Picture your dream garage, and we have a sneaking suspicion that a fair few of the vehicles contained therein would be Ferrari supercars. But which ones? An F40? The F50 roadster that followed? Would you skip the Enzo and go right to its track-focused cousins, the FXX and the Maserati MC12? Benny Caiola had all of these and then some, but now his collection's going up on the auction block.
The enviable stable of the late enthusiast and noted collector included an F40, F50, FXX Evoluzione (the even more advanced version of the Enzo-based customer prototype), an MC12, 333 SP (the last Le Mans Prototype Ferrari ever made), both a 430 Scuderia and an F430 Challenge racer, a 599 GTB Fiorano with the HGTE package and a '73 Dino, plus a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and a McLaren Mercedes SLR Roadster thrown in for good measure.
This lustworthy collection is all on the docket for Gooding & Company's auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for January 21-22. Most of the New York real estate mogul's vehicles are estimated in the six-figure range, but several of them – notably the three V12 track monsters – are anticipated to fetch north of the million-dollar mark. Follow the jump for the full details in the press release and don't forget to click through the 52-image high-resolution mega gallery below for a closer look at each of the supercars on the roster.
[Source: Gooding & Company]
GOODING & COMPANY CONSIGNS AN EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION OF FERRARI SUPERCARS FROM THE ESTATE OF BENNY CAIOLA
- Eleven ultra-rare, modern and vintage supercars –
- 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione and 2005 Maserati MC 12 included –
- will be offered at auction in Scottsdale on Friday, January 21
"We are honored to present the private collection of Benny Caiola in Scottsdale this January," says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. "These modern supercars represent an exciting shift in the collector hobby, where today's leading prototypes are now being considered to be instant collectibles on the international stage."
Simply viewing the automobiles in person can take one's breath away. Designed especially for a select few of Ferrari-Maserati's best clients, three highlights include a 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione, one of 30 FXX examples of Ferrari's most advanced production car ever created; a 2005 Maserati MC 12 purchased direct from the factory, the 31st car of 50 built; and a 1999 Ferrari 333 SP, an unmodified example of the manufacturer's last sports racing prototype.
Benny Caiola was larger than life, generous in nature and philanthropy, respected and loved by his friends in the collector community as well as by members of the Ferrari family. Benny's involvement in elite rallies, track trials and other select automotive events over many years ensured him a place among the glitterati of the car community, cementing strong friendships with the world's finest racing and design figures including Enzo Ferrari, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Michael Schumacher and Horacio Pagani.
The works of rolling art in the late collector's personal collection are not only beautiful, but also represent the pinnacle of high-performance engineering from the most prestigious automotive marques in the world. The following 11 Caiola Collection supercars will be presented at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale Auction on Friday, January 21:
- 1973 Ferrari Dino
Estimate: $160,000 - $180,000
- 1990 Ferrari F40
Estimate: $475,000 - $550,000
- 1995 Ferrari F50
Estimate: $750,000 - $850,000
- 1999 Ferrari 333 SP
Estimate: $800,000 - $1 Million
- 2005 Maserati MC 12
Estimate: $1.1 Million - $1.4 Million
- 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione
Estimate: $2.2 Million - $2.5 Million
- 2007 Ferrari F430 Challenge
Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000 (No Reserve)
- 2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Estimate: $215,000 - $240,000
- 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster
Estimate: $240,000 - $325,000
- 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4
Estimate: $175,000 - $225,000
- 2010 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE
Estimate: $275,000 - $315,000
The annual Scottsdale Auctions will be held on Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22, commencing at 11 a.m. Guests may preview the cars on Thursday and Friday, January 20-21, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, January 22 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., at 68th Street and East Camelback Road adjoining Scottsdale Fashion Square. An auction catalogue for $80 admits two to the viewing and auction. General admission to the viewing and auction can be purchased at the tent for $30 per person. Bidder registration forms, 2011 press credentials and additional auction information are available at www.goodingco.com. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany. All Gooding & Company automotive auctions are webcast live on www.goodingco.com.
About Gooding & Company
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. The Company continues its successful association with ICAP Ocean Tomo, assisting in its auctions of intellectual property. The company set six world records and achieved more than $114 Million in sales at its 2010 collector car auctions. Upcoming events include the Amelia Island Auction on Friday, March 11, 2011 and the Pebble Beach Auctions on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2011.