Though known for spectacular post-war sports cars, including those still wearing their dusty barn-found crusts, Gooding & Company will offer a group of American and European prewar vehicles at its Pebble Beach auction this year, “Each with their own distinct racing history and prominent lineage,” the auction house has announced. “The examples offered represent a time when innovation reigned supreme,” Gooding & Company said in announcing the consignment of: 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM, one of only two known to exist and part of a team that participated in the 1913 and 1914 Indianapolis 500-mile races. “After 1914, the Tipo IM was retired and remained untouched until it was rediscovered and acquired by notable collector G. Whitney Snyder, who meticulously restored it in the 1950s,” Gooding & Company notes. “This exemplary model is new to the market after 20 years of ownership and poised to turn heads as it crosses the auction block.” The auction house expects the car to sell for $3 million to $4 million at the Pebble Beach auction. 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 coupe, this one originally built as a Tipo 256 Spider Siluro under the direction of Enzo Ferrari as one of five such vehicles. “Between 1939 and 1940, this Alfa Romeo, chassis 915014, competed in eight races, including placing fourth at the Pescara Grand Prix in Italy, and finishing seventh in its class at the last Mille Miglia before the start of World War II,” Gooding & Company reports. “After its storied racing career, 915014 was rebodied by Carrozzeria Touring in 1941 to its current coupe form,” and won the Touring Class, Mille Miglia Trophy and the Bulgari Award in 2015 at Pebble Beach and Best of Show at Forest Grove in 2018. The pre-auction estimate is $2.75 million to $3.5 million. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline, chassis 2305, was ordered by the company’s “best customer,” Capt. George Whittell Jr., who made this part of a seven-vehicle series by designer Franklin Hershey. The design includes doors that curve into the roof to provide several extra inches of room for easier entry and exit. “Believed to be gifted new to Whittell’s mistress, the Model J has seen its fair share of outstanding collector ownership by such noted figures as J.B. Nethercutt, Bill Harrah, and Oscar Davis,” the auction house said. “In 1996, it was restored by premier Duesenberg specialist Chris Charlton and has maintained its pristine condition with all of its major components still intact.” Pre-sale estimate is $2 million to $2.5 million. 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost limousine, chassis 1850E, carries its original body and numbers-matching components, according to Gooding & Company, as well as the “earliest known sunroof mechanism.” The car won the Co-Chairman’s Trophy at Pebble Beach in 2004 and returned to that concours in 2016. Gooding & Company expects the car to sell for more than $1 million. Other pre-war vehicles consigned to the auction include a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante ($1.75 million to $2.25 million); a 1989 Pebble Beach class-winning 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio ($1.2 million to $1.4 million); a 1925 Renault 40 CV Torpedo Skiff ($900,000 to $1.2 million); and a 1939 Lagonda Rapide Drophead ($900,000 to $1.2 million). The auction is scheduled for August 15-16 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.
Gooding unveils pre-war classics on Pebble Beach sales docket
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.