Gooding: Ferrari 275 GT SWB Competizione at Hampton Court auction

While Gooding & Company is actively preparing its sale of Pebble Beach, which will be held from August 18 to 20 in California, the Californian house is also already looking towards the start of the new school year and its important meeting at Hampton Court Palace, in Great Britain.

The summer rendezvous for all collectors and lovers of prestige and vintage automobiles will be held in mid-August as part of Monterey Car Week. There, the biggest auction houses will be hard at work, including Gooding & Company, which is none other than the official partner of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance.

The Californian house is also the official partner of the Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance, and as such it will organize the event’s auction on September 3, 2022. An important meeting for Gooding since it is of one of his rare appearances outside America.

In 2020 Gooding organized the “Passion of a Lifetime” sale there, which was a great success with collectors. The event ended with an overall result of £34,048,900 (€38,173,600) and allowed him to achieve six new world records for six cars, as well as the new world record for the average selling price per car ( set at £2,432,064, or €2,726,690).

Three Bugatti models stood out in particular during this meeting: a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports sold for £9,535,000 (€10,690,100), a Bugatti Type 57S Atalante (1937) sold for £7,855,000 (€8,806 €560), and a 1928 Type 35C Grand Prix which found a buyer for £3,935,000 (€4,411,690).

The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta from the 1959 Paris Motor Show at auction

Next September another Bugatti model will be among the highlights of the Gooding sale. This is a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 « Supersport » estimated to be worth between £3.75-4.75 million. This particular chassis (n°55230) sporting a body made by Gangloff, was delivered new in Paris before being exported to the United States in the early 1960s. Recently restored, this vehicle which is one of the 38 examples of the Type 55 assembled by Bugatti, should be the subject of a lively sale.

Alongside the French car, Gooding will notably present a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Cabriolet estimated between £1,250,000 and £1,750,000, a 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica (£700,000 to £900,000), but also and above all a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione.

The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta unveiled at the 1959 Paris Motor Show was born from the imagination of engineers Mauro Forghieri, Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti. With a shorter wheelbase than its predecessor (2,400 mm) and equipped with four disc brakes, it was offered with a “road” or “competition” type body. The 2021 GT chassis shown here features the aluminum Competizione version made by Scaglietti.

This chassis, whose history mentions an appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has belonged to the same owner for 20 years. It has undergone an extensive restoration carried out by Ferrari Classiche in collaboration with Lanzante Limited, the British company known for its work around McLaren models. A superb vehicle which should find a buyer for between 6 and 7 million pounds.

Photo credit: Gooding

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