Gooding & Company came back strongly after the “Geared Online” auction they presented in lieu of their usual Pebble Beach auction in 2020.
This was in many ways a typical Gooding auction with many transactions taking place at eye-popping prices and their McLaren F1 capturing the week’s top sale. Even million dollar lots did well. Thirty lots were bid to a million dollars or more; twenty-three of them, 76.7%, went to new homes. In 2019, the most recent comparable live auction year, eleven of seventeen million dollar lots sold, 64.7%.
With a total sale that was roundly $34 million more than 2019, Gooding mirrored the other Monterey auctions’ increased totals. It may have been only the sixth highest Pebble Beach total in Gooding’s history, but it was a monumental recovery from 2019.
There were notable cars everywhere which – while covering three other auctions in a four-day span and resting up for Dawn Patrol at the Concours on Sunday – made viewing all the good cars a challenge.
Here are the numbers:
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Rick Carey, Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold described 59 of the 129 cars offered. Showing exquisite sensitivity to market trends, the described cars include 13 of the 16 cars that didn’t sell. At least we managed to capture impressions of 25 of the 30 lots bid to $1 million or more. The auction report is sorted here in lot number order.
Lot # 5 1938 Richter Offenhauser Midget; S/N AAA108; Black/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Competition restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Post-block sale at $164,643 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $184,400. – 110/125hp Offenhauser, dual Winfield carburetors, in-out gearbox, chrome suspension, disc style centerlock alloy wheels Firestone tires, rear wheel brakes. – One of a few cars built by Roy Richter, later owner of Bell Auto Parts, Cragar wheels and Bell helmets. Raced by Sam Hanks with great success and later authenticated by Hanks before being restored for Donald L. Weber. Good paint, older chrome starting to rust. On display for years and will need extensive work before it can be driven, but will look good in any race car display as it is. – The Sam Hanks history is what sold this car for such a grand sum of money, but it is a history that deserves to be preserved even at this cost.
Lot # 9 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser Midget; S/N O107; Engine # 427; Dark Blue, White accent/Black vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $103,600. – 110/145hp Offenhauser, dual Riley carburetors, in-out gearbox, 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, torsion bar suspension with hydraulic lever shocks, chrome suspension, Halibrand quick change rear end. – A Kurtis Kraft kit built by Eddie Meyer for Murrell Belanger and driven by Johnnie Parsons, Sam Hanks, Joe Carson, Tony Bettenhausen and others. 1949 West Coast Midget champion driven by Parsons. Restored by John Ryals for Don Weber in the mid-80’s and not run in decades. Good paint and upholstery. Older suspension that is aged and starting to rust. – A handsome and historic Offy Midget with a list of desirable features, advanced specs (although not the Hilborn fuel injection cited in the catalog specs) and a quality old restoration that is holding up reasonably well for its age. Someone who wants to race, or even demonstrate, it will however spend a bundle making up for the years of static display, something that is probably not going to happen at this price.
Lot # 10 1992 Ferrari F40 Coupe; S/N ZFFMN34A7N0093518; Rosso Corsa/Red cloth; Estimate $1,700,000 – $2,200,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,625,000 plus commission of 10.19%; Final Price $2,892,500. – 2936/478hp, 5-speed, fitted luggage, car cover. – Very good paint and body. The centerlock wheel nuts are scuffed from removal, and the clamshell latches have paint wear and are oxidized where the paint was worn off. The engine bay is clean and does not show excessive wear or use. The driver’s seat cloth is very stretched and baggy looking however the rest of the interior is in good condition. An attractive F40 from a distance, but lets down a bit on the little details, especially for a car showing just 2,327 miles. – It is difficult to say why this F40 brought such a magnanimous, over-top-estimate price. The miles are modest, but there are plenty of other F40s (including at least one other in the Monterey auctions) with fewer miles. The condition is not nearly as good as the mileage would lead us to expect and the result is unreasonably expensive.
Lot # 11 1984 Porsche 911 Rinspeed 969 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZES000380; Pearl White/Gray, dark gray leather; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $235,200. – 3,299/300hp, 4-speed, Gotti wheels, P Zero tires, sunroof, roof spoiler, power Recaro seats, Pioneer stereo with remote control set into the steering wheel. – One of about a dozen 930-based Rinspeed 969s which, believe it or not, are one of Rinspeed’s less outrageous designs. Out of long-term ownership, showing just 9,721 miles, and represented with a service history. Paint blemish and a chip on the right headlight door. Bits of what looks like adhesive coming out from the bottom of the stuck on rear scoops. The “969” script on the tail is done in what looks like little more than fancy electrical tape, and it’s wrinkled. Crack on the back of the roof spoiler. Nearly immaculate interior, full of custom touches, including that fantastic (and maybe distracting) remote in the steering wheel. This car is either the best or the worst of 1980s design, depending on who you ask, but nobody could ever call it boring. Donald L. Weber collection. – Often a highlight of the Geneva Motor Show, Swiss company Rinspeed has built everything from a custom utility vehicle with an actual crane in the back to a fully functional Lotus Elise-based electric submarine. The 969 is one of Rinspeed’s earliest models, looking the like the product of a 911’s and Ferrari Testarossa’s summer fling. This sale is of little relevance to the wider vintage 911 market, but the estimate-beating result further confirms the interest in ’80s automotive kitsch and unusual hard-to-find cars in general.
Lot # 14 1951 Kurtis Kraft K4000 Indy Car; S/N 342; Black, “Bardahl”/Black leather; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $440,000 plus commission of 11.14%; Final Price $489,000. – 270/350hp Offy, Hilborn fuel injection, 2-speed Offenhauser gearbox, 4-wheel disc brakes, disc centerlock alloy wheels, Firestone tires, transverse leaf spring suspension with hydraulic lever shocks, chrome suspension. – Driven by Sam Hanks to win the 1953 AAA National Championship. Very good paint with painted graphics. Good upholstery. The suspension is shiny and shows barely any age. Old tires. Restored some time ago and regularly used by Don Weber in demonstration events until 2019. – In those years a Triple A National Champion had to be versatile, running Indy, short tracks and dirt to build up sufficient points over a season. This is one of those versatile cars, and it proved its versatility with Sam Hanks’ 1953 Championship. It has more recent on-track history than most of the Don Weber cars and has an illustrious history. It met an enthusiastic and knowledgeable reception here, with an over-the-top estimate result.
Lot # 15 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig Special Coupe; S/N ZFFTA17S000062833; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Original, modified for competition or performance 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $197,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $221,200. – 4,942/380hp, 5-speed, BBS wheels and Koenig suspension, P Zero tires, Momo steering wheel. – Large piece of tape across the bottom front lip, and there are scrapes underneath it. A few cracks in the rest of the paint but nothing too serious. Lightly worn seats that match the age and 15,182 miles showing. There is a Prancing Horse on the right rear wheel lock but not on the other three. The tires are way too old to drive on very far. A wild and very `80s custom from one of the period’s most famous tuners, but far from immaculate. It has little recent maintenance history, so service should be at the top of the next owner’s to-do list. Donald L. Weber collection. – And once it’s sorted, this car will rule Radwood. Eighties excess is still popular, and the sale price here is well above what even immaculate unmodified Testarossas are selling for lately not to mention exceeding Gooding & Company’s usually generous estimate range.
