16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction

Gooding & Co is one of the most revered auction houses present in Monterey, and the cars they sell represent the cream of the crop in automotive design and engineering.  We were like a kid in a candy shop when trying to come up with a list of best examples from this year's auction.  Really, we could have picked blindly and they would all be winners. These vehicles represent some of the best and most exclusive cars in the world; making it one of  the toughest lists we've ever had the pleasure of putting together. 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: No dream garage would be complete without an Alfa, and this is one hell of an Alfa. The meticulously maintained GTA  you see here was an actual factory race car, and was entered in the 1965 Targa Florio. Its 1.5 liter makes 175 horsepower thanks to twin Weber carburetors making it one of the best sounding 4-cylinder engines this side of the Honda S2000's F20C. Estimated Price at auction: $250,000 - $300,000 Gooding & Co says: 
  • Desirable Lightweight Competition Example
  • Genuine GTA with Known History
  • Eligible for the Most Prestigious Events Including the Tour Auto Rally
1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports "Bobtail"
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  The Bentley brothers were OG hoons. Before there was Carroll Shelby or Colin Chapman, the Bentley brothers were building amazing race cars that dominated the insane motoring events of the 1920's and 1930's. This particular Bentley took third at the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans and is a pristine working classic that could be campaigned at vintage racing events the world over. Estimated price at auction: $5,500,000 - $7,500,000 Gooding & Co says: 
  • A Two-Time Factory Le Mans Entry
  • 3rd Overall at the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • The Only Remaining “Bobtail” 4 1/2 Litre
  • Exceptional Provenance and Limited Ownership
  • Recent and Exacting Preservative Restoration
  • Ideal International Driving and Concours Event Entrant
  • One of the Greatest Bentleys in Existence
1969 Bizzarrini Manta
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: The Bizzarrini Manta is a car that was way ahead of it's time. As the first project of Giorgetto Giugairo's Italdesign, it marked a dramatic departure from his previous work and remains a cornerstone of automotive design to this day. Gordon Murray's Mclaren F1 borrows the Manta's central driving position, while nearly all Bertone  designs of the 1970's were influenced by its wedge shape.  It may be a concept car, but it's still no nonsense with a 400-horsepower Chevrolet V8 mounted midship driving the rear wheels through a ZF 5-speed gearbox. We particularly like that the rear brakes are mounted inboard to reduce unsprung weight. Clever stuff for 1969. Estimated price at auction: $1,000,000 - $1,500,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • Highly Developed Bizzarrini P538 Competition Chassis
  • One of the Most Influential Concept Cars of the 1960s
  • Featured on the Cover of Road & Track Magazine
  • First in Class at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Displayed at Goodwood, Villa d’Este, Amelia Island and Concorso Italiano
1980 BMW M1
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: Supercar snobs and spoiled journalists may snub their noses at the BMW M1, stating that it's not as good as it could have been, or as crazy as its peers from Italy. But it shouldn't be, it's German after all. The haterade aside, there are two cars that are still on my bedroom wall today; one is a Ferrari F40 and the other is the BMW M1. It's motor, the M88/1, was so advanced that it served as the base for M motors well into the 1990's. It's an incredibly important part of sports car history and exquisite piece of design as well. Estimated price at auction: $175,000 - $225,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • One of Only 456 Examples Built
  • Spectacular Giugiaro Design
  • Well-Kept, Highly Original Condition
  • Long-Term California Car with Approximately 30,000 Miles
  • An Important Piece of BMW History
1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  If there was ever a car that managed to look both sinister and regal at the same time, this Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon is it. It's almost cartoonish in its proportions with the long hood, minimal over hangs, low roofline and wheels positioned as far apart as possible. It looks like something Dick Dastardly or Rupert Murdoch would drive. Estimated price at auction:  $3,000,000 - $4,000,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • Premiere Award Winner at the 1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance
  • A Showcase for British Engineering and Coachwork
  • The Longest and Most Advanced of the 26 Double Sixes
  • One of the Most Beautiful Closed Cars Ever Constructed
  • Exceptional Attention to Detail Throughout
  • A One-of-a-Kind Monument to Automotive Extravagance
  • The Finest Car Ever Built by Daimler
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton "Blue J"
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: This car is unrestored. That's right, this 83-year-old Dusenberg has survived a World War, a major depression, the rise and fall of The Jersey Shore and the return of the electric car without so much as a respray or touch up. Powered by a gigantic 420 cubic inch straight-eight, it makes 265 horsepower at an impressively low 4,2000 rpm.  If you're a fan of patina, this car has plenty of it, and by patina we mean graceful aging, not rust. The windows have an authentic yellow tinge that only age can bring and the gauges have worn in places you would never expect. No doubt it's lived a very pampered life,  but it's a time capsule nonetheless, and something to be appreciated. Estimated price at auction: $2,000,000 - $2,750,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • One of The Finest Unrestored Model Js in Existence
  • Exceptional Character and Patina
  • Distinctive Styling with Singular Features and Design Elements
  • Unusually Genuine Model J with Original Chassis, Engine and Bodywork
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Discerning Collectors
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  This is one of the rarer Ferrari's that we, admittedly, hadn't heard a lot about until now. But it's an interesting car based on the 400 Superamerica with a special body designed by Pinninfarina. Only 23 to 25 models were ever made between 1959 and 1962  one of which was driven daily by Enzo Ferrari himself. It may not command the price of the 250 LWB's and SWB's, but we think it's a much cooler, especially since this particular car still has it's original bespoke luggage. Estimated price at auction: $1,750,000 - $2,500,00 Gooding & Co says:
  • Spectacular Ferrari Show Car with One-Off Bespoke Features
  • Owned by the Goldschmidt Family for Over 40 Years
  • Matching-Numbers Example with Three Owners from New
  • Pictured in the Books Automobile Year and Le Ferrari di Pininfarina
  • Displayed at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and Amelia Island
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  The 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider is a very rare car. So rare, in fact, that many coupes (which are by no means cheap) lost their tops to become spider conversions. The reason is clear, the  Daytona Spider is simply beautiful. Ciao bella! Estiamted price at auction: 1,300,000 - $1,500,000
  • Certified by Ferrari Classiche
  • Stunning Example of the Classic Daytona Spider
  • Multiple FCA Platinum Award and Concours Winner
  • US Spider with Factory Air-Conditioning and Becker Radio
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: The embodiment of  classic Italian racing and design. This particular model is one of the first of just 19 examples ever built, and had a long and sucessful career in racing in the United States. Estimated price at auction: $3,750,000 - $4,500,00 Gooding & Co says:
  • One of the Most Beautiful Italian Sports Cars of the 1950
  • Displayed at the 1980 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Featured in Phil Hill’s Ferrari: A Champion’s View
  • Complete with Matching-Numbers Engine
1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: The 250 GT SWB California Spider that appeared in Ferris Beuller's day off is the only reason I ever watched the movie. Though the SWB (short wheelbase) is prefered because of the improved handiling, we still think the LWB (long wheelbase) is the one to have. It is, after all, a grand tourer making it a hell of a ride for long distance Ferrari tours. Estimated price at auction: $7,000,000 - $9,000,00 Gooding & Co says:
  • One of Only Nine Alloy-Bodied LWB California Spiders
  • Delivered New with Competition Specifications, Disc Brakes and Covered Headlights
  • Exacting Restoration by Noted Ferrari Specialist David Carte
  • First in Class at the 1994 FCA Nationals
  • Sherman Wolf’s First Ferrari and a Fixture in the Collection Since 1979
  • Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massin
