Gooding & Co Taking a Passel of Pininfarinas to Amelia Island
The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance takes place next weekend, and the ever-growing list of showcase vehicles now includes six classic cars styled by Pininfarina. The wares, offered by Gooding & Company, comprise the obligatory Ferraris including a 1965 500 Superfast Coupe once owned by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Its price is expected to climb as high as $1 million.
The two surprises, though, are international efforts from the Nash-Kelvinator dating from the mid-fifties. A silver and burgundy 1953 Nash Healey Roadster combined Nash Ambassador running gear with a Healey body from England that was then restyled by Pininfarina. It's auction ceiling is thought to be $325,000.
Then there's the 1956 Nash Rambler "Palm Beach" Coupe Special. Another cross-Atlantic collaboration, this one put a Nash Rambler running gear under a bespoke body designed by the Italian house. It is a one-of-one prototype, fully funtional, designed to be a "cutting-edge sports car with the running gear of the Rambler." And that makes perfect sense, because everybody's got a Ferrari, but nothing screams "I'm Hot!" like the little green guy above, right? Have $900,000 at the ready if you want to take it home...