1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer

Featured Offerings at Gooding Amelia Island Auction 2013

A selection of headline collector cars were consigned to the Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction 2013, scheduled for Friday, March 8th in Amelia Island, Florida.

Held on the grounds of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the 4th annual Gooding Amelia Island sale will feature a 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer, 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, 1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante, 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS and 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster.

“Amelia Island is a significant venue for international collectors because of its charming setting and prestigious Concours weekend festivities,” said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. “We are thrilled to build on the momentum of our tremendous success in Scottsdale and present more of the exciting consignments Gooding & Company is known for to our savvy clients in Amelia Island.”

The 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer, chassis MF3153, was delivered new by a dealership in Buenos Aires, returning to the UK after a year and sold to Bentley enthusiast Gerald Bevan. Bevan had close ties to Captain Henry Birkin, Le Mans team driver and Bentley Boy whose company developed the factory team’s racing and supercharged cars. The 4 1/2 Litre Sports Tourer was then upgraded to Le Mans spec, with a heavy crank, magnesium Blower crankcase, large capacity Le Mans petrol tank and a large diameter rev counter, among other features. Since that time, MF3153 has been enjoyed by several owners, received a complete restoration by experts Richard Cresswell, Graham Moss and Tim Houlding, and won Best of Show at the 2005 Bentley Drivers Club Concours. Estimate: $2,000,000–$2,500,000.

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer

1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, chassis No. 106.000035, was the first Supersonic of only 12 models created by Italy’s Carrozzeria Ghia, as a reflection the era’s Jet Age design. This original car returns to the market after being sold by Gooding in 2011 for a record $1,705,000. Having received Best in Class honors in the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Post-War Preservation category, this 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic remains in well-preserved condition with approximately 20,000 original miles, its original engine, metallic maroon paint, complete light tan interior and original Pirelli tires. Estimate: $1,100,000–$1,400,000.

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic (photo: Brian Henniker)

With just 37 unused DB5 chassis remaining, Aston Martin created its first Volante, a drop-head, short-chassis sports car, to bridge the interim sales period between the DB5 and DB6. As a result, the 1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante is the marque’s shortest duration production model to this day. Built during the same period as the DB6, the Short-Chassis Volante is equipped with similarly-upgraded features. Delivered new to the UK, this example was discovered in Capetown, South Africa after more than 40 years in storage without use. Since discovery, this Aston Martin received a complete restoration by a marque specialist. The Short Chassis Volante will be presented to the public for the first time at the 2013 Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction. This Winchester Blue over blue leather Aston Martin will be offered with its owner’s manual, factory tools, jack and complete record of all restoration receipts. Estimate: $1,500,000–$1,800,000.

1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante

1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, chassis 08005, is one of only 200 examples built between 1964 to 1966. Combining the 3.3-liter V-12 of the GTB and Pininfarina styling, this example was delivered new to the West Coast in the Spring of 1966, and it has remained in the region ever since. Restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche, the Rosso Corsa 275 GTS has received numerous Concours honors including a FCA Platinum Award and Best in Class at Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary Concours at Fiorano. Estimate: $850,000–$1,100,000.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

The 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster, chassis 670025, was one of the first XK120s delivered to the United States, having been originally dispatched to Hoffman Motors in New York. After many years of privateer competition, it has since been prepared for prestigious rallies and tours, including the Colorado Grand and the California Mille. Under the care of the current owner, this XK120 was recently restored by marque specialists, Mike Wilson and Terry’s Jags. The alloy-bodied XK120, finished in battleship grey over saddle brown, has been shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and won its class at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours. Estimate: $250,000–$280,000.

1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster

1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster (photo: Brian Henniker)

The 2013 Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction will be staged on Friday, March 8th, at 11 a.m., at the Racquet Park located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation at 6800 First Coast Highway in Amelia Island, one mile south of the Amelia Island Parkway. Guests may preview the cars on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6th and 7th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, March 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. An auction catalog for $75 admits two to the viewing and auction. General admission to the viewing and auction can be purchased at the tent for $30 per person.

For additional information, visit www.goodingco.com or call (310) 899-1960.

[Source: Gooding & Company]

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