If you find yourself fortunate enough to be able to play in the rarified air that most of its auctions embody, than you already realize that Gooding & Company is the real deal when it comes to very rare and usually, very expensive offerings. It’s best known for its live, in-person sales at Amelia Island, Pebble Beach and Scottsdale. But health realities persuaded the firm to launch a series of online-only sales that have merited notice, most notably in the recent auction of Phil Hill’s personal memorabilia. Bigger lots will be part of the next online sale, slated for May 3rd through 7th from Gooding’s U.S. base in Santa Monica, California. For those in a position to bid, some heart-stopping lots will be offered, including this one.
The Brian Henniker image, taken against a Southern California landscape, shows the online sale’s undisputed star. This 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy is so named because it’s one of only 16 such cars outfitted by the factory with lightweight aluminum-alloy bodywork by Scaglietti. An Alloy, as it’s simply known, is an extremely rare sight, and it’s equally unusual to see one change hands at public auction, as opposed to a private sale. Delivered new in Switzerland, this Alloy then came stateside after being fitted with a competition fuel filler and Borrani competition wire wheels. It was most recently in the Seattle collection of vintage racer Pat Hart, who commissioned a restoration that took 10 years to finish. Gooding’s pre-sale estimate is $3.5 to $4.5 million. Other lots will include a 1957 BMW 507 Series II roadster with rare numbers-matching engine, and one of approximately 270 examples of the 300 SL roadster that Mercedes-Benz produced in 1961.