Lot # 17 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Koenig Special Coupe; S/N ZFFJA09B000052909; Rosso Corsa/Tan, Red leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Original, modified for competition or performance 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – 4942/340hp, gold BBS wheels, Koenig suspension, Dunlop tires up front, Pirellis in back, Momo steering wheel, Pioneer cassette stereo, tool kit. – Showing 12,954 miles. Crunch on the left side of the front air dam and a strip of red tape across the whole bottom of it. A few paint blemishes on the driver’s door and rear wing. Lightly worn seats and switchgear. A well-kept and hardly driven `80s tuner exotic. Not immaculate, and neither are the other two out of this collection, but it’s still cool to see. Donald L. Weber collection. – Like the Koenig Testarossa out of this collection, this BBi brought a healthy premium for its rarely seen ’80s body kit and Radwood potential. Slapping a body kit and fancy wheels rarely makes your car worth any more and in fact usually makes it worth less, but here’s an exception and one of few cars from the Weber collection not to bring an over-estimate price.
Lot # 18 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser Midget; S/N Engine No. 448; Red/Black; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $81,200. – 110/145hp Offenhauser, Hilborn fuel injection, in-out gearbox, Airheart rear wheel disc brakes, torsion bar suspension with tube shocks, kidney bean centerlock alloy wheels, side-mounted oil tank. – Built on a Frank Kurtis frame by Cal Niday, notable for surviving a crash at the 1955 Indy 500 while wearing one of the first Bell helmets. Restored for Donald L. Weber in the 1980’s by Gary Schroeder. Not run in at least two decades. Good paint and interior. Older chrome and aluminum suspension. Aged but holding together well. Donald L. Weber collection. – The history this Midget is less notorious than others from the Weber collection but its condition is consistent and its components are all that anyone could want in a Midget. It brought a hefty price for a race car with no known race history, a tribute to the collection it came from and its build quality.
Lot # 23 1953 Kurtis Kraft 500C Offenhauser Indy Car; S/N; Red, “Filter Queen”/Black leather; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $257,600. – 255/400hp Offenhauser, Hilborn fuel injection, 2-speed Offenhauser gearbox, 4-wheel disc brakes, kidney bean centerlock alloy wheels, Firestone tires, Joe Hunt magneto, torsion bar suspension, tube and lever front shocks, lever rear shocks. – Built up from a bare frame and cowl with dash panel. No known race history and no connection with the Filter Queen Special livery that it wears. Very good paint and upholstery, aged suspension. Donald L. Weber collection. – The bidders ignored the saleroom notice that undid the catalog description and cut the estimate range in half and instead valued this bitsa for the sum of its parts and its wonderful design. Indy roadsters seem always to be immaculately turned out and this is, aside from its restoration’s age, a good example.
Lot # 26 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupe; S/N 3378; Engine # 1739; Rosso Miura/Black vinyl; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000; Concours restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,725,000 plus commission of 10.29%; Final Price $1,902,500. – 3929/350hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo wheels, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, Jaeger gauges, books and tools. Polo Storico certified. – Matching numbers and fully known ownership history. Restored in 2018 by Carrozzeria Cairati in Milan to immaculate standards. It’s a perfect early Miura top to bottom and likely looks even better than it did when it left Sant’Agata in 1968. – The Miura is the most collectible regular production Lamborghini, and its values have appreciated rather quickly, even relative to other classic Italian thoroughbreds. But relative to later Miuras (the P400 S and SV), the early series P400 is the least powerful, the least refined, the least comfortable, and technically the least desirable. This one’s stellar concours-ready presentation, however, was hard to ignore and it brought a massive price. A new auction record for a P400, in fact, and nearly 600 grand more than Neil Peart’s less than perfect silver P400 S brought at Gooding the following day.
Lot # 27 1973 Land Rover Series III 88 Wagon 4×4; S/N 25901527B; Marine Blue, White roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 2,286/70hp, winch, BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, rear-mounted spare, mud flaps. – Delivered new in Maine to Richard Paine, who founded the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Original and showing 5,800 miles, which are represented as actual. The paint is faded and has had scratches filled on the top of the passenger’s side fender. The underbody has been resprayed over previous corrosion. The interior is clean and shows light aging, however the steering wheel has visible wear. A carefully but not immaculately preserved Rover. – Sold at a sizable but not exorbitant premium for its originality and mileage.
Lot # 28 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe; S/N 1980406500278; Engine # 1989806500271; Elfenbein/Red plaid cloth; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.42%; Final Price $1,325,000. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, original Karl Baisch fitted luggage, belly pans, Becker Mexico radio, books and tools. Includes a set of red leather seat cushions. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Excellent paint, body and brightwork. The engine compartment and underbody are very clean and show little use. The interior appears freshly restored and has no wear at all. Not restored yesterday (actually thirty years ago) but nevertheless needs nothing. A very attractive 300SL. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2001 for $225,500, then again in 2003 for $236,500. The odometer has added about 3,300 miles since 2003, but the car has been exceptionally well-maintained and shows at least as well today as it did twenty years ago. A quarter million dollars was a representative result two decades ago, but this $1.3 million price is representative in 2021.
Lot # 29 1995 McLaren F1 Coupe; S/N SA9AB5AC9S1048029; Creighton Brown/Light leather and Alcantara, Brazilian Brown accents; Estimate $15,000,000 -; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,600,000 plus commission of 10.03%; Final Price $20,465,000. – 6,064/627hp BMW-based V-12, 6-speed, silver painted alloy wheels, Goodyear F1 tires, fitted luggage, books, tools. – 390 kilometers from new and pristine. A unique McLaren F1 color that may or may not appeal, named after McLaren Cars, Ltd.’s commercial director. First delivered to Japan. Last serviced by McLaren in 2008. U.S. imported in 2013 under a Show and Display exemption and federalized at JK Technologies. Still has its original fuel cells and Goodyear Eagle tires (not a positive attribute) and comes with the original Euro-spec catalytic converters and other devices replaced during federalization. Impeccable, although the lack of recent service is troubling. – The Monterey week’s top transaction, and while it topped the week’s results it was the only lot of the top ten sales to be built in 1995 or later. Established classics and heroic racing cars of earlier eras still rule and the McLaren F1 is, if anything, an aberration that stands on its own as a triumph of concept, design and execution. This is a magnanimous result.
Lot # 31 1986 March 86C Indy Car; S/N 86C12; Engine # DFX255; Red, “Red Roof”/Black carbon fiber; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.38%; Final Price $1,435,000. – 2,650/700hp Cosworth DFX, 5-speed. – 1986 Indy 500, CART and Indy Car Championships driven by Robby Rahal. Just out of 31 years of single ownership. Old tires. Aged chassis. Well-restored but historic race used. Very good paint and graphics. – One of many cars here in Monterey this week that brought exceptional prices based not on their condition but on their competition history when new. Without the championships this March is worth a tenth of what this car brought.
