RM Sotheby’s returned to their Monterey form in 2021, putting together a smaller consignment that overflowed with quality vehicles.
RM fluctuates between two and three day auctions with the third day usually being a single collection or a themed consignment as in 2019 when the Thursday sale was all Aston Martin.
This year the Thursday segment was the single owner collection of the late Paul Andrews, a collection that brought in $34,439,000 all by itself. Recall that in 2015 RM also sold Paul Andrews’ collection in Ft. Worth, Texas, a no reserve auction that totaled $52,070,700 from just 78 lots.
RM’s Monterey auction confirmed an apparent transition in expectations that saw usually optimistic pre-sale estimates met or exceeded. It’s worth summarizing below for the three Monterey auctions that consistently provide estimates, Bonhams, Gooding and RM (leaving out 2020’s COVID-year):
|Sold < Low Est||Change from 2019||Sold > High Est||Change from 2019|
|2021||37.4%||-27.5 points||24.5%||+14.8 points|
|Gooding & Company|
|2021||42.9%||-41.1 points||26.8%||+24 points|
|2021||40.2%||-38.9 points||18.9%||+15.8 points|
I think it’s reasonable to conclude from this evidence that the auction companies and their consignors have been taking a conservative approach to expected prices … and that the bidders have a markedly different view of values.
Here are the RM Sotheby’s Monterey numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
Rick Carey, Andrew Newton, Greg Ingold, Christian Walters and John Wiley described 88 of the 163 lots at RM. Photos are by the authors with a few from RM’s catalog with photographer credit where noted by RM. The report is sorted in lot number order. 100-series lots are from the Andrews Collection.
Lot # 101 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe; S/N VC560041435; Onyx Black, India Ivory/Black and white vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $53,200. – 265/162hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, wheel covers, whitewall tires, bench seat, aftermarket radio, electric wipers. – Decent paint with small cracks at the leading edge of the drip rails. All trim has been polished or replaced. The underbody is clean but is clearly an older restoration. The interior shows well and has no major damage or wear. An honest, well-kept older car. Never fully restored, but got major attention when necessary. – The very first and one of the less expensive cars offered out of the extensive, diverse Paul Andrews collection, this Bel Air set the tone for the rest of the evening at a very strong price.
Lot # 102 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sports Coupe; S/N 252375E212597; Bluemist Slate/Blue vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $84,000. – 421/376hp, Tri-Power conversion, 4-speed, air conditioning, bucket seats, center console, AM/FM radio, 8-lug wheels with narrow whitewall tires, power steering and brakes, power windows. – From the Andrews collection. Restored in its original colors. Very good paint. The door fit is close but not perfect. The bumpers appear to be new and the window trim has either been replaced or polished. The 2+2 badges on the quarter panel have some pitting as well as the hood ornament, and the vent windows are dull. The underbody has held up well since restoration but has wear and tear from use. The interior has been mostly restored, but the steering wheel is old and has significant cracks. An older restoration that presents itself well from a short distance, but misses on some of the details. – Sold for a reasonable $45,100 at Mecum’s 2020 Kissimmee auction and turned around here at an amazing price that defies reality.
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Lot # 104 2005 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S45Y400606; Quick Silver/Black leather; Estimate $350,000 – $425,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 11.52%; Final Price $368,000. – 330/550hp, 6-speed, McIntosh stereo, BBS wheels (two of the four available options), chipguarded nose. – 2,024 miles and like new other than light creasing on the driver’s seat, so pretty much a standard GT. Paul Andrews Estate. – The diversity of the Andrews collection, which included everything from hot rods to English racing cars to modern exotics, was impressive and made for an interesting full-day auction. This was one of eight 2005-06 Ford GTs offered up for sale in Monterey this year, and although it actually showed one of the higher odometer readings it sold very well. Previously, it went to two Mecum sales in 2018 and was a $300,000 and $285,000 no-sale both times after selling earlier in 2018 at Leake Tulsa for $302,500.
