Gooding & Company displayed four of their best and wonderfully designed at the Rodeo Drive Concours dâ€™Elegance this weekend. Each of the cars have been consigned to the Gooding & Company annual Pebble Beach Auction that will take place this August.
This exclusive selection included the spectacular 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider coachwork by Scaglietti, the very rare 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America coachwork by Pininfarina, the exceptional Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport coachwork by Zagato, and the original 1914 Stutz Bearcat.
Gooding & Companyâ€™s cars were only a few out of the 100 other cars at the 2008 Rodeo Drive Concours dâ€™Elegance, themed â€˜Haute Wheels: Celebrating Car Couture.â€™ The event took place on the 300 and 400 blocks of North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and was open to the public.
â€œWe are delighted to preview highlights from our Pebble Beach Auction consignments at the prestigious 2008 Rodeo Drive Concours dâ€™Elegance,â€ said David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company. â€œThis Concours has proven to be a very successful, well-attended annual event with an impressive showcase of cars.â€
One of Gooding & Companyâ€™s Pebble Beach Auction star cars is the impressive, multimillion dollar 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. An archetypal 1950s Ferrari, this award-winning vehicle was ordered new by H.R.H. Prince Vittorio Emanuele de Savoia, the last prince of Italy. A touted veteran of the show field, it won Best in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours dâ€™Elegance in 1991 and earned the Classic Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic in 1999. Many connoisseurs feel that this is one of the most beautiful cars of its era.
One of only 240 Lancia Aurelias ever built, the superb Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America has the mark of elegant coachwork by Pininfarina and represents the chosen favorite among the aristocrats of the 1950s including film star Gary Cooper. It has a stunning appearance and will no doubt attract a lot of attention at the Rodeo Drive Concours dâ€™Elegance as well as at Pebble Beach.
Built for touring and competition alike, the supercharged 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider with coachwork by Zagato is a most beautiful and sought after Alfa 6C 1750. It bears a fascinating history, was raced by World Champion racecar driver Phil Hill at Laguna Seca and is a veteran of the modern Mille Miglia, which it ran in 1998 and 1990.
The 1914 Stutz Bearcat, commonly known in collecting circles as â€œThe Koveleski Stutz,â€ will also be featured at the Rodeo Drive Concours dâ€™Elegance. The Bearcat is revered as one of the first great sports cars, capable of an stonishing top speed of nearly 80 miles per hour. This rare car will be for sale for the first time in 60 years.