Lot # 34 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Trans Am; S/N 7N163378; Sunoco Blue, Yellow stripes/Black leatherette; Estimate $1,400,000 – $2,000,000; Competition restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $950,000. – 302/450hp, 4-barrel, 4-speed, 5-spoke alloy wheels, polished rims, gold lettered Firestone tires, power disc brakes, woodrim steering wheel. – The first of six Sunoco Camaros built by Penske Racing for Mark Donohue and George Follmer. Superb paint, chrome, interior, chassis and engine. Better even than when it was built by Donohue and Penske. – It is difficult if not impossible to imagine an historic race car presented in better condition than this Camaro. It is beyond comment, better than perfect in every respect. The bidders didn’t get it with this parsimonious bid, but it is difficult to balance perfection in condition with the desire to take the car to the track.
Lot # 36 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, Body by Pinin Farina-Scaglietti; S/N 1235GT; Engine # 1235GT; Red, White, Green stripes/Beige leather; Estimate $10,000,000 – $12,000,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,850,000 plus commission of 10.05%; Final Price $10,840,000. – 2,953/250hp, three Weber 36DCL3 carburetors, velocity stacks, cold air box, performance camshafts, limited slip axle, 136-litre long range fuel tank, external fuel filler, Pirelli tires, unrestored hardtop, covered headlights. – Built for Dott. Ottavio Randaccio with extensive competition features. Excellent fresh paint by Moal Coachbuilders, chrome and interior. The underbody is restored to better than new but not overdone. – There’s not much period racing history for this exceptional 250 GT LWB Cal Spider given the first owner’s disappointment that he didn’t get, among other things, the Testa Rossa spec engine he ordered and sold it in disgust soon after it was delivered, but with its outstanding specifications it remains a singular Ferrari and, it must be said, a relatively good value at this price. Besides, it is seriously good looking and purposeful.
Lot # 37 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Roadster; S/N 648335; Engine # 705315; Pink/Wicker; White vinyl top; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – 633/29hp, 4-speed, hub caps, Yokohama tires, original books and tool kit. – Represented as one of about 100 600 Jollys left. Restoration finished in 2019 and won its class at the Zoute Concours that year. The chrome is a little tired, and the headlight bezels are quite tired. Good paint but some orange peel on the tail. Good, clean new wicker. The hub caps look original. Very clean underneath. There are Jollys with more money poured into them, but this is still perfectly good to drive to the beach and show off. – A little car aimed at people with a lot of money (this one was bought new by a Roman family to use at their beach house in Portofino), the Fiat 500/600 Jolly has always been something of a status symbol. It reliably charms people out of six-figure prices, and a high-end car auction almost isn’t complete without a Jolly in the catalogue. This Barbie pink 600, despite its flaws, defied expectations and brought a huge result. It isn’t a world record price, but it isn’t far off, either.
Lot # 39 1966 Ford GT40 Alan Mann Lightweight Coupe; S/N AMGT1; Red, Gold, White stripes/Black leather; Estimate $7,000,000 – $9,000,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $5,100,000. – 289/425hp, four 48IDA Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Halibrand centerlock alloy wheels. – Developed by Alan Mann Racing based on new modified chassis with aluminum elements and bodywork. Raced at Sebring, then the Le Mans test weekend in 1966 then superseded by Ford in favor of 7-Litre Mk IIs. This one (of two built) sold to Holman & Moody, then private owners and restored after being seriously bent. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2019 and shown at Amelia Island. Good paint but lightly orange peeled all over. Good interior. The engine and chassis are like new. – An interesting diversion on the part of Alan Mann Racing to build a more refined and lighter GT40, but one that led nowhere, much like the J-Car (J-9) that was bid to $2.4 million at Bonhams on Friday. Both the estimate and the reported high bid for this car are meaningless. If there was real money at a fifth of the reported high bid it should have been taken with gratitude.
Lot # 40 1932 Hudson Martz Special Indy Car; S/N 930587; Engine # 27598; Red, Blue graphics/Brown leather; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 11.92%; Final Price $291,000. – 257/150hp Hudson eight, dual carburetors, 3-speed, wire wheels, Blockley tires, Detroit Lubricator 2×1 carburetors, 4-wheel brakes, full width Plexiglas windscreen. – Gooding’s catalog refers to this Indianapolis period as the “Stock Block” era. Others call it the “Junk Formula”. Built by Jack Mertz in Saginaw, Michigan, it drove to Indy in 1933 and failed to qualify. In 1933 Gene Haustein finished 15th with it, then finished fourth at the Elgin Road Race. Later restored for Buck Boudeman. Very good older paint, chrome and interior that is better than the engine and chassis. – This is a fascinating result for a homebuilt Indy Car from this period, a car that defies the appellation “sophistication” and achieved no notable results in competition.
Lot # 42 1980 Porsche 935 K3 Coupe; S/N 00000027; Black, “Interscope”/Black cloth; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,000,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,750,000 plus commission of 10.29%; Final Price $1,930,000. – 3,163/800hp, twin turbo fuel injected Porsche six, 4-speed, Gold center centerlock BBS wheels – Originally raced by Ted Field’s Interscope team, typically driven by Danny Ongais and this car was gifted to him when Interscope disbanded. Later acquired by Jay Policastro and used to win the HSR Thundersports championship. Restored by Gunnar Racing in 2003, raced in Europe, then sold to the present owner which might be inferred to be David MacNeil from the C. MacNeil painted over the door. Prize winner at Amelia in 2021 after being actively raced in historic events. Excellent paint. Professionally built, restored and maintained and better than new. – The Kremer brothers’ 935 K3 is legendary, fast and successful at all levels of racing and 0027’s preparation and presentation are Weathertech meticulous. It has a good if not spectacular racing history, the recognizable livery of a successful team and is a good value at this price. It is sure to be a thrilling driving experience even with the turbo boost turned way down.
Lot # 44 1966 Lola T90 Indy Car; S/N SL902; White, Red, “Bowes Seal Fast”/Black leatherette; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,400,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $825,000. – 255/425hp 4-cam Ford, 4-speed, black centerlock alloy wheels, Firestone tires, comes with a starting cart and spare bodywork. – Jacky Stewart’s 1966 Indy 500 car (Rookie of the Year and leader with 10 laps to go when the engine lost oil pressure, eventually placed 6th in the vastly depleted field), pole and first at the Fuji 200, driven the rest of the season by Al Unser, Sr. Later owned by David Uihlein. Very good paint, older seat insert and chassis. Competently restored to race ready condition. – An historic car even though in its middle life it was thought to be Graham Hill’s 1966 Indy winner and competently presented, it has no recent on-track history cited and probably needs extensive attention which may account for the relative lack of interest shown by this result.
Lot # 45 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SII Coupe Aerodinamico, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 4251SA; Engine # 4251; Green tinted Silver Grey/Green leather; Estimate $2,200,000 – $2,600,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,300,000 plus commission of 10.22%; Final Price $2,535,000. – 3,967/340hp, 4-speed, overdrive, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, fitted luggage, covered Marchal headlights. – Restored in 2005 and winner of several awards in high level concours over subsequent years, then driven on long distance tours. Excellent paint, chrome and lightly stretched upholstery. The engine compartment is meticulously restored and maintained but no longer fresh, an observation that also applies to the underbody. A wonderful restoration with careful miles since it was done, freshly serviced and new tires. – Offered by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2001, a mere twenty years ago, where it had a mellowed older restoration and no-saled on a reported bid of $260,000. It has been extravagantly restored since then, and the world is a very different place where bespoke Ferrari values reside. The bidders liked this 400 SA, and for good and sufficient reason. It is visually distinctive and has performance to match its design.
