It’s been five weeks since leaving Monterey with incipient Covid-19. The infection wasn’t bad, but it has lingering consequences.
But, finally, here’s the final result from Monterey 2022 and it’s RM Sotheby’s epic sale with $243 million changing hands.
To put it in perspective, in 2017 Sotheby’s evening contemporary art auction in New York totaled $310.2 million including Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein art along with the sale for $7,504,000 of the ex-Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2001 s/n 211.
RM’s 2022 Monterey auction’s $243 million sale is in the same rarified atmosphere. It is an historic number.
RM Sotheby’s is working its way into the front rank of auctions, and not just cars. They are carefully selecting and presenting landmark vehicles from seriously curated collections like this year’s Monterey offering of cars from Oscar Davis. RM put its considerable heft to work prying cars out of collections where they’ve been hiding.
And there’s some indication that, in addition to the Oscar Davis cars, there’s a generational change going on with older collectors thinning their holdings. Covid has given all of us a sensitivity to mortality.
There were delights across the board at RM Monterey. The individual auction reports confirm that. It was not just the Ferrari 410 Sport that topped the week’s auction results at $22,005,000 million but a myriad of marvelous cars that averaged $1.3 million and where the median (half more, half less) transaction was $566,000.
These descriptions are interesting and unusual cars, rarely seen and seriously important.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
On-site observations by Rick Carey, Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold.
Lot # 212 1955 AC Ace Special Roadster; S/N AE90; Blue/Black vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – RHD. 215 aluminum Buick V-8, four crossram side draft 40DCOE Weber carburetors, 4-speed, alternator, braced driver’s rollbar, painted Borrani wire wheels, rear fender flares, fuel cell, Dunlop Racing tires, woodrim steering wheel, Plexiglas driver’s windscreen, nerf bars. 6.50M-15 rear tires, bucket driver’s seat, Smiths chronometric tach. – Raced at Sebring in 1955 as an AC-engined Ace, 4th in class driven by Joseph Dressel and William Woodbury. Acquired by Frank and Mary Morgan in 1958 and eventually re-engined with a Buick 215 V8. Stored from 1968-2006, restored by specialists with a new engine but the original engine is included. Very good paint, no stone chips. Good upholstery. Mixed gauges. Clean and attractive but the hood was locked. Physically very good and an interesting window on what a Cobra might have been. – This price would not acquire a good 100D2 Ace Bristol with period racing history and the decision whether this Ace Special is more or less desirable has been left up to the bidders who spoke with their paddles and pocketbooks. By all reasonable measures it is a solid value in a well-restored car with a good history.
Lot # 213 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SLR Roadster; S/N 1210425500039; Red/Beige leather, Red plaid; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Modified for competition during restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $252,000. – 1,897 inline four, modified, 4-speed, driver’s rollbar, Halda Speedpilot, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, cutdown windshield and windowless doors, hood scoop, no bumpers, Bosch headlights. – Modified for competition by Mercedes-Benz Classic Center continuing a restoration begun earlier. Very good paint, bright chrome and good 2-seat interior. Iannelli Family collection. – What, one might ask, is the purpose of this 190SLR? It’s a big, heavy car with a sedan chassis and a sedan engine barely helped by a pair of carburetors. It might be an enjoyable car for tours but it has no windows, no bumpers, no top and a cutdown windshield with no wipers. The bidders, however, liked it and paid dearly for its Mercedes Classic Center restoration. Did some Classic Center techs, bored with beautiful and authentic 300SL restorations, have some fun with this 190SL? No matter, the bidders bought its rationale.
Lot # 215 1976 Lancia Stratos HF Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N 829AR0001559; Yellow/Black vinyl; Estimate $400,000 – $600,000; Competition car, original as-raced 4- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $510,000 plus commission of 10.98%; Final Price $566,000. – 2,419/190hp V-6, 5-speed, old wheels and tires, wiring harness and other pieces included. – Dead old paint, flat old tires. Filthy. Apparently not used since the late 80’s and needs everything. Raced with heightened expectations but frustrated results by Toly Arutunoff and known as “The Duck” for its friendly yellow paint and distinctive wedge shape. – We think of the Stratos as a rally car, but some of them were raced including this one which experienced the Daytona 24, Sebring, Watkins Glen and more in the hands of the respected, if iconoclastic, Anatoly Arutunoff. Despite looking like a castoff (which it is) I was not the only one to warm up to its nearly infinite potential and it brought a price that is stratospheric, enough to buy a really, really good restored or preserved Stratos HF.
Lot # 216 1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R Coupe; S/N BNR32221613R; Orange, White/White; Estimate $500,000 – $550,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $280,000. – RHD. 2,568 DOHC inline six, full carbon body work, RENIK built RB26 engine, sequential 6-speed transmission, NISMO brakes, built by Hasemi Motorsport for the 1994 JGTCC season and primarily driven by Masahiro Hasemi where it had one win and one in Super Taiyku N1 endurance race. – As a former JGTCC race car, this GT-R has plenty of battle scars. The front bumper has major chips and cracks, there are major paint chips behind the right rear wheel exposing the carbon fiber bodywork. The engine compartment is clean but shows age and the interior is surprisingly clean. A wonderfully preserved race car that looks as if it just finished the season. – Japanese Grand Touring series cars are rare and relatively unknown in the United States. While the low estimate of $500,000 was a reasonable expectation, the sale price of $280,000 reflects the immaturity of racing Skylines in the US market. A reserve sale would have been a smart move by the consigner, but the best move of all would be to offer it back to the Japanese market where these cars are highly revered.
Lot # 223 1979 Ferrari 512 BB/LM `Silhouette’, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 29511; Engine # 007; Red/Black; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,200,000; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,400,000. – Carello headlights and cornering lights, vented BBS alloy wheels, Avon tires, fire system, spare engine (internal number 034), wheels, nose. – Raced when new by the Gelles brothers in FCA events, then at the Daytona 24 in 1985, finishing 16th overall. Later owned and vintage raced by Anthony Wang followed by Leigh and Leslie Keno. Restored by Dennison International in 2012. Represented as matching numbers engine, transaxle and body. Clean and orderly but race-used. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. – Offered at the Gooding Pebble Beach auction in 2011 before the most recent restoration where it was bid to $750,000. Both that result and the one here represent hammer bids just under the low estimate and might have been given close attention. It has an intriguing if not particularly successful history and deserves to get back on the track.
Lot # 229 1952 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 GT Villa d’Este Cabriolet, Body by Touring; S/N 918100; Engine # 928314; Silver-Grey/Dark Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $600,000 – $800,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $410,000 plus commission of 11.22%; Final Price $456,000. – RHD. 2,443/145hp inline six, triple Weber carburetors, column shift 4-speed, Borrani chrome spoke wire wheels, Englebert tires, Marchal headlights and fog lights, heater. Touring body #3579. – Good clearcoat paint that looks more recent than the restoration. Clean underbody with undercoat. Sound upholstery with plenty of stretch in the front. Weak aluminum trim, good chrome. Best days are behind it. Oscar Davis collection. – That applies as well to collectors’ opinion of value which went from $825,000 at Worldwide’s Houston auction in 2008 to a $600,000 no-sale at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2010 to this unusually disappointing result in 2022. No doubt the condition has slipped as well, but this final price is 45% less than just fourteen years ago, much more than a “haircut” and a good value for such a rare body style.
Lot # 230 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider, Body by Pinin Farina-Scaglietti; S/N 0706MDTR; Engine # 0706MDTR; Red, Black stripe and sills/Black vinyl; Estimate $8,000,000 – $10,000,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,100,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,815,000. – RHD. 1,985/180hp twin cam four, 4-speed, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Full width Plexiglas windscreen, woodrim steering wheel, driver’s head fairing, halogen headlights, spare engine (0582LM) included – Raced in Europe when new including by Francois Picard and Richie Ginther at Le Mans 1957. Sold to Mike Garber in the U.S. and raced by Gaston Andrey winning SCCA E/M championships in 1958 and 1959. Eventually acquired by Oscar Davis who found and installed the original engine. Very good paint over old paint with some edge chips on the older paint. Worn upholstery with a pulled driver’s seat back seam. The windscreen edges are lightly crazing. Cracked varnish on the steering wheel rim. Restored chassis with some age showing. Oscar Davis collection. – Many overlook the Lampredi-designed four cylinder Ferraris of the mid-Fifties yet their success forms the basis of the Testa Rossa legend and in the hands of talented amateurs like Gus Andrey they earned many class and even overall victories. There was an embarrassment of them at Monterey this year yet the number on offer did little or nothing to satisfy demand as this result indicates. It helps that their Pinin Farina-designed, Sergio Scaglietti refined bodies are among the most beautiful Ferraris built. A real car that has a great history, this is a serious but realistic result.
