Star cars include a 1955 Porsche 550/ 1500 RS Spyder, 1967 Porsche 906E, Mike Hawthorn’s 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, George Reed’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette “Race Rat,” 1988 Porsche 959, and the iconic 1948 Tucker #1034 featured in Coppola’s Hollywood hit film.

Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, is delighted to announce its latest group of star car consignments for the highly-anticipated Amelia Island Auction on March 9.  In response to market demand for exceptional vintage automobiles, Gooding & Company’s specialists carefully selected a final round of extraordinary cars just before the auction catalogue closed for print.  Collectors and enthusiasts may now look forward to the following cars crossing the block: 1955 Porsche 550/ 1500 RS Spyder, 1967 Porsche 906E, Mike Hawthorn’s 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, George Reed’s 1960 Chevrolet Corvette “Race Rat, 1988 Porsche 959, and the 1948 Tucker Torpedo #1034 that was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s hit film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. 

“Before every auction is finalized, the specialists and I take a good look at what the market is receptive to and what hasn’t been offered lately to gauge what else we should consider presenting to the collecting community,” says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company.  “With the exciting addition of consignments such as the Porsche 550 Spyder, Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe and 1948 Tucker #1034, we are honored to present the most exciting selection of collector cars we’ve ever had at our Amelia Island Auction.”

Following a successful Scottsdale Auction in January that heightened everyone’s awareness and interest in the healthy state of the collector car market with 98% sold, a strong spotlight will be cast on Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction where many leading marques and models may set new value expectations for the market moving forward. For a complete list of the cars consigned in Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction, visit our online catalogue featured on



 1955 Porsche 550/ 1500 RS Spyder

  • Porsche’s legendary four-cam sports racer
  • One of the most genuine 550s in existence
  • Delivered new to Hoffman Motors of New York
  • Well-documented provenance and restoration
  • Accompanied by an unrestored, matching-numbers engine
  • Offered with original owner’s manual, MSO and comprehensive history file
  • Successful Colorado Grand and California Mille participant
  • A welcome entrant at the finest historic gatherings, concours and events
  • Chassis: 550-0062/ Engine installed: P90546/ original unrestored engine no.: P90066
  • Estimate: $2.2 – $2.6 million

1967 Porsche 906E

  • 1967 Porsche works 12 Hours of Sebring entry
  • The 1967 USRRC Under Two Liter championship winner with Otto Zipper and Scooter Patrick
  • Five overall victories and six class wins in USRRC, SCCA and other venues
  • One of four long-nose short-tail variants
  • A refined late-production 906E
  • Beautifully-executed restoration to Otto Zipper’s specifications
  • An ideal international Concours and driving event entry
  • Chassis no. 906-159/ engine no. 910-032
  • Estimate: $1 – $1.25 million

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe

 Formerly the property of talented racing driver Mike Hawthorn

Used by Hawthorn for practice at the 1953 Mille Miglia

  • Factory-upgraded triple carburetor arrangement
  • Elegant touring coachwork in original light-blue livery
  • Tested in the September 1953 Issue of Motor Sport
  • Meticulously researched ownership history
  • Displayed at Cavallino, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
  • Eligible for the finest automotive events including the Mille Miglia, Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza and the Colorado Grand
  • Matching-numbers and Ferrari Classiche certified
  • Chassis no. 0143 E/ engine no. 0143 E

Estimate: $1.3 – $1.6 million


1960 Chevrolet Corvette “Race Rat

 Formerly owned by George Reed, proprietor of RRR Motors

  • 1st in Class at the 1960 12-Hours of Sebring
  • Unquestioned history and provenance
  • Faithfully restored by Corvette specialists
  • One of only ten 1960 Big-Tank production Corvettes
  • 2009 NCRS Heritage award recipient
  • Offered with impressive file of documentation
  • Eligible for leading historic events, tours and Corvette gatherings
  • Chassis no. 00867S104420/ engine no. 104420
  • Estimate: $450,000 – $550,000


1988 Porsche 959

  • A rare, street-legal 959
  • Exceptional performance and road manners
  • Limited production of just 284 cars
  • Low-mileage, exceptionally well-kept example
  • Fitted with the Canepa Design Phase II Upgrade
  • VIN: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900153

Estimate: $400,000 – $500,000


1948 Tucker 48

  • One of the finest examples of the historic Tucker Torpedo
  • One of 12 originally finished in Waltz Blue Metallic
  • Approximately 5,200 Miles and just four owners from new
  • Believed to have been a promotional car for the Tucker Company
  • Maintained in a family collection for 27 Years
  • Featured in the film: Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • Chassis no. 1034/ engine no. 33541
  • Estimate: $950,000–$1,300,000

    Gooding & Company will be conducting its annual Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2012 at 11 a.m., at the Racquet Park located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation at 6800 First Coast Highway in Amelia Island, one mile south of the Amelia Island Parkway. Guests may preview the cars on Thursday, March 8th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, March 9th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  An auction catalogue for $75 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 or by calling (310) 899-1960.  Auctions are broadcast live at

    About Gooding & Company
    Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management.  In the past two years, Gooding & Company has realized the most prestigious automotive records in the world for a Car Sold at Auction with the iconic 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype at $16.39 million, an American Car at Auction with the 1931 Whittell Coupe Duesenberg Model J at $10.34 million, and the undisclosed private treaty sale of the world’s Most Valuable Car with the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. The auction house ignited 2012 when it achieved extraordinary results at its annual Scottsdale Auctions in January with more than $39.8 million in sales and 98% sold.

    Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at and a virtual auction guide is published via Gooding & Company’s IAC award-winning iPhone and iPad app.  For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.  Renowned for its annual standing as the official auction house for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Gooding & Company will return to Pebble Beach, California on August 18 & 19, 2012.




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