Lot # 46 1957 Maserati 200SI Sports Racer, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N 2423; Red/Blue cloth; Estimate $4,000,000 – $4,500,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $3,300,000. – RHD. 2,490/235hp, Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors, 5-speed, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Vredestein tires, driver’s head fairing, wraparound Plexiglas windscreen, fire system, AutoMeter tach, SW gauges, Carello headlights, comes with a 2-litre engine, original fuel tank and spares. – Raced when new by Joe Sheppard for Gaylord Jackson. Stored at Sheppard Motors until 1970 then acquired and raced by a variety of owners, with Chuck Wegner winning the Ferrari-Maserati Historic Challenge in 2004-ish. Fitted with a 2.5 litre engine in 2008, the original disassembled engine (with cracked bearing webs) is included. Good paint. Chipped, scratched windshield. driver’s shoulder belts removed. Chassis is chipped and road used. Orderly and prepared for road use. – A good example of one of Maserati’s most successful sports-racers but without significant international racing history that would make it much more valuable. The reported high bid here is a credit to the 200SI’s significance and takes into account this chassis’ history.
Lot # 48 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210003255; Engine # 19898210000206; White Gray, Graphite Gray hardtop/Black leather; Tan top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,800,000 plus commission of 10.18%; Final Price $3,085,000. – 2,996/250hp, 4-speed, hardtop, Rudge-style hubcaps, Pirelli Cinturato tires, Talbot Berlin mirror, original radio, Hepco luggage, books and tools. – Built during the final week of 300SL production. Represented as matching numbers. Restored at Paul Russell in 2018 but not overdone, and does show a few flaws like some paint chips in the wheels, some paint blemishes in the hardtop, very light pitting on the hardtop chrome and a dull windshield frame. Even so, it has no major needs and a late disc brake, alloy block roadster is a highly desirable configuration for an SL. – While this is an exceptionally fine example of the ultimate evolution of the 300SL the result of this transaction is also exceptional, setting a new record for the model that’s over half a million dollars more than the next highest auction result. It’s a car that will be enjoyed with pride but the price paid may linger in the back of the new owner’s mind and deter it from being exposed to the vicissitudes of road use.
Lot # 50 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK Strassenversion Coupe; S/N WDB2973971Y000020; Silver/Black leather; Estimate $8,500,000 – $10,000,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $7,000,000. – 6,898/604hp V-12, 6-speed paddle shift sequential gearbox, carbon ceramic brakes, air conditioning, SPS tool chest, owner’s manual, service booklet, spare keys, first aid kit, air compressor, torque wrench. – The ninth of 25 built, 1,442 km from new and almost like new. The homologation version of M-B’s CLK with comparable horsepower but fully road equipped and luxurious. – A seriously mean and purposeful looking car, about as practical on the road as an old steam locomotive. Sold by RM here at Monterey in 2018 for $4,515,000. The reported high bid here represents a $2.5 million increase (over 50%) in just three years and should have been enough to see it moved on to grace someone else’s car collection, a car that is unlikely ever to see five digits on its odometer.
Lot # 51 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N B24S1156; Engine # B241210; Black/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,000,000. – 2,451cc/130hp V-6, dual 2-barrel Weber carburetors, Nardi intake, 4-speed transaxle, woodrim steering wheel, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, underdash temperature gauge, Carello headlights. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Restored several times over the years and frequently used in various historic events and tours including the Mille Miglia Storica. Very good fresh paint and upholstery. Bashed wheel nuts. Good chrome. An older restoration with fresh paint and upholstery. – This Spider America has been passed around frequently but each owner has chosen to use it and attend to its mechanical and cosmetic needs consistently which shows just how enjoyable the Spider America is. It sold at Bonhams Monaco in 2005 during its Emerald Green phase for $297,905, then at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2010 for $506,000. RM offered it at Monterey in 2018 where it was bid to $875,000 but did not sell but then sold at Bonhams Scottsdale auction in 2020 for $810,000, still in Emerald Green. The 12,178 miles showing on the odometer have almost all been accumulated since 2005. The reported high bid here is realistic, particularly in light of the Spider America offered at Bonhams which was bid to a comparable $1,050,000 also without selling. Bidders are expressing a different value opinion from consignors.
Lot # 54 1958 BMW 507 Roadster; S/N 70110; Silbergrau/Red leather; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,800,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,000,000. – 3,168/150hp, 4-speed, Rudge wheels, whitewalls, hardtop, Becker Europa radio, books and tools. – One of 218 Series II models with a roomier interior and front disc brakes. Delivered new in Venezuela. It spent most of its life in Europe, then was restored in the mid-2010s. Has replacement engine and gearbox. Very good paint and brightwork for the most part, but there are a few tiny chips at the back edge of the driver’s door and the rear bumper chrome looks much older than the front. Lovely interior other than lightly wrinkled seat bottoms and a small crack in the steering wheel. A stunning car in any condition, and this car is only let down by its lightly aged restoration and non-original drivetrain. – A commercial failure when it was new and for many years undervalued despite its stunning looks, the 507 has only come into its own as a serious seven-figure collector car within the past decade. Good examples have been selling in the $2M range lately, and this one got a high bid of exactly $2M on the block, so why it was refused is unclear.
Lot # 55 1997 Porsche 993 GT2 Coupe; S/N 0480026; Engine # 327; White, Lavender accent/Black cloth; Estimate $600,000 – $800,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $460,000. – 3,600/600hp twin turbo, 6-speed, Recaro seat, Sparco steering wheel, white BBS centerlock one piece wheels – 1997 GTS-2 and 1998 GT2 IMSA champion for Schumacher Racing after being sold to the team by Porsche as a bare tub. Top 10 finishes at Sebring and Daytona. Very good paint. Raced but spotless and race-ready. – An extreme example of private teams’ penchant for creating their own variations on Porsche’s successful racing cars. There were several in the Monterey auctions ranging from the Glockler-Porsche at Bonhams through various 935s and privately built 962s. This is a little different since it looks like a 993 but with little under the silhouette related to its Porsche ancestor. The bidders didn’t think it was worth as much as a factory-built GT2 despite its racing success and excellent presentation.
Lot # 56 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 Wagon 4×4; S/N SALDV3249VA106154; Coniston Green, White roof/Gray cloth; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – North American spec (NAS) Defender with 3,950/182hp fuel injected V-8, automatic, brush guard with Hella off-road lights, BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires. – With the original owner until earlier this year and showing just 27,124 miles. The hood has a few small chips across the front edge as well as the fender above the headlights. The brush guard has some oxidation at the mounting points. The underbody has dirt, dust and oxidation but the interior is surprisingly free of wear. An above average truck and an inherently desirable NAS Defender. – The Land Rover Defender had a long production run…in the rest of the world. Here in the States, we only got the Defender for the 1993-97 model years, but we got the best-equipped ones. The main draw for NAS Defenders is that they a 3.9-liter V-8 when other markets got mostly four-cylinder diesels. They were also very expensive when new, so only about 700 were sold. Demand for Defenders is high enough among American enthusiasts today, however, that people are importing older Defenders from abroad. Defender prices in Britain are even rising partly as a result of that demand, but NAS models remain in a different ballpark when it comes to value, and low six-figures has been the going rate for good examples for a while now. This was an appropriately strong result for a Defender 90 with minimal use.