Lot # 231 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 2683; Engine # 2683; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,600,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,000,000 plus commission of 10.50%; Final Price $1,105,000. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop SP Sport tires, Blaupunkt multiband radio. – Good repaint over old paint. Lightly stretched driver’s seat upholstery. Clear gauges with crisp faces. The chassis is repainted assembled with chassis black, then hit with a coat of thin undercoat. Even panel gaps but the hood stands slightly proud. Good consistent chrome. Oscar Davis collection. – This is not an extraordinary 250 GT Cab II, in fact, it’s “just a car” with an older and well-maintained restoration. Most of us think of Oscar Davis in terms of obsessively restored concours-quality beautiful objects of automobile sculpture, but this and other Davis cars offered here this weekend show that he also appreciated good cars as, well, just good cars that didn’t need the pebbles pried out of their tire treads to be appreciated for their lines, style, design and performance. This Cab brought appropriate money for its quality and condition, a sound value that is fair to Oscar Davis’s estate and to the new owner.
Lot # 232 1955 Maserati A6G/54 2000 Spyder, Body by Zagato; S/N 2101; Engine # 2101; Blu Algistro Scuro/Grey suede; Black cloth top; Estimate $4,500,000 – $5,500,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,995,455 plus commission of 10.17%; Final Price $3,300,000. – 1,985/160hp six, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, Cibie headlights, polished aluminum bumpers, side curtains, woodrim steering wheel. – The only Zagato-bodied Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder, displayed at Geneva in 1955 and Paris in 1958. Restored in 2003, shown at Pebble Beach, class winner at The Quail and Best of Show at Concorso Italiano in 2005. First owned and modified for Argentine president Juan Peron. Beautiful engine compartment with some fuel and oil residue. The steering wheel rim has one small but obvious ding. Fully suede trimmed cockpit shows some age but little use. The chassis is fully restored. An exceptional car, no longer fresh but still desirable and rare. Oscar Davis collection. – A beautiful but unusually restrained car coming from Zagato, with five chrome strakes across the fender side vents, a Maserati trident of epic size in the large oval grille and a wraparound windshield without wind wings that gives it a Lancia Spider America profile. Beautifully restored in handsome colors, but not as much as it did at RM’s New York auction in 2013 when it sold to Oscar Davis for $4,455,000. Bid to $3.2 million on the block, sold later with this result and a choice Zagato-bodied Maserati at a realistic price.
Lot # 233 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider, Body after Zagato; S/N 8513032; Engine # 6C8513032; Dark Red/Dark Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $600,000 – $800,000; Rebodied or re-created 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $350,000 plus commission of 11.43%; Final Price $390,000. – RHD. 1,752/85hp DOHC six, supercharged, 4-speed, black wire wheels, Michelin Confort Bibendum tires, radiator stoneguard, Bosch headlights, dual rear-mounted spares, folding windshield. – There is another Alfa with this chassis number. This one is presumed assembled from 6C 1750 parts in Italy with reproduction coachwork. Presentable paint, chrome and interior. Orderly, clean engine compartment. Oscar Davis collection. – Alfa’s 6C 1750 may be the most “assembled” car in the world. Some 2,600 of them were built by Alfa in period so there’s no shortage of old parts. They are highly popular so there are many sources of reproduction bits to keep the fleet on the road. 6C 1750s sell for widely varying amounts depending upon history, coachwork and content but this result is at the bottom of the heap, a good value in beauty and performance but not likely to be accepted avidly by the organizers of history events other than enthusiast tours.
Lot # 234 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet, Body by Gangloff; S/N 57798; Engine # 431; Black, Lavender sides/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,600,000 – $2,300,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,400,000 plus commission of 10.36%; Final Price $1,545,000. – RHD. 3,257/135hp DOHC eight, supercharged, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Michelin Cable Confort tires, Marchal headlights, spats, semaphores. – Replacement engine from s/n 57619. At one point modified to a coupe by Graber, returned to the original cabriolet design during restoration. Show appearances include Pebble Beach, Louis Vuitton and Greenwich. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Bright, crisp gauges. Nearly spotless chassis and engine compartment. Oscar Davis collection. – A significant Bugatti, one of three bodied by Gangloff in this Aravis-derived style, and beautifully restored and maintained. Its value is somewhat depreciated by the replacement engine but this is not an uncommon occurence and is realistically overlooked in favor of the known history from new and excellent restoration. It is a show-stopping car and it brought a realistic price.
Lot # 235 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N B24S1157; Engine # B241209; White/Burnt Umber leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $750,000 – $900,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $800,000 plus commission of 10.63%; Final Price $885,000. – 2,451/118hp V6, single Weber carburetor, floor shift, single Weber 40DCZ5 carburetor, red wheels, trim rings, hubcaps, Michelin X tires, woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine. An older restoration with newer paint and upholstery. The engine compartment and chassis look their age. Oscar Davis collection. – Sold by Bonhams at Monaco in 2004 for $243,436 (Euros 204,900) which was a healthy price for a good condition B24S Spider America at the time, as is this result with updated cosmetics in 2022.
Lot # 236 1957 Maserati 200SI Sports Racer, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N 2427; Engine # 2427; Red/Red leather; Estimate $3,000,000 – $4,000,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,825,000 plus commission of 10.18%; Final Price $3,112,500. – RHD. 1,993/ 188hp, inline four, dual Weber carburetors, 4-speed, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, wraparound Plexiglas windscreen, driver’s head fairing, side exhaust, covered Carello headlights, woodrim steering wheel. – Bought by Vincent Dyckman Andrus and driven by John Fitch for him finishing 1st in class in its first race at Watkins Glen in 1957, followed by a class win at Bridgehampton a week later. Class wins followed at the Nassau Trophy. Further success followed including 3rd overall behind two Cunningham Lister-Jags at Lime Rock in 1958. Left in oblivion thereafter but eventually sold to Wolfi Zweifler. Restored by Leydon Restorations in the teens. Excellent paint and interior, including the paint on the frame and floor. Sharp, accurate engine compartment. Oscar Davis collection. – I’ve heard rumors that a 200SI is an even more benign race car that the fabled 250F and 300S, not least from Wolfi Zweifler who has owned two of them (2427 and 2401). It’s only a 2-litre race car, but it has proved its mettle in talented hands several times and is a spectacular car even at this price.
Lot # 238 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 0366AM; Engine # 0366AM; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $8,000,000 – $10,000,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,800,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,485,000. – RHD. 4,523/340hp Lampredi V-12, 4-speed, wraparound Plexiglas driver’s windscreen, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, driver’s head fairing, covered Marchal headlights and grille-mounted fog lights. – Casimiro de Oliveira, 0366AM’s first owner, crashed it so often it needed a new body – this one – after only a year, replacing its original Pinin Farina Spider coachwork. The evolution from PF to Scaglietti is striking and shows the way to future Scaglietti competition bodies on Testa Rossas and all the rest. Restored to like new condition and impeccable. Oscar Davis collection. – Oscar Davis owned this 375MM twice, reacquiring it in 2017 after selling it to Graham Revell at RM’s Amelia auction in 2002 for $1,925,000. Davis had it restored thereafter including reshaping the nose to its original 1954 Scaglietti configuration. It is beautiful, if slightly heavy in the middle to accommodate the big Lampredi V-12. and it is worth whatever the RM Monterey bidders said it was.
Lot # 239 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III ‘Tipo Bocca’, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 335313; Engine # 911171; Light Grey/Dark Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.40%; Final Price $1,380,000. – RHD. 2,972cc/82hp 17 1/2 degree narrow angle V-8, 4-speed, short 122 inch chassis, power top, trafficators, folding vee windshield, skirts, polished wheel discs, luggage rack, Carello headlights and fog lights, woodgrain faced instruments. – Short wheelbase chassis “Tipo Bocca” cabriolet body, one of three built. Gorgeous paint, chrome and interior, restored to better than new but not overdone standards by Vantage Motorworks and still concours quality. Oscar Davis collection. – Sold to Oscar Davis by RM at Amelia in 2017 for $2,145,000 from Orin Smith’s collection and apparently with only display mileage since then, still an extraordinary car with beautiful coachwork and a treasure trove of advanced technical features. It is only disappointing that collectors in 2022 do not recognize, nor value more, the style and technical advancement of the Astura, but that means it is an astute buy for the new owner.
