registered owners from new, this matching-numbers, unrestored car is regarded as one of the finest of its kind and comes to public auction for the first timer with an estimate of $550,000-$750,000.

The Gooding & Company Scottsdale sale takes place on January 29-30, 2016.

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