Gooding & Company: Amelia Island Auction
Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, announces that its annual Amelia Island Auction on March 7, 2014 will feature a selection of the most collectible and superior post-war sports cars to come to auction in recent years. Standouts include a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster barn find that has never previously been offered for public sale, one of the most original surviving examples of the celebrated Ferrari 250 Europa GT, a rare-to-market 1956 Lancia B24S Spider America and a low-mileage 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. These premier offerings along with more than 80 of the finest antique, classic and competition cars, will cross Gooding & Company’s auction stage on Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. EST at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
David Gooding, President and founder: “Originality was the driving force behind our Amelia Island Auction. As always, our specialists have a keen eye for effective preservation of blue chip category cars. Many of the outstanding examples we selected for this sale are excellent candidates for sympathetic restoration. We also chose vehicles that benefited from precise care and restoration that has preserved rather than masked the beautiful patina these cars have earned with age. We believe this direction has proven itself through our phenomenal results, and is in line with the priorities of true connoisseurs.”
1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT
This car is the most original surviving example of the model (estimate upon request). Having covered just 14,000 km from new, this stunningly preserved Ferrari is finished in Grigio (gray metallic) and features anAmaranto (burgundy) top with a red leather interior featuring grey cloth inserts. Initially sold in Rome in late 1955, the Europa GT has a well-documented history, which includes single family ownership from 1966 to 2011. This exceptional car is offered with original handbooks, brochures, tool roll and selected Italian registrations dating from the 1960s as well as a selection of period photos. This car was recently displayed at Pebble Beach in the Post-War Preservation Class and at the Unique Concours, where its exceptional originality garnered great praise.
1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT (estimate upon request)
Image copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.