Three multi-million dollar Ferraris set for Pebble Beach sale

A 275 GTB/C, a 250 GT Tour de France and a 166MM/195S will be offered at the Pebble Beach Gooding and Co sale during Monterey Week

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Three of the finest competition Ferraris are coming to market at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 24 and 25, 2018. Gooding & Company are hosting the official auction, where the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France and 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans will be on offer.

Ferrari has had a decorated history with their road and track, dual purpose models. Customers demanded vehicles that were as at home on the track as they were on the road, and the stunning examples shown here are some of the finest available today.

David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company states: ‘From their inception, the Ferrari GT Berlinettas have been highly successful race cars. They are thrilling to drive, especially in a competitive atmosphere on the track, and more importantly, they are some of the most beautiful cars Ferrari ever produced. This winning combination is why these cars are so coveted by collectors today.’

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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C (Estimate $12,000,000 - $14,000,000)

Famed for having among the thinnest aluminium shells ever produced for a Ferrari, only 12 examples of the 275 GTB/C competition cars were built, in what is commonly acknowledged as the ultimate evolution of the single-cam Berlinetta. The defining features include both windows and rear screen made of lightweight Perspex instead of glass, combined with Borrani aluminium-rimmed wire-spoked wheels.

Power comes from the 3.3-litre V12 fitted with high-lift camshafts, 250 LM-type valves, competition pistons, a redesigned crankshaft, and Weber 40 DFI/3 carburettors. The engine operates a dry sump lubrication system, in place of the standard wet sump of the road-going version.

Initially purchased by North American Racing Team founder, Luigi Chinetti, chassis 09063 was successfully campaigned by the legendary Pedro Rodriguez at the 1966 Nassau Tourist & Governor’s Trophy, placing seventh overall and first in class. Following this initial success, the car was then raced at the 1967, 1969 and 1970 24 Hours of Daytona before new custodians acquired the vehicle.

Albert Orbrist bought 09063 in 1992 to join one of the greatest Ferrari collections of all time. Orbrist had revered Italian specialists Giuliano Michelotto and Dino Cognolato restore the vehicle to concours condition in the original Rosso Rubino livery it wore when new. Formula 1 executive Bernie Ecclestone bought the Orbrist Collection in 1995, and the current owner purchased 09063 in 2001.

The vehicle wears the older restoration well, and the car is presented in excellent overall condition proving the high quality restoration undertaken during Orbrist’s ownership. The supporting documentation provided is equally impressive, including copies of the factory build sheets, period photographs, magazine articles, correspondence, service records and a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France (Estimate $6,500,000 - $7,500,000)

As one of just 36 single-louvre competition Berlinettas, chassis 0905 GT, built in 1958, is one of the most beautiful Ferrari berlinettas in existence. The car, which has not been available for public sale since 1966, include unique features that have not been seen on any other Tour de France.

The Ferrari enjoyed its inaugural race at the 1958 Targa Florio, followed by the XVIII Trieste-Opicina hillclimb driven by Pietro Ferraro, where it placed third in class. In 1962 the Ferrari journeyed to the United States where Fred Peters eventually purchased the car through Charles Betz, both of them well-known Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors, in 1966.

In 2014 0905 GT enjoyed a complete restoration, including the original livery of metallic grey over a light grey interior. The cars first showcase following the extensive work was at the 25th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, where it won the Coppa Bella Macchina Award.

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans (Estimate: $6,500,000 - $7,500,000)

Chassis 0060M is one of only six examples of the Berlinetta Le Mans, featuring coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. This particular example was originally campaigned by the factory in Italian races, in addition to being displayed at the 1950 Paris Auto Salon on Luigi Chinetti’s stand.

Celebrated American sportsman Briggs Cunningham bought the car and raced at Sebring, Buenos Aires, Watkins Glen and Bridgehampton through 1952. Henry N Manney III, writer for Road & Track, later acquired the vehicle and shipped it to the UK where many prestigious European events were undertaken, the Mille Miglia Storica and the Goodwood Festival of Speed being notable examples.

Chassis 0060M is offered having been beautifully restored and presented in its original light blue livery, showcasing itself as one of the most important early competition Ferraris. The new owner will also be granted entry to the world’s most exclusive classic car event, whilst being presented in its original Sebring livery from 1950.

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Gooding & Co's Pebble Beach sale

The auction will take place on August 24 at 5:00pm PDT and August 25 at 11:00am PDT, with public previews occurring on August 22 through August 25. More information can be found on the Gooding & Co website.

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