Lot # 241 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, Body after Jean Bugatti; S/N 55219; Black, Yellow sweep panel/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,800,000; Rebodied or re-created 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,300,000. – RHD. 2,262/130hp, supercharged, 4-speed, polished alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Scintilla headlights, folding windshield, rear-mounted spare. – Reproduction Jean Bugatti style roadster body. replacing the original Pritchard & Demolin 4-seat cabriolet that was damaged in the 50’s. Mixed up like many Bugattis in the 70’s but reconstituted by Oscar Davis. Original upper crankcase and block included in the sale. The body dates to the 1970’s. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. An older rebody still in nearly like new condition. Oscar Davis collection. – Not like it was when new but still a wonderful Bugatti and with no excuses made for its present configuration, it’s somewhat surprising that the RM Monterey bidders didn’t value it more than the reported high bid. It is a gorgeous vehicle and one of only 38 Type 55s built, regardless of the later Jean Bugatti-style roadster body.
Lot # 243 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Teardrop Coupe, Body by Figoni et Falaschi; S/N 90117; Aubergine/Tan pigskin; Estimate $9,000,000 – $11,000,000; Older restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,600,000 plus commission of 10.08%; Final Price $7,265,000. – RHD. 3,996/140hp inline six, Wilson pre-selector 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, sliding sunroof, covered headlights, outside fuel filler, large gas tank, hinged rear window, fitted luggage. – Described by Claude Figoni as 2″ lower and 4″ longer than the other T150C SS teardrops. Alloy body, steel fenders. Built for the Duke Philippe de Massa for the 1939 Le Mans 24 Hours, driven by him and Norbert Mahe but disqualified for driving the wrong direction after a spin. Discovered in East Germany in 1989 and restored to concours condition. No longer fresh but still a showstopper. Further mechanically and cosmetically restored in the later 00’s, displayed at Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este and Louis Vuitton in 2011. Oscar Davis collection. – One of eleven “New York” style “goutte d’Eau” coupes built (the five earlier versions were the “Style Jeancart” notchbacks) and probably the only one that has early race history. It was sold to Oscar Davis by Gooding & Company at Palm Beach in 2006 for $3,905,000 followed by further restoration. It is a singular automobile not only because of its history but also on account of its eligibility both for important concours and for prestigious historic racing events due to its Le Mans history. A fabulous car bought for a responsible amount.
Lot # 244 1938 Bugatti Type 57S Roadster, Body after Corsica; S/N 57601; Indigo Blue, Blue accent/Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $750,000 – $900,000; Rebodied or re-created 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,000,000 plus commission of 10.50%; Final Price $1,105,000. – RHD. 3,257/135hp DOHC inline eight, 4-speed, vee windshield, enclosed rear-mounted spare, body color wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Marchal headlights, comes with an incomplete second engine marked 57601-42S, probably the original. – Reproduction body. Damaged in a garage fire years ago and restored with hydraulic brakes and a new body. Restored again in the 80’s with this modified reproduction of the Col. Gilles Corsica roadster. Very good paint, interior and chrome. Chassis and engine compartment show age and miles but detract little from its inspired coachwork. Oscar Davis collection. – “S” stands for “surbaisse” where the rear axle passes through an opening in the frame to lower the chassis, center of gravity and create a sophisticated base for coachbuilders to create designs like this. The occupants sit low in the tonneau while the teardrop front and rear fenders accentuate the form. It is mouth-watering and deserves every penny of the 7-figure price it brought. It is just that pretty.
Lot # 248 1958 Maserati 450S Sports Racer, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N 4509; Engine # 4509; Red/Red leather; Estimate $9,000,000 – $11,000,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Reported sold but not confirmed $6,900,000. – RHD. 4,478/400hp 4-cam V-8, four Weber 45IDM carburetors, 5-speed transaxle, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, covered Marchal headlights, full width Plexiglas wraparound windscreen, side exhaust, driver’s head fairing. – Sold new to Ebb Rose, delivered by Carroll Shelby and winner of its first insignificant races at Galveston, a 7-lap sprint and the 20-lap feature. Re-named the “Micro-Lube Special” and winning two SCCA regionals with Rose at the wheel. Lloyd Ruby, then Rose’s mechanic but later an Indy legend, took the wheel for the 1959 USAC Road Racing Championship, finishing 2nd on the season. Then the 450S languished. By 1965 it was in England with engine 4508 but was restored and regained its original engine before being sold to Bob Sutherland and then to Yoshiyuki Hayashi in 1968 at the height of the Japan real estate bubble. Peter Groh in Germany, Myron Schuster and Scott Rosen ownership followed with historical documentation by Willem Oosthoek and Adolfo Orsi. Restored in the 1970’s. Represented as the numbers-matching engine. Foggy gauge lenses. Good paint and interior. The chassis is aged and lightly oil misted, a reasonably well-preserved older restoration. Oscar Davis collection. – There are Testa Rossas, Mondials, a 410 Sport and 375MMs, all cluttering up the auction previews at Monterey in 2022. There is only one Maserati 450S, a lusty, nearly ridiculous combination of benign handling and excessive horsepower that never quite achieved its place at the top of the heierarchy of Fifties sports racers but concedes nothing to its Maranello counterparts in concept and execution. A look under the hood of this 450S is enough to reduce gearheads to tears with its camshafts, dual ignition, and quartet of Webers. By all accounts it drives like a real car, albeit one with too much power for its skimpy tires, leaving wheelspin and trashed gearboxes in its wake. If there was one, just one, car to lust after at Monterey it was this prize long tucked away in the collection of Oscar Davis. It was bid to this number on the block and closed later at an undisclosed price but anything close to $6.9 million is a bargain.
Lot # 253 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 09425; Engine # 09425; Black/Black leather; Estimate $3,200,000 – $3,600,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,200,000 plus commission of 10.16%; Final Price $3,525,000. – 3,286/300hp, 5-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – Represented as the matching-numbers engine. Beautiful paint, chrome and interior with only a little surface creasing. The underbody and chassis have been left largely alone including peeling original undercoat in a cosmetic restoration dating to the mid-90’s. – The black/black livery is distinctive but the restoration’s original scope and age is now showing and it is an expensive car in this transaction.
Lot # 258 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 0963GT; Engine # 0963GT; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $6,000,000 – $7,000,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,200,000 plus commission of 10.08%; Final Price $6,825,000. – 2,953/220hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, covered Marchal headlights, grille-mounted Marchal fog lights, chrome front fender vents, bumperettes. – Sold new to Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata. Later exported to the U.S. where the original engine was put in a Testa Rossa (s/n 0754TR), then stored before being recovered by 0963GT in 1996. Very good paint, chrome, interior and lightly soiled top. Old undercoat in the wheelwells. An exceptional Ferrari that has been dormant for decades. Ferrari Classiche certification in process. – One of a number of extraordinary cars that surfaced into the marketplace at Monterey this year. Its next chapter is up to the new owner who paid serious but realistic money for it here and now has to decide whether to enjoy it or invest untold dollars in a comprehensive restoration.
Lot # 261 1939 MG WA Drophead Coupe, Body by Peter Ratcliffe/Reinbolt; S/N WA0417; Engine # OPJG668; Midnight Blue/Gray leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $106,400. – RHD. 2.6L/95hp six, 3-speed, wire wheels, Dunlop tires, dual chrome horns, Lucas driving lights, radiator mascot, dual mirrors, landau bars, boot cover, suicide doors. – Believed to be one of 369 built. Recently rebuilt engine. Rebodied by Peter Ratcliffe in the style of Swiss coachbuilder Reinbolt & Christé. The paint and chrome are very good with a handful of blemishes. The body is straight and the underbody very clean. The rubber around the gas cap is loose. The interior looks very good with some age on the steering wheel and a few light scratches on the wood window trim. The rare luxury MG, and by the standards of Morris Garage this Drophead is an absolute giant. Rebodied but well restored and good enough to be proud of. – Sold from the UK for $91,906 at Bonhams’ Online Motoring auction in 2020, after it was consigned for the canceled Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale that year. Ambitiously estimated but realistically bought here. The WA is inconsistent with the theme of most MGs which were small, lightweight, sparsely equipped sports cars. The WA is bigger, heavier and more roomy. Here in Monterey it didn’t appeal to the bidders but will be out of the ordinary at MG meets and enjoyable on tours.
