Gooding will be unearthing some vintage competitors and a barely used road car to its 2011 Scottsdale Auctions next month: a barn find 1964 Shelby Cobra and 1965 Shelby GT350 R, 1964 Porsche 904, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, the purported lowest-mileage unrestored Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster anywhere.
Said to be the only unrestored Cobra in blue and red livery, the '64 snake spent 33 years in "storage" yet comes off as surprisingly lustworthy in spite of that. It began life as Carroll Shelby's promo car at SoCal racing venues, it was dredged up from the deep to do the Postwar Preservation Class at this year's Pebble Beach, and now expects to find a good home for somewhere north of $525,000. The '65 Shelby GT350 R is a one-of-26 was campaigned and did plenty of winning in the B-Production Championship in the sixties.
Another serious racer was the four-cam, fiberglass-bodied '64 Porsche 904. The one up for auction was used to beat Phil Hill, who was driving a Cobra, at Candlestick Park in 1965. Finally, the '62 Mercedes 300SL has so few miles that it could qualify for a barn find: 7,367 original miles in 48 years and still in the care of its original owner. And isn't there always a yellow Ferrari lurking anywhere there's a high-dollar party? This one's a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, and it just goes to show that some thing never change. The bidding will begin when the gavel goes up, January 21-22 next year. (Images © Alejandro Rodriguez/Gooding, © Pawel Litwinski/Gooding, © Scott Nidermaier/Gooding)
Gallery: 1962 Mercedes 300SL
Gallery: 1964 Porsche 904
Gallery: 1964 Shelby Cobra
Gallery: 1965 Shelby GT350 R
Gallery: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB