Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, has announced the consignment of three extraordinary collector cars for its annual Pebble Beach Auctions...
The lots will include a legendary Mercedes-Benz once owned jointly by two of the Marx Brothers, a winning 1956 Maserati 200 SI raced by Sir Stirling Moss, and an award-winning 1951 Ferrari 340 America from the estate of devoted enthusiast Mr Gil Nickel.
Gooding & Company's internationally-renowned auctions will take place on Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15, at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.
"Cars with such incredible history and pedigree truly capture the market's attention," said David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company.
"These cars are supreme examples of rarity and connoisseurship with connections to three great marques.
"We are particularly pleased to offer cars that have rarely been seen in public or previously available on the open market, he said.
Notably car number one of Maserati's 200 series, the 1956 Maserati 200 SI was the factory works team and development car for many years.
Retaining an outstanding racing record to this day, the 200 SI participated in all the great European and South American events during its racing career, capturing podium finishes at Nurburgring, Napoli, Caraccas and Bari.
It has been driven by Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Piero Taruffi and has competed in many famed races including the Cuban Grand Prix, Mille Miglia, Monza, Targa Florio and the Grand Prix of Rome.
Most recently, the car won its class at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and has proved successful in all of the important historic events.
With extensive documentation, beautiful patina and its distinctively exposed original bodywork, this desirable 1950s 2-litre racing car will be a coveted motor sport offering at the Gooding & Company auction.