David Gooding knows a little something about the value of collectible cars. Having grown up among Las Vegas's famed Harrah Collection as a boy – his father was the curator of that automotive treasure trove – Gooding learned about classic vehicles not from slavering over photos, but from touching, cleaning, and driving actual Duesenbergs, Rolls-Royces and, Pierce-Arrows.
Now, as president and founder of the automotive auction house that bears his name, Gooding & Co, he creates and oversees a series of annual auctions at which the most beautiful and – in the case of a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype, which sold in 2011 for $16.39 million – the most expensive cars in the world trade hands.
With the cars of the contemporary era – the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s – officially becoming eligible to be considered "classics," a whole new generation of vehicles has begun appearing on his auction stands. In 2013, high-profile modern vehicles such as a 1990 Ferrari F40, a 1995 Ferrari F50, and a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS crossed the block and achieved astounding prices.
But beautiful and potent as they are, Ferraris are an obvious choice for future collectibles. And as intrigued as we are by the rise of formerly shunned Italians like the delicate Dino – one of which Gooding just sold for $363,000 – not everyone has Ferrari money. So when we ran into Gooding at the recent classic car Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, we took a stroll around the show field and asked him to use the vehicles displayed there as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the next generation of rising collectibles. Here are six in particular to watch for.
BMW 3.0 CSL (1972–1975)
We've always thought the BMW E9 to be one of the brand's most elegant designs, and Gooding agrees. He credits these cars' desirability to the deep-seated passion people have for the BMW brand and their connection with the brand's driving heritage. Gooding singles out the lightweight, homologation-special "L'"cars, as "the most desirable of the run." The one (pictured) that sold at a recent auction for $63,250 was, in his words, "not the best possible example," given a bit of corrosion detected in the body (a common problem with the Karmann coachwork of that era), but Gooding is still bullish. "We might see another, more ideal E9 in an upcoming auction that would go for beyond this one's sale price," he says.
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