By David Undercoffler
7:44 AM PST, December 15, 2012
If you're a weak-willed millionaire car buff, you may want to stop reading.
Santa Monica-based Gooding & Co. this week announced several more multimillion-dollar highlights it's bringing to the annual Scottsdale, Ariz., auction in January. The total haul includes a pair of rare Ferraris, an early racing Porsche and a prototype Maserati.
The classic car auction company is one of several that hosts auctions every January in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Other companies include RM Auctions, Bonhams, and Russo and Steele. The largest is Barrett-Jackson, a company whose televised auction could sell 1,000 cars over its six-day run.
During Gooding's auction, which it will hold Jan. 18 and 19, the company will hope to continue its five-year streak of selling the highest-valued car at the Arizona auctions.
The car it hopes will do that is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. The long-wheelbase convertible is one of only 50 built and features a 3.0-liter V-12 making at least 250 horsepower. The car has been certified by Ferrari as a matching-numbers example and has been shown at elite car shows including Pebble Beach.
"It's near perfect, absolutely spectacular," said David Gooding, president and CEO of Gooding & Co. "It's got an incredible color scheme that's quite rare."
The car is estimated to fetch between $5.5 million and $7 million if it sells at auction. Other highlights of Gooding's auction include:
1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider prototype: This one-off prototype had early racing success in 1954 before being retrofitted as a potential new road car for Maserati. The company eventually decided against putting the car into production because it was too expensive. This model weighs only 1,900 pounds and has a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 190 horsepower. It's estimated to sell for $3 million to $4 million.
1959 Porsche RSK: This small, open-top silver racer is one of only 37 built. It's street legal and features a flat four-cylinder engine making 140-150 horsepower, impressive numbers considering that it weighs only 1,200 pounds without any fluids in it. It's estimated to sell for $2.8 million to $3.2 million.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale: This fixed-roof model is a more conservative version of the other 250 GTs from this era. It also has a one-off custom body by designer Pinin Farina, which makes it more exclusive. The car is powered by a 3.0-liter V-12. It's estimated to sell for $1.7 to $2.1 million.
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