Internationally celebrated for selling the most valuable and world-class collector cars, Gooding & Company in association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, will now host the annual Pebble Beach Auctions at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, California on 18 and 19 August, 2012. With its early announcements of featured assignments, including the headline offerings like 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Frua Berlinetta, Prince Louis Napolean’s 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio, and a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, Gooding & Co. aims to capture the international collecting community of buyers and sellers. This year, the acclaimed auction house have presented an outstanding array of concours-quality collector cars that truly represents what today’s savviest collectors desire most; provenance, history, authenticity and beauty. So far, Gooding & Co. have successfully realized the most prestigious automotive records in the world, as the auction house is credited for selling 6 of the world’s most expensive vintage cars sold for over million dollar, including the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype, sold last year for $16.39 million.
1955 Maserati A6G/54 Frua Berlinetta from the collection of Jay Kay of Jamiroquai
Estimate Price: $1.5 - $2 million
Debuted in Paris as the 1955 Auto Show Car, the stunning Maserati A6G/54 going to be presented for the first time at the Pebble Beach auction needs little for introduction. With original coachwork, this Frua bodied Berlinetta has been the longtime property of well-known car-enthusiast Jay Kay, known as the lead singer of the Grammy award winning band, Jamiroquai, credited for selling more than 40 million albums worldwide. Under Jay Kay's ownership, this 1955 Maserati has participated in the Mille Miglia Storica and has also won Best of Show at Salon Prive.
Prince Louis Napoleon's 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio
Estimate is $1.3 - $1.6 million
On May 10, 1938, Prince Louis Napoleon duly received this 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio from Molsheim under the pseudonym Louis De Montfort. Known to be the grandson of the nephew of Emperor of France Napoleon I, the Prince favored Bugatti cars a lot and owned close to 3-dozen examples in his lifetime. And, this genuine, black and cream Type 57C is known to be the last one he purchased before he left to serve the war. Also, a Cotal gearbox and Houdaille shock absorber are the two significant additions that remain in the car even today.
1966 Shelby 427 Cobra
Estimate Price: $750,000 - $950,000
Indisputably, one of the most recognizable American sports cars ever created, the iconic 1966 Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra is known to be the one of 260 road cars ever produced. Described to be an excellent representation of what avid car collectors look for in a Cobra today, the CSX 3216 sports a genuine, date-coded 427 FE big block engine and has been extensively restored to its original livery of Wimbledon White over an original black interior. Dating back to its first owner, the car also comes equipped with a complete file of documentation.