Gooding & Company’s newest sale — the London Auction — is still months away, but examples of the automotive world’s most coveted models have already been added to the lineup. The event — held at Hampton Court Palace on September 3 — comes on the heels of Gooding & Company’s headline-grabbing Passion of a Lifetime auction in 2020. The company is now a long-term sponsor and the official auction of house of the UK’s Concours of Elegance.
One of the auctions headlining lots is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. A rare lightweight, aluminum-bodied example built for racing duties, this car — chassis 2021 GT — has a well-documented period race history, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 250 SWB Competizione is being offered for the first time in 20 years and has recently received an extensive restoration. The endeavor was a collaborative effort undertaken by Lanzante Limited of the UK and Ferrari Classiche. Chassis 2021 GT is also accompanied by a history report from Ferrari expert Marcel Massini. (Est: £6,000,000–£7,000,000)
Another early London headliner is a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet by Gangloff. One of just 38 Type 55s produced, this example — chassis 55230 — was delivered new in its homeland of France and remained there through World War II. The cabriolet was later exported to the United States in the early 1960s, where it was a part Bob Estes’ southern California collection for many years.
Chassis 55230 is believed to retain its original Gangloff body and matching-numbers engine, likely making it one of the best examples of the rare Type 55 remaining today. (Est: £3,750,000–£4,750,000)
The DB5 is one of a believed 65 Vantage models built and one of 123 convertibles produced. Restored by the Aston Martin factory, chassis DB5C/1906/R was first owned by Beryl Reid, a famous English actress. Having been cared for by just a handful of owners, the Aston Martin is headed to auction with a known provenance. (Est: £1,250,000–£1,750,000)
The Frazer-Nash is one of 34 examples built by the factory. Chassis 421/100/459 was first shown at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show before being campaigned in several important motorsport races, including the 1953 Goodwood Nine Hours. (Est: £700,000–£9,000,000)
Several of the stunning cars slated for Gooding & Company’s September auction will be on display later this month at the London Concours scheduled for June 28-30. The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione and 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet are among them. Gooding team members will be on-site to speak with interested parties.