Gooding & Company’s second collection car auction outside the United States was small in lot numbers but big in results, with £8,453,500 ($11,615,320) for just nine high-value cars offered and a 100 percent sell-through rate (all results include buyer fees).
The European Sporting & Historic sale was based in London and comprised vintage cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. All bidding was done online over nine days on Gooding’s proprietary Geared Only platform due to the pandemic.
Leading the pack was a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT that sold for £2,750,000 ($3,778,600), one of four cars that sold for more than a million dollars US. It was followed by a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that achieved £1,870,000 ($2,569,400).
A 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was another million-dollar-plus car, at £935,000 ($1,284,710), while a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible went for £836,000 ($1,148,680) after a lengthy and competitive bidding session.
Three Bentleys went to new owners: a 1930 Bentley 4½ Litre Sports Tourer that achieved £539,000 ($740,530), a 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Pointed Tail 2-seater that sold for £627,000 ($861,440) and a 1950 Bentley B Special Speed 8 that realized £214,500 ($294,700).
A pair of pre-war Rolls-Royces were also sold: a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental drophead coupe selling for £396,000 ($544,000), and a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental reaching £286,000 ($393,000).
Gooding held its first overseas sale in London during September 2020, with 14 of 15 cars selling for a total of £34 million ($44 million) in a live/online auction.
Geared Online auctions continue with the second of three sales of automobilia collected by the late racing champion Phil Hill. Called “A Life in Racing,” the Gooding auction is currently under way and continues through February 19.
The items for sale include Hill’s 1962 Le Mans winner’s trophy, Herbert Johnson racing helmet and Rolex “Zenith” Daytona wristwatch, and a Shelby Cobra team jacket.
For more information, visit the Gooding website.