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Monterey, August 15, 2010

Gooding & Company sold 13 cars over $1mio and achieved a record results with $64mio. McLaren took the opportunity to launch the new McLaren MP4-12C.

The Prancing Horse’s cars racked up no less than three world record prices in their categories this year: a 1959 Ferrari 250 California Spider Competizione LWB, which dominated the entire event, was sold for 7,260,000 dollars (5,299,000 euro) while a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB made 6,105,000 dollars(4,051,000 euro) and a 1952 340 America Spider 2,530,000 (1,846,000 euro).

Each one of the abovementioned cars is a genuinely unique gem whose very history sets it completely apart. The 250 California Spider Competizione that made the highest price in the auction, for instance, is the only LWB version of the model with an aluminium bodywork. It also includes a high profile competition CV that includes a fifth overall placing at the 1960 Sebring 12 Hour Race and class victories at the Nassau and Road America circuits. The 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, nicknamed the Hot Rod because of its extreme, competition-focused set-up, also has a fascinating life story as it was driven in the Tour de France Automobile and the Paris 1,000 Km Race in 1961 by the legendary likes of Maurice Trintignant, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier and Olivier Gendebien. The 340 America Spider is equally interesting too: it was one of the very first ever Ferraris to go to America and one of just five examples of this model bodied by Vignale.

Images Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de