Lot # 272 1955 Porsche Type 597 Jagdwagen Prototype Utility; S/N 5970005; Olive Green/Green; Green canvas top; Estimate $725,000 – $775,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $600,000 plus commission of 10.83%; Final Price $665,000. – 1,582/50hp 356 engine and 4-speed gearbox, selectable 4-wheel drive, steel wheels. – One of 71 built and reportedly retained by the factory retained by the factory in period for demonstrations for the German armed forces and other foreign militaries. Restored to essentially truck quality standards. It’s fresh, but there are flaws in the paint, top and brightwork, and the bodywork isn’t exactly laser straight. An obscure but super rare and interesting piece of early Porsche history. Looks the part of an army runabout with short overhangs and a sparse utilitarian interior, but there are plenty of 356 bits underneath, including the detuned engine and transmission. – The Type 597 Jagdwagen (“hunting car”) is a rare product of Porsche’s brief (postwar) flirtation with military vehicles. The company built it for the German army in a bid for light duty vehicles, but rival DKW ultimately won out with its cheaper, simpler Munga. Then, Porsche sold a few dozen to the public and moved on. The Jagdwagen is a somewhat obscure piece of Porsche history but an interesting one. And apparently a valuable one. The last one to come to auction sold out of Jerry Seinfeld’s collection in 2016 for $330,000. This one was much more ambitiously estimated, and sold right up there with all but the most valuable 356s.
Lot # 274 2005 Ferrari Superamerica Convertible; S/N ZFFGT61A550143339; Verde British/Cream leather; Estimate $330,000 – $360,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $370,000 plus commission of 11.35%; Final Price $412,000. – 5,748/540hp, 6-speed automanual, GTC package, “Extra Campionario” (outside the sample book) special order color, SF shields, yellow calipers, CD stereo, yellow tach face. – There are a number of paint chips on the lower front bumper lip, the remainder of the paint is very good, the underside is slightly dusty but in good shape, the engine compartment is very clean. The interior shows a little use with the driver seat having some creasing to the upholstery. An interesting color combination that presents well for the age and miles. Belt serviced in 2017, Revocromico roof panel replaced in 2014. The odometer shows 11,870 miles, as does the car. – A notable color combination that was bid to $375,000 at Russo and Steele Scottsdale in 2016, to $350,000 at Russo Monterey seven months later then reported sold at Worldwide Scottsdale in 2017 for $313,500 ($285,00 hammer bid), then bid to $300,000 at RM Arizona in 2020. This result is a rather generous bump on top of earlier results for which the seller should be very happy.
Lot # 302 1966 Meyers Manx Dune Buggy; S/N 116997125; Orange, Black/Tan with diamond stitching; Tan top; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration 3 condition; Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $72,800. – 1,835cc Volkswagen engine with Crane cam and CB Performance cylinder heads, Volkswagen hub caps, Radial T/A tires, Sun tach, Empi shifter, fiberglass hardtop, wind wings. – Old respray with detail scratches and particles in the finish. Straight and tidy underneath. Good interior. Mediocre paint takes little away from the fun factor, plus it’s a genuine Manx with a big engine and relatively rare hardtop. – Gone are the days when dune buggies were cheap fun, at least if we’re talking about genuine Meyers Manxes, as these beach-bombers are the first, genre-defining dune buggies. Take this one, for instance. It sold for $27,500 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2018, and well over doubled in price in barely four and a half years.
Lot # 304 1984 Ferrari 400i 2+2 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFEB06B000054057; Grigio Metallizzato/Crema leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – 4,823/310hp, automatic, alloy wheels, Michelin TRX tires, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt stereo, books and tools. – Showing 10,333 original miles and recently got an $11,000 service. Mostly good paint with some small chips and scratches on the nose along with a long crack near the right headlight. Significant chipping around the edges of the doors. Good, lightly worn interior but there is some odd wear to the leather above the gauge cluster. A lightly used, mostly well-kept example of one of Ferrari’s less celebrated lines of four-seaters. – The 400/412 carries the unenviable distinction of being the first Ferrari sold with an automatic, in this case GM’s tried and true Turbo Hydramatic 3-speed. Blasphemy for purists, but in the end about two-thirds of 400/412 buyers chose the auto over the 5-speed. The looks also didn’t win these cars many accolades, especially compared to the supple curves of ’60s Ferraris, but they do look a lot better in person even if the quips about overgrown Accords never stop. 400/412s have long been the affordable way into 12-cylinder Ferrari ownership and they still are the affordable way, at least relatively speaking. They have gotten pricier over the past year, but everything with a Prancing Horse badge has. So this result, while a bit of a shock if you haven’t been following these cars lately, was impressive but not crazy in the setting of Monterey ’22.
Lot # 305 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Works Rally Car; S/N B9473705LROFE; Red, White hardtop/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Rebodied or re-created 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – 260 Ford V8, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Dunlop Formula-R tires, rear-mounted spare, Hella rally lights and fog lights, roll bar, Moto-Lisa leather-wrapped steering wheel, Halda rally instruments, AutoMeter tach. – One of seven prepped by the Rootes Competition Department. Ran the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, driven by Andrew Cowan but damaged after hitting a road marker and somersaulted. Then sold to factory driver Ian Lewis but by the 1970s it had a 289 engine and was converted to RHD. Reportedly restored twice, including a rebody and currently in long-stored condition. Old, scratched chrome and older paint with lots of chips on the nose. Some scrapes along the bottom of the right rocker panel, and the panel fit is a bit uneven. Pitted gas cap. Clean wheels. Tidy underbody. A fun, fast historic rally car well set up and ready to enjoy. – Although it had some mild success in rallying and sports car racing, the Sunbeam Tiger never became the racing phenomenon the Cobra was. This one’s checkered history and static condition also don’t help matters, and neither does the fact that it was only the fifth lot of the day while the room was still filling up. Still, at barely half its low estimate and about the cost of a nice #2 condition Mk I Tiger, one can’t help but feel that this was a serious bargain. Once sorted, it will be a vintage racer with vast potential at rallies and circuits wherever the new owner wishes to take it. Even in a high-end auction jam-packed with million-dollar metal, there are deals to be had.
Lot # 307 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R Coupe; S/N BCNR33000234; Midnight Purple/Gray; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $151,200. – RHD. 2,568/276hp, twin turbo inline six, 5-speed. – 1600 km from new. The lower lip of the front bumper has noticeable scuffs and scrapes on the left side, the front grille has 3 chips in the painted mesh, the headlight have some mild fogging, a 1 inch paint crack is under the third brake light, the engine compartment is aged and exposed aluminum is noticeably oxidized as well as exposed steel bits, the subframe appears greasy from a small oil leak, the interior shows little meaningful wear. A low kilometer car that shows like one with more kilometers. A good car but doesn’t meet expectations given the odometer. – One of six Skylines in the Monterey auctions, this one is more worn than the reported 1,600km would promise but still is unrestored and presentable. With the opening of the 25 year legal import window Skylines are everywhere and their sale results largely depend upon whether buyers are aware of how many of them there are or oblivious to availability and rely on legendary performance and restricted availability. This result suggests it was “oblivious.”
Lot # 310 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFJA09B000044993; Engine # 00504; White/Crema, Red cloth Zegna bars; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $240,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $268,800. – 4,942/340hp, 5-speed, Pioneer cassette stereo, Cromodora centerlock alloy wheels, TRX tires, air conditioning, power windows, owner’s manuals, tools. – Very good older repaint, seats are slightly worn and stretched. The engine compartment is very clean and correct. Not fresh but very good with a 2018 belt service. – Sold by RM at Arizona in 2019 for $252,000 and now showing 33,705 miles, 311 more than it did three years ago. A sound if somewhat neglected car that needs to be driven and can be at this realistic price.
Lot # 311 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Alloy; S/N 1980435500786; Engine # 1989805500728; Silver-Grey Metallic/Red leather; Estimate $5,000,000 – $7,000,000; Rebodied or re-created 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $4,550,000 plus commission of 10.11%; Final Price $5,010,000. – 2,996/215hp “Sonderteile” engine, 4-speed, Rudge centerlock wheels with polished rims and painted centers, Michelin XWX tires, fitted luggage, hinged steering wheel, Becker Mexico multiband radio, luggage. – Long ownership history including Hans Thulin (Consolidator Collection). Restored by Kienle in the 90’s and represented as the numbers-matching chassis, engine, gearbox, rear axle, steering box and front suspension but with many, if not all, body panels replaced. Very good paint starting to show some prep shortcomings. The underbody is painted body color over old undercoat. The upholstery is somewhat stretched. Good chrome. Has seen better days and needs recommissioning after years in storage. – This alloy Gullwing as a post-block sale at RM’s Amelia auction in 2003 for $750,000, then no-saled at Monterey a year later on a reported bid of $770,000 followed by no-sales at RM London in 2012 at $3,866,640 and Monterey in 2015 at $4.5 million. RM’s recent role as intermediary in the sale of the 300SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe” for almost $150 million presented an unusual opportunity to hype this car as its close kin, a marketing approach that finally found a new home for 5500786 at a handsome price.