Lot # 58 1990 March-Porsche 90P Indy Car; S/N 90P005; Blue, White “Foster’s”/Black duct tape; Estimate $350,000 – $500,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $310,000 plus commission of 11.61%; Final Price $346,000. – 2,649/725hp single turbo Porsche V-8, 5-speed, old tires, plastic wheel discs. – Driven by John Andretti in 1990, dnf at Indy with three top-10 finishes during the season. Very good paint and chassis. Some paint blisters, scratches on the left rear suspension. Competently prepared to race car standards. Run at the 2019 Indianapolis Historic Racing exhibition. – The variety of Indy cars at Monterey this year was unprecedented and this is one of the more interesting and unusual if generally unsuccessful when new. It’s also one of the least expensive and a car that will occupy a proud place in any Porsche collection.
Lot # 110 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S109652; Engine # 3109652 F0212RE; Sebring Silver/Red vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 11.52%; Final Price $368,000. – 327/340hp L76, 4-speed, power brakes, hub caps, AM radio. – Out of the “Silver Surfer” collection of late Rush drummer Neil Peart. Restored shortly before he bought it in 2011. Excellent paint and body. The engine compartment is fully restored and the underbody is excellent. The interior is in fantastic condition and shows little to no use. Probably the least exotic car out of Peart’s collection but condition-wise it’s probably the best. – There was indeed a rush here for several of the lots from Peart’s mostly silver (six are silver, his Cobra is black) collection, but not all of them. His Aston DB5 stalled at a middling $560,000 high bid and didn’t sell. His Italian cars and his Cobra sold at prices appropriate to their condition. His E-Type brought an estimate- and price guide-smashing $318,500. But his Corvette was the biggest winner of them all. A normal Split Window with this equipment and condition should have a 1 in front of its price, not a 3. Celebrity premium is hard to quantify in the old car market. Celebrity ownership doesn’t necessarily make a car more valuable. Except when it does. Two bidders just had to have this one and it is expensive.
Lot # 111 1973 Maserati Ghibli SS Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N AM115492428; Silver/Tan leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $245,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $274,400. – 4,930/335hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo wheels, Michelin XWX tires, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning (converted to R134a), Philips cassette stereo, Talbot Berlin mirror. – Ex-Neil Peart out of his “Silver Surfer” collection. Originally sold in Switzerland, finished in Marrone Corrado over Senape (Mustard). Older replacement engine. Decent paint and chrome other than a long crack running down the left front fender. The wheels look a little beat up and the rear glass is lightly scratched. Faded dash top and lightly worn leather. Desirably equipped and the celebrity history doesn’t exactly hurt but in essentially driver condition. – No big rock star premium here, just a driver-condition replacement-engine Ghibli SS bought at a market-appropriate price.
Lot # 112 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster; S/N CSX2234; Engine # 3513; Black/Black leather; Estimate $900,000 – $1,000,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,050,000 plus commission of 10.48%; Final Price $1,160,000. – 289/330hp with dual quads, 4-speed, Stewart Warner gauges, wire wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, woodrim steering wheel, wind wings, tonneau cover. – From the Neil Peart “Silver Surfer” collection, even though it’s painted black. An original rack-and-pinion car, it was first sold in California finished in red over black. Restored in the mid-2000s and purchased by Peart in 2015. Very good paint and bodywork. The engine bay and underbody show little indication of serious use. The driver’s seat has some creases, but nothing excessive. A very attractive Cobra with rock star provenance. – Appropriately bought for the condition and equipment. Several cars out of the late Rush drummer’s collection brought a rock star premium, but not this one.
Lot # 113 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon; S/N DB51690R; Silver Birch/Black leather; Estimate $650,000 – $725,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $609,091 plus commission of 10.82%; Final Price $675,000. – RHD. enlarged 4.2-liter engine with triple Webers, ZF 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, two Talbot Berlin mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, Smiths dash clock, Motorola pushbutton radio. – Ex-Neil Peart out of his “Silver Surfers” collection and apparently the first classic car he bought. Decent older paint and chrome with some chips on the nose and front of the hood as well as a crack near the right mirror. Quite a bit of dirt behind the headlight covers. The windshield is delaminating very slightly at a few edges. Lightly scratched and dinged window frames. Slightly uneven door fit. Significant but livable wear to the leather, and the dash looks original. Tidy with light road wear underneath. A driver-quality Bond-spec DB5. – Hammered not sold at a $560,000 high bid, then reported a few days later at this final price. It’s still a somewhat modest number for a mostly good and celebrity-owned DB5 sold at an auction with plenty of deep-pocketed Aston Martin fans. Then again, they may have been distracted by Lot 41, a cleaner Silver Birch DB5 in more desirable LHD. It sold for $819,000.
Lot # 118 1914 Stutz Bearcat 4E Runabout; S/N 2250; Engine # AI779; Yellow, Black accents/Black leather; Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,500,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,650,000 plus commission of 10.19%; Final Price $2,920,000. – RHD. 389/60hp Wisconsin T-head four, 3-speed, nickel trim, monocle windshield, electric lights, Klaxonet horn, luggage trunk, dual rear-mounted spares, Phinney Walker clock, Warner speedometer, Stutz MotoMeter. – Acquired new by Thomas Ives Hare Powel of Newport, Rhode Island. Sold in 1936 to Smith Hempstone Oliver, later curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s transportation collection. Driven by Ralph Mulford in the old-timers exhibition at the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup. Later restored for Winthrop Rockefeller and displayed at Petit Jean Mountain, then to Bill Harrah who sold it in 1976 to James Conant. Sound old edge chipped paint. Good nickel and chrome. Dry, cracked wood spoke wheels. An honest but aging Stutz. – Sold here in 2006 from the Conant estate for $715,000 in essentially the condition in which it is today and with only about 500 more miles in the intervening fifteen years. One of few Bearcats with an unassailable, never separated, history, a car that deserves to be preserved and maintained as it is without being fluffed up for a concours and a sound value in this transaction.
Lot # 120 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 5915GT; Engine # 5915; Blu Notte/Tan leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,350,000 plus commission of 10.37%; Final Price $1,490,000. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, two Talbot Berlin mirrors, woodrim steering wheel. Classiche certified. – Represented as one of the last 10 Lussos built. Sold new in Rome then went to the US in 1968. Work in the late 1990s included restoration of the body and new upholstery plus a mechanical restoration with forged pistons, high-lift cams, and lightened flywheel. More restoration work in the 2000s, then prepped for and completed the Texas 1000 rally last year. Shows some scratches and blemishes in the front bumper. Several minor rock chips in the windshield. Adhesive seeping out from the bottom of the windshield molding, and the same with the rear glass. Scratched up mirrors. Some chrome flaking off the wheel nut ears. Very good paint with no issues. Very good interior. Used as an event car but certainly not beaten on. Little flaws don’t take much away from the sheer beauty of a light blue Lusso. – Everyone (except Bonhams) has had a Lusso among their Monterey offerings and the results are consistent among them with the best cars bringing better money. The unusual color of this example contributed to its value, although not necessarily to appreciating the sublime lines of the Pininfarina-penned Lusso coachwork.
