Gooding & Company Consigns Major Collection to Pebble Beach Auction

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (July 2, 2009) – Gooding & Company is delighted to announce the consignment of 50 automobiles from the renowned Michael Schudroff Collection, the majority of which will be sold without reserve at its annual Pebble Beach Auctions on August 15 and 16, 2009.

Consisting of fifty post-war automobiles, the collection focuses on both rare European coachbuilt sports and luxury cars and top of the line American cars. Every car is of exceptional quality, and nearly every example is either exceedingly original or restored to outstanding concours quality standards. The Schudroff Collection is in addition to Ettore Bugatti’s personal car – the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe, and the Don and Joan Lyons Collection of important historical racecars, which will also be sold without reserve at Gooding & Company’s upcoming auction.

Michael Schudroff’s many years in the fine automobile business have given him an exceptional eye for quality. In fact, he was the world’s largest factory authorized Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer for over ten years. His passion for excellence and interest in the people and stories associated with cars are reflected in his spectacular private collection – every car is either in outstanding original condition or has been lovingly restored with an extraordinary attention to detail. This stunning collection of post-war cars contains some of the most exclusive, low-production automobiles, one-off designs and highly optioned classics.

“Michael Schudroff’s passion for collecting the absolute finest examples he could find has resulted in a collection that is without rival,” said David Gooding, president of Gooding & Company. “I have never seen a collection of post-war cars that was so remarkable. Michael’s discriminating eye and knowledge led to amassing a true connoisseur’s collection.”

Highlights include two fabulous Bertone-bodied Aston Martins, the incomparable Pininfarina Corvette “Rondine”, one-off Alfa Romeos, extraordinary examples of the rare Dual-Ghias and Facel-Vegas, and a group of highly original survivors that includes a Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, a Plymouth Superbird and a 427 Corvette. There are also a number of outstanding Ferraris, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz and Bentleys, all of which will be offered without reserve. With such a diverse grouping of high-quality cars being offered without reserve, it makes for an exciting opportunity for collectors.

50 Cars of the Michael Schudroff Collection
Offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction, August 15–16, 2009:

1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Drop Head Coupe

1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283 Fuelie 4-Speed

1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 Coupe

1954 Chevrolet Corvette

1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Competition Spider

1959 Cadillac Series 64 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

1963 Chevrolet Corvette “Rondine”

1953 Allard K3 Roadster

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Convertible

1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible “Tri-Power”

1954 Kaiser Darrin 161

1962 Dual-Ghia L 6.4

1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

1958 DeSoto Firesweep Convertible

1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel-Injected Convertible

1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible Coupe

1960 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado Convertible

1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air Nomad

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado Convertible

1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

1967 Jaguar E-TypeSeries 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

1953 Packard Carribean

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner E-Code

1957 Dual Ghia

1967 Shelby GT350

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible

1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud lll Saloon

1995 Bentley Continental Turbo Convertible

1965 Rolls-Royce Cloud lll Continental Coupe

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupe

1962 Facel-Vega Facel II

1957 Facel-Vega FV2B Convertible

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet

1957 AC Ace Bristol Roadster

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spider

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra

1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS

1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet

1953 Nash-Healey Roadster

1957 Ferrari 250 GT “Low-Roof” Berlinetta

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I Vantage

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS

1956 Bentley Sl Continental Coupe

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A Cabriolet

1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe Club Sedan

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

The Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction is located at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Preview days will be from Wednesday, August 12 through Sunday, August 16, 2009. The Saturday evening auction will commence at 5:00pm and the Sunday evening auction will commence at 6:00PM. Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction catalogs are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auction. General admission to the viewing and the auction can be purchased at the tent for $40 per person. Additional auction information is available at www.goodingco.com.