Lot # 105 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Sanction II Zagato Coupe, Body by Zagato; S/N DB4GT0196R; Engine # 4200196GT; Aston Green/Green leather; Estimate $3,000,000 – $3,500,000; Original, modified for competition or performance 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,500,000 plus commission of 10.20%; Final Price $2,755,000. – 4.2/352hp, three Weber 50DCO1/SP carburetors, Tremec 5-speed, 16-inch painted wire wheels, Monit Rally timer, Michelin Pilote X tires. – Based on existing chassis modified by Richard Williams and assigned the four remaining unused DB4GT chassis numbers. First owned by Simon Draper in the UK and used for road testing by Brit mags. Converted to lefthand drive, the Tremec gearbox and larger wheel/tire package for Paul Andrews. Surprisingly used given the 9,586 miles, but that’s explained by the press car use. Sand chipped windshield, scratched side window aluminum trim, rusty marker light bezels. Gorgeous engine compartment. – The first of five DB4GTs to cross Monterey auction blocks, an unprecedented sequence for one of the most rare and desirable British autos ever. Three were in the Paul Andrews collection: This Sanction II Zagato, a period built Zagato (0190L sold for $9,520,000) and a Lightweight (0160L sold for $3,855,000). Bonhams had a continuation (0205L bid to $975,000) and Gooding had period built 0154L sold for $3,305,000. This Sanction II Zagato’s result fits neatly in the value progression and set the tone for the rest of the DB4GT bonanza this week.
Lot # 107 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan, Body by Dietrich; S/N 900245; Engine # 900229; Metallic Grey Green/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.53%; Final Price $1,050,000. – 446/160hp, 3-speed, vee windshield, chrome wire wheels, Michelin tires, luggage rack, dual enclosed sidemounts, rollup rear windshield, Depress Beam headlights. – First owned by famed entertainer Al Jolson. Eventually acquired by and restored for Harold S. Crosby who won his class with it at Pebble Beach in 1963. The next owner, Robert Friggens, owned it for nearly four decades. Most recently restored by Stone Barn for David Kane and its second class win at Pebble Beach in 2012. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Concours restored and showing no observed use or age. – Sold by RM at St. Johns in 2011 for $1.1 million with its older restoration, bid to $1.4 million at Gooding’s Scottsdale sale in 2017 and magnificently presented here, it is a huge value in this transaction, a magnificent CCCA Full Classic ™ that needs nothing.
Lot # 108 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe; S/N 1980407500064; Engine # 1989807500043; Silver Grey/Dark Green leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,225,000 plus commission of 10.41%; Final Price $1,352,500. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, dual outside Talbot mirrors, Beige fitted luggage, silver wheels, hubcaps, Pirelli tires, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Owned many years by 300SL specialist Kent Emigh. Very good paint and interior. Represented as the matching numbers engine. Good chrome with some weak little trim bits like the driver’s door vent window hinge pivot. Orderly but aged engine compartment that has never been fully restored and has old paint, oily residue and undercoat. Good gauges and interior details. An honest touring Gullwing from the Paul Andrews estate. – An honest Gullwing with a long and thoroughly documented history, its appeal is apparent in the generous price it brought which is comparable with the results for the other two Gullwings in the Monterey auctions and puts significant value on the history and documentation of this car.
Lot # 109 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta; S/N 4393; Engine # 4393; Silver Grey/Cognac leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,750,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,700,000 plus commission of 10.29%; Final Price $1,875,000. – 2.953/240hp, three Weber carburetors, 4-speed, engine internal number 1048/62E, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XVS tires, FIAMM air horns, woodrim steering wheel, Marchal headlights and fog lights. – Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. Clean engine compartment. Represented as the original engine with a correct type replacement gearbox. Very good clearcoat paint, only slightly worn upholstery. Clear, crisp gauges. Chip and odd distortion along the front of the passenger’s door. Orderly underbody but showing some road use. A fine Lusso, Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. Paul Andrews Estate. – The odometer of this Lusso today shows only 4 more km than it did in 2018 when RM sold it here for $1,710,000 and the car is essentially as it was then. The fact it sold for pretty much the same as three years ago is a good indication of a static market even in highly desirable Ferraris and the seller should be gratified with this result.
