Gooding & Company has many special Italian cars consigned to its August 19-20 Pebble Beach Auction, but one particular car should tell us a lot about the highest end of the market.
The car is a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series 1 coupe Aerodinamico. That alone is a great car, but this one is really special. How so?
This car is the only Pininfarina-bodied, short-wheelbase 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico with an aluminum body. The car also has the coveted covered headlamps.
But, perhaps most importantly, this car has tremendous provenance, is mostly unrestored — and well preserved — and has less than 15,000 miles on the clock.
Its first owner was the famous Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata, founder of Scuderia Serenissima. The car has won awards at Pebble Beach, Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America International Meet Concours.
So, this car ticks many, many Ferrari boxes. What will it bring at the Gooding tent in the Pebble Beach Parc du Concours? The pre-sale estimate is $4 million to $5 million.
Yet, as a good friend likes to say: “Where will you find another one?”