A quartet of rare and highly celebrated Pininfarina masterpieces will be offered at Gooding & Company’s forthcoming 2019 Pebble Beach in California on August 16 – 17 as part of the Concours d’Elegance.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet
Spearheading the exceptional line-up is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet which is estimated to sell for around $8,000,000. One of only 40 ever built, the stunning series I Cabriolet was the most expensive and exclusive Ferrari of its time.
Handbuilt by the iconic Pinin Farina custom workshop, chassis 0789 GT boasted desirable details that included covered headlights, side vents and bumperettes. Exquisite high standards were only for Ferrari’s VIP clients and the extremely affluent, which in this case was the eccentric aristocrat, playboy, and actor, Prince Alessandro “Dado” Ruspoli of Rome.
Ferrari’s image was the exact choice for such an unapologetic and pecunious socialite, who thrived on attention when piloting his exotic Italian stallion. Ruspoli was seen on various occasions with influential names such as Brigitte Bardot, Salvador Dalí, Truman Capote, and Pablo Picasso.
Sadly his lavish lifestyle was quicker than the wheels supporting it; Prince Ruspoli eventually sold the Series I to a devoted Italian enthusiast where it remained throughout the 1970s and ’80s.
President and Founder of Gooding & Company, David Gooding said:
“Pininfarina is recognized as one of the world’s premier coachbuilders
“Their designs have been hailed as groundbreaking, incredibly influential, and always stunningly beautiful. We are proud to be offering some of Pininfarina’s most famous work when the celebrated firm from Torino was at the pinnacle of its power.”
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV
Joining the ‘fantastic four’ is a 1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV which has been given an eye-watering estimate of $6,000,000 – $8,000,000. One of only half a dozen competition cars, the Alfa Romeo was fortunate to make the grade as the company ceased its factory-backed racing activities in the mid-1950s.
Chassis 00128 is also one of the most advanced of its era, built with a lightweight tubular spaceframe chassis, independent front suspension, a De Dion rear axle, and even boasted revolutionary inboard rear brakes. Powertrain included a 3.5-litre straight-six engine, twin overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication and six lively Weber carburettors delivering around 270bhp.
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico
Third, to arrive is a limited edition 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico which has an estimate of $2,800,000 – $3,400,000 and is widely recognised as the ultimate coachbuilt Ferrari of the early 1960s. Chassis 3361 SA, was one of the last short-wheelbase Coupes, whose aerodynamic design was inspired by the famous Superfast II show car.
Upon completion, this Superamerica was displayed with two other Pininfarina-bodied Ferraris at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show. Chassis 3361 SA was then sold new to a loyal Ferrari client in Milan and remained in the hands of Italian collectors through 2016.
Exhibited recently at the 2019 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, this unrestored classic was victorious in the coveted Preservation Award and certified by the Ferrari Classiche department. This 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico is reportedly among the finest models of this rare breed.
2014 Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina
This exclusive 2014 Ferrari Sergio has an estimate of $2,500,000 – $3,000,000 and was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Sergio Pininfarina’s first collaboration with the marque, Ferrari produced a frugal six Sergio examples.
Ferrari 458 Spider V-8 engine accompanied a car that was built purely for speed with an impressive 0-60 in under 4 seconds. This Ferrari Sergio was delivered new to the United States and has only seen one owner since new. Ordered in Argento Nürburgring and Daytona Red livery on a ‘crema’ interior, the Ferrari Sergio is a perfect marriage of both Pininfarina’s 21st-century design and engineering, and Ferrari’s storied relationship with the company.
Images are courtesy of Gooding & Company, photos by Josh Hway, Mathieu Heurtault and Brian Henniker.
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