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Car Collecting at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance



Car enthusiasts wait all year for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, widely considered the most prestigious car show in the world—and certainly the one with the most stunning backdrop, thanks to the area’s dazzling landscape.

The Concours d’Elegance is attended by everyone from casual car lovers to serious collectors; for the latter, the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company is nirvana, with hundreds of millions of dollars of rare and collectible cars available for purchase.

“We are truly honored to present these rare and historic cars,” says David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “Offering cars of this caliber – with exceptional specification, racing history, authenticity, and provenance – is what sets our company apart from the competition and what makes The Pebble Beach Auctions so thrilling to attend.”

Make no mistake; serious buyers were staking out their favorites long before the catalogue of available cars was made public on the auction house’s website. And, they’ll be in attendance at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center come the earliest opportunity (viewing of the collection begins on Wednesday, August 17, at 10am) to get an up-close look at their desired prize in advance of the auction, which takes place on Saturday, August 20, at 4pm, and Sunday, August 21, at 6pm. Those who can’t be there in person can watch the hi-definition webcast, as viewers in 47 countries did in 2015.

The total take from the auction in 2015: $128,098,000, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider that sold for $16,830,000 and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale that was estimated at between $14–16 million and went for $16,500,000.

Three notable Ferrari GT’s, part of an impressive cache of Italian sports cars, are being auctioned this year at the Concours d’Elegance, and they are among the automobiles with the highest estimates going in:

More than 100 additional cars comprise the 2016 auction collection, including:

  • A 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza that was the winner of the 1947 Sport Nazionale Championship with Renato Balestrero (estimate: $12–$15 million)
  • A 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, which Gooding & Co. considers arguably the Finest Type 55 Jean Bugatti Roadster” (estimate: $10–$14 million)
  • A rare, left-hand drive, 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America (estimate $1.65–$1.95 million)
  • A 1979 Porsche 935 racecar that was the overall winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours and was driven by legendary actor Paul Newman at Le Mans (estimate: $4.5–$5.5 million)
  • A selection of “Historically significant, high-quality Maseratis” that “rarely appear for public sale,” said David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Co. “These limited-production coachbuilt models, ranging from the original A6/1500 model to the exclusive 4.9 SS Ghibli Spider, showcase the many qualities that have made the Maserati name famous.”

Which one do you have your eye on?

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Car Collecting at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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