Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach Auction Set to Make Headlines

11965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT

A truly gorgeous Alfa Romeo and still painted in its original Bluette colour, not much more need be said on the matter. It really is a no-brainer! At such a tempting estimate is there any other car that can feel so special for such a low price? So many have been tampered with, modified and changed back to red. This is a glorious early production car which has been sympathetically restored in the last year. Pick up a bargain that won’t look out of place anywhere in the world.

Estimate: £45,000 – £65,000

21960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione

Some cars really do come with a ‘golden ticket’ and this is one of them. A stunning SWB with Le mans provenance, period correct and lovingly maintained through its life. Yes, you can buy cheaper SWBs, but this car will open doors quicker than the concierge at the Four Seasons! Imagine a historic race, rally or tour and this car will no doubt gain your entry, not to mention the invites to some of the world’s most famous car events. An original NART team car with a 7th overall at the 1960 Le mans 24 Hours, it is of course also matching numbers!

Estimate: £12,000,000 – £14,000,000

31979 Porsche 935

Provenance, a word so often misused but in the case of this wonderful Porsche 935, it is absolutely spot on. Winner of the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and raced to second place by Hollywood legend Paul Newman at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979. The car is iconic in its original Hawaiian Tropic livery and is still recognised and raced worldwide. It also famously raced in computer giant, Apple colours, the only race car known to be sponsored by the then fledgling brand. Most recently, the car could be seen on display at the 2016 Classic Le Mans.

This is a historic car with a very desirable racing history that will surely set the auction room alight with excitement, do not be surprised when this car smashes through its estimate!

Estimate: £3,500,000 – £4,500,000

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1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale

Group B really is the stuff of legends, a time in motorsport history where cars were free to become monsters, sadly, the cars really were monsters and after a series of major incidents in 1986 the class was disestablished. To gain approval, manufacturers had to build 200 street going versions of the proposed rally car. There is considerable doubt from many that Lancia ever produced 200, in fact figures below 100 have been passed around over the years!

The main thing you need to know is that Lancia combined supercharging and turbocharging in the S4 to reduce the considerable turbo lag other manufacturers were suffering from by running huge turbos on their cars. On its first competitive outing at the 1985 Lombard RAC rally in 1985 the team scored a 1st and 2nd making it one of the most successful debuts in rallying history.

This car you see here was previously finished in Verde York and known by many as ‘the green car’. While it looks truly stunning in the more classic factory red, one would be inclined to return the car to its original hue. Apart from that the Straddle specification is a hugely important car in motoring history and far rarer than is documented.

Estimate: £370,000 – £425,000

1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1

The 250 GTO, SWB and California, are the cars that often capture the headlines and the big money, but it’s a lesser known fact that the 250 GTE is an increasingly rare car. This is down to the fact that many have been converted to SWB and GTO specification over the years. It’s no surprise that there are more racing nowadays than in the past! As such, an original GTE is now a car that is still very good value and very similar to its richer family. This particular car is LHD, not as rare as the RHD models but LHD is as these cars were envisaged from the factory so for the purist that’s a big tick.

Sadly, this car is not in its original colour and any serious collected should consider reverting back to its original Grigio Argento paint with Rosso interior. I would personally say that these classics also look so much better in any colour other than Rosso Corsa unless it’s a period racing Ferrari.

Estimate: £450,000 – £425,000

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Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.