Where seven figures is the norm

If you’re looking for rare, fast, and insanely expensive collector cars, Monterey Car Week has plenty on offer. But if you want the ultimate in 1-percent automobiles, where only the absolute finest will do, then Gooding & Company has what you need. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Gooding & Company auction that takes place during MCW regularly makes and breaks records with ease. Here, counter bids are issued in increments large enough to buy a house. This is the next dimension in collector car auctions.

This year, there are 141 individual lots up for sale, several of which are capable of slotting into the top 10 list of most expensive cars ever sold at auction. We’ll be there to bring you all the latest, but before we head to the coast, we’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting (and expensive) lots scheduled to hit the block.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction.

The Big Ones

1967 Toyota 2000 GT (Lot #9)

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Estimated Value – $600,000 to $700,000

Classic Japanese sports cars have been doing remarkably well lately, especially the Toyota 2000 GT. This sexy-looking two door looks the part thanks to a stunning fastback design penned by Satoru Nozaki – one glance is all you need to become entranced by this curvaceous beauty. Mounted in the nose is a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter straight-six engine, while a fully independent suspension keeps it nimble in the corners.

Only 351 were produced. This particular model has been part of multiple high-end collections, and saw an exhaustive 4,000-hour restoration completed in 2014. The car is finished in its original Solar Red paint.

Read the full review here.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Lot #14)

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Estimated Value – $1,400,000 to $1,600,000

The Gullwing Mercedes is one of the most iconic collector cars, offering race-bred performance and matchless style in one very desirable package.

This particular model is a U.S.-spec variant, offering an attractive Midnight Blue exterior finish over Gray leather upholstery. Hjeltness Restoration applied the color combo, as commissioned by then-owner David Chow. The car maintains its original chrome wheels, and includes the associated luggage, tools, and books, as well as documentation. Motivation is derived from a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 215 horsepower.

Read the full review here.

1988 Porsche 959 Komfort (Lot #19)

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The Porsche 959 was an icon o fits time; it was luxurious, sexy and downright fast. It is arguably responsible for the awesome supercars that we see today.

Estimated Value – $1,300,000 to $1,500,000

Designed to compete in the ultra-competitive Group B rally series, the 959 was Porsche’s technological powerhouse of the ‘80s, offering enough speed potential to match even the mighty Ferrari F40. Power comes from a 2.8-liter flat-six engine boosted by two turbos. This particular model is one of only 242 “Komfort” models, and has just 8,200 km (5,095 miles) on the odometer.

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1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (Lot #22)


Estimated Value – $2,200,000 to $2,600,000

When it was first revealed in 1966, the Miura was a game changer in the world of sports cars, setting the precedent for the mid-engine craze to follow. This particular model is one of only 150 P400 SV models constructed, which Lambo offered with an upgraded chassis and suspension, plus an updated powerplant capable of putting out 385 horsepower.

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1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT (Lot #24)

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Estimated Value – $700,000 to $900,000

With the success of the Miura, Enzo Ferrari was cajoled into producing a rival mid-engine sports car, and the result is the Dino. The first production run was the 206 GT model, of which only 153 were built, including this example. It offers a Rosso Chiaro exterior on a black interior, and utilizes a 2.0-liter V-6 engine producing 180 horsepower for motivation.

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1930 Packard 734 Speedster Runabout (Lot #30)

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Estimated Value – $1,200,000 to $1,500,000

Gooding & Company calls the 1930 Packard 734 Speedster “perhaps the finest sporting machine built by an American manufacturer during the Classic Era.” The car was offered in five different body styles, including the Runabout, seen here. Motivation is derived from a 385 cubic-inch (6.3-liter) V-8 engine.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (Lot #33)

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Estimated Value – $18,000,000 to $20,000,000

This one should bring lots of excitement, not to mention boatloads of money. Not only is it one of nine alloy-bodied LWB California Spiders, it’s also got a long history of competition, both on the track, and on the show car circuit. It’s quite possible that when it’s all said and done, this Prancing Horse will take a spot in the list of top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction.

1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport (Lot #34)

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Mazda Cosmo Sport

Estimated Value – $150,000 to $200,000

Here’s another old-school Japanese favorite. The Cosmo made its debut at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, and immediately created a buzz thanks to its unique exterior styling. The name and look are a nod to the Space Race, a theme that’s continued in the high-tech two-rotor powerplant.

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1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (Lot #35)

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Estimated Value – $1,650,000 to $1,950,000

Considered one of the most desired open-top Italian sports cars of the ‘50s, the B24S offers cutting-edge suspension, advanced mechanicals, and attractive styling from Pininfarina. Only 240 were built, and this particular example is one of the 181 left-hand drive models. Motivation comes from a 2.5-liter V-6 engine producing 125 horsepower.

1959 OSCA Tipo S-273 (Lot #36)

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Estimated Value – $650,000 to $800,000

OSCA was a big name in racing in the ‘50s, and the Tipo S-273 is one of its most successful offerings. This particular car raced in endurance events, including the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring, where it took the overall win. The car’s current powerplant is an 860-cc four-cylinder producing 75 horsepower.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RSH (Lot #38)

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Estimated Value – $1,300,000 to $1,500,000

To make it more competitive in the world of sports car racing, Porsche put the early-‘70s 911 on a diet, adding thinner steel, thinner glass, and a more spartan interior. More rubber and improved aero were also applied. The result is the 911 Carrera 2.7 RSH. Power comes from a flat six-cylinder engine.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Lot #40)

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Estimated Value – $3,200,000 to $3,600,000

Front-engine V-12-powered GT model with a Prancing Horse badge are among the most collectable cars in the world, as evidenced by the estimated value for this 1967 275 GTB. The styling draws cues from the 250 GTO, while under the hood is a 3.3-liter 12-cylinder with six carburetors, which produces 300 horsepower at a stratospheric 8,000 rpms.

