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Two classic Ferraris top £10.5 million at the Goodings’ Pebble Beach sales

The highest price of the two-day Goodings Pebble Beach auction was made by a 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California spider. The covered-headlight car has been well used, also well cared for over the years. It was used as a daily driver in the 1960s and raced in the 1970s, but has led a more sedate life recently and was to an engine rebuild and service in 2014. The matching numbers car sold for $16.8 million (£10.77 million).

Similar money was also made by a 250GT coupe. The 1962 SWB Berlinetta Speciale is a well-known car. It was displayed at the 1962 Geneva and Torino motor shows, first owned by Nuccio Bertone, and then acquired by Lorenzo Zambrano in 1980 and has been the centerpiece of his collection for 35 years. It sold for $16.5m (£10.56 million).

Although the prices are astronomical, neither of these Ferraris sold for a great deal more than anticipated. The same can’t be said for a 250GTE on offer at Pebble Beach. The 1961 Series 1 2+2 had just undergone a three-year restored to factory correct standards and was expected to sell for up to $650,000. However bidding continued up to almost $800,000 (£510,465), the highest price we’ve seen for standard versions of this model in the past few years.

Other high achievers at the Goodings sales included a pair of racing Porsches. On day one of the sale an ex-Le Mans winning 956 in striking period Rothmans livery was on offer. The car had been driven in period by some of the biggest names in racing, including Jocken Mass, Jacky Ickxx, Derek Bell and John Watson. It sold for just over $10 million (£6.5 million), exceeding its upper estimate by more than £600,000.

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The following day another Porsche, albeit with a less exciting past, also seriously surpassed expectations. A late production 1975 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, first owned by California-based Porsche dealer and racing team owner Vasek Polak, and raced just once, it was tipped to sell for $900,000, but it went for almost $1.3 million.

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By Claire Evans

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