Lot # 312 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package Coupe; S/N WP0AC2A93NS269948; Shark Blue/Black leather, cloth inserts; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $375,000 plus commission of 11.33%; Final Price $417,500. – 3,998/502hp, 6-speed, Touring package, carbon fiber roof, carbon ceramic brakes, extended range fuel tank, carbon fiber seats, yellow calipers, yellow tach face, front axle lift, carbon fiber roof, Sport chrono package, extended-range fuel tank. – Just 35 miles from new, like new in every way. – While not as exaggerated as it is today we have previously seen people buying cars to sell them in a few weeks for a handsome margin back in the 1990’s. It’s a sign of irrational aquisitiveness, buying for the joy of buying. When new the 911 GT3 Touring was $169,700. Even adding a bundle for the special wishes, the result here is well above the price it left the dealer’s floor and is largely irrational: I want it and I have the money even though it looks like every other 911. Good luck. It’ll be worth less next year, not to mention in five years.
Lot # 314 1995 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe; S/N WP0AA2926SS820074; Midnight Blue Metallic/Classic Grey; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $365,000 plus commission of 11.37%; Final Price $406,500. – 5,400/345hp V-8, 5-speed, sunroof, air conditioning, CD stereo, Motion Products short shift kit, red calipers, includes window sticker, manual and service records. – The original paint shows well overall with a couple stone chips on the front bumper. The engine compartment is detailed and shows little deterioration from age. The air deflector panel under the front has some scrapes and the main underbody shows some aging and light oxidation. The interior shows well overall but the seats have creases from use. A well-maintained car showing light road use and a believable 16,650 miles. – This is emblematic of the phenomenon of 2022: the crazy expensive Porsche 928, but this is a rare GTS with serious horsepower and a 5-speed so it’s more like extremely expensive in this transaction. Back in the day my friend Bob Fleischmann beat a mule like this as though it was rented. He would be gratified, as well as mortified, to see it worth 400 grand today.
Lot # 315 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 14161; Engine # B966; Rame Metallizaro/Tan leather, Black bars; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $550,000 plus commission of 10.91%; Final Price $610,000. – 4,942/352hp, 5-speed, Veglia air conditioning, Voxson 8-track stereo, power windows, Cromodora centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, painted nose panel, popup headlights, tools. – Poor quality old repaint with masking misses, cracks, chips and globs of sealer at the windshield lower corners. The upholstery has been redone and is sound aside from some wear and soiling. Badly worn steering wheel rim. The underbody has its original undercoat. Many needs. Terrence Adderley collection. – A largely original canvas which the new owner can embellish with freedom, a car that has serious needs, like might have been found in the 70’s when Terry Adderley bought it, just an old but still charismatic Ferrari. The result here is generous for its condition and general neglect.
Lot # 317 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet, Body by Figoni; S/N 100109; Deep Midnight Blue fenders, Metallic Sky Blue body/Cream leather piped in Dark Blue; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,500,000; Older restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,700,000 plus commission of 10.19%; Final Price $2,975,000. – RHD. 4,482/170hp inline six, column shift 4-speed, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, fender skirts, suicide doors, Marchal headlights and fog lights, tach, Jaeger gauges. – Formerly owned by movie director George Sidney. Restored by RM in the early 2000s and shown at both Pebble and Amelia. There is a very small chip at the front of the driver’s door but the paint is lovely overall. The chrome is bright and all that signature Figoni trim fits well. Very good interior with barely noticeable wear to the interior. The restoration is older but high quality, and it’s still showable. The face on this Talbot Lago is awkwardly complicated, but from the side and rear three-quarters it’s spectacular. – The exaggerated nose and moustache grille, cluttered up with headlights, fog lights and a complicated tri-plane front bumper is nothing if not over-embellishment. The rest of the Figoni coachwork is sleek and sophisticated. The front, however, looks like “Inspector Record”.
Lot # 319 1936 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet, Body by Figoni & Falaschi; S/N 50607; Dark Blue, Blight Gray/Dark Blue leather piped in White; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $340,000 – RHD. 2,729/70 hp, Cotal column shift pre-selector 4-speed, hub caps and trim rings, Firestone whitewalls, suicide doors, Marchal headlights, folding windshield, Jaeger gauges, enclosed rear-mounted spare, 3-position top. – Understated Figoni et Falaschi design. Slightly aging paint and wheels, but very clean chassis. Very little wear to the interior. Slightly loose weather stripping. A handsome, honest Delage restored in France about 10 years ago. – Not every car bodied by Figoni et Falaschi was spectacularly streamlined and detailed. Some were mundane but practical, functional and utilitarian like this Delage. It was reported bid to $1.1 million at RM Monterey in 2012, then sold for $544,400 at RM Arizona in 2014. It has style and class, but not much F&F flamboyance and attracted a realistic bid here at RM Monterey 2022.
Lot # 321 1954 Ferrari 375 America Cabriolet, Body by Vignale; S/N 0353AL; Engine # 0353AL; Black/Fuchsia leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $6,500,000 – $7,500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,900,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,595,000. – 4,522/300hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato HS tires, Clayton heater, factory hardtop. – The only Vignale bodied 375 America cabriolet, long term U.S. ownership. Restored for Wayne Golomb in 1980, repainted and reupholstered in the late 90’s. Very good paint and chrome. Good upholstery but the driver’s seat back is stretched and the cushion seams are pulling. The underbody and chassis are restored like new. A distinctive and arresting Vignale cab with subtle details and some 50’s embellishment. – This is another example of an historic and rare car that came to light in Monterey, and particularly at RM Sotheby’s, this year. Despite the many singular examples striving for attention none were overlooked. This is big money for a road-going Ferrari, but also a singular open cabriolet with Lampredi power to thrill its next owner.
Lot # 322 1966 Lola T70 Mk II Spyder; S/N SL7128; White, Gold accents/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $265,000 plus commission of 11.89%; Final Price $296,500. – RHD. 366/497hp Chevy, four Webers, Hewland LG500 transaxle, braced rollbar, suede rim Momo steering wheel, centerlock alloy wheels, Avon tires. – Raced when new in SCCA with four first place finishes plus starts in USRRC and Can-Am races but no notable finishes. Crashed in 1966 or 67 and later rebuilt with a new tub and Chevy power in place of the original 289 Ford. Acquired in 2020 and restored with invoices totaling over $110,000. Good paint with gaudy gold accents. Torn seat lining. Orderly engine, chassis and cockpit. Looks race-ready. – Reported sold at Coys London auction in 1997 for $136,053 (£83,700 at the time) then reportedly having a South American restoration. It was sold by Bonhams in their Quail Online auction in 2020 for $100,800 but there is an issue mentioned in Bonhams description with other cars sharing this chassis number that was not mentioned here. It is a potentially competitive historic race car with sound in period race history that commends it to historic racing entries and a reasonable value in this transaction even slightly above the pre-sale high estimate.
Lot # 324 1966 Brabham BT8 Sports Racer; S/N SC166; Green, Gold stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $184,800. – RHD. 2,467/232hp Coventry Climax FPF engine, dual Weber carburetors, two seats, full width wraparound Plexiglas windscreen, 4-point belts, driver’s braced rollbar, fire system, AutoMeter shift light, leather rim steering wheel, black 4-spoke alloy wheels, Avon tires. – Originally bought by John Willment and raced for him by Tony Dean, then by Peter Crossley in the UK and Europe. Restored by Don Orosco in the U.S. in the mid-80’s, raced by Robert McClenagan in SVRA until 2007. Very good but heavily nose chipped paint. Good upholstery and gauges. Exceptionally clean and orderly chassis and engine. A highly reassuring and potentially competitive car. – A competitive 2.5 litre car in race-ready condition with only break-in miles since its most recent overhaul, the new owner also got signatures on the car from Sir Jack Brabham, Tony Dean and designer Ron Tauranac. Brabham are highly regarded for their simple, straightforward and rugged construction making this an ideal ride for historic racing and a realistically priced one at that.