Read the full review here.

1958 Porsche 550A Spyder (Lot #42)

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Estimated Value – $5,000,000 to $6,000,000

After the success of the 550, Porsche upgraded the model to the 550A, with a new chassis, exterior style, and rear suspension. Only 40 units of the 550A Spyder were built, and this particular example competed in several highly prestigious races, including the Dutch Grand Prix (this car is thought to be the only 550A to compete in a GP), and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it took second in class and fifth overall.

1961 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe “Indianapolis” (Lot #48)

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Estimated Value – $1,500,000 to $2,000,000

Maserati made the 5000 GT in the late ‘50s at the behest of Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, and thus, this car is known as the Trident’s “Car for Kings.” Only 34 examples were built, and this example comes with coachwork by Carrozzeria Allemano and a 325-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine.

1914 Marmon 41 Speedster (Lot #54)

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Estimated Value – $1,000,000 to $1,300,000

In 1911, the Marmon “Wasp” took victory at the very first running of the Indianapolis 500. Afterwards, Marmon introduced the 41 Speedster, of which only six examples were created. This is one of them. It uses a six-cylinder engine producing 41 horsepower, and can attain a top speed of 80 mph.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione (Lot #56)

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Estimated Value – $15,000,000 to $18,000,000

Here’s another high-seller for you. It’s the sixth race-spec 250 GT SWB Berlinetta model ever built, and was specifically created for competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s fitted with its original alloy coachwork, and under the hood is equipped a 3.0-liter Tipo 168 V-12 engine producing 280 horsepower.

1979 Porsche 935 (Lot #60)


Estimated Value – $4,500,000 to $5,500,000

The 935 was the ultimate iteration of racing-spec 911’s in the late ‘70s and early-‘80s, as evidenced by this example’s fifth-place finish at the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans (first in class). But that’s just a drop in the bucket when it comes to this car’s competition history, with names like Paul Newman, Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, and Ralf Stommelen heading the list of previous drivers.

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale (Lot #63)

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Estimated Value – $475,000 to $550,000

Yet another product of the no-holds-barred attitude of Group B rally racing, the Lancia Delta S4 is basically a competition vehicle with the barebones necessities of road-use bolted in afterwards. Its 1.8-liter engine is both supercharged and turbocharged, producing 247 horsepower, although much more was possible with a few tweaks. This particular example is rated at 300 horsepower thanks to its Potenziato upgrades.

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1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible (Lot #65)

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Estimated Value – $1,250,000 to $2,000,000

This eye-catching Roller was first under ownership by Tommy Manville, Jr., a well-known New York millionaire. When sold in 1952, the New York Times described it as “the most expensive Rolls-Royce convertible ever sold in the U.S.A.” It’s finished in a brilliant violet exterior color, and uses a 4.3-liter six-cylinder engine for motivation.

1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta (Lot #68)

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Estimated Value – $6,000,000 to $8,000,000

The 166 played a significant role in solidifying Ferrari as a producer of top-spec competition racers, and this race-winning example was part of it. The MM stands for Mille Miglia, one of the most famous road rallies in motorsports history, and the 166 is the only postwar car to win the triple crown of the Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Targa Florio. This particular example is unrestored and completely original.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (Lot #121)

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Estimated Value – $10,000,000 to $12,000,000

Incredibly, there’s gonna be another Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta at the Gooding & Company auctions, although this one’s estimated value tops out at a paltry $12 million. Still, it looks mighty impressive. It’s number 132 of 165 examples built, and it received a complete restoration as recently as 2010.

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1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (Lot #128)

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Estimated Value – $12,000,000 to $15,000,000

The 8C 2300 (or simply “2.3”) is considered one of the most desirable Alfas in the world. It gets its name from the Italian Grand Prix, where it took top honors back in the day. This particular example is one of the last factory 8C 2300 GP cars built, and comes with an extensive competition history.

1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster (Lot #135)

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Estimated Value – $10,000,000 to $14,000,000

The Type 55 was the successor to the Type 43 Grand Sport and Type 35 B, offering a slew of advanced technical improvements that enabled it to reach a top speed of 110 mph. This particular example is the only Type 55 to run in the Mille Miglia road rally, and saw a restoration in 2013. A 2.3-liter inline eight-cylinder engine is used for motivation.

1972 Nissan Skyline GT-R “Hakosuka” (Lot #142)

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Estimated Value – $225,000 to $275,000

This is the genesis of Godzilla. The Hakosuka GT-R holds one of the most dominant records in Japanese motorsport history, and highly original examples are considered hugely desirable amongst collectors. Singing the car’s high-strung wail is a 2.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine.

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The Details

Where: Appropriately, the Gooding And Company Auction is held at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive, in Pebble Beach, California, 93953.

When: Viewing will take place between Wednesday, August 17, and Sunday August 21, beginning in the morning and ending later in the afternoon. The auction will commence Saturday, August 20, at 4:00 PM, and again on Sunday, August 21, at 6:00 PM. You can find more information by clicking here.

How: Admission costs $40 per person for all days of the event. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. You may purchase an auction catalogue for $100, which includes admission for two for each day of the event. Bidder registration is $200, and includes admission for two and two reserved seats. You can find more information here, and view the online catalogue here.

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