1957 A6G/54 Spider among a large group of Maseratis on the docket for Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach auction | Gooding photo (Mathieu Heurtault)
Ferraris tend to race away with the biggest bids during the Monterey car week auction action, but Maserati figures to get some love as well next month.
In addition to eight Trident-badged cars from the Riverside International Automotive Museum on the RM Sotheby’s docket, Gooding & Company has announced nine Maseratis, five from another single collection, for its Pebble Beach sale.
The cars, with their pre-auction estimated values, are:
- 1957 Maserati A6G/54 Spider (estimate available by request)
- 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider ($1.75 million to $2.25 million)
- 1961 Maserati 5000 GT Indianapolis Coupe ($1.5 to $2.0 million)
- 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spider ($900,000 to $1.2 million)
- 1948 Maserati A6/1500 coupe ($800,000 to $1.1 million)
- 1962 Maserati 3500 GT ($400,000 to $500,000)
- 1963 Maserati Sebring Series I ($350,000 to $425,000)
- 1960 Maserati 3500 GT ($250,000 to $325,000)
- 1995 Maserati Ghibli “Open Cup” ($60,000 to $80,000)
“These postwar classics offer exclusivity, Italian artistry, as well as historic and Hollywood provenance that is enticing to the collecting spirit,” Gooding & Co. said in its news release.
“Historically significant, high-quality Maseratis such as these rarely appear for public sale,” the release quoted David Brynan, a Gooding senior car specialst. “These limited-production coach-built models, ranging from the original A6/1500 model to the exclusive 4.9 SS Ghibli Spider, showcase the many qualities that have made the Maserati name famous.”
Cars coming from the single collection include:
- The 5000 GT Indianapolis coupe, according to Gooding the “fastest road-going automobile of its day,” thanks to its four-cam V8 engine developed from the 450S sport racer. Maserati produced 34 Indianapolis coupes, which received bodywork from eight different Italian coachbuilders, including Carrozzeria Allemano, which did the one being offered.
- 1960 3500 GT Spider by Carrozzeria Vignale, one of the early “pre-series” cars, Gooding reported, with “unique features and its original Peacock Green livery.”
- 1948 A6/1500 coupe, one of only 61 and with a three-carburetor engine setup and a racing history that includes class victories in 1949 and 1950 at the Monza Coppa Inter-Europa.
- 1962 3500 GT originally purchased by Eddie Fisher as a gift for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, but when she rarely drove it, Fisher sold it to Anthony Quinn.
- 1995 Ghibli “Open Cup,” one of 27 built for the Ghibli Open Cup racing championship, this one finishing second in the final standings in 1995 and since then upgraded with a Maserati “evolution kit.”
Among the other cars:
- The 1957 A6G/54 Spider, Gooding said, “is widely regarded as the most desirable Maserati grand touring car of the 1950s, with a brilliant race-bred chassis and exotic twin-cam six-cylinder engine.” Only 10 such cars were produced with coachwork by Pietro Frua, and this one of only two originally done in an Ivory color. Gooding reports this car formerly was owned by Frank Mandarano and Alfredo Brener.
- The 1971 Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider carries design by Giorgetto Guigiaro when he was at Ghia and is powered by a four-cam aluminum V8 that propels it to speeds of 170 mph. The car is one of only 24 sent to the U.S. with a five-speed ZF gearbox and has won best of marque at Concorso Italiano and best in class at the Greystone Mansion concours.
- The 1963 Sebring Series I has coachwork designed by Vignale’s Giovanni Michelotti.
- The 1960 3500 GT has Maserati Classiche certification.