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Preview – Gooding & Company Auction, Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, 17 January 2009

Gooding & Company will hold their 2009 Scottsdale auction on Saturday 17 January, adjacent to the Scottsdale Fashion Square on the corner of East Camelback Road and North 68th Street in the centre of town. They have 100 lots on offer, ranging from Antiques & Classics, through American & European Collectibles to Sports & Racing Cars.

Browsing through the sales catalogue, one finds a truly wide variety of some exceptional vehicles, such that it is difficult to choose the star lots from the above three categories. Maybe in the first group one would choose the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Figoni & Filaschi Teardrop Coupé, although its current red paintwork doesn’t highlight the beautiful styling elements to their best effect. Another masterpiece in this section is a Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton, which was the 1929 New York Show car, and looks stunning in a brown and cream duo-tone colour scheme. If the hood on this car isn’t long enough for you, how about the 1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sports Saloon, which has amazing presence with its fluted radiator grille, “mile long” hood and low roof line. These are just a taster of the cars in this section, which also includes Bugatti, Cadillac, Cord, Hispano-Suiza, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Rolls Royce to name but a few.

The American & European Collectibles group, is the smallest of the three, but includes an eclectic selection of vehicles, including an octet of classic motorcycles and a quartet of custom cars, one of which is the Deco Rides Bugnotti, a homage to the great coachbuilders of the thirties, with modern mechanical elements, including disc brakes and a fuel injected Chevrolet V8 engine. Another example of the custom car art form on offer is the 1933 Ford Roadster “Impact”, a spectacular bright yellow creation by Chip Foose, which won the 2001 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award. For something completely different, but an equally creative design, how about the 1955 Airstream Bubble Trailer prototype, specially built for the company founder Wally Byam, and used by him to promote the company’s products by towing it all over the world with a VW Beetle cabriolet.

In the Sports & Racing Cars section, one finds the largest selection of cars, and an equally difficult choice to highlight the stars. There is an exceptional example of the iconic Ferrari 250 GT “passo corto” berlinetta, this being a 1960 alloy bodied competition version, chassis # 1759 GT, which finished 7th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its race debut. Another desirable Ferrari on offer is a 1960 250 GT California Spider, chassis # 1963 GT, with the rare optional hardtop, from the estate of Ron VanKregten. From the pen of the designer of the 250 GTO, Giotto Bizzarrini, is another Italian masterpiece, his 1966 alloy bodied Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada. Mention of the GTO brings to mind another offering, the “baby GTO”, Alfa Romeo’s Giulia TZ-1, whilst if Anglo- American muscle is your scene, there are a pair of Cobras gong across the block, whilst for real American muscle, how about a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am race car!

Definitely a wide and varied choice for discerning collectors everywhere, and Scottsdale can be easily accessed from Europe, courtesy of British Airways direct service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport from London Heathrow, which is quite literally “just down the road”.

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Keith Bluemel

David O'neill wrote
I noticed on the Anamera that you do not have the chassis #'s of the Daytona and Enzo in the Scottsdale, Arizona auction.

The Daytona is 16953
The Enzo is 128797

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