Pebble Beach Auctions rounds up three collector cars for auction

Gooding & Company has announced three extraordinary collector cars for the 2010 Pebble Beach Auctions: a 1927 Mercedes Mercedes -Benz S Boattail Speedster, a 1956 Maserati 200 SI, and an award-winning 1951 Ferrari Ferrari 340 America. Gooding & Company is the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and every year they host a Pebble Beach Auction. This year it will occur on Saturday August 14 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday August 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.

The first tantalizing piece of machine is a Mercedes S Boattail Speedster that was owned by the Marx Brothers. It also previously made an appearance in the film Sylvia Scarlett starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. This is the first time the car will ever be offered to the public at an auction. The second piece is the 1956 Maserati SI that was raced by Sir Stirling Moss. This vehicle has had podium finishes at Nurburgring , Napoli, Caraccas, and Bari. Recently, it has won in its class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance . The third item is the 1951 Ferrari 340 America from the estate of devoted enthusiast Mr. Gil Nickel. This vehicle debuted at the 1952 New York Auto Show and has participated in the Mille Miglia, Monaco Historics, Laguna Seca Historics and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“Cars with such incredible history and pedigree truly capture the market’s attention. These cars are supreme examples of rarity and connoisseurship with connections to three great marques,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “We are particularly pleased to offer cars that have rarely been seen in public or previously available on the open market.”

Press release after the jump.

Press release

 Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is thrilled to announce the consignment of three extraordinary collector cars for its annual Pebble Beach Auctions: a legendary Mercedes-Benz once owned jointly by two of the Marx Brothers, a winning 1956 Maserati 200 SI raced by Sir Stirling Moss and an award-winning 1951 Ferrari 340 America from the estate of devoted enthusiast Mr. Gil Nickel. Gooding & Company’s internationally-renowned auctions will take place on Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15, 2010 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, commencing at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“Cars with such incredible history and pedigree truly capture the market’s attention. These cars are supreme examples of rarity and connoisseurship with connections to three great marques,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. “We are particularly pleased to offer cars that have rarely been seen in public or previously available on the open market.”

The 1927 Mercedes-Benz S Boattail Speedster, regarded as the ultimate sporting car of its era, was owned by the Marx Brothers. After appearing in the film Sylvia Scarlett starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, the S Boattail later played the lead in a different performance, a legendary race called the “Muroc Match Race.” Arising from a bet between Zeppo Marx and Phil Berg, Clark Gable and Gary Cooper’s manager, the S raced against Mr. Berg’s Duesenberg Duesenberg Model J on the dry lakes of East Los Angeles while many Hollywood personalities stood by to witness the excitement. It was one of the most famous automotive exploits in American history and has become something of a Hollywood legend. Amazingly, the one of a kind supercharged Speedster has resided in California since new and has rarely been seen in public. Highly original in condition, this mythic Mercedes-Benz is still fitted with many of its unique features and even retains its 1950s yellow and black license plates. One of very few Murphy-bodied Mercedes Mercedes -Benz cars ever made, this extremely important car will be offered to the public at auction for the first time ever.

Notably car number one of Maserati’s 200 series, the 1956 Maserati 200 SI was the factory works team and development car for many years. Retaining an outstanding racing record to this day, the 200 SI participated in all the great European and South American events during its racing career, capturing podium finishes at Nurburgring, Napoli, Caraccas and Bari. It has been driven by Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Piero Taruffi and has competed in many famed races including the Cuban Grand Prix, Mille Miglia, Monza, Targa Florio and at that the Grand Prix of Rome. Most recently, the car won its class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and has proved successful in all of the important historic events. With extensive documentation, beautiful patina and its distinctively exposed original bodywork, this desirable 1950s 2-litre racing car will be a coveted motor sport offering at the Gooding & Company auction.

From the estate of the late Gil Nickel, a beautiful Vignale-bodied 1951 Ferrari 340 America will also be offered at the Sunday Auction. The late Mr. Nickel re-established the renowned Far Niente Winery and was known by many for being a devout automotive enthusiast with impeccable taste for thoroughbred cars. A fine example, this Ferrari 340 Ferrari 340 America, chassis no. 0140A, debuted at the 1952 New York Auto Show and was of the fastest sports cars of its day. During Mr. Nickel’s thirty year ownership, the Ferrari Ferrari participated in many internationally prominent events including the Mille Miglia, Monaco Historics, Laguna Seca Historics and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and is still capable of driving in the world’s best vintage racing events.

Today’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance continues to attract the best automobiles in the world. In a recent interview, the Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button said, “The Pebble Beach Auctions are now viewed as leading indicators for the worldwide collector car and luxury car markets. In recent years, the success of these auctions has been due in large part to the high standards of Gooding & Company.”


2 comments:

they should post it to Craiglist, i bet it wont take long for someone to buy it.

The Merc is very neat and the Ferrari clean but for some reason that Maserati just blows my skirt up!

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