It’s another week and there’s another star-studded press release from Gooding hailing its Pebble Beach sale on 18-19 August in the US.
Challenging for most desirable lot is this 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB prototype (above).
Gooding tells us it’s “one of the finest, most collectable blue chip automobiles of the post-war era”. It’s also the first pre-production California Spider built. Unsurprisingly it’s been estimated at $6–$8 million.
Another exciting lot is this ex-Clark Gable 1935 Duesenberg Model JN that carries an ‘Estimate Available Upon Request’ tag, which leaves us with the sneaking suspicion that it’s not cheap.
Gable drove the car to the White Mayfair Ball in Beverly Hills, where he allegedly spent much of his time with actress Carole Lombard. Their relationship would blossom into one of the most widely publicised Hollywood love stories, which only ended when Lombard was tragically killed in a plane crash.
Meanwhile, it will take an estimated $8-10 million to secure this Bentley 4 ½ Litre SC. The boat-tail, nicknamed the Green Hornet by its former owner collector E Ann Klein, is ‘arguably the most original Blower Bentley in existence’.
Also up for sale is a matching-numbers 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet (estimated at $5-6.5 million and shown above) and the ‘longest and most advanced,’ not to mention extremely cool looking, 1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon (below). It is yours for $3-4 million.
If only to aid dreaming, the full Pebble Beach Catalogue is well worth a look and can be viewed here.