Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction
Each year, Gooding & Company follows the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to Monterey, bringing with them an exceptional docket of consignments. This year is no different, with everything from a Ferrari LaFerrari to a 1939 Bugatti 57C, all waiting to be sold to the highest bidder. Our Team of leasing experts will be watching the Gooding’s auction closely to see what new precedents are set in the automotive marketplace. Here are a few of their top picks.
Lot 23‘s Porsche 964 is a favorite of our Southeast Sales Manager, Chris Warren. As a 964 Turbo S, this 911 produces 385 bhp from its 3.6 liter flat six. But this isn’t any 911, it’s a Flachbau. The unique front-end was a Porsche Exclusive option installed on only 76 cars. All it takes is a flattened nose to turn a wonderful driver’s car into a museum piece.
Keith Neelans, Premier’s Northeast Sales Manager and preeminent Porschephile, has his eye on the 356B at Lot 146. Painstakingly restored and outfitted with desirable upgrades, this sporty two-seater is fresh off the concours green. It’s twin grille specification refers to the split vents over its rear-mounted 1.7 liter Porsche four-cylinder.
Even though it’s not road legal, West Coast Sales Manager Juan Garcia can’t help coveting the Porsche 917K at Lot 44. It’s not a model, nor a replica, it’s a real piece of Porsche racing history. While this particular 917K may never participated in Le Mans the race, it did get quite a bit of screen time in Le Mans, the movie. Its association with Steve McQueen and sheer significance in automotive culture has pushed this racer’s estimate into 8 figures.
Michelle Yancey, Premier’s Southwest Sales Manager, has her eye on Lot 5‘s Porsche 356 Speedster. There are few models more romantic than the Speedster. As a cheap, bare-bones alternative for aspiring racers, the 356B Speedster sacrificed comfort and reliable weather protection in pursuit of speed. This example is unrestored, standing the test of time thanks to fastidious stewardship.
Premier’s corporate headquarters in Woodbury, Connecticut, is watching the 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 at Lot 4. Built to compete with the likes of Rolls-Royce, the 600 is truly over-engineered. Its considerable mass is no match for the 6.3 liter V8 under the hood. High pressure hydraulic suspension ensures a smooth and level ride over any surface. The same system provides power windows, doors, and even a self-closing trunk. Just don’t get your fingers caught.
Lease from Auction with Premier
Premier is your perfect partner for the Monterey auctions. Our Simple Lease conserves your capital for thriftier uses and gives you the freedom to keep your car or terminate early. If you’re planning on bidding at any of the Monterey auctions, call Premier to get pre-approved, but not before you brush up on the auction basics.