Lot # 110 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer; S/N XKD530; Engine # XK2336; Green/Green leather; Estimate $5,500,000 – $7,000,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,200,000. – RHD.3,781cc inline six, triple Weber carburetors, 4-speed, Dunlop centerlock alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, dual wraparound Plexiglas windscreens, 4-point belts, RetroTrip rally odometer, Monit rally timer, driver’s head fairing. – A well-known car with an involved history. First owned by tennis player Kurt Lincoln of Finland and raced there on land and on ice. It was later separated into two cars claiming the same chassis number. Eventually Gary Bartlett acquired both cars which were extensively researched and examined by Chris Keith-Lucas then reassembled into this car with the original monocoque, front chassis subframe, engine, transmission and brake calipers. An unnumbered bitsa also resulted, now owned by C- and D-type registrar Terry Larson. Very good paint and interior. Chassis (and an array of scrutineering stickers) shows use including some 2,500 miles in the current ownership. Attractively presented and maintained. Paul Andrews estate. – Sold for $517,979 by Christie’s in London in 2002 (£357,250 at the time and still with the competing chassis), then $3,905,000 by RM here in 2013 and $3,675,000 at Amelia in 2015. Its condition, despite the 3,916 miles the odometer has added since 2015, is essentially the same now as it was in 2015 and the reported high bid here was a reasonable amount that deserved serious consideration.
Lot # 111 1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Open Four-Seater Sports, Body by Vanden Plas; S/N RL3427; Engine # RL3429; Grey Green, Black fenders/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,000,000 plus commission of 10.50%; Final Price $1,105,000. – RHD. 4,398/105hp, folding windshield, Lucas P100 headlights, Smiths sidelights, rear-mounted spare, black wire wheels, Blockley tires. – Long term owned by the Sword family in Scotland, from 1931-1992. Other than paint and upholstery this 4 1/2 Liter Bentley is all original and, other than 90 years of care and maintenance, exactly as it left Bentley. That means engine, gearbox, frame, rear axle, body, everything. It’s been inspected by the experts and confirmed. Good paint on metal surfaces but cracked on the old fabric body. Good upholstery and fresh engine. Aged chassis and suspension. A real Bentley driver. Paul Andrews estate. – Bonhams sold this choice Bentley at Goodwood in 2005 for $339,462, then at Quail Lodge in 2018 for $1,435,000. There is probably not another example of the 4 1/2 that is as original as this and still capable of getting down the road with style and alacrity. Its result here is not a “bargain” but it is an exceptionally good value. This is what a Preservation Class Bentley should look and run like.
Lot # 112 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Alleggerita Sprint Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N AR1493E04159; Engine # AR131530598; Light Blue/Dark Blue, Cream vinyl; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $252,000. – 1,290/115hp, 4-speed, Plexiglas sliding side windows, lightweight, body, 4-speed, headers, early 40DCOE Webers, alloy wheels, hubcaps, Pirelli tires – Early race history in Austria. Restored like new with very good cosmetics. Replacement engine. The engine compartment is correct and orderly but not overdone, as is the chassis. Bent driver’s window frame. This is a sweet Alfa. Paul Andrews estate. – Sold by RM here three years ago in 2018 for $350,000, today’s transaction is much more reasonable for the Giulietta counterpart of the later Giulia GTA.
Lot # 113 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight Coupe; S/N DB4GT0168L; Engine # 3701068GT; Peony Red/Black leather; Estimate $4,000,000 – $5,000,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,500,000 plus commission of 10.14%; Final Price $3,855,000. – 3,670/302hp, three Weber 45 DCOE4 carburetors, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani outside laced wire wheels, Michelin Pilote X tires Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, outside fuel fill, no bumpers, dash mounted chronometer, roll bar, outside fuel filler. – Good paint and interior. Sympathetically restored to like new condition with little age or use evident. One of three lightweights built originally by Aston Martin in lefthand drive configuration but never raced. Known ownership history from new. Restoration begun by Charles Turner in 1988 finally completed in 2002 for Jack Boxstrom after Turner’s death. Now toured and historic rallied with stone chips all over the nose and headlight covers. Aeroquip plumbed engine compartment. Paul Andrews estate. – Sold by RM to Paul Andrews in 2007 for $1,650,000 and it is no accident it is worth much more fourteen years later, the ultimate expression of the DB4GT and lefthand drive for familiarity in the U.S. It was, as it deserved to be, the second most expensive DB4GT among the five offered in the Monterey auctions this week, following only Paul Andrews DB4GT Zagato.
