First ever production Bentley R-Type Continental, a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso hidden in storage for 40 years and more unrestored classics join Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction
A trio of unrestored cars will lead Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance sale in late August, with cars from Bentley, Mercedes and Ferrari set to sell for over $1 million each.
Seven unrestored cars in total have been confirmed as gracing Gooding & Co.’s auction floor come August 24-25, but it is a 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback which is poised to steal the show.
Chassis BC1A is no average R-Type, thanks to being the first ever production R-Type Continental Fastback made by Bentley. It features alloy bumpers, lightweight bucket seats and a manual gearbox, differentiating it from many lesser-optioned R-Types that followed.
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As Bentley’s very first R-Type Continental, BC1A faced nearly 400 miles of testing around M.I.R.A.’s proving grounds in Nuneaton before handover to its first owner in Paris. Since its subsequent sale in the late 1950s to a New York-based owner it had rarely been seen. Given its status as production vehicle no.1, this particular R-Type is estimated to sell for $1,500,000 – $2,000,000.
A recently rediscovered 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso will also feature, emerging after 40 years in static storage. Chassis 5201 GT, still with its original matching-numbers 240bhp Colombo V12 engine, was the 162nd of 350 Lusso models built, originally imported and sold by Chinetti Motors.
It still managed a little over 30,000 miles of use across 14 years prior to its long-term storage, though outwardly appears to remain in remarkable condition for a car not maintained regularly in four decades.
No matter its provenance or condition a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing will always turn heads, as is the case with this particular red example estimated to sell for between $1,100,000 – $1,300,000.
This particular 300 SL was originally painted in white before it was acquired by Hollywoodland property developer L. Milton Wolf and repainted to its current striking red.
Despite retaining its original documentation, tools and fitted Karl Baisch luggage, it has been listed with no reserve, leaving a potential bargain should enough bidders fail to appreciate its patina.
Other unrestored cars estimated to sell for over $500,000 are a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 featuring rare factory-installed left hand drive and air conditioning and a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC which has remained with a single owner for over 40 years.
For those who are only moderately wealthy, a 1965 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet with less than 31,000 miles from new and a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster featuring an early-production 'flat-floor' are available, estimated to sell for between $225,000 – $275,000 and $100,000 – $125,000 respectively without reserve.
Image copyright & courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mathieu Heurtault & Mike Maez.