Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, reveals significant classic offerings for The Pebble Beach Auctions. These high-quality classics from legendary marques exemplify sophistication and style, and are pinnacles of automotive engineering and design.
“I love studying early automotive engineering and design, and admiring the work of true craftsmen. These are not simply rare cars, but expressive works of art that continue to inspire us, especially when you explore the details,” states David Gooding, President, and Founder of Gooding & Company. “We are honored to present these distinguished automobiles and the people and historical events that surround them.”
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer
The S-Type 26/180 is among the greatest of all Mercedes-Benz touring cars and was the brainchild of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. Producing 180 HP, S-Types had a burly 6.8-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that was mated to a Roots-type supercharger, which engaged when the accelerator was fully depressed. Only 146 S-Types were produced between 1927 and 1928, a fraction of which survive today. The car presented here is one of the most sporting of all, with its custom coachwork by prominent coachbuilder Gläser, and is believed to be a one-off design. Presented today in a gorgeous yellow body with swooping black accents and fenders, chassis 35920 has been with the same family since 1964 and is a veteran of numerous concours, tours, and rallies. Although the Gläser Tourer is a true showpiece, the owners did not just take their prized Mercedes-Benz out for events, but would often use it for family errands, making it a common sight around the owner’s hometown. Though this car has been driven and enjoyed with regularity over the last fifty years, it has also been dutifully maintained and was recently restored by the renowned D.L. George Coachworks Ltd. of Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Gooding & Company is proud to be entrusted by the estate of a private collector with presenting this truly unique Mercedes-Benz S-Type. An opportunity to own such a rare, stylish, and sophisticated Tourer may not present itself for another fifty years.
1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet
The Bugatti Type 57 was introduced in 1934 and is widely regarded as a masterpiece from the hand of Jean Bugatti. The beauty of these cars was not just held by the striking coach built bodies; under the hood was an eight-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts, which was an Art Deco sculpture in itself. This Bugatti Type 57C was manufactured in Molsheim, France, in August 1939, but was not initially stamped with a chassis number as sales of new chassis had stopped due to impending WWII. The car was eventually numbered when the chassis was sold to a friend of Jean Bugatti in 1941, by that time the factory had moved to Bordeaux, France, and the business was being operated under German occupation. It is believed to be that 57841 is the very last Type 57 chassis number assigned. With spectacular coachwork by Letourneur et Marchand, history chronicled by respected Bugatti historians, exceptional provenance, and coming from ownership spanning over 30 years, chassis 57841 is a most significant Bugatti.
1937 Maserati 6CM
One of the great manufacturers of voiturette racing cars was the small firm established by the Maserati brothers in Bologna, Italy. When they released the Maserati 6CM in 1935, the car broke new ground in design with its independent torsion bar front suspension and supercharged twin-cam inline six engine. The Maserati 6CM presented here, chassis 1540, has a rich, well-documented history and was sold new to Giovanni Rocco, a racing driver from Naples, Italy. Rocco proved his remarkable driving abilities with this car at the 1937 Targa Florio where he set the fastest lap time of the race. This 6CM then went on to be enjoyed by multiple owners, including respected collector Raymond Fielding, who lovingly cared for 1540 for over three decades beginning in 1969. Today, the car is presented in a very attractive silver livery and was displayed at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. This historic and genuine car has been carefully documented by Dr. Adolfo Orsi Jr., and is eligible to compete in the world’s premier automotive events, including the Goodwood Trophy, the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, and many other racing series in Europe and the US.
The Pebble Beach Auctions
Dates: Friday, August 18 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Location: Equestrian Center, Corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA Public preview: Wednesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 19
Auction catalogues: $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions Phone: 310.899.1960
Live auction broadcast: www.goodingco.com