Lot # 121 1928 Packard 443 Phaeton; S/N 230575; Engine # 230593A; Black, Red accent/Oxblood leather; Dirty top; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $78,400. – 385/109hp inline eight, single carburetor, 3-speed, black wire wheels, Depress Beam drum headlights and sidelights, Packard Motometer with Goddess of Speed, dual sidemounts, spotlight. – Beautifully preserved largely original car with solid paint and upholstery. The top is filthy, however. The engine compartment is equally unrestored but has had the old dirt and grime scraped off. – A singularly impressive and superbly preserved old car with sporting and lightweight Phaeton bodywork for optimum performance. It would be fascinating to drive and see how a never-disassembled car almost a century old handles, an experience the new owner should be able to have without undue concern at this reasonable price.
Lot # 122 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe, Body by Murphy; S/N 2369; Engine # J-235; Merlot/Cream leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $3,000,000 – $4,000,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,600,000 plus commission of 10.14%; Final Price $3,965,000. – 420/265hp eight, 3-speed, wheel covers, Firestone blackwalls, dual chrome horns, cowl lights, suicide doors, two rear-mounted spares with cloth covers, wood running boards, altimeter, Jaeger clock, rumble seat. – Represented as one of three dual spare convertible coupes by Murphy and one of two extant. Known ownership history. ACD certified. Bought new by socialite Esther Fiske Hammond. Restored by Randy Ema and won its class at Pebble Beach in 2019 with a 100-point score then earned the CCCA Trophy. It shows little to no use since then, and who are we to argue with the Pebble judges? It’s gorgeous top to bottom, and the engine bay looks like jewelry. – A rare body style and immaculate condition proven at the country’s premier concours made this Model J one of the highlight’s of Gooding’s 2021 Pebble Beach auction and it was the third most expensive prewar car of the week behind an ultra-rare Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S Type at Bonhams and a Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix car that was also at Gooding. It deserved to be expensive.
Lot # 124 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Coupe; S/N WP0CA2A16FS800652; Matte Black, Martini graphics/Black; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,525,000 plus commission of 10.33%; Final Price $1,682,500. – 4,593/887hp, 7-speed automanual, Acid Green calipers, Weissach package, front axle lift, Burmester stereo, window sticker ($1,009,275) documented – Factory paint to sample Metallic Oryx White then got a factory-applied wrap in this matte black and Martini livery. 973 miles and like new. – This wrapped 918 sold for $1,732,000 at the RM Sotheby’s New York City sale in 2017, then for a $1,534,000 at RM’s Petersen Museum sale in 2018. Like the McLaren P1, the 918 hit the collector car market with strong sales, some even around $2M, then settled down once demand softened. With two similar results in three years for this one, it looks like the mid-$1M range is the realistic and steady number for low-mileage 918s equipped with the lightweight Weissach package.
Lot # 126 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe, Body by Frua; S/N 2140; Engine # 2140; Black, Light Blue roof/Cream leather; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,250,000; Unrestored original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,300,000. – 1,986/160hp six, three Weber DO4 carburetors, 4-speed, silver painted outside laced Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop tires. – Represented as matching numbers engine, displayed at the 1956 Paris Motor Show. Formerly in the Baillon Collection. Chipped, peeling paint, rusty wheels, cracked old tires, sound surface cracked upholstery. Decent gauges. Original chassis and underbody. Starts and runs beautifully. Sound and complete. Preservation Class 2nd place award at Pebble Beach. Completed the 2021 California Mille where it must have been one of the stars of the traveling road show. – Sold by Artcurial from the Baillon Collection of fabulous but derelict automobiles at Retromobile in 2015 for $2,169,624 and mechanically resuscitated since, a rare combination of preserved old cosmetics and a thoroughly restored driveline and chassis. The consignor’s decision not to sell at the reported high bid here is understandable in light of the original cost and subsequent work but it will take a special buyer to appreciate its combination.
Lot # 130 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 07675; Engine # 07675; Giallo Fly/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,250,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,625,000 plus commission of 10.31%; Final Price $1,792,500. – 3,286/240hp, 5-speed, outside laced Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, alloy spare wheel, engine internal number 666/64. – Short nose body. Raced in Italy when new but later with a number of owners, with various color schemes. Originally Argento Metalizzato, now with a good recent repaint in Giallo Fly. Erratic chrome, blistered trunk hinge. Good lightly worn upholstery. Even panel gaps. Doors puff. An ordinary, driver quality short nose 275 GTB – This is all the money for this 275 GTB, an ordinary price for an ordinary example, even in flamboyant Fly Yellow which these days is much more appealing that “Resale Red”.
Lot # 131 1952 Allard J2X Roadster; S/N J2X3042; British Racing Green/Brown leather, Tan cloth; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $201,600. – Cadillac 331/255hp, three Stromberg carburetors, chrome wire wheels, Michelin X tires, Brooklands aero screens, engine-turned dash, custom diamond-stitched carpets, Bluemels banjo spoke steering wheel, removable rollbar. – Restored by an Allard expert and a proven event car. Represented with a 3-speed but fitted with a later Hurst shifter that shows 4. Solid paint with a handful of very minor cracks. Chipped Dzus fasteners and around the roll bar brace hole. Some road wear showing on the frame and suspension. Solid interior with little discernible wear. Restored to high and expensive standards then driven as intended, including ten times in the Colorado Grand. It isn’t all factory correct, but it’s a well-presented J2X. – Sold shortly after its restoration was completed in 2005 for $216,000 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Despite the age of its restoration, the recent transactions for other Allards and this one’s proven reliability on long driving events make it look like one of Monterey 2021’s few real bargains.
Lot # 133 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix; S/N 4938; Engine # 192T; Light Blue/Brown leather; Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,500,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,100,000 plus commission of 10.10%; Final Price $5,615,000. – 2,262/130hp, supercharger, single Zenith carburetor, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Blockley tires, single aero screen. – Winner of the French and Spanish Grands Prix driven by Williams and Chiron, Road & Track cover car November 1951. Restored by Ivan Dutton in 2006 retaining (or re-creating) its patina. Faded old paint, dull aluminum, worn upholstery, rusty springs. Represented as the original engine, frame, supercharger, gearbox, front and rear axles, data tag and much of the bodywork. – It’s an interesting history of being restored, re-restored and then un-restored to re-create the patina of an old racing Bugatti. Whatever that implies, it is a charming and eye-catching object that combined with its largely original components and race-winning performance sets it apart as an unusually significant Type 35B. The bidders recognized its appeal with this result, a half-million dollars more than the pre-sale high estimate, and there’s no reasonable way to argue with their opinion backed up by deep pockets.
Lot # 137 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 1075GT; Engine # 1075GT; Oro Andalusia/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $4,500,000 – $5,500,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $4,000,000 plus commission of 10.13%; Final Price $4,405,000. – 2,953/220hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, covered headlights, grille-mounted Marchal fog lights, books, tools. – 1958 Earls Court display car. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and everything else. Concours restored and conscientiously maintained. Ferrari Classiche certified, FCA and other Platinum awards. Second in class at Pebble Beach in 1964 (yes, 1964). Rescued by Tom Shaughnessy after fire damage and subsequently restored in its original exterior color to show winning standards. – A desirable as the 250 GT Spider Californias are, the 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolets are even better proportioned and more balanced in their design. That balance, as well as the comfortable equipment of the cabs and their adaptability to comfortable touring, contributes to their value and 1075GT has all the attributes that contribute value in these cars. The new owner should be very happy with both the car and the modest (if $4.4 million can ever be called “modest”) price it brought, an excellent value.
