Arguably the most enticing (and sure to fetch the highest price) of them all is a classic red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, complete with the highly-coveted covered headlights – just like the one in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Chassis number 3095 GT is one of just 37 made in this configuration. It's been fully documented and certified, but not restored. This is the first time this particular example will be offered in the United States, and Gooding expects it will fetch around $17 million - placing it at the high end of the Sports Car Market database of prices paid for 250s of any kind.
Joining the California Spider is a striking 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica – the fastest road-going sports car of its time with a top speed in excess of 150 miles per hour. Painted in metallic grey with a contrasting dark red roof and red leather interior, this Series II coupe was purchased by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. It went with his wife following their divorce, and was awarded first in class at Pebble Beach in 1978. It's projected to raise between five or six million in financial scholarships, potentially eclipsing any record for Superamericas to date.
Finally, in what could be a footnote only in this rarefied company, is a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast that boasts similarly lofty provenance, having been delivered new to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. In stunning dark blue with red leather, chassis 6049 SA is anticipated to sell for over $3 million (over a million more than any Superfast yet) when the gavel drops at the Concours d'Elegance next month.
This quintessential open-air Ferrari is expected to set record-breaking numbers when it crosses the block this August
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 14, 2015) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, is pleased to announce the addition of three unparalleled classic Ferraris to its sale in August – a 1961 250 GT SWB California Spider, a 1957 410 Superamerica Series II Coupe, and a 1965 500 Superfast.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Just the mere mention of the words "California Spider" to an automotive enthusiast rouses emotions of the perfect motoring experience. This car features striking drop-top styling by Scaglietti, a spectacular Colombo 3.0-litre V-12 engine, and race-bred performance. This Ferrari feels as at home on the track as it does showcased in front of your picturesque Italian villa.
Though any 250 GT California Spider can be highly praised and lauded for their exclusivity, chassis 3095 GT is one of only 37 covered-headlight SWB examples. 3095 GT boasts FIVA and ASI certification, a Ferrari Classiche-department issued Red Book, as well as a noteworthy and well-documented ownership history.
This is the first time 3095 GT has been made available for public sale in the United States since the 1960s. Unlike many top-tier Ferraris, 3095 GT has not yet been the subject of a full restoration, nor has it made the rounds at various concours d'elegance, offering its new owner the pleasure of being the first to exhibit this 250 Ferrari at the most exclusive international events.
1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series II Coupe
Every Ferrari produced since the company's inception is a performance vehicle worth owning, but Enzo Ferrari made it his mission to create limited-quantity variations of his namesake vehicle to appeal to his expansive roster of upmarket, high-profile clientele. This 410 met those expectations with impeccable coachwork by Pinin Farina, handsomely finished in Grigio Metallizzato (Metallic Grey) with a striking red roof and an interior swathed in red Connolly leather. At the heart of this exotic is the Aurelio Lampredi-derived 4.9-liter V-12 engine, capable of propelling its driver to speeds in excess of 150 mph, also making the 410 Superamerica the fastest road-going sports car available in its day.
Upscale clientele were immediately attracted to the Superamericas. The vehicle presented here, chassis 0717 SA, has a royal history stemming from the initial purchase by HRH Mohammad Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran. Then, following his divorce in 1958 from the glamorous Princess Soraya, née Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari, 0717 SA remained with her, reportedly as a parting gift. The Ferrari eventually made its way to the United States, taking on a Ferrari concours career in the late 70s, with consecutive showings at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® in 1977 and 1978, when 0717 SA was awarded First in Class. Beautifully restored under its present ownership, proceeds of the sale of this exceptional Ferrari will benefit an important foundation that provides funds to schools and universities for scholarships to students in need of financial aid.
The Superamerica is revered by all Ferrari enthusiasts, and the rare 410 embodies Enzo Ferrari's dedication to exclusivity.
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Unveiled at the 1964 Geneva Auto Salon, the 500 Superfast was the last in a series of ultra-exclusive Ferrari road cars, built in limited numbers for the world's elite. With coachwork by Pininfarina and an interior dressed in the finest Connolly hides, one can understand why many of these vehicles have such prominent ownership histories. Chassis 6049 SA is no exception, with initial ownership records that begin with Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, who acquired the vehicle new in 1965.
Formerly part of the famed Bardinon collection, in 2013 the car underwent a fastidious two-year restoration. Wayne Obry's renowned Motion Products Inc. (MPI) was commissioned to perform a comprehensive, show-quality restoration that would return the car to its former splendor. No expense was spared to ensure that 6049 SA would be a serious contender on the concours circuit. The Superfast, tastefully finished in dark blue with red leather upholstery, is ornate in every detail, from its polished Borrani wire wheels to the custom-made three-piece fitted luggage set.
Since its restoration by Obry, a foremost marque expert, 6049 SA has been shown selectively. The quality and accuracy of the presentation has garnered a Ferrari Club of America Platinum Award at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, as well as an invitation to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, where the 500 Superfast was displayed among the Ferrari Grand Touring Class in August 2014.
The Pebble Beach Auctions
Dates: Saturday, August 15 at 5:00pm and Sunday, August 16 at 6:00pm
Location: Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA Public preview: Wednesday, August 12 – Sunday, August 16
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
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