Lot # 325 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline, Body by LeBaron; S/N 2380; Engine # J-362; Tan, Black fenders/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Rebodied or re-created 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $960,000 plus commission of 10.52%; Final Price $1,061,000. – 420/265hp inline eight, 3-speed, dual black cloth covered sidemounts with mirrors, luggage rack, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, jump seats, small Pilot-Rays, raked one-piece windshield. – LeBaron body, reported to be the original driveline and body to the chassis, passing through the collections of Jerry J. Moore, J. Peter Ministrelli and Paul Andrews. A-C-D Category 1. Restoration performed by RM Auto Restoration. CCCA Premiere Senior winner. Very good bodywork and panel fit. The paint has no noticeable damage but is in need of a fresh polish to deepen the finish. The top fits tightly and brightwork is very good. The interior has wear from use but is not excessive. A beautiful older restoration that holds up extremely well. – Been around a while? Sold at Kruse Auburn Fall in 1998 for $456,800, two years later for $583,00, then at Christie’s Monterey in 2007 for $902,000, Bonhams Simeone in 2017 for $1,001,000. A magnificent but getting older car with delectible LeBaron coachwork. A classic LeBaron Duesenberg J may age, but its appeal never goes away.
Lot # 327 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe; S/N 1980406500044; Fire Engine Red/Black leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,500,000 plus commission of 10.33%; Final Price $1,655,000. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, Rudge centerlock alloy wheels, belly pan, added Audiovox radio, from the Terrence E Adderley collection. – Represented as the original engine and Rudge wheels. Paint finish has dulled and there are cracks in the left fender, there are also scrapes and imperfections on the hood. The brightwork has a few scratches and the center of the Rudge wheels is dulling. The engine compartment and underbody shows its age but not overly patinaed. The interior shows wear and stretching to the seats and scuffs on the sill from entry and exit. An old looking restoration needing plenty of attention to be show worthy. – Purchased by Terry Adderley at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction in 2012 for $715,000 and has added only 53 miles to the odometer since then. It reportedly has recently been tuned, detailed and had the brake cylinders rebuilt after ten years of mostly static display. It is not a particularly inspiring Gullwing that suffers by the color change (from Silver-Grey) and general neglect and is exceptionally expensive in this transaction.
Lot # 328 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Berlinetta, Body by Pinin Farina-Scaglietti; S/N 1161GT; Engine # 1161GT; Rosso Corsa, Blue stripe/Blue leather; Estimate $5,000,000 – $6,000,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $4,850,000 plus commission of 10.10%; Final Price $5,340,000. – 2,953/260hp, 4-speed, 4-point belts, rollbar, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, covered Marchal headlights, outside fuel filler, single-vent sail panel. – Successfully raced in 1959 by Bob Grossman and Walter Luftman in SCCA events at Lime Rock, Montgomery and Bridgehampton. Restored by European Auto Restorations in the 80’s for Yoshiyuki Hayashi. Restored again in 2006. Excellent paint and (very blue) interior. The chassis and engine compartment are gorgeous. Restored in 2006 but looks like it was last year. – Sold at RM Monterey in 2005 for $1,457,500 before its most recent restoration(s) and with an important career in U.S. racing when new, this is a satisfying result for an historic TdF.
Lot # 330 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 5141GT; Engine # 5141; Dark Blue/Beige leather; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,250,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,000,000 plus commission of 10.25%; Final Price $2,205,000. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires Cibie halogen headlights, Marchal fog lights, Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified noting a replacement rear axle and wider wheels. – Restored a while ago but maintained in excellent condition. The engine compartment is clean, dry and correct with only a little fuel and oil seepage. The interior is similarly good with barely used seat upholstery, clear gauges and a tight dash. Difficult to fault in any meaningful way, just getting old. – Lusso still excite with their sublime lines and luxurious trim and this one brought a superior price that reflects its appeal and visual attraction. It was sold at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in 2019 for $1,902,500 and has had significant work done to it since then. It is a solid value at this result in 2022.
Lot # 331 1992 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFMN34AXN0091097; Engine # 28606; Rosso Corsa/Red cloth; Estimate $2,500,000 – $2,900,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,500,000 plus commission of 10.14%; Final Price $3,855,000. – air conditioning, built in radar detector, SF shields, modular centerlock alloy wheels, PZero tires, U.S. spec, Assembly number 08316, Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. – 9,486 miles and looks like less. Belt serviced six months ago. – This is a huge number for an F40, but it is reassuringly presented with under 10,000 miles and recent belt service so it is ready to be driven. Gooding claimed the top F40 at Monterey at $3,965,000, but this result is so close there is no significant difference. A strong endorsement of “analog” supercars.
Lot # 334 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFPA16B000058335; Engine # 00274; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $3,750,000 – $4,250,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $4,000,000 plus commission of 10.13%; Final Price $4,405,000. – 2,855/400hp twin-turbo, 5-speed, air conditioning, power windows, Ferrari Classiche certified, recent timing belt service reported. – Delivered new to Hollywood Sports cars in LA and reportedly kept by owner Cris Vandagriff as his personal car for nearly 10 years. Featured on the cover of Automobile magazine and in the pages of Playboy. Showing just 15,004 km (9,324 miles). Very good paint with only minor stone damage to the nose. The engine and mechanicals are clean but not overly detailed, and the left exhaust outlets hang visibly lower than the right, the driver seat has a few wrinkles and creases and the driver footwell carpet is a bit worn and dirty. A good looking, lightly used 288 GTO. – The original Ferrari halo car and with 272 built the rarest, the 288 GTO isn’t a car that comes to market often so we were watching this one closely. Even more closely as Monterey Car Week progressed, since the F40, F50 and Enzo all broke world record prices in the prior days. 288s have also come a long way in price. Ten years ago these weren’t even seven-figure cars, and in 2016 this one was a $1.95M no-sale at RM Arizona. Here, though, it completed the sweep and brought more than any 288 has at auction previously.
Lot # 335 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N 106000049; Engine # 104000000085; Blue-Green/Beige leather; Estimate $1,700,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,850,000 plus commission of 10.27%; Final Price $2,040,000. – 1,996/110hp V8, 4-speed, chrome full wheel covers on Borrani wire wheels, Marchal headlights and fog lights, woodrim steering wheel, full tool roll, jack, wheel hammer. – One of twenty Supersonics built by Ghia to a design by Giovanni Savonuzzi of which fourteen were Fiat 8Vs. Imported to the U.S. by Chrysler president K.T. Keller, then sold to Lou Fageol who displayed it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1957. Represented as the original engine. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and glass. People’s Choice at Amelia Island in 2016. A show quality restoration with its original engine to better than new condition. – Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2015 for $1,815,000, then to the consignor at RM’s Amelia Island auction in 2017 for $1,375,000. It has little use since but is aging gracefully although with only 110hp its performance doesn’t live up to its fantastic design. It brought a generous but deserved price here.
Lot # 337 1954 Ferrari 625 F1 Grand Prix; S/N 0540; Engine # 0540; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $3,000,000 – $4,000,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Reported sold but not confirmed $2,800,000. – 2,498/210hp 4-cylinder, 4-speed, painted centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, fire system. – Originally s/n 0208F as a Formula 2 single seater and raced by Swaters in 1952-53, later upgraded to 625 F1 specifications. Then raced by Alfonso de Portago in 1955. Later owners include Pierre Bardinon, Jacques Setton, Carlos Monteverde and David Vine. In good historic racing condition. Mixed gauges with a very faded Jaeger tach face. Good paint and seat upholstery. Clean but not fresh chassis. – Reported sold (doubtfully) at the Orion Ferrari auction at Monaco in 1991 for $828,438. Historians will argue for years over the importance of the Ferrari 410 Sport sold later today for a gazillion ($20 million hammer) dollars, but this by far and away the most significant car, even among all the Ferraris, sold at Monterey. Ferrari GP cars are only rarely seen and when they are they tend to be Michael Schumacher-era high tech. This is a basic, serious, simple Lampredi 4-cylinder. Its sports car counterpart would be worth two or three times as much and in fact Ferrari would typically recycle the parts from these Formula cars into more readily saleable barchettas. RM has sheltered the final result but even at the low estimate this is a singularly rare and wonderful Ferrari F1 or F2 single seater, one of only a few remaining and blissfully significant. It is so rare and special that venues like the Monaco Historique and Goodwood will welcome it with open arms. Seeing it was a privilege. Buying it, at whatever cost close to the reported high bid, is a rare opportunity.