Lot # 114 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe; S/N DB51466L; Engine # 4001438; Black/Black leather; Estimate $900,000 – $1,250,000; Cosmetic restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $825,000 plus commission of 10.61%; Final Price $912,500. – 3995/282hp, 5-speed, chrome centerlock wire wheels, Michelin XVS tires, woodrim steering wheel, power windows, Motorola radio, Smiths dash clock, 3.77 limited slip, documented with the factory build sheet, BMIHT certificate, comes with its owner’s manual, tool roll, jack and wheel hammer. – Delivered new in Paris but came to Southern California in 1968. Serviced and repainted in 2012. Formerly part of the Bob Pond collection. Represented as the original engine and gearbox. Good, shiny, sound paint and older chrome. Excellent upholstery. Straight bodywork and even gaps. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. An older cosmetic restoration that’s only showing a bit of age and doesn’t really need anything, even though it shows 90,806 miles. An ideal driver DB5. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2014 for $880,000, then to Paul Andrews at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2017 for $1,485,000. Today it shows only 257 more miles than it did in 2017. The transaction result today, while a big haircut from 2017, is appropriate in the current market.
Lot # 118 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N LML506; Metallic Blue-Grey/Parchment leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $850,000 – $1,200,000; Older restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $925,000 plus commission of 10.54%; Final Price $1,022,500. – 2,580/125hp dohc inline six, dual SU carburetors, chrome wire wheels, Michelin Pilote X 6.00×16 tires, tool kit, copy build sheet, BMIHT certificate. – One of two believed in this style and a total of eight Bertone-bodied DB2/4s built for ‘Wacky’ Arnolt. First owned by Mrs. Edith C. Field in San Francisco and displayed by her at Pebble Beach in 1955 where they won third place in class. Later acquired by GP driver Innes Ireland, then by David Clark in 1988. Restored a decade ago but still show quality with a beautiful engine compartment, strong details and excellent paint with a few small flaws and nicks but barely anything for the restoration’s age. Paul Andrews estate. – Sold by Bonhams at Goodwood in 2011 for $974,646, by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2017 for $1,430,000 and at its Geared Online Scottsdale auction earlier this year for $968,000. Two very similar results in close succession are very consistent and appropriate.
Lot # 119 1965 Buick Riviera GS Sport Coupe; S/N 494475H935131; Engine # LX4325H935131; Verde Green/Green vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – 425/360hp, dual quads, automatic, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, accessory RAC tachometer and Moto Monitor vacuum gauge, center console, AM radio, Protect-O-Plate documented. – From the Andrews collection. Very good paint. The doors sag slightly. Badging and trim are all dull or pitted. The engine bay is clean but shows plenty of use. The underbody is old and oxidized. Newer upholstery but the steering wheel is old and worn, as is all the trim. A cosmetic restoration that presents well as a driver but has many small cosmetic needs that can’t be ignored. Paul Andrews estate. – Certainly not the most expensive car of the evening but a big surprise nevertheless, this was a driver-quality car sold for concours car money. The same car brought $61,950 on Bring a Trailer three years ago, which was a fair number then and would be a perfectly realistic one today.
Lot # 120 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Coupe, Body by Zagato; S/N DB4GT0190L; Engine # 3700190GT; Shell Grey/Dark Green leather; Estimate $11,000,000 – $14,000,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $8,650,000 plus commission of 10.06%; Final Price $9,520,000. – 4.2, three 45DCOE-9 Weber carburetors, 4-speed, silver Borrani wire wheels, Michelin Pilote X tires, glass door windows, woodrim steering wheel, dual Scintilla magnetos, tool kit, original 15-inch chrome wire wheels and Zagato-style seats included. – One of six lefthand drive DB4GT Zagatos. Represented as the original engine. Excellent paint, barely used upholstery, bright chrome. Spotless engine compartment, underbody and chassis. Known history from new. Paul Andrews estate. – Sold by Brooks at Goodwood in 1998 for $1,121,597 (£688,100), then by RM at Arizona in 2005 for $2,695,000. The odometer has added 3,854 miles since then but the car is, if anything, even better after Paul Andrews ownership. The price certainly is better, but this is a rare and precious creature even, the crown jewel of Paul Andrews’ collection. It would be a crown jewel of any collection.
Lot # 122 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by Murphy; S/N 2169; Engine # J-403; Olive Green, Dark Green fenders/Black leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,250,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,000,000 plus commission of 10.17%; Final Price $3,305,000. – 420/265hp, 3-speed, firewall number 2169. dual sidemounts, chrome wire wheels, Excelsior tires, Twilite headlights, vee rear windshield. – Original body was a Murphy Convertible Coupe, owned for a while by Tommy Manville (but probably longer than some of his thirteen marriages.) Replacement engine (replacing J-145) and body swapped during C. Richard Bell’s ownership with this Murphy Convertible Sedan with distinctive “butterfly cowl”. Owned by William Swigart, Jr. from 1958 to 2007. Bought by Paul Andrews and restored by Steve Babinsky. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2009 and Amelia Island in 2010. Concours restored, complete and accurate except for age and porcelain loss on the exhaust manifold. Driven some 7,000 miles during the Andrews family’s ownership but doesn’t look like it. – Sold by RM at Hershey from the Swigart collection in 2007 for $1,650,000 and subsequently restored. The early engine swap and later body change is not uncommon on Model Js and when the finished package is as attractive as this it’s not critical to value. The new owner should be pleased with the car and satisfied with the price paid for it.
Lot # 204 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe; S/N ZHWBU16M53LA00747; Blue Ely Metallic/Cream leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 11.25%; Final Price $445,000. – 6,192/580hp, 6-speed manual, Pirelli P Zero tires, factory CD stereo. – A handful of chips on the nose, but there’s a clear bra there and they probably don’t go deeper than that. The rest of the paint looks great and this is a lovely color that’s only subtly metallic. Light wear and a few small smudges on the leather. Minor scuff on the edge of the left rear wheel. Represented with 14,050 miles, regularly serviced, and a driven but lightly used Lambo. Even though it’s not a Ferrari, it’s a late-model Italian supercar with an open-gate manual transmission, and that makes this car a sure-fire collectible. – The original MSRP on a Murcielago was $281,000 and the base models at least are more used exotic than modern collector car. Even in today’s super-heated used market, classifieds for Murcielagos hover around 200 grand. This car, on the other hand, smashed estimates and price guide values. Now, one sale doesn’t necessarily make a trend, but most signs point to this being the direction where Murcis and other modern analog exotics are headed. This was just ahead of the curve.
Lot # 207 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe; S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220686; Engine # 6A10113SB; Spa Silver/Smoke Grey leather; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $425,000 plus commission of 11.18%; Final Price $472,500. – 3,498/542hp, 5-speed, Pirelli P Zero tires, power windows, air conditioning, Alpine cassette stereo. – Showing just 6,837 km, which are represented as actual. Major service in 2018, including fuel bladder replacement. Other than very minor scuffs on the edges of the rims and a small scratch on the right rear, there isn’t any wear to speak of. – Bidding at RM and elsewhere in Monterey this year was exuberant to say the least, but it was arguably even more frenzied at RM’s Elkhart Collection sale last year, where this XJ220 sold for $483,500 and showed 15 fewer km on the odometer. Both are strong numbers for a well-kept XJ220 however. It previously sold for $206,700 in Auburn back in 2003 and then for just $154,000 at RM Arizona in 2009, but in the years since collectors have started to recognize the XJ220’s level of sophistication and its evolution from TWR’s successful racing endeavors.
Lot # 214 1951 Porsche 356 Coupe; S/N 11260; Engine # 40274; Red/Gray leather, Tan cloth; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 2- condition; Reserve; Hammered Sold at $410,000 plus commission of 11.22%; Final Price $456,000. – Later 1500 Super (1,488/70hp) engine, 4-speed, hub caps, wood window trim, Telefunken radio. – Very good paint, brightwork, and interior. Some light wear and cracks in the steering wheel rim and a minor chip at the top of the driver’s window. The rear glass shows light scratches as well, but mostly this is a thoroughly well-restored very early 356. The only thing missing is the original engine, but the 1500 at least looks right under there, and is more powerful. – This same Pre-A coupe was a no-sale at RM’s Porsche 70th Anniversary sale three years ago at a $525,000 high bid, a number that should have been taken in a heartbeat. The seller was more reasonable here, and a $456,000 final price is still a strong number for it.
Lot # 217 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Roadster; S/N 875272; Engine # R13019; Carmen Red/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $257,600. – 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, flat floors, welded louvers, outside bonnet latches, tool roll. – Represented as matching numbers. Restored in 2014, about when values for early E-Types started to take off, and in its original colors. Very good paint and chrome. The headlight bezels don’t quite fit flush. Detailed underneath. Very good, lightly worn interior. Plenty of life left in this well-restored early XKE. – Flat floor E-Types are less comfortable to drive than later cars and both outside bonnet latches and welded louvers are purely cosmetic distinctions, but they set the earliest E-Types apart from later ones and they are desirable features among collectors. That said, this car sold modestly. It brought $363,000 in Scottsdale back in 2015, and there’s no real reason why it should have shed $100,000 in value over the past six years.
Lot # 218 1967 ASA AU 1000 Bertone Spider, Body by Bertone; S/N 11010; Engine # 173273; Red/Black leather; Estimate $160,000 – $180,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $201,600. – 1,032/90hp Ferrari-designed four, dual Webers, 4-speed, Borrani centerlock alloy wheels, Hankook tires, leather boot cover, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Jaeger gauges. – Cool, cute and rare “Ferrarina.” One of about 100 built and just 17 factory spiders. Restored in Italy in 2016. Tired bumper chrome. Good paint aside from a scuff behind the passenger’s door, a handful of touch ups and a shallow dent on the trunk lid. Uneven panel fit. Very good interior. Not quite restored to Ferrari standards, but it’s not quite a Ferrari, is it? – In 1959 Ferrari introduced a small four-cylinder engine, essentially a one-third version of the Colombo 250 V-12. But rather than put the engine in a Ferrari, Enzo sold the production rights to the De Nora Group, which in turn established a company called ASA (Autocostruzioni Società per Azioni) in Milan to build a small car around that engine, with a tubular chassis developed by Giotto Bizzarrini and a body penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone. As so often happens with upstart sports car companies, though, the ASA was too expensive to be competitive, never sold in large quantities, and remains somewhat obscure despite all the big names attached to it. But not obscure to the bidders at the Portola, who afforded it a spot-on price for the condition and the extra-rare status of a drop-top ASA.
Lot # 219 1986 Porsche 962 IMSA GTP; S/N 962122; Red, White “Royal Crown Cola”/Black; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $800,000. – RHD. 2,994/780hp turbo intercooled flat six, 5-speed, fire system, BBS centerlock modular wheels, Goodyear tires, Motronic engine management. – Successfully raced by Dyson Racing in 1987 with two wins (Road Atlanta and Road America), three more podiums (Lime Rock, Portland and Sears Point and one pole (Laguna Seca). One owner since 1989. Restored in 1993, historic raced and again mechanically rebuilt with a fresh Porsche Motorsport North America engine and chassis rebuild in 2018. An abundance of the real deal stuff like Penske coilovers and presented in seemingly race-ready condition. – RM offered a 962-122 at Monterey in 2013 where it was bid to $650,000. Three years later the same car brought a bid of $750,000 at Mecum’s Monterey auction. It wasn’t this 962-122, however. This car was crashed at Watkins Glen in 1986 and rebuilt by the Dyson team using a new tub, reportedly from Fabcar, various bits and the original 962-122 chassis plate. It passed from Dyson to Porsche specialist Gunnar Racing and then to the present owner. The other 962-122 offered by RM and Mecum had reportedly been built from the original crashed tub, also by Gunnar Racing, a not-uncommon occurrence in the front line racing car world where from the remains of one car, two emerge. As a result, the reported high bid today is not really relevant to anything other than being $100,000 less than it attracted a year ago.
Lot # 220 1968 Porsche 911 Soft Window Targa; S/N 11880010; Engine # 3280015; Ossi Blue/Black with houndstooth inserts; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $230,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $257,600. – 1,991/130hp, dual Webers, 5-speed, chrome wheels, Vredestein tires, gold brightwork, plastic rear window, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, jack and tools. – Represented as matching numbers. Decent older paint with a blemish on the tail. Mild pitting on the chrome front vents. Newer rear window. Good interior with light wear on the steering wheel. The seagulls unfortunately got to it during the preview, but underneath all the bird shit this is a solid, attractive early Targa with the desirable plastic rear window. – Sold for $148,500 at Gooding Pebble Beach 2017. The soft window and 5-speed are the right stuff but even with that specification the result here is eye-opening. Time to redo the price guides.
Lot # 221 1991 Ferrari F40 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFMN34A9M0087895; Red/Red cloth; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,200,000 plus commission of 10.23%; Final Price $2,425,000. – 2,936/478hp, 5-speed, Speedline wheels, Pirelli tires, Schedoni luggage, air conditioning, heated windshield, books and tools. – One of 213 F40s delivered new to the US. Showing 2,897 miles, negligible age and no flaws. Has sat most of its life, but has also been consistently maintained over the years and has a 2021 engine-out belt service. – This F40 has done just 94 miles since 2017, when it sold here for $1,540,000. This result four years later is a massive difference but not a fluke, as all three F40s offered in Monterey this year sold quite well. The 16,000-mile example at Bonhams brought $1.6M, and Gooding’s 2,500-mile car brought a staggering $2.9M. Analog supercars were hot this year at Monterey so the F40 – perhaps the ultimate in analog supercars – naturally attracted a lot of attention and set some recent record prices.
Lot # 223 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta Spider; S/N ZFF72RHA8B0182822; Rosso Dino, Silver/Brown, Tan leather; Marrone Scuro top; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,350,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,000,000 plus commission of 10.50%; Final Price $1,105,000. – 5,999/661hp, yellow calipers, Scuderia shields, carbon fiber interior trim. – One of 80 built to commemorate Pininfarina’s 80th birthday. Just 350 miles and in like-new condition. – The sticker price on the SA Aperta 10 years ago was less than $500,000, and all 80 examples sold out immediately. Limited production and a unique body style have a way of getting collectors’ attention, and in the SA Aperta’s case prices quickly soared past $1M and have stayed there. This one was a $1,050,000 no-sale at Mecum Monterey 2017, and this similar number four years later shows the sustained interest in these cars even without outright appreciation.
Lot # 226 1970 Citroen DS21 Chapron Cabriolet, Body by Chapron; S/N 00FA0662; Engine # 458000706; Red/Tan leather; Tan top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 11.92%; Final Price $291,000. – 2,175/123hp, fuel injection, column shift 4-speed, wheel covers, Michelin XAS tires, original radio, leather boot cover. – Canadian delivery car, originally finished in white over red. One of 40 DS 21 cabriolets built in 1970 and 483 total. Represented as matching numbers, with four owners from new, and with a 2017 restoration. Some paint prep issues with minor bubbles on the front, some touch ups on panel edges, and orange peel on the trunk. The chrome looks original, and the body side trim doesn’t quite fit flush. Light wear on the driver’s seat and the dash looks original, but the rest of the interior looks good. Considering how much DS Chaprons are worth, this car could have been more carefully restored, but it’s still a handsome automobile. – Any DS is an interesting and handsome car, but when it comes to values the most desirable “Dee Esse” is the convertible model offered by Henri Chapron from 1958-73. This one went to auction twice in the 1990s before restoration, but more recently at Amelia Island 2019 it sold for $263,200. This result in 2021 is a reasonable bump for it given all that has gone on in the collector car market over the past two years.
Lot # 228 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S165; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 11.92%; Final Price $291,000. – 289/306hp, 4-speed, Shelby Cragar wheels with BF Goodrich Comp T/A tires, original aluminum Borg Warner T10 4-speed transmission, original 14-inch wheels with old tires included. – Represented as the original engine and gearbox. The paint has noticeable cracks along the drip rails. The doors are misaligned and panel gaps are inconsistent. The engine compartment is clean and appears to have been recently detailed. The underbody is clean and has no corrosion. The interior has plenty of aged components, the seat belts are faded, and there is a big sign on the steering wheel that reads “NO BRAKES!!!” One of 252 “carry over” GT350s that feature a mix of 1965 and 1966 model features, but mostly a rather uninspiring Shelby. – “Uninspiring” is right, but it’s a carry-over ’66 with all the important original stuff and only 43K miles which brought it a serious premium. It takes a deeply involved Shelby fan to appreciate the differences and the value of originality and it looks like there were at least two of them at the Portola this evening.
Lot # 230 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, Body by Wendler; S/N 5500054; Engine # KDP90048; Silver, Red rear fender accents/Black fiberglass; Estimate $3,800,000 – $4,200,000; Incomplete restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,900,000. – 1,498/130hp, 4-speed, full width Plexiglas windscreen, alloy wheels, Michelin XAS tires, old factory cloth top. – Raced when new by Bob Donner, first in California and later in the Midwest with increasing success. Damaged in a garage fire in 1965 and languished for years before restoration began in 1983. Good paint, bare seats with no belts. The interior is quickly painted matte silver and has many unfilled holes in the firewall. Good looking engine compartment but the car needs to be finished and set up since it hasn’t run since 2000 aside from starting up before the auction. – This 550 Spyder looks like a car on which work stopped twenty years ago and before it was completed and the new owner basically will need to take it apart and carefully reassemble it. There is a vast gulf between the buyers’ opinion of how much this will cost to complete and the seller’s, not to mention the replacement engine and the fire history. This bid is a reasonable compromise between the car’s potential and the uncertainties on the road to realizing it.
