A number of garage and barn-find classics are due to go under the hammer at Gooding & Co's Scottsdale auction on 16-17 January, with a trio of big-ticket classics setting the tone for the rest of the sale.
At the top of the pile – and sporting a $1.7-2m price tag – is a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that will be offered for public sale for the first time in the car's history.
The 300SL is described as being one of the most appealing original examples in existence, and is finished in its original Slate Grey with red interior. It was recently discovered in Washington State, where it had been in the stewardship of its then owner since the 1970s.
The car has just 55,000 miles on the clock and has a number of original features that make it one to watch, including sport wheels, hard top, Becker radio and fitted Hepco luggage, as well as a full complement of tools. To sweeten the deal further, a number of period photographs will be included in the sale, as will a set of numberplates dating to 1963.
Next in line to cross the block in Arizona is a 1968 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 that is expected to cost its new owner between $700-825,000. The Amaranto Red grand tourer has travelled just 7270 miles since it left the factory, a feature that can be attributed in part to having spent the first 45 years of its life in Japan. It changed hands three times while it was there, before being exported to the United States in 2013.
Only 242 examples were built.
Last of the trio – but by no means least – is a delightful Porsche 356A Speedster that belonged to California resident Ken Johnson from 1958 until his recent passing. The car was used extensively for day trips along the Malibu coast and for ferrying his wife – whom he proposed to by the car – to volleyball tournaments.
The car was fitted with a Dynaplastics hardtop with Plexiglass sidescreens, as well as cabriolet-style seats for more comfortable touring. The 356 remained untouched for a number of years until late 2014, when it benefitted from new tyres, a carb rebuild and servicing of the brake and fuel systems.
It is expected to fetch between $275-375,000.
Also one for the preservationist (though perhaps one with shallower pockets) is a 1973 MGB, which has covered 18,680 miles in 42 years. It's been in the stewardship of its current owner for half of that time, and is expected to sell for as much as $35,000.