A stable of exquisite Ferraris have joined the lineup for Gooding & Company’s 2023 Amelia Island Auction, slated for March 2 and 3. The two-day sale will based at the Racquet Park, Omni Amelia Island Resort.
Leading the pack is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider in the one-off color scheme of Azzurro Metallizzato over a Naturale Connolly Vaumol leather interior. One of 56 short-wheelbase Cal Spiders produced and one of 37 with desirable covered headlights, chassis 3099 GT was first displayed on Luigi Chinetti’s stand at the 1962 New York International Auto Show before being shipped to California.
In 1970, the Ferrari was acquired by collector Rudi Klein. Two years later it was purchased by well-known Ferrari collectors Charles Betz and Fred Peters. The two had the car restored in the early 2000s with painter Stan Betz commissioned to color-match the stunning exterior color. Finished in 2004, it was first shown at the 40th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Concours at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA. It has since appeared at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the 2006 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, where it won the Platinum Award and Judge’s Cup.
Chassis 3099 GT was Classiche Certified in 2008, confirming it retains its matching-numbers engine, bodywork, gearbox and other major components. Excluding a showing at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the 2020 Cavallino Classic, the Cal Spider remained mostly unseen since joining an important collection of Ferrari models.
Also crossing the Gooding & Company stage is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta. A rare, covered headlight example, chassis 0909 GT is the seventh of 36 single-louver TdFs produced. While under ownership of Swiss collector Carlo Vogele in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the car was Ferrari Classiche Red Book Certified as retaining all its original components.
Purchased by the consignor in 2017, chassis 0909 GT was then fully restored by Motion Products Inc. of Neenah, WI. The freshly restored car was debuted at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Some of the numerous accolades awarded to the TdF include the Platinum Award at Cavallino Classic, and Best of Show and the Enzo Ferrari Memorial Award at the Ferrari Club of America Nationals in 2019.
The earliest of the Prancing Horse offerings is a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II. The Ferrari is one of 12 spiders built on the 250 MM chassis by legendary design house Vignale. The car is further notable as the first of three produced with dramatically staggered seating and a 150-liter long-range fuel tank. The combination was likely requested by the first owner of chassis 0274 MM, Florentine race car driver Piero Scotti. A frequent at both hill climbs and circuit races, the 250 accumulated an extensive race history in the ‘50s which includes both the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
Chassis 0274 MM was owned by American collectors P. Paul Pappalardo and Bob Rubin before being acquired by the Jess Pourret Ferrari Collection in 1987. It would remain there for more than thirty years where it was treated to a complete restoration by DK Engineering in the early 1990s. The Amelia Island auction represent the first time the car has been available for sale in more than 35 years. Additionally, the 250 MM will be available for viewing at Gooding & Company’s display at Salon Rétromobile in Paris from February 1 to 5, 2023.
Further Ferrari highlights headed for Amelia Island are a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. Also not to be missed is the 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast, a short-nose 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB and 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona offered from 32 years of single family ownership.