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Coachbuilt Europeans featured at Gooding auction


The 1946 Cisitalia 202 CMM was designed by Pinin Farina for endurance racing | Gooding & Company photos
The 1946 Cisitalia 202 CMM was designed by Pinin Farina for endurance racing | Gooding & Company photos

Coachbuilt European exotics designed by revered Italian carrozzerias Vignale, Bertone and Pininfarina will be among the featured entries August 20-21 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction.

The official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which holds its 66th annual event August 21, Gooding’s sale takes place at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center adjacent to the concours at Pebble Beach Golf Links near Monterey, California.

Among the rare and unique one-off cars will be those from Aston Martin, Cisitalia, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz from the 1930s through the 1960s.

The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Spider was created for the American market
The 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Spider was created for the American market

“These automotive treasures represent coachbuilding at their finest from renowned European designers,” said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company, in a news release. “We feel privileged to offer this unique opportunity for our clients to own a historic piece of automobile design from an era of exceptional Italian craftsmanship.”

Highlights of the coachbuilt collection include:

1946 Cisitalia 202 CMM (Coupe Mille Miglia) by Vignale (pre-auction value estimate: $2 million to $3 million) – “One of the most striking examples of streamlined coachwork and a testament to the brilliant collaboration between engineer Dante Giacosa, designer Giovanni Savonuzzi, and coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale,” Gooding says in its vehicle description.

The CMM was built for endurance racing with an advanced chassis design and Fiat 1100 powertrain. This car was entered in the 1948 Mille Miglia by the factory team and driven by the Piero Tarrufi and Domenico Rabbia.

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Spider by Bertone (value estimate: $3 million to $4 million) – Part of the efforts by the colorful S.H. “Wacky” Arnolt to create custom bodies for British cars designed for the American market, the DB2/4 provided an ideal sporting platform for Bertone to work its magic, as it had for other Arnolt projects.

The 1960 Abarth 1000 Bialbero 'La Principessa' held several speed records
The 1960 Abarth 1000 Bialbero ‘La Principessa’ held several speed records

Three were produced with this distinctive body style by Bertone, and this one is the sole Deluxe Competition Model Spider, featuring chrome trim, full windshield and luxury interior. The car was presented at the New York Auto Show with the goal of impressing Aston Martin’s owner and chief, David Brown.

1960 Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Car “La Principessa” by Pinin Farina (value estimate available upon request) – One of the most remarkable designs from Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pinin Farina (later changed to Pininfarina), “La Principessa” debuted at the Turin Motor Show.

“The shape was developed utilizing the wind tunnel at Turin Polytechnic University, with the sole goal being to create a car that would break the world record for highest sustained speed over the longest period of time,” according to the auction description. Boasting a slippery drag coefficient of just 0.20, the streamliner set nine world records, including 10,000 kilometers with an average speed of 118.7 mph and 72 continuous hours at an average speed of 116 mph.

Some of the other coachbuilt cars to be offered by Gooding include a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina (estimate: $2,700,000-$3,000,000), a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet by Pininfarina (estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000), a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet C by Sindelfingen (estimate: $1,200,000-$1,400,000) and a 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet (Estimate: $450,000-$650,000).

For information about Gooding’s sale at Pebble Beach, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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