Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2022
Santa Monica, Calif. (February 3, 2022) — Gooding & Company is revving up for its upcoming Amelia Island Auction with a stellar lineup of offerings. The auction house today announced yet another spectacular group of consignments, consisting of iconic sports and racing cars from the 1950s and 1960s, along with collector favorites and blue-chip classics. The company’s live auction, set to take place at the Omni Amelia Island Resort on Friday, March 4, at 11:00 AM EST, will also offer online, mobile, and telephone bidding capabilities for collectors worldwide.
“This latest selection of consignments to Amelia Island will be exciting from a market standpoint, as many of these cars come to auction for the very first time,” said Gooding & Company Senior Specialist, David Brynan. “These are all high-quality, unique cars, representing some of the most iconic and sought-after models from marques like Porsche, BMW, and Ferrari. Several models, like the OSCA MT4 and Porsche 904/6, are rarely offered for public sale and yet, they are exactly the type of cars that today’s collectors are looking for – event-eligible sports cars that are both thrilling to drive and historically important.
1967 Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT (Estimate: $2,750,000 – $3,500,000)
In producing one of the most significant Japanese cars ever built, Toyota established its presence on the world’s automotive stage with the introduction of the 2000 GT. With an extremely low center of gravity, a neutral weight balance, and a top speed of 137 mph, the legendary 2000 GT produced a satisfying and exhilarating driving experience. A total of 351 of these exotics were built, with only about 60 exported to the US. The 1967 Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT presented here, chassis MF10-10001, is the very first serial-numbered example built, and the first of just three cars that Shelby prepared for SCCA C-Production racing, Toyota’s first foray into American motor sports. Originally finished in Solar Red and configured in right-hand drive, MF10-10001 is one of the original show cars used by Toyota Motor Sales USA to introduce and promote the 2000 GT publicly. After its promotional duties, Carroll Shelby persuaded Toyota executives to work with his team, and both Shelby and Toyota engineers went to work fitting this example with mechanical and aesthetic modifications to prepare it for SCCA racing.
MF10-10001 enjoyed a brief racing career, after which it went on to join several key collections. In 1980, the consignor, a gentleman widely regarded as the foremost 2000 GT specialist, acquired this example, and spent the next decade performing a complete body-off restoration in his workshop with the goal of returning this significant car to its original splendor. Years of research and meticulous preparation culminated in the Toyota being faithfully restored to its original 1968 SCCA configuration, including its unique Shelby mechanical components and historic white and metallic blue racing livery. Following its restoration, MF10-10001 was exhibited at a number of key events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it won First in Class. Given its unique status as the first serial-numbered 2000 GT ever built, and its important role in the Carroll Shelby-run SCCA racing program, MF10-10001 is surely among the most significant Toyotas ever built, and arguably, one of the most influential Japanese automobiles of all time. Coming from single ownership since 1980, and never before offered for public sale, this 2000 GT is a truly remarkable machine worthy of only the finest collections.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB (Estimate: $1,300,000 – $1,600,000)
In 1964, Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB as the replacement for its highly successful 250 SWB Berlinetta at the Paris Motor Show. All in all, Ferrari built just 453 examples of the original 275 GTB, before introducing the revised four-cam GTB/4 in October 1996. Renowned coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti built only 248 examples of the two-cam 275 GTB in the original short-nose body style, the purest expression of this iconic design. The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB presented here, chassis 07529, is a relatively late-production short-nose Berlinetta, originally finished in Giallo Stemma Ferrari(Ferrari Crest Yellow) over gray Connolly leather upholstery. Eventually making its way to Michigan in 1978, the 275 GTB has remained in single ownership for over four decades. During this time, the consignor planned to do a full restoration, preparing the car for various modifications throughout the years, but not seeing the complete work come to fruition. Due to its rare factory color scheme and well-documented provenance, this 275 GTB is an ideal restoration completion candidate, and can be prepared for both concours events or competitive vintage racing. Coming to auction for the very first time, this short-nose 275 GTB awaits a Ferrari enthusiast keen on writing the next great chapter in its history.
Also joining the auction is a desirable, early production 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra (Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,400,000), as well as a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Estimate: $1,100,000 – $1,300,000) with exceptional provenance. The Amelia Island Auction will also include a 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada (Estimate: $700,000 – $900,000) featuring coachwork by Bertone, and a beautifully restored 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca (Estimate: $700,000 – $850,000).
Amelia Island Auction
Date: Friday, March 4, at 11:00 AM EST
Location: Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Resort
Public Preview: Thursday, March 3 through Friday, March 4
Auction Catalogue: $75, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auction
General Admission: $30, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auction
Bidder Registration: www.goodingco.com/register
Live Auction Broadcast: www.goodingco.com
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