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Top-drawer European cars readied for Gooding’s Geared Online auction

Nine valuable cars from a prestigious collection will be offered in the UK-based sale


A collection of “nine coveted and magnificent automobiles” from the European Sporting & Historic Collection have been consigned for Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction, starting January 28 and running through February 5.

The all-online auction will be based in the UK where all lots will be available for pre-auction inspection, the company said in a news release.  Gooding’s first sale outside North America was held recently at Hampton Court Palace in London, with more than $44 million in sales.

A later example of a Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster

“I have admired this incredible selection of cars over a period of time and am delighted to have secured them to form the first European based online auction for Gooding & Company,” said Joe Twyman, Gooding’s UK specialist. “Carefully curated by the current owner who had a fastidious eye for presentation and detail, this diverse selection offers a great opportunity for a wide range of tastes and interests.

“Each of the cars has its own individual outstanding qualities and as such we have worked hard together with our consignor to create a sale that reflects and does justice to this wonderful collection.” 

A 1963 Aston Martin DB5 convertible (left) and a 1961 DB4 GT coupe

Leading the Gooding sale is a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT, a race-bred performance coupe and one of just 75 produced by the British automaker.  The estimated value is £2 million to £2.5 million ($2.72 million to $3.39 million).

“This example retains its matching-numbers engine per factory records and benefits from a no-expense-spared restoration by marque specialist RS Williams Ltd. in 2020,” according to the release. “Presented in its striking original color scheme of Black Pearl over Dark Blue interior, this DB4 GT is replete with extensive service and restoration records as well as a detailed history.”

Another Aston Martin on the Gooding docket is a 1963 DB5 convertible, a fully restored example being offered for the first time for public sale.  One of just 123 DB5 dropheads produced, it is valued at £750,000 ($1.02 million) to £1 million ($1.36 million).

A trio of pre-war Bentleys will be offered in the auction

A V12-powered 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Chassis 09389) that was the 1967 Brussels show car and restored in striking black with green interior, is valued at £1.75 million ($2.28 million) to £2 million ($2.72 million). 

A 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, one of the final examples of the storied model, has a value of £900,000 ($1.22 million) to £1.2 million ($1.63 million).

The remainder of the Gooding offerings are vintage Bentley and Roll-Royce models.  The Bentleys are a 1930 4½-liter Sports Tourer, a 1931 8-liter Pointed Tail Two Seater and a 1950 B Special Speed 8 by Racing Green Engineering.

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The two Rolls-Royces are special Continental models

Two pre-war Rolls-Royces will be offered, a 1934 Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe, one of just three with Freestone & Webb coachwork, and a 1930 Phantom II Continental with an experimental lightweight body by Barker and which competed in the prestigious 1933 Monte Carlo Rally.

For more information about the European Sporting & Historic Collection sale, visit the Gooding 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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