Gooding & Company, official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, realized more than $53.7 million during the first of its two Pebble Beach evening auctions. Sixty-four of the 68 lots offered sold, a 94% sale rate and an average price per lot of $839,609, with the most notable being the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta (Lot 39) that set a world record for a Ferrari 250 Tour de France at $9,460,000.
One of only nine examples built and just eight remaining, the Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta is an important competition car that features coachwork by Scaglietti and is unrivaled in its rarity and beauty. The ultimate Tour de France variant, this car boasts an important racing history including ninth overall and fourth in Class at the 1957 Mille Miglia and a fourth-place finish at the 1957 Coppa Inter-Europa. Additionally, it has won many accolades including a class award at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.
Another record-breaking sale was of a 1997 McLaren’s F1. Enthusiasts the world over recognize McLaren’s F1 as a prime example of automotive technology and timeless design. Extremely rare-to-market, the car was accompanied onstage by its designer, Gordon Murray, who warmly described its inception. An elite car by many standards, this turn-key example sold for an impressive $8,470,000, breaking the world auction record for the model after several rounds of competitive bidding.
Energetic bidding was also seen for a striking gold 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Fondly dubbed “Goldie,” this ultimate specification 300 SL is beautifully preserved with original factory hardtop and red leather interior. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadsters are considered by many as a bellweather for strength in the car market. “Goldie” brought $1,622,500, a new auction record for a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.
World Auction Records Achieved on Saturday:
- 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta, a record for a Ferrari 250 Tour de France at auction $9,460,000 (Lot 39)
- 1997 McLaren’s F1, sold for $8,470,000, a record for the marque at auction (Lot 51)
- 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne sold for $1,925,000, a record for an Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne (Lot 47)
- 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC sold for $946,000, a record for a Ferrari 330 GTC (Lot 5)
- 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO sold for $1,512,500, a record for a Ferrari 288 GTO (Lot 7)
- 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II sold for $368,500, a record for a Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II (Lot 12)
- 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS sold for $1,595,000, a record for a Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (Lot 24)
- 1957 Dual-Ghia sold for $495,000, a record for a 1957 Dual-Ghia (Lot 25)
- 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast sold for $1,980,000, a record for a Ferrari 500 Superfast (Lot 28)
- 2002 Ferrari F2002 sold for $2,255,000, a record for a Ferrari F2002 (Lot 34)
- 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera Speedster sold for $1,485,000, a record for a Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera Speedster (Lot 43)
- 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 sold for $506,000, a record for a Porsche 993 GT2 (Lot 48)
- 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $1,622,500, a record for a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Lot 53)
Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals, and collection management. Gooding & Company has realized 21 world records and sold $80.6 million in collector cars thus far in 2013. In 2012, the auction house sold more than $189.6 million and realized 45 world auction records.