Lot # 339 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 1077GT; Engine # 1077GT; Rosso Corsa, Rosso Corsa hardtop/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $7,000,000 – $8,500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,425,000 plus commission of 10.09%; Final Price $5,972,500. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, two tops, covered Marchal headlights, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Cinturato HS tires, carburetor velocity stacks, chrome front fender vents. – Unfilled holes on top of the rear fenders behind each door. Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. Tiny amounts of overspray on the rubber grommet at the top of each door. Excellent engine compartment with only a little oily residue on the sump and frame on the right side. Far from pristine, but beautiful. – California Spiders can be eight figure cars, but this example leaves much to be desired and is seriously and appropriately marked down for its mediocre condition. Monterey 2022, and particularly RM Sotheby’s, brought wonderful cars that hadn’t seen the light of day in decades in to the limelight. This is a good example, and a good value in a covered headlight Cal Spider.
Lot # 341 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 Coupe; S/N 018; Dark Blue/Gray leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,150,000 plus commission of 10.43%; Final Price $1,270,000. – RHD. 5,993/450hp V12, 6-speed, air conditioning, Nardi steering wheel, OZ Racing wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires. Comes with Japanese study car spares including the original rear bodywork, a mold, testing wheels and tires, Zytec ECU an seat cushions for a tall driver. – One of 27 road cars. Used for aero testing in Japan, and since partially rebodied and given restoration work including new paint and full body stone guard. Some paint coming off the wheel nuts. Some dirt on the engine. Clean interior. Some light scratching on the side windows. Showing 954 miles. – One XJR-15 showing up for auction is unusual. Two showing up for auction in the same week has never happened before. Comparisons are inevitable, and of the pair it was the Jag over at Broad Arrow that’s the better car. This one was used for aerodynamic testing in the 1990s, so we can likely assume that the original body was cut and modified. It’s unclear how much of the current carbon/Kevlar shell is the original one that left JaguarSport (the subsidiary of Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing that built the car) in 1991. This price is somewhat modest compared to other XJR-15s that have hit the market recently, but anyone interested in one of these road-legal Le Mans racers actually had choices in Monterey, and they put their attention on the Broad Arrow car which sold for $1,380,000 all-in.
Lot # 342 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula 1; S/N N187; Rosso Corsa/Black; Estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000; Competition car, original as-raced 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,650,000 plus commission of 10.09%; Final Price $6,220,000. – 2,996/775hp V-10, 7-speed sequential, BBS centerlock alloy wheels, Goodyear tires. – Michael Schumacher driven, four-race winning Ferrari F1, 1998 winner at Canada, France, Silverstone and Monza. Original and unrestored, acquired directly from Scuderia Ferrari. Clean, as-raced. – The Michael Schumacher legend is still strong even as Max Verstappen piles up wins for Red Bull to encroach upon the Schumacher record. Owning a piece of the legend, however, is nearly irresistible and particularly a loud, powerful, strong naturally aspirated V-10 version, as this result shows.
Lot # 344 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Werks Spyder; S/N 718006; Silver/Red; Estimate $4,800,000 – $5,200,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,904,545 plus commission of 10.13%; Final Price $4,300,000. – LHD.1,498/150hp four, 5-speed, space frame chassis, alloy body, Dunlop Racing tires, woodrim steering wheel. – Factory racing history with class wins at Sebring and Nürburgring in period. Multiple European hillclimb victories. Raced at Le Mans and Targa Florio. Finished on the podium in more than half of the events it entered, and driven over the course of its career by Wolfgang von Trips, Jo Bonnier, Umberto Maglioli, and Hans Hermann. Comprehensively restored in the 2010s, including the unique textured leatherette material called “Acela Bast,” but does not have its original engine. Body replaced during restoration. Looks ready for either the race track or the show field. A rare RSK with a stellar restoration and a hell of a resume. – The 718 RSK built on the earlier successes of the 550A, solidifying Porsche’s reputation as a builder of lightweight racers that could challenge and sometimes beat much larger and more powerful machinery. While overshadowed in terms of attention and price by a jam-packed Monterey docket that included ’50s Ferraris, Maseratis and important Porsches (Gooding had a 2007 RS Spyder and a 1969 980/2), this RSK was one of the more significant racing cars on the peninsula this year and it’s hard to argue with the price it brought. Gooding also had an RSK with enviable North American racing history and a similar estimate, but it no-saled at a $3.9M high bid.
Lot # 345 1989 Lamborghini Countach Silver Anniversary Coupe; S/N ZA9CA05A5KLA12473; Nero/Parchment leather; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $459,091 plus commission of 11.09%; Final Price $510,000. – 5,167/455hp, 6-speed, modular alloy wheels, Pirelli PZero tires, air conditioning, Alpine stereo. – Moisture in left front turn signal light housing. Window frames have cracks. Seats show light wear. Interior at window door top join splitting. Wheels tarnished. Paint has light scratches. Small dents on roof. Mechanically serviced five months ago. Unrestored and showing 8,742 believable kilometers, also showing age. – Concluded post-block with this result, reasonably compromising its originality, low miles and age.
Lot # 346 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Alloy Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 09067; Engine # 09067; Rosso Chiaro/Black leather, Grey cloth inserts; Estimate $7,500,000 – $9,000,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,900,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,595,000. – 3,286/320hp, 5-speed, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, covered Carello halogen headlights, tools, extra alloy wheels, Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified, 2018 Cavallino Platinum. – As good as it gets, a wonderfully preserved 2017 restoration with its original engine and gearbox. – Not very much appreciated at Christie’s Geneva auction in 1973 where it was bid to only $7,800 but recovered in 2014 at RM Monaco where it was sold for $7,861,426 (Euros 5,721,000 at the time, this result is Euros 7,565,500.)
Lot # 347 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan, Body by Murphy; S/N 2132; Engine # J-151; Dark Blue, Blue padded roof/Grey leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,550,000 plus commission of 10.32%; Final Price $1,710,000. – 420/265hp DOHC eight, 3-speed, side mounted spares, chrome wire wheels, later radiator shell and Stromberg carburetor, elegant coachwork with steeply raked vee windshield, matching vee cowl, integrated leather covered luggage trunk – Good older paint, very good brightwork, the engine and underbody show little aging and aside from some stretching and wrinkling to the seat upholstery, the interior shows very well. An excellent older restoration. Originally owned by the Norris family of Chicago and stored for years at their Broadmoor Hotel. Restored by Fran Roxas in the 1980’s, owners include Terence E. Adderley, John Mozart, Jerry Moore and William Parfet. CCCA Senior #1379. A-C-D Category 1. Matching numbers engine, crankshaft, chassis and firewall. A beautiful, elegant Duesenberg with a high quality older restoration. Terrence E. Adderley collection. – The list of owners practically defines the characteristic known as provenance, knowledgeable collectors all of whom preserved this lovely Duesenberg. It was offered at Christie’s Pebble Beach auction in 1991 where it was reported bid to $484,000, then at the New York Auto Salon auction in 1999 where the bid was $500,000. A year later it sold at RM Amelia for $522,500. Terry Adderley bought it at RM Monterey in 2012 for $990,000 and this result, like that one, is a generous amount for a closed Model J balanced by the exceptional lines of this Murphy coachwork
Lot # 349 1965 De Tomaso Sport 5000 Spyder, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N SP5000001; Engine # 003; Red/Blue cloth; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Competition car, original as-raced 4 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000. – RHD. 289 Ford, four downdraft Weber carburetors, 5-speed transaxle, 4-bolt alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, wraparound Plexiglas windscreen, braced driver’s rollbar. – Raced once, driven by Roberto Bussinello, at the Mugello 500KM where it was a DNF. Stored thereafter at De Tomaso until 2003 with one intermediate owner until here. Dull, peeling, chipped paint. Soiled upholstery, cracked wood steering wheel rim. Dirty and neglected with no recent history of attention of any kind. – Bid to the same amount at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in 2021, the purported history of cooperation between De Tomaso and the Shelby team is intriguing but not convincing and the car is definitely a work in progress, needing everything. It would not have been a realistic value at the reported high bid.
Lot # 351 1968 Ferrari Daytona Prototype Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 11001; Engine # 11001; Silver-Grey/Black vinyl; Estimate $2,250,000 – $3,000,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,100,000 plus commission of 10.24%; Final Price $2,315,000. – 3,286/300hp, 6 Weber carburetors, 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, power windows, fixed headlights with flat slanted covers, Ferrari Classiche certification in process. – Discolored headlight covers. Decent repaint. Sound upholstery and gauges. The engine compartment is aged but not mistreated. Fair chrome. Checkered history, but a piece of Ferrari history. – Basically this is a 275 GTB/4 with experimental bodywork, and it’s a meaningful development car with appearance at the NY Auto Show that presaged the ultimate 365 GTB/4 Daytona. The surprising aspect of this result is that it brought three times the value of a pristine Daytona while the LaFerrari prototypes at Mecum this week brought fractions of LaFerraris values, but this is a 275 GTB/4 under the skin and this is a sensible 275 GTB/4 price for this car’s condition.
