Gooding is my favorite auction house. It is probably the most luxurious [car only] auction with super friendly experts that make sure every one receives the treat they deserve. Every year at their pebble beach venue they offer at least 20 Ferraris of special quality. Their tent is not only located within walking distance to the golf courses where the Sunday event takes place but also it is right by the huge parking lot of surprises where all the trucks unload their trophy cars to receive the finishing touches by their custodians before the concours.
This year the main stage of Gooding Auctions was given to the famous Admiral Phillips’ Ferrari 500 Mondial series II s/n 0556 (0446) MD. The only car ever to wear any color other than red while being campaigned for Scuderia Ferrari, with a record number of 33 awards in its profile, Admiral auctioned his precious property after 58 years (longest time for any racing Ferrari in one ownership). This four-cylinder racing marvel that was once acquired, non-functional, in 1960 for $2,225, was sold for $5,005,000. A new record for the model.
21 other Ferraris successfully passed the auction block after the blue Mondial however Ex-Pedro Rodriguez Ferrari 275 GTB/C chassis No. 09063, one of the 12 built, which was expected to be the biggest Ferrari sale with an estimate of $12M to $14M, did not meet the reserve and the bidders also could not pass the reserve on Briggs Cunningham’s 1950 Ferrari 166MM/195S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring, s/n 0060M, which had an estimated price of $6.5M to $7.5M. So, the highest price went to the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta s/n 0905GT, which had also stayed with one custodian for 52 years, at $6,6M. Then there were 3 of the rarest Ferraris that drew our attention the most. First was the famous but rarely seen 1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta s/n 00106 pre-production one-off Turin show car by Pininfarina that sold for $3,080,000, then from the same coachbuilder, the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale s/n 9653, one of the four built, that sold for $3,410,000 and finally the one-off Michelotti-bodied 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spyder s/n 14897, commissioned by the great Luigi Chinetti and displayed at 1974 Turin motor show, that changed hands for $572,000.Ferrari 275 GTB/C chassis No. 09063
Gooding & Co. scored $116.5M of sales at Pebble beach and the undisputed king of their lots was the fabulous 400hp 1935 Duesenberg SSJ short wheel base supercharged. One of the two ever built, delivered new to Gary Cooper (The other one to Clark Gable). Owned for decades by Briggs Cunningham and was never restored since he painted it with that super ugly two-tone color. It surely was the sleekest and most desirable prewar car made in the US and at $22M set the well-deserved record of the highest price ever paid for any American prewar car. 4 remarkable Porsche Spiders were also top sellers. 2 of them, in fact, set world records as well (2007 RS Spyder at $4,510,000 and the 1955 Porsche 550 that went for $4,455,000). But it was the one-off Porsche 911 Spyder by Bertone (sold for $1,430,000) that looked stranger than paradise. At last, and definitely not least, was the super gorgeous 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider, one of the 3 made by Frua, who made $5,170,000.