A line-up of competition cars will be featured at the 2013 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction, scheduled for August 17-18 in Pebble Beach, California. Among the headline offerings crossing the auction block at Gooding’s 10th annual Pebble Beach sale will be a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 14-Louver Berlinetta; a 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1; a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster; a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione; a 1990 Ferrari F40 LM; a 1956 Maserati 150S; and cars of note from the estate of collector and race driver, Thomas Mittler.
“In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Pebble Beach Auctions, we are thrilled to present a strong selection of competition cars,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. We look forward to offering these rare examples of competition history in August.”
The 1957 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 14-Louver Berlinetta (estimate: $9,000,000 – 11,000,000) is one of nine examples built and just eight remaining. This matching-numbers, original-bodied car with coachwork by Scaglietti is constructed of lightweight aluminum, with Plexiglas windows and minimal trim. The impressive racing history on this example includes 9th overall and 4th in Class at the 1957 Mille Miglia and a 4th place finish at the 1957 Coppa Inter-Europa. Later owned by noted Ferrari collectors Norman Silver and John Apen, the car participated in the inaugural Colorado Grand and countless historic races. Restored by Dennison International, this TdF won a class award at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
A Formula One race car will also be featured at the official auction of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1 (estimate available upon request) has been driven by Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant and Bruce McLaren. Driven by Gurney to win at the 1967 Brands Hatch Race of Champions, it was the first win for an Eagle and the first American car to win a Formula One race in decades. One of four Eagle Mk 1s built, this patriotic blue race car boasts a Gurney-Weslake three-liter V-12 engine and was restored under the ownership of collector Miles Collier. The Mk 1 has successfully campaigned in leading historic events and seven world championship races. This California-built Grand Prix car is offered with FIA paperwork and original AAR Blueprints.
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster (estimate: $2,000,000 – 2,500,000) was raced in period by Tom Payne, a Ford dealership salesman given the moniker “Gentleman” Tom Payne after he arrived late to a race wearing a jacket and tie, leaving no time to change. The clothing soon became his trademark. This ‘Team Specification’ competition roadster was a two-time entrant in the Bahamas Speed Week and campaigned for Shelby American by Payne at SCCA and USRRC events with several wins to his credit. It was restored by Bill Murray in 1985 and has been featured in the Shelby American Museum. Throughout its history, this vehicle has remained a well-known, published example of the Competition Cobra and has appeared on the cover of American Rodding in March 1966, numerous times in The Shelby American including the cover of edition #58, Dave Friedman’s Shelby Cobra, Rinsey Mill’s AC Cobra, Trevor Legate’s Cobra and a featured car in Shelby Cars in Detail: Cars of the Shelby American Collection.
This 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione (estimate: $6,500,000 – 7,500,000) marks a transition between the 250 MM Competition Berlinettas and the 250 GT Tour de France. Purchased new by Scuderia Ferrari driver Alfonso de Portago, 0415 GT was delivered as an all-alloy Pinin Farina Berlinetta Competizione on the new 250 GT chassis. The Berlinetta Competizione was finished in its original bianca with black leather interior and immediately sent to the Bahamas for de Portago’s participation in the Nassau races. A Ferrari Classiche certified example, 0415 GT continues its racing legacy as a participant in more than 10 contemporary Mille Miglias and numerous other historic events.
This 1990 Ferrari F40 LM, designed by Pininfarina with coachwork by Michelotti (estimate: $2,000,000 – 2,500,000), has a racing history that includes podium finishes at Mid-Ohio and Mosport at the hands of Hurley Haywood, Jacques Laffite, and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. It is the only known Ecurie Pozzi Team Car in private hands with only three private owners since leaving Charles Pozzi SA. Chassis 79891 has been refinished in its original 1990 racing livery, with the correct Team 0123 and Art Sports sponsorship graphics. This F40 LM has been certified by the Ferrari Classiche department.
This 1956 Maserati 150S (estimate: $2,250,000 – 3,000,000) is one of the first four-cylinder sports cars produced by the marque. As one of 27 examples built, the origins of the Maserati can be traced back to its first owner, Lex Beels, a Dutch enthusiast best known for racing Cooper 500s in Formula 3 events throughout England and Europe. It was raced in period at Zandvoort, Nurburgring and Bari, typically with Hans Tak behind the wheel. This original bodied, matching-numbers example was also a successful Mille Miglia Storica participant. The car and its racing history are well documented by noted Maserati Historians Adolfo Orsi and Walter Baumer. Restoration work on 150S was recently carried out by Brazell Engineering Ltd.
Additional cars of note at the 2013 Gooding Pebble Beach sale include a selection of vehicles from the estate Thomas Mittler. Owner of Mittler Supply, one of the largest independent supply chains in the United States, Tom was a popular figure in the motoring world. Highlights from Mittler’s estate include a 1967 Holman-Moody Ford Honker II (estimate: $240,000 – 280,000), a 1953 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR-53 (estimate: $180,000 – 220,000) and a 1961 Corvette Campbell Special (estimate: $150,000 – 200,000), among others.
The 2013 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 14, and continue through Sunday, August 18. The auctions will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auctions. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased on-site for $40.
For additional information, visit goodingco.com or call (310) 899-1960.
[Source: Gooding and Company]