1935 Duesenberg Sells For $22 Million On Pebble Beach Auction Block

35 Duesenberg SSJ

A rare 1935 Duesenberg sold at this past weekend at Gooding & Company’s 15th Annual Pebble Beach Auctions for a jaw-dropping $22 million dollars.

Gooding & Company says it realized $116,502,500 at this year’s two-day auction event. The company sold 123 out of 147 lots, an 84% sales rate, with an average price of $947,174 per car. During the sale, an astonishing 25 lots sold above the $1 million mark and 23 world auction records were established. 

1935 Duesenberg SSJ

The star of the event, a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, sold for $22 million, making it the most valuable pre-war car ever sold at auction. One of only two ever built, this is the first time an SSJ has ever crossed an auction block. This world record price illustrates the car’s historical significance and establishes a new company record for a single lot. 


“We are thrilled to set so many new world records. The prices achieved reflect the winning combination of the highest quality and never previously offered motor cars for public sale, creating a huge demand,” states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. 

2007 Porsche RS Spyder

The stunning 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider by Frua generated a world record price of $5,170,000. An impeccable 1959 Porsche 718 RSK garnered a world record price of $3,740,000, and a 2007 Porsche RS Spyder, the first RS Spyder to ever come to auction, sold for a world record $4,510,000. 

Ferraris were a big draw. The audience stood in honor of Admiral Robert Phillips as he took his last drive in his 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II after 58 years of ownership, delivering it to the auction block. After a lengthy bidding war, the French Racing Blue Ferrari sold for a world record price of $5,005,000. Gooding & Company’s selection of rare, coachbuilt Ferraris did not go unnoticed. A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta sold for $6,600,000. The stunning 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale sold for a record price of $3,410,000, and the one-of-two 1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT sold for $3,080,000. 

Lots Sold Over $1 Million From the Weekend:

  • Lot 35 – 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, sold for $22,000,000
  • Lot 53 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, sold for $6,600,000
  • Lot 135 – 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider, sold for $5,170,000
  • Lot 22 – 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II, sold for $5,005,000
  • Lot 44 – 2007 Porsche RS Spyde, sold for $4,510,000
  • Lot 51 – 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, sold for $4,455,000
  • Lot 128 – 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, sold for $3,740,000
  • Lot 48 – 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix, sold for $3,740,000
  • Lot 150 – 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale, sold for $3,410,000
  • Lot 31 – 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, sold for $3,080,000
  • Lot 124 – 1966 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta GT, sold for $3,080,000
  • Lot 132 – 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, sold for $2,805,000
  • Lot 140 – 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for $2,530,000
  • Lot 126 – 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, sold for $1,870,000
  • Lot 164 – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, sold for $1,760,000
  • Lot 14 – 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach, sold for $1,650,000
  • Lot 57 – 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, sold for $1,485,000
  • Lot 161 – 1966 Porsche 911 Spyder, sold for $1,430,000
  • Lot 177 – 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, sold for $1,320,000
  • Lot 61 – 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, sold for $1,127,500
  • Lot 147 – 1930 Packard 734 Speedster Phaeton, sold for $1,127,500
  • Lot 137 – 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, sold for $1,072,500
  • Lot 20 – 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster, sold for $1,012,000
  • Lot 112 – 1991 Ferrari F40, sold for $1,050,000
  • Lot 158 – 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8, sold for $1,001,000

Top Five World Auction Records:

  • Lot 35 – 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, sold for $22,000,000
  • Lot 135 – 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider, sold for $5,170,000
  • Lot 22 – 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II, sold for $5,005,000
  • Lot 44 – 2007 Porsche RS Spyder, sold for $4,510,000
  • Lot 128 – 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, sold for $3,740,000

Source: Press Release

Photo Courtesy: Gooding & Company/Mike Maez

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