Lot # 352 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster; S/N 11304210015824; Dark Green, Dark Green hardtop/Bamboo MB-Tex; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $134,400. – 2,308/170hp, 4-speed manual, hub caps and trim rings, Michelin Harmony tires, Becker Mexico radio, power steering, tool roll. – Restored at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in 2009. Still gorgeous. Done to high standards even though these were worth a lot less 13 years ago, and carefully kept since. Iannelli Family collection. – Impressively restored and maintained since it was completed and bid to a healthy amount consistent with its attractive colors and the desirable 4-speed.
Lot # 354 1952 Allard J2X Roadster; S/N 3146; Red, Racing Decals/Brown leather; Estimate $500,000 – $750,000; Competition restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $565,000 plus commission of 10.88%; Final Price $626,500. – 331 Cadillac, Edelbrock intake, four 2-barrel carburetors, 4-speed, painted wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, dual spares, side exhaust, engine-turned dash, aero screens. – Bought new with a 331 Cadillac by Roy Cherryhomes, who approached a young Carroll Shelby to drive it for him in regional SCCA events. Shelby won four out of five SCCA races entered, and finished 10th in it at a race in Buenos Aires. Unclear history after that, but restored in the 1970s with a Chrysler engine and restored again during the 2010s with another Cadillac unit. Signed by Shelby on the tail, and by Bob Bondurant and Allen Grant under the hood. In race car condition with cracks, chips, dings and dirt. There’s a sizable dent on the right rear fender. The mechanicals, though, are freshly and expensively restored, so this is a usable, thrilling vintage racer that is eligible for all sorts of events and has history with the man that went on to bigger and better things with V8-powered British roadsters. – An Allard J2 or J2X (better weight distribution, more legroom) was one of the quickest cars you could take to the race track in the early 1950s, but they’re all engine and reportedly take real cajones to drive quickly. It has racing history driven by Carroll Shelby when new and a good restoration wearing its age and historic racing history lightly. The value in this transaction, however, is heavily influenced by the Carroll Shelby legend and not indicative of lesser-driven J2Xs.
Lot # 355 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 0598CM; Engine # 0598CM; Rosso Corsa/Grey cloth; Estimate $25,000,000 – $30,000,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000,000 plus commission of 10.03%; Final Price $22,005,000. – RHD. 4,961/400hp, triple 46DCF Weber carburetors, twin plug ignition, two seats, mixed gauges, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, driver’s head fairing, driver’s Plexiglas windscreen, SF shields, covered Marchal headlights, passenger’s metal tonneau cover. – The mega-Ferrari, developed for the eventually cancelled Carrera Mexicana, raced at Buenos Aires, then sold to American John Edgar where Carroll Shelby won its first U.S. race at Bremerton. Shelby called 0598CM “the best car I ever drove.” Later traded back to Luigi Chinetti and restored in 1981. Selected by Ferrari as one of the most significant cars in its sixty year history for display at Rodeo Drive. Excellent paint and upholstery. The engine compartment and chassis are restored like new with little evidence of serious use. Ferrari Classiche inspected but not certified. – Everyone who cared stayed up late on Saturday night to see this epic Ferrari cross the auction block, the first 410 Sport offered for public sale since 0596CM at RM Monterey in 2001 (for $3,822,500) and the highly imaginative “sale” of 0592CM at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction in 2014 for $23 million. It was entertaining to see Dana Mecum interact with Rob Myers at the bidding’s conclusion, but in the end Dana raised his bidder number to take the 410 Sport home to Wisconsin… or on behalf of an undisclosed principal. You never know when auction principals are concerned. Still, this is the mega-Ferrari sold for the week’s headline price and if it’s going home to Lake Geneva, good for Dana.
Lot # 357 1938 BMW 328 Roadster; S/N 85144; Black/Dark Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $700,000 – $850,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $630,000 plus commission of 10.79%; Final Price $698,000. – 1,971/80hp, three Solex carburetors, 4-speed, centerlock disc wheels, Avon Turbosteel tires, recessed rear-mounted spare, folding windshield – Supplied new to Automag in Munich, the first recognized BMW dealership. Partially restored throughout the 1980s but never quite finished, then concours restored from 2012-19 in the UK. Fresh and gorgeous. Thoroughly but not excessively restored. Nice enough to show, not too nice to drive. An ideal combo. – With a tubular ladder-type chassis, independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes and overhead valve straight-six with hemispherical combustion chambers (an engine found later in Bristols and ACs), the 328 was one of the best and most advanced prewar sports cars. Some even call it the first modern sports car. Prices vary widely depending on provenance and condition, but these days somewhere above half a million and below a million is the going rate. Back in 2010, this one was a $330,000 no-sale at Pebble Beach, but that was before its restoration was completed, and the quality of work was rewarded handsomely (and fairly) here. That said, Gooding’s spectacular all-original 328 stole the show at $874,000.
Lot # 358 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Series V Coupe Royale, Body by Touring; S/N 6C101014859; Engine # 101014949; Light Yellow, Black fenders, Black padded roof/Blue cloth; Estimate $900,000 – $1,200,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $650,000 plus commission of 10.77%; Final Price $720,000. – RHD. 1,752/80hp, supercharged DOHC six, 4-speed, rear-mounted covered spares within the “trunk”, black wire wheels, Blockley tires, Bosch headlights. – Beautiful instrument panel with bright gauges, comfortable, inviting upholstery and interior appointments although the woodwork varnish needs to be refreshed. Orderly engine compartment. The chassis is restored but used and road grimy. The early history is unknown but possibly attributed to Marquis Annebale Prosperini. Class winner at Villa d’Este in 1931. Replacement engine. A very cool car but showing its age. – “Cool”, yes, but also a captivating specimen on the final 6C 1750 series, this is for those who like old cars an eye full of presence and very Italian even though Touring built only a few of them. On any show field, even one with acres of Alfa 1750s, it will stand tall (both in presence and physically) and be a joy to display as well as to drive to and from the event. Another one, even a similar one, may never show up and the bidders’ decision on its value is determinative.
Lot # 363 1995 Ferrari F512 M Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFVG40A4S0103542; Engine # 40935; Black/Black; Estimate $475,000 – $550,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $705,000 plus commission of 10.71%; Final Price $780,500. – 4,942/440hp, 5-speed, U.S. market car, modular alloy wheels, air conditioning, major service completed in April, 2022, includes original sales documents and window sticker. – There are some filled paint chips on the nose, the left door has some crunchiness to the hinges when opening, the underbody is dirty and aged, and the driver’s seat has some scuffs on the bolsters. A lightly used, two owner original condition car with 8,892 miles. While the door hinge needs attention, the rest of the car is in driver condition. Major serviced in April of this year. – Originality, low miles and even recent service don’t account for the generous premium earned by this F512 M. It is purely and simply expensive but consistent with the short-lived record of $720,000 set by the F512M at Gooding’s hours ago.
Lot # 366 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R Coupe; S/N BNR32000667; Black/Gray; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $72,800. – RHD. 2,568/276hp twin turbo inline six, 5-speed, added BBS wheels, JASMA exhaust, FET Sports strut tower brace, HKS coil overs, Blitz radiator, and AddZest radio. – The intercooler inlet surround has some chips and chalkiness to the lower bit, exposed aluminum on the wheels is a tad tarnished, the paint finish is quite good overall, the engine compartment appears original and has some oxidation to exposed metal parts, underneath there is some slight damage to the pinch welds but the undercarriage is clean. The interior does not show significant wear, but the upholstery is starting to gain a blue hue from UV rays. A good looking, low kilometer car with a handful of bolt on upgrades. – The least expensive of the six Skylines in this year’s Monterey auctions, its condition and all the added speed parts suggests that even with low mileage it has been run hard which accounts for the relative lack of interest.
Lot # 369 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport Convertible; S/N 5YJRE1A17A1000552; Radiant Red Metallic/Beige; Black top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $112,000. – 215KW, 288hp gas equivalent, R80 3.0 80KwH battery pack, JVC stereo with navigation, chipguard, heated seats, modular alloy wheels, ClipperCreak wall charger. – The clear bra has been rubbed through to the paint on the front bumper by the license plate bracket, the remainder of the paint and body are very good, the seats show a little wear. A moderately driven example of Tesla’s groundbreaking sports car. – Better here than launched into orbit on a SpaceX rocket. We’re going to have to develop powertrain terminology for electric cars.