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  The 288 GTO was intended to be Ferrari's Group B rally car, unfortunately the FIA got scared and killed the classification before Ferrari ever had a chance to race the GTO. It's powered by an earlier version of their twin-turbo V8 making 400 horsepower on full boost. An improved version of which was later found in the F40, but the 288 GTO benefits from the beefed-up tough guy looks that the F40 just doesn't have. Estimated price at auction: $750,000 - $900,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • The Original Limited-Production Ferrari Supercar
  • The 12th of Only 272 Examples Built
  • Documented Two-Owner Example
  • Approximately 9,650 Kilometers (6,000 Miles) from New
  • Featured in the 1990 Road & Track Calendar
1964 Ford GT40 Prototype
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: This original Ford GT40 was part of Ford's entry in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. It's still powered by the amazing sounding 289 Shelby V8 making 380 horsepower. Estimated price at auction:  $5,000,000 - $7,000,00 Gooding & Co. says:
  • The Fourth GT40 Prototype and the First to Receive a Lightweight Chassis
  • One of Two to Podium in the GT40’s First Completed Race, Resulting in a Third Overall at the 1965 Daytona Continental
  • Driven by Hill, McLaren, Bondurant, Miles, Schlesser, Ginther, Attwood, Amon and Other Works Drivers
  • The Second-Oldest Surviving GT40
1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopica
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: The Countach was the official coming out of the Italian supercar. Though the party didn't really get crazy until later versions like the  L500 QV of the 80's with their huge scoops, flared fenders and ridiculous wings; they're a bit too much for us (me, in this case). Personally, the smooth lines of the original Bertone design are much, much, much better looking. Unlike later Countach's, the LP400 could actually be the topic of conversation instead of the subject of scorn. This particular car has been restored by the Lamborghini factory with help from no other than Valentino Balboni himself. Estimated price at auction: $650,000 - $750,000 Gooding & Co. says:
  • One of 150 Examples Produced
  • One-of-a-Kind Factory Livery
  • European-Delivery Example
1959 Lancia Flaminia Sport
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: Modern Lancia's may not exactly get your blood pumping, but from 1955 through the early 1970's Lancia, with the help of Italy's greatest designers, made some incredibly cool cars. They weren't particularly fast but they looked fantastic and made all sorts of fantastic noises. This Flaminia Sport is one of those cars. As one of 99 Zagato-bodied cars, it features the design house's signature double bubble roof, and smooth flowing bodywork, making the Flaminia a highly sought after piece of Lancia history. Estimated price at auction: $375,000 - $450,00 Gooding & Co says:
  • An Extremely Stylish and Sophisticated Italian Sports Car
  • Faithfully Restored to the Highest Concours Standard
  • 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award Winner
  • Arguably the Finest Restored Example in Existence
1960 Porsche RS60
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it:  The Porsche 550 spyder is recognized as the beginning of Porsche's illustrious motorsports history. But Porsche has always been a company obsessed with incremental and continuous improvement of it's cars. The Porsche RS60 is the final evolution of the midengine, four-cylinder spyder formula. Weighing in at only 1,300 pounds, it was a serious weapon in the hands of legends like Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Dan Gurney. Estimated price at auction:  $2,250,000 - $3,000,00 Gooding & Co. says: 
  • Illustrious Racing Record with 12 Class Wins in Just Four Seasons
  • One of Only 14 Customer RS60s Bf
  • Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example
  • One of the Finest RS Spyders in Existence
1968 Toyota 2000 GT
16 Must Have Cars on Sale at the 2012 Gooding & Co. Auction
Why we like it: The 2000 GT is the only Toyota, outside of the Lexus LF-A, that can keep company with all the other cars on this list. Easily one of the best looking cars to ever come out of Japan with a handmade all alumnium body, it features incredibly low slung and taut lines that are missing in modern cars. Only 351 were ever built, only 84 were available as left hand drive models, and only two were ever made into convertible for the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.  It's an incredibly rare and sought after piece of automotive history that will likely continue to appreciate overtime. Estimated price at auction:  $400,000 - $500,000 Gooding & Co says:
  • The First Japanese Supercar
  • Less than 9,000 KM from New
  • A True Icon Among Japanese Automobiles
  • One of the Most Beautifully Executed Sports Cars of the 1960s
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