Gooding assigns two early Ferraris to Amelia Island sale
One of just 12 Pinin Farina-built 410 Superamericas and a long-lost 212 Ghia show car have been revealed as Gooding & Company's star cars for its Amelia Island sale
Gooding & Company has revealed two coachbuilt Ferraris that will headline its sale at Amelia Island, Florida on March 9, 2018.
'With their exotic designs and rich, compelling histories, these cars offer a fascinating insight into the earliest years of Ferrari production,' says David Gooding, president of Gooding & Company. 'Ferraris of this caliber are rarely offered for public sale, and we honored to present these two exceptional examples, which truly exemplify the art of Italian custom coachbuilding.'
1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series I Coupé
The 410 Superamerica was the fastest road car of its day, capable of over 150mph thanks to its 340bhp, 4.9-liter Lampredi V12, and recognised as one of the greatest gran turismos of its era.
The car presented here, chassis 0491 SA, is one of 12 410 Superamerica Series 1s designed and built by Pinin Farina. It was delivered new to H Richard Dietrich, president of Luden’s Inc, through famed dealer Luigi Chinetti Motors.
Mr Dietrich took delivery of the new Ferrari while on holiday in Paris and kept it until he passed away many years later. It was then sold to Greg Garrison of Los Angeles, the producer of the Dean Martin’s television show and a pioneering Ferrari collector. He restored the car, and in 1986 it made its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it was awarded the Hans Tanner Memorial Trophy for the best Ferrari presented.
The current owner bought the car in 1999 and sent it to Mark Allin’s Rare Drive Inc for a concours-standard restoration, even though it was already in exceptional condition. It was finished in rich Amaranto with butterscotch leather upholstery, and was shown at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and the 2009 Cavallino Classic, where it was awarded the Excellence Cup and a Platinum Award.
The Superamerica is estimated at $5,000,000-$6,000,000.
1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet
The Ferrari 212 was the final evolution of the original tipo 166 model and the replacement for the 195 S. The chassis of this Ferrari 212 was completed in December 1951 and shipped to Carrozzeria Ghia in Torino for a custom cabriolet body.
Once completed, the car was displayed on the Ghia stand at the Geneva and Torino Motor Shows in 1952. It was then sold to Gianni Mazzocchi, founder of the publishing company Editoriale Domus SpA, which produced the well-known Italian car magazine Quattroruote.
By the late 1960s, the 212 had been moved to the Detroit area and at some point was hidden away in a long-term owner’s garage. For decades, it was believed that this important Ghia show car was irretrievably lost, known only by black-and-white photographs.
However, in 2011 the 212 Europa emerged from hiding, and over the following six years it was restored by a team of Ferrari specialists. It was completed in summer 2017, just in time to appear at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
In January 2018, the Ghia Cabriolet was also exhibited at the Cavallino Classic, where it earned both a Platinum Award and the Wayne Obry Memorial Cup, given to the Ferrari best representing excellence in restoration quality.
It is estimated at $1,800,000-$2,200,000.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The famous concours, now in its 23rd year, takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida USA on March 9-11. For more details visit the concours website.
The Gooding & Co auction takes place just down the road from the concours, at Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Preview is on Thursday March 8, and the auction starts at 11am on Friday March 9.
The sale also includes three important race Porsches, described here.
Photography copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company, by Mathieu Heurtault and Brian Henniker
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