A selection of sports and racing cars will be among the consignments at the Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction 2015, scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida.
The headline 1956 Maserati 200 SI occupies a place of distinction in the evolution of Maserati sports racing cars, not only because it was the first 200 S chassis produced, but also due to its service as the series’ works development car and its membership of the factory racing team. Chassis 2401 participated in many European and South American events during its racing career, capturing podium finishes at Nurburgring, Napoli, Caracas and Bari. It has competed in many races including the Cuban Grand Prix, Mille Miglia, Monza, Targa Florio, Grand Prix of Rome and driven by racing drivers Stirling Moss, Jean Behra, Guiseppe Musso, Luigi Bellucci and Piero Taruffi.
Chassis 2401 was also successful in historic racing events such as the Monterey Historics, the Coronado Speed Festival, the races at Moroso Park and the Shell Historic Challenge, where it captured several First-in-Class finishes. In 2005, the 200 SI received Maserati Classiche certification and won its class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Importantly, the 1956 Maserati 200 SI offered at the Gooding Amelia Island 2015 sale retains its factory-delivered engine, chassis and bodywork (Estimate Upon Request).
Also offered at Gooding’s 2015 Amelia Island auction will be a 1953 Fiat 8V Vignale Coupe (Estimate: $1,600,000-$2,000,000). Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1952, the Fiat 8V Coupe put Fiat in the ranks with the other top Italian automakers. The 8V, or Otto Vu, was Fiat’s first eight-cylinder vehicle with a body and chassis of equal importance and innovation. Just 114 cars were produced, 34 of which belong to a class under the Reparto Carrozzerie Speciali (“Special Bodies Department”) with designs from Italian coachbuilders such as Zagato, Pininfarina, Ghia and Vignale. This metallic turquoise and blue example offered by Gooding is one of nine Vignale-bodied Fiat 8Vs. The Fiat 8V also became a new sight on the racing scene during the 1952 racing season, posting numerous leading results and eventually becoming the Italian two-litre GT champion. Following a complete restoration, this Otto Vu made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2002 where it was awarded Best in Class.
Another 1950s racing car coming to Florida for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale is the 1951 Lotus Mark IIIB (Estimate: $250,000-$450,000). As the earliest Lotus built for a customer and the first car to wear the firm’s recognizable badge, the Mark IIIB is a pivotal model in the history of the celebrated marque. Not only is this historic example an artifact from the earliest days of Lotus but it was successfully raced in period and possesses a known, continuous provenance with five private owners from new. Prominently featured in nearly every book on Lotus automobiles, the Mark IIIB is the spiritual predecessor to some of the most famous sports and racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015 Auction Information
Date: Friday, March 13 at 11:00am
Location: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Racquet Park, 6800 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034
Public preview: March 12-13
Auction catalogues: $75, admits two to all events
General admission: $30, admits one to all events
For additional information, visit Goodingco.com.
[Source: Gooding & Company]