Three new hidden treasures have recently been unearthed from garages in the US, and will shortly be heading to Gooding and Company’s Scottsdale auction on 16-17 January
Three hugely desirable consignments have recently been announced for Gooding’s Scottsdale auction, which kicks off on 16 January. An all-original and low-mileage Mercedes 300SL Roadster, single-family owned Porsche 356 A Speedster and an extremely rare 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 are all expected to make strong money at the sale.
The 1960 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster looks to attract considerable interest, and is being offered for sale by its only owner since the early 1970s. Completely original, even down to the Slate Grey paint and red leather interior, this rare roadster has lived most of its life in Washington State, and has been ‘exquisitely’ maintained throughout its life.
Having covered 55,000 miles from new, the SL apparently maintains a great overall appearance with a few subtle signs of its true age. Also in its favour are a number of desirable options, like the rare convertible hard top, Becker radio, Nardi steering wheel and fitted luggage. Current estimates put the SL at $1,700,000-$2,000,000.
If you like the idea of cars with low-owner numbers, then they don’t come much better than the Porsche 356A Speedster. Offered from the estate of Ken Johnson, the car’s first and only owner, this 1958 Speedster was one of the last cars to leave the production line. The car remained locked away in a garage for 56 years, until it was recently pulled out and treated to a mechanical once-over. Gooding expects the Porsche to fetch in the region of $275,000-$375,000.
Thanks to spending more than 45 years in Japan, the Touring bodied Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 that is offered for sale also represents the pinnacle of originality. Registered by its first Japanese owner in 1968, the GT went through two further caring owners before finally being exported to the US in 2013. One of just 242 produced, this red car has covered a mere 7270 miles. The car is said to drive beautifully, and Gooding claims that it is one of the most ‘authentic and correct’ examples in the world. The price is expected to fall somewhere in between $700,000-$825,000.