Global auction house Gooding & Company will return to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace to conduct its London Auction on September 3. As the official auction partner for the weekend, the firm has brought together an exceptional assortment of the world’s foremost classic cars, including some from the most important names and eras in motorsport. Included in the long list of significant examples from the greatest automotive marques in Europe and the UK:
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.8 RSR (Estimate: $2M-$2.6M)
Porsche’s dominance in the prototype era and the start of a GT racing program culminated in the early 1970s with the introduction of highly successful models and variants. In 1973, a decade after the 911’s debut, Porsche unveiled the Carrera 2.7 RS, a homologation special that kickstarted a legendary line of race cars. The 2.8 RSR was an evolutionary machine, incorporating a roster of technical improvements. Visually, the 2.8 RSR distinguished itself with its massive fender flares, central-oil-cooler air intake, and ultra-wide Fuchs wheels.
Chassis 0885, to be offered here, was supplied new to the Oldenkott-Tobacco and campaigned by the Kremer Racing team in the 1973 European GT Championship with primary driver Clemens Schickentanz, who won outright. 0885 would continue its impressive racing career by placing eighth overall at the 1974 Le Mans 4 Hours, in addition to entering the 1974 and 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS (Estimate: $1.2M-$1.5M)
Debuting at the Paris Salon de l’Automobile in October 1964, Ferrari’s 275 GTS and 275 GTB marked a new era—the first-ever Ferrari road cars equipped with a fully independent suspension and a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle. Powered by the new tipo 213 engine, the 275 GTS featured Pininfarina bodywork, and had a top speed in excess of 140 mph. In total, just 200 examples were built during a two-year production run, with the majority delivered to the US.
The European-specification 275 GTS presented here, chassis 07019, was the 28th 275 GTS built, and came finished in the rare color combination of Bianco (White) over black leather upholstery and red carpets. First delivered to Madrid, Spain, to a private custodian, 07019 remained in its original ownership for 23 years. In the last several decades, this 275 GTS has seen very little use, and in more recent years, has been kept in static storage. Today, it presents in as-found, non-running condition, with just 44,938 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (Estimate: $1.3M-$1.5M)
As the road-going iteration of the racing cars that catapulted Mercedes-Benz to the highest echelons of motor sports during the early 1950s, the 300 SL Gullwing coupe remains a landmark of design and engineering prowess. The exceptional 1956 300 SL Gullwing presented here was sold new on the West Coast of the US, and went on to join the collections of various American owners throughout the years. This gorgeous Gullwing, finished in Elfenbein (DB 608, Ivory) over red, underwent a full body-off restoration in the 1980s and 1990s, executed to the highest standard. In more recent years, the Gullwing returned to Europe under its current ownership.
1959 Lancia Flaminia Sport (Estimate: $470,000-$590,000)
The Lancia Flaminia was the successor to the Aurelia, carrying over the unitary chassis, V-6 engine, and four-speed gearbox that was mounted in-unit with the rear De Dion axle. The Flaminia was the first Italian car equipped with disc brakes—an option at first, and then as a standard feature soon after. In 1959, the Sport was added to the lineup, featuring a lightweight body designed and built by Zagato. The early Pre-Series Flaminia featured covered headlights, the famous Zagato “double bubble” roof, and pop-up door handles.
After the first 99 examples were built, a second series of the Sport was introduced with open headlights and a revised dashboard. The example offered here is one of the desirable, early Flaminia Sports, finished in Bruno Tropicale (Tropical Brown) with a tan leather interior. Throughout the years, this example has enjoyed a restoration under the supervision of Lancia specialist Gilberto Clerici, and has also been upgraded to full 3C configuration with three fitted Weber carburetors. It is believed that only around 30 of the 99 Pre-Series Flaminia Sports survive today.
The Gooding & Co. London Auction will also proudly present a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, a car specially competition prepared for historic racing and eligible for many major events including the Tour Auto and Goodwood Revival; a legendary racing 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I, one of only seven works cars ordered by the Ford Competitions Department from Lotus; a 1959 Stanguellini Formula Junior ordered new by Briggs Cunningham and presented with an extensive, well-documented US and European racing history; and more.
The auction will also include two highly significant competition engines: a Ferrari 246 F1-66 Tipo 228 V-6 developed for world champion John Surtees to campaign in the 1965 Tasman Series that went on to lead several Grands Prix, score podiums, and break lap records in 1966; and a Ferrari 250 GT engine and gearbox recently rebuilt to produce 256 bhp at 7,000 rpm.
“I am thrilled with the selection of prestigious cars we have consigned to our London Auction,” said Gooding & Company European Sales Consultant, Joe Twyman. “This special grouping of historic road going and competition cars presents such a strong variety across both price point and genre, and caters to all manner of tastes and preferences.”
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