Lot # 139 1977 Porsche 934/5 Race Car; S/N 9307700951; White, Brumos graphics/Black; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,600,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000. – 2,993/485hp, turbo charged, 4-speed, gold BBS wheels, slick tires, roll cage, VDO boost gauge. – First of 10 934/5s built. Third overall at Sebring in 1977, driven by Jim Busby and Peter Gregg. With the consignor since 2001. Restored under his ownership to its 1977 Sebring configuration, and displayed at Amelia Island last year. Still looks fresh and like it hasn’t seen the track. – Porsche collectors had an abundant choice of cars at Monterey this year and the plethora of choices may have made this 934/5 seem less attractive which was an oversight. It sold for $98,175 at the World Classic (ex-Rick Cole) Monterey auction in 1993 for $98,175 and has been the recipient of a major restoration in the ensuing 28 years.
Lot # 143 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupe; S/N DB4GT0154L; Engine # 3700159GT; Goodwood Green/Green leather; Estimate $3,400,000 – $3,800,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,000,000 plus commission of 10.17%; Final Price $3,305,000. – LHD, 3670/306hp, 4-speed, painted Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, woodrim steering wheel, Smiths dash clock, Motorola pushbutton radio. – One of just 30 LHD DB4 GTS. Sold new to Georges Filipinetti (owner of the Scuderia Filipinetti race team), but quickly sold to another owner in Switzerland who kept it for many years and used it extensively in hill climbs and slalom events. Involved in a minor accident at the 1964 Rallye International de Geneve. Matching numbers. Restored in the 2000s-2010sand still showing excellent paint and chrome. Light signs of use underneath and a light scratch on the right quarter window. Mild dirt on the wheel spokes. Still gorgeous, and eligible for many of the world’s great driving and racing events. – Shorter, lighter and more powerful than the standard DB4, the DB4 GT was Aston’s track-ready answer to the Ferrari 250 GTs. Production numbered just 75, and they’re the most desirable regular production Astons aside from the Zagato-bodied DB4 GTs. The result here is appropriate for this car’s condition, configuration, and provenance.
Lot # 145 1953 Siata 208S Coupe, Body by Balbo; S/N CS072; Engine # CS065; Blue/Cognac leather; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,475,000 plus commission of 10.34%; Final Price $1,627,500. – 1,996/110hp Fiat V-8, dual Weber 36 DCZ3 carburetors, 5-speed, 4-spoke woodrim steering wheel, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, outside fuel filler. – One of nine 208s bodied by Balbo or which six are known to survive. Excellent fresh paint, chrome and interior. The aluminum window trim is brightly polished. The underbody is like new. No evident use or age. Class award winner at Pebble Beach in 2017. – A pretty and dramatic looking little car with a fun drivetrain that has been meticulously restored to consistently high standards. Eligible for pretty much anything the new owner would like to experience and sure to be a crowd favorite especially with the bark of its little V-8, a Ferrari might be bought for this much money, but it wouldn’t be a pretty as this.
Lot # 146 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Tourer, Body after Barker; S/N 1717; Engine # 1717; Cream/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $850,000. – RHD. 7,428/50hp, painted wire wheels, Universal tires, Lucas headlamps and cowl lamps, bulb horn, single sidemount spare, tan cloth boot cover, wood interior trim, early parallel bonnet design, nickel brightwork. – Olympia Motor Show displayed in 1911 with its original Barker open front limousine coachwork. Once owned by Wizard of Oz actress Billie Burke. Known ownership history. Restored in the 1970s for Ed Swearingen with a new body in the style of a Barker Tourer. Further restoration work in 2015. The brightwork is a little faded. Excellent paint and interior wood. Clean underneath. Mild interior wear. Not bad for a 110-year-old motorcar and 70’s repro coachwork. – A well-known Rolls-Royce with a long U.S. history that might conceivably brought a little more than this realistic offer for an older restored Silver Ghost with reproduction coachwork.
Lot # 147 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe; S/N 818630012337; Red, White Marlboro graphics/Black leatherette; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Facsimile restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $58,240. – 1,298/87hp, 5-speed, Cibie rally lights, leather hood straps, racing filler cap, woodrim steering wheel, gold magnesium wheels. – Uneven hood gaps and the brightwork is a little dull. There are cracks in the edges of the wood dash and the steering wheel rim. Good older paint. Not an actual rally car but a cool tribute with rebuilt engine, suspension and brakes with receipts for $40,000. Not perfect, but a neat choice for driving events and money has clearly been spent where it counts. – Sold by RM at Santa Monica in 2017 for $45,100 and five years later this is a sensible result for a Lancia whose restoration is starting to age but still should be exhilarating to drive, or even historic rally.
Lot # 148 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Coupe (fiberglass), Body by Pininfarina; S/N 19535; Engine # F106A01758; Rosso Chiaro/Beige leather; Estimate $250,000 – $325,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – 2927/255hp, 5-speed, air conditioning, books and tools. – One of 100 fiberglass 308s delivered to the US. Restoration finished in late 2016. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. Excellent paint and body. The mechanicals and underbody are excellent and the interior shows little use aside from some minor stretching to the seat upholstery. A very attractive 308 in a desirable configuration. – The early vetroresina 308 GTBs are sought for their carbureted engines and the light weight of their fiberglass bodywork, both of which give them superior performance and handling from later steel bodied 308s. Not overdone and bought for about the cost of its Motion Products restoration, this is a solid value.
Lot # 150 1958 Lancia B24S Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N B24S1640; Engine # B241761; Silver, Silver hardtop/Red leather; Estimate $350,000 – $425,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $290,000. – 2,451/125hp V-6, Nardi intake, dual Weber 40DCL5 carburetors, floor shift 4-speed, Philips pushbutton radio, steel wheels, wheel covers, Michelin tires. – Good older paint, interior and chrome. Represented as the original engine and differential. Clean orderly engine compartment showing age and use. Cracked windshield and rear window seals. Door windows don’t fit closely. Windshield is starting to delaminate. Well-restored to good standards, then used. – At an auction week that featured two B24S Spider Americas this cabriolet may have escaped notice, but it was bid to a responsible amount that should have been the basis for the auction to engineer a compromise. It’s no reflection on the consignor for declining this price, but it may be a while before a better one is found.
Lot # 152 1955 Siata 300 BC Sport Spider, Body by Motto; S/N ST446; Engine # 944916; Red/Beige leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $218,400. – 1,100/51hp Fiat four, two Weber carburetors, 4-speedchrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin ZX tires, woodrim steering wheel, outside fuel filler, halogen headlights. – First owned by Don Black, later the ever-helpful Technical Director of Alfa Romeo USA, later by Bill Jacobs and Lulu and Tony Wang. Very good paint, chrome and interior. One scrape on the left rear hood corner and chips on the top boot cover hinges. Restored like new underneath with some miles. – Of all the Fiat 1,100 specials to come out of Italy in the Fifties (and there were many of them) the 300 BC is one of the prettiest and most potent, especially equipped as this one is. It has immense event eligibility and represents very good value for the money in this transaction.
