Like the other auction companies on the Monterey Peninsula this year, Gooding & Company returned with a strong showing in 2021 after holding a quieter online sale last August. Day 1 of Gooding’s two-day, 128-car auction in particular saw a slew of huge, above-estimate, above-price guide results, prompting one of our colleagues to call it a “feeding frenzy” of bids.
By the end of the action on Saturday, four of the 10 most expensive cars of the week had been hammered sold at Gooding by inimitable auctioneer Charlie Ross. The were a few major misses like the Alan Mann Ford GT40 (not sold at a $5.1M high bid) and the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR (not sold at a $7M high bid), but record prices were a regular occurrence for everything but the most expensive car of the week—the 1995 McLaren F1 for $20,465,000 – to one of the “cheapest” – a 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 for $134,400. The McLaren, the Land Cruiser, and others are all outlined below in detail and with market insights.