Gooding & Co.’s top lot was a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose which made $1,936,000, roughly £1.4m. Gooding didn’t publish guide prices so we don’t know if it was on the money or not, but for a two-cam car we would think so.
Ditto the 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 drophead which reached $968,000, around £700,000. That is just ahead of Gooding’s third placed car, a 1926 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix which went to its new owner in return for $935,000, around £680,000 – what Gooding says is an auction world record for a Type 37. Another record was set for a 1968 Meyers Manx which doubled its estimate and sold for $101,200, roughly £74,000. For a beach buggy!
Strangest lot of Gooding’s auction had to be a brace of Citroën SMs, one converted to a pick-up body (sacrilege surely!) pulling along a ’72 SM reborn as land speed record car with twin turbo Maserati power and 200mph. Thirty three years after it hit that mark at the Bonnevile Salt Flats, it is still reckoned to be the world’s fastest Citroën. The world’s most unusual SMs sold for above estimate at just over $200,000, around £145,000.
The other top lots from Gooding & Co. include:
- 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC, sold for $517,000
- 1965 Shelby GT350, sold for $385,000
- 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS, sold for $374,000
- 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster, sold for $313500
- 1968 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 roadster, sold for $231,000
- 2006 SLR McLaren Mercedes sold for sold for $220,000
- 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe, sold for $170,500
Images courtesy of Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Co.