Fantastic Ferraris to headline to Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction
Four stunning late 1950s and ‘60s Ferraris are to grace the prestigious Pebble Beach Auctions later this month. The cars, which include the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, and the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta, are being sold by the event’s official auction house, Gooding & Company.
The cars go on sale on August 20 and August 21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Centre at a sale that promises to attract huge attention. David Gooding, founder of the auction house, said: ‘We are truly honoured to present these rare and historic Ferraris.’
But of course, these insatiably handsome machines don’t come cheap. The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione comes with an estimate of $18,000,000-$20,000,000.
And it’s not hard to see why: many Ferrari aficionados consider chassis 1603 GT among the most desirable California Spiders ever built. The machine was specially equipped from the factory with every available competition feature, including a full-race specification engine and gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, and an endurance fuel tank with outside filler.
The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is equally as special, with another estimate of $18,000,000-$20,000,000. This machine was built for endurance racing and tested at Monza in March 1960 by Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, and Wolfgang von Trips. Then there’s the more aggressively-styled 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, which comes with an estimate of $15,000,000-$18,000,000.
The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta - chassis number 3359 GT - remains a masterpiece of Italian automotive design. The 3359 GT was also the subject of a complete concours-quality restoration in 2010, which was overseen by the Ferrari Classiche department.
Another car to grace the Pebble Beach Concourse D’Elegance is the strikingly-bold orange-red 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta, which comes with an estimate of $6,000,000-$8,000,000.
This 1950 166 MM is a thoroughbred competition Ferrari and an important part of the Italian marque’s pedigree. Chassis 0046 M is a historically significant even-serial-number Ferrari originally delivered as a Barchetta with coachwork by Touring of Milan. Scuderia Ferrari enlisted famed Italian coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone to drive this car at the legendary Mille Miglia in both 1950 and 1951.
Despite this exotic history, however, the car has been in storage since 1967. But now it has the chance to shine once again.
The Pebble Beach Auctions take place on Saturday, August 20 at 4pm and Sunday, August 21 at 6pm at the Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA.