Gooding & Company Kicks off the 2012 Auction Season with Rare, Blue Chip Italian Classics

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Gooding & Company, the world’s leading auction house for collectors of rare and exceptional cars, is pleased to announce two pedigreed Italian collector cars – rarely presented to the public – for its 2012 Scottsdale Auctions: a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone and a 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spider by Ghia. A testament to the exciting post-war designs and performance technology of Italy’s manufacturers and carrozzerie, these extraordinary Italian coachbuilt cars are in even higher demand 40-50 years later and the perfect examples of the provenance, preservation and quality that collectors desire today.

One of only 11 European versions created, the iconic 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Spider by Ghia presented is believed to be the finest example in existence.  Historically documented from new and restored from the ‘ground up’ by leading Italian specialists, this fabulous Verde Gemma sports car with saddle interior is equipped with the most desirable European factory specifications, featuring a manual gearbox, hard top, Borrani wire wheels and fitted luggage.  Its estimate is $700,000 – $900,000.

One of only 150 SVs built, this factory 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV was built according to desirable European specifications.  After its longtime California owner treated the prized car to a comprehensive restoration by the leading Miura expert, Jeff Stephan, this spectacular Miura went on to win multiple Best in Class awards.  A matching-numbers example, this Miura is finished in its original red and gold livery. Its estimate is $1.2 – $1.4 million.

These extraordinary cars will be joined by more “best-example” consignments this January, including a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe (estimate $1.6 – $2.2 million), the New York Auto Show 1969 Iso Grifo 7 Litre by Bertone (estimate$350,000 – $550,000) and a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast ($950,000 – $1.25 million).

Gooding & Company will be conducting its annual Scottsdale Auctions on January 20 and 21 at the Scottsdale Fashion Square at 68th Street and East Camelback Road. Guests may preview the cars on Thursday and Friday, January 19-20, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  An auction catalogue for $80 admits two to the viewing and auction. General admission to the viewing and auction can be purchased at the tent for $30 per person.  Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are available at www.goodingco.com or by calling (310) 899-1960.  Auctions are broadcast live at www.goodingco.com/auction.