Lot # 160 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 915888; Engine # 928171; Dark Green/Light Green leather; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $825,000 plus commission of 10.61%; Final Price $912,500. – RHD, 2,443/110hp, triple Webers, column shift 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop tires, woodrim steering wheel, Jaeger gauges, Marchal headlights and driving lights, tools – One of about 32 built, first delivered to Egypt. Traded in at a San Diego Buick dealership in 1972 and bought by one of the employees there. It was in Europe by the 1980s and restored in the 1990s. Then got more restoration work in the 2000s. The paint and chrome look very good other than a small crack on the tail and another on the driver’s door. Spotless wheels and tires. Very lightly worn leather. Beautiful woodrim steering wheel. Detailed underneath. Very rare, very gorgeous, and eligible for all sorts of events. – For the Forties and Touring of the time this is a sleek, svelte hardtop coupe style body that is more advanced and streamlined than was common at the time. Its condition is essentially perfect without being overdone and the details are meticulous. The pre-sale estimate is outrageous even for an Alfa as beautiful as this and the final result is a good balance among rarity, performance and design.
Lot # 161 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight Coupe; S/N 9113601193; Engine # 6631165; White, Red graphics/Black cloth; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $840,000. – 2,687/210hp, 5-speed, red center Fuchs wheels, Michelin XWX tires, headrests. – One of 200 Lightweights built. Represented as matching numbers. Sold new in Italy. Restored at the Porsche factory in the mid-1990s. Came to the US in the mid-2010s and the last big service represented was in 2016. There are a few blemishes on the nose and two cracks at the bottom of each A-pillar but the paint is holding up quite well for the age. There are a few scratches on the window frames and the windshield is delaminating at the top left corner. Excellent interior, and very clean underneath. Small niggles aside, this is a solid and usable example of one of the ultimate vintage 911s. – Although they have similar looks and only marginally different performance, there is a massive difference in values between 1973 Carrera RS “Touring” models and Carrera RS “Lightweight” models like this. A Lightweight tips the scales at about 200 lbs. lighter than a Touring, and sells for twice as much. This one sold here at the height of Porsche-mania in 2015 for $962,500, but things have settled down a bit since then. The reported high bid was appropriate for the restoration’s age.
Lot # 163 1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible; S/N 145631258; Engine # 9293773; Sea Sand/Brown vinyl with cloth inserts; Brown cloth top; Estimate $50,000 – $80,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $60,480. – 1,384/45hp, 4-speed, Porsche-style chromed wheels, dash clock, original Sapphire AM radio. – Stored for 28 years and then in 2015 received a thorough cosmetic restoration, new floor pans, overhauled suspension and brakes, and a rebuilt drivetrain with increased displacement for the original engine. Excellent paint, bodywork, and brightwork. The top fits tightly and has no creases or wrinkles. The engine and underbody are immaculate and the interior appears unused. An absolutely gorgeous Karmann Ghia with an over the top restoration. – Gone are the days when Karmann Ghias were cheap entry-level classics no matter what the condition. This one sold for $50,925 on Bring a Trailer about a year ago. The price at Pebble Beach is significantly higher, but there are a lot of deep pockets at any Gooding auction, to whom an extra couple of bids on a cute Volkswagen make little difference.
Lot # 164 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350R Fastback; S/N SFM5R101; White, Dark Blue stripes/Black leatherette; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $700,000 plus commission of 10.71%; Final Price $775,000. – 289/350hp, 4-speed, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, two seats, yellow headlights – Raced when new by Dean Gregson who scored ten wins in twelve races in 1965 with sponsorship from Harr Ford plus an NHRA title at IRP in B Sports. Next acquired by Dave Roberts and Bob Fordyce with further remarkable success that continued through years of historic racing with subsequent owners. Very good paint and vinyl graphics. Done to high standards and historic race-used. – Very few Shelby Mustangs have the distinction of having been built as GT350R-models or of being as successful as SFM5R101 over many seasons in SCCA and historic competition. It looks like it is ready to back to the track and continue its long string of success. All things considered, it is a respectable value at this result for a competition-oriented buyer.
Lot # 167 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe; S/N LML50267; Cream/White leather; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original 5 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – LHD. 2,580/125hp, 4-speed, wire wheels, Smiths gauges, wood dash, woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as one of 76 LHD DB2 Dropheads. Delivered new in California and shown at Pebble Beach in 1953. Little known subsequent history, then recently discovered in a Wisconsin garage and the Wisconsin dirt still covers the whole car. Missing exhaust and shift linkage, but the engine and frame appear to have little more than surface rust. The top frame is complete but there’s no top on it. Later seat covers look sound but need a cleaning. The carpets and door handles are gone. Some rust on the rockers that looks minor, but most of the body looks to be in reasonably solid shape. A barn find through and through. Whatever it sells for, it will probably take that amount and then some to get it back to its former glory, but it is worth saving. – One of three early 50’s Aston Martins in this sale apparently found in the same Wisconsin barn and neglected for years, the others being a pair of DB2 saloons. Offered late in the auction and missing some bits that may be hard to find, the usual Gooding & Company enthusiasm for barn finds failed to find a target in this car. It might be worth half a million dollars when it is ready for concours display but it is a long and expensive journey that this price appropriately contemplates.
Lot # 169 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 05714; Rosso Cordoba, Black roof panel/Tan leather, Black bars; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 11.09%; Final Price $511,000. – 2,419/195hp, Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Borletti air conditioning, open headlights, Daytona-style seats, power windows. – Represented as 39,971 miles from new, 2020 FCA Platinum winner. Clean, orderly engine compartment but with oily residue at the bottom and on the driveshafts. Excellent paint, good chrome but pitted rear reflector bezels. Good lightly creased upholstery. Older undercoat with some miles. – This Dino is a recent FCA Platinum winner but is far from pristine, showing that Platinum does not necessarily equal Concours. A desirable car in an attractive color combination, it is seriously expensive in this transaction but equally shows that Dino prices are yet again on the rise, a tribute to their attractive design and enjoyable handling regardless of their modest performance.
Lot # 172 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 Station Wagon 4×4; S/N FJ62048089; Olive, Silver, Burgundy graphics/Tan; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Recent restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $134,400. – 3,955/155hp 3F engine, automatic, LED headlights, fog lights, All Terrain T/A tires, Old Man Emu suspension, air conditioning, aftermarket stereo head unit, power steering, power sunroof, jack and tools. – Immaculate restoration by the FJ Company. Other than some light scratching on the grille and front bumper, every inch of this !and Cruiser is either new or restored to better than new. It is unbelievably clean. – Although the 1967-80 FJ55 “Iron Pig” was the first truly modern Land Cruiser, the FJ60/62 that replaced it was more livable, more convenient, and a lot more popular. Today, the FJ60/62 hits that sweet spot where it’s vintage enough to be cool but modern enough to use every day, and now that demand for vintage trucks is hot across the board (but especially for Land Cruisers), people are dumping serious money into restorations like this fresh, better than new example. And if this result is any indication, the demand for fresh and better than new FJs isn’t slowing down. This is a world record price for the model, eclipsing the previous record by nearly 50 grand.