Four Pininfarina Masterpieces Offered at Gooding & Company’s 2019 Pebble Beach Auctions
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, has announced three rare, valuable, and historically significant Pininfarina-bodied sports cars for the company’s annual Pebble Beach auctions on August 16 and 17, 2019.
“Pininfarina is recognized as one of the world’s premiere coachbuilders,” says President and Founder of Gooding & Company, David Gooding. “Their designs have been hailed as groundbreaking, incredibly influential, and always stunningly beautiful. We are proud to be offering some of Pininfarina’s most famous work when the celebrated firm from Torino was at the pinnacle of its power.”
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet (Estimate: $7,000,000 – $8,000,000)
The elegant Series I Cabriolet was the most exclusive and expensive Ferrari road car of its era. One of only 40 Series I Cabs built, chassis 0789 GT is one of just four equipped with the most desirable combination of coachwork details – covered headlights, side vents, and bumperettes. Like all Series I Cabriolets, 0789 GT was handbuilt by Pinin Farina’s custom workshop, where it was finished to the highest standards for one of Ferrari’s VIP clients, the eccentric aristocrat, playboy, and actor, Prince Alessandro “Dado” Ruspoli of Rome. Ruspoli was the ideal buyer for such a Ferrari, both in terms of his social status and glamorous image. Dado was known as a notorious socialite, the inspiration behind Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita,” and was often seen driving his exotic sports cars with such iconic figures as Salvador Dalí, Brigitte Bardot, Truman Capote, and Pablo Picasso. Prince Ruspoli eventually sold the Series I to continue paying for his lavish lifestyle, and the car remained in the care of devoted Italian enthusiasts throughout the 1970s and ’80s.
This Series I Cabriolet then came to the US and was owned by Ron Hein, a notable restorer and collector whose cars have won multiple awards. Hein’s restoration of 0789 GT was extremely well received, with the car taking First in Class at the 1994 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, the 1994 Santa Barbara Concours d’Elegance®, and the 1994 Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance®. Additionally, it won Best of Show at the 1996 FCA Vintage Concours in Carmel Valley, and the Outstanding GT award at both the 1995 and 1997 Rodeo Drive Concours in Beverly Hills. Never before offered at auction, this exceptional car has a fantastic provenance, with a connection to one of the most famous playboys of the jet set era. Beautifully finished in black over a stunning green interior, and coming from one of the finest collections of coachbuilt Ferraris, this ideally specified Series I Cabriolet will be an unmatched addition to any distinguished collection.
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV (Estimate: $6,000,000 – $8,000,000)
The Alfa Romeo, chassis 00128, is one of approximately six competition cars built before the company suspended its factory-backed racing activities in the mid-1950s. One of the most technically advanced racing cars of its era, the 6C 3000 CM was built with a tubular spaceframe chassis, with independent front suspension, a De Dion rear axle, and inboard rear brakes. It also featured a magnificent 3.5-liter straight-six engine, with six individual Weber carburetors, twin overhead camshafts, and dry sump lubrication, producing 270 bhp. Following the 1954 racing season, this 6C 3000 CM was given to Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, who used the advanced chassis to build a series of experimental show cars. The first version of the Alfa Romeo Superflow was unveiled at the 1956 Paris Auto Show and then underwent several revisions before being finished in its final Superflow IV form. A hugely influential design study, the Superflow series previewed design cues that would later appear on many Pininfarina-bodied production cars, such as the Alfa Romeo Duetto.
The Superflow IV was shown at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show and sold to an Alfa Romeo dealer in Colorado. After many years in the hands of American collectors, 00128 joined Peter’s Kaus’ Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany, which, at the time, housed the largest sports car collection in the world with over 200 vehicles. Kaus sold off his collection in 2005, and this Alfa Romeo was acquired by a preeminent collector who meticulously restored it before its showing at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. The Superflow won First in Class, as well as The Vitesse – Elegance Trophy at Pebble Beach that year. It went on to show at the 2014 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy and Salon Prive, where it received Best of Show honors. This masterpiece is now returning to Pebble Beach to cross the auction block and promises to be a memorable sale.
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico (Estimate: $2,800,000 – $3,400,000)
The limited-production 400 Superamerica series is widely regarded as the ultimate coachbuilt Ferrari of the early 1960s. This car, chassis 3361 SA, was one of the last short-wheelbase Coupes, whose aerodynamic design was inspired by the famous Superfast II show car. Upon completion, this Superamerica was displayed with two other Pininfarina-bodied Ferraris at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show. Chassis 3361 SA was then sold new to a loyal Ferrari client in Milan, and remained in the hands of Italian collectors through 2016. Recently, this largely unrestored car was exhibited at the 2019 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, where it won the coveted Preservation Award. Certified by the Ferrari Classiche department and handsomely presented in its Blu Notte livery with original natural-colored leather, this 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico is among the finest models of this rare breed.
2014 Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina (Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,000,000)
This 2014 Ferrari Sergio is an opportunity to purchase one of the most dynamic and exclusive cars the Prancing Horse has to offer. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Sergio Pininfarina’s first collaboration with the marque, Ferrari produced a mere six Sergio examples. The design and build focused entirely on performance, equipped with a Ferrari 458 Spider V-8 engine that sprints from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds. This Ferrari Sergio was delivered new to the United States and has only seen one owner since new. Ordered in Argento Nürburgring and Daytona Red livery on a ‘crema’ interior, the Ferrari Sergio is a perfect marriage of both Pininfarina’s 21st century design and engineering, and Ferrari’s storied relationship with the company. This stellar supercar will make a seamless addition to any Ferrari purist’s collection and would perfectly fit beside its Pininfarina’s masterpieces.
The Pebble Beach Auctions
Dates: Friday, August 16, at 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 17, at 11 a.m.
Location: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Public preview: Wednesday, August 14, through Saturday, August 17
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auction
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auction
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