Lot # 233 1955 Porsche 356 1500 Continental Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 60719; Engine # 34059; Orange/Black; Black top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 11.52%; Final Price $368,000. – 1,488/55hp, 4-speed, hub caps, whitewalls, Telefunken pushbutton radio, Petri steering wheel. – One of 228 Cabriolets in one-year-only Continental trim for the US market. Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint, which was a special order color when this car was new. Clean restored engine bay. Clean, tight-fitting top. Clean wheels and tires. Lightly wrinkled seats, and some wear to the original steering wheel (which was also a special order feature) and radio. An honest older restoration of a rare 356 in rare colors. – Like so many automotive ideas in the 1950s, the 356 “Continental” was the brainchild of importer Max Hoffman, who suggested that Porsche a more stylish name to its product than just “356.” But Ford quickly put the kibosh on that, meaning that 356 Continentals appeared only in 1955. The package consisted of gold Continental badges and literally nothing else, but it’s an interesting distinction that collectors care about. This one’s special order features are yet more desirable distinctions that, along with the strong condition and matching numbers engine, justify this price, which is even more than the $330,000 the car brought here in 2014.
Lot # 234 1962 Ferrari 268SP Sports Prototype, Body by Fantuzzi; S/N 0798; Engine # 0798; Red/Blue cloth; Estimate $8,000,000 – $10,000,000; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,000,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,705,000. – RHD. 2,645/265hp V-8, four Weber 40IFC2 carburetors, 5-speed, wraparound Plexiglas windshield, grey painted wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Willans driver’s belts, covered Marchal headlights, passenger’s seat with no belts. – Raced by Ferrari at Le Mans in 1962 where it was a dnf. Later raced by NART, then Tom O’Brien who was 1964 SCCA D/M champion with it. Acquired by Pierre Bardinon from Chinetti in 1969. Restored in the mid-80’s to presentable condition but neither concours nor as it was at Le Mans. Touched up old paint, soiled upholstery. Gouges in the radiator intake. Cracks in the tail. Displayed since then in various events. Ferrari Classiche certified. – Offered here by RM in 2016 where it was reported bid to $12.5 million without selling. Today it is Eber somewhat more aged and neglected condition but remains an outstanding Ferrari that is significant within the company’s competition car development. Its sleek design and double-nostril air intake is emblematic of competition Ferraris during the 1960’s and its condition is more than good enough to be brought to the track and exercised to the enjoyment of the crowd and its competitors. That’s a significant value for the new owner who paid a realistic price for it.
Lot # 236 1954 Glockler-Porsche 356 1500 Coupe; S/N 12213; Engine # P90016; Silver/Black; Estimate $750,000 – $1,000,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $620,000. – 1500 Typ 547 4-cam engine (1,498/130hp), Solex carburetors, 4-speed, 356 Pre-A chassis, centerlock wheels, woodrim steering wheel. – Designed for the 1954 Mille Miglia but wasn’t ready in time and debuted instead at the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally. Sound but dull paint. Small chipping on both deck lid and hood. Chrome has lost some shine and is in fair condition. Seals are worn and beginning to peel back on right door. Tires are quite worn and the chassis is dirty. Sound upholstery and gauges but rusty seat tracks. 1500 4-cam engine from 550 Spyder 550-0026. The only coupe special built by Walter Glockler and the last of the six Glockler-Porsches. An intriguing car that deserves better. – Any Glockler-Porsche is unusual and significant and we’ve seen only one in recent auction history, the spyder known as “#3” chassis 10447 that sold at RM Arizona in 2008 for $616,000. While this coupe’s appearance is somewhat awkward it is highly functional and the only one of its kind. Its unique status makes it hard if not impossible to equate with the #3 spyder’s value, but as one-of-a-kind and with a later (but cherished) 4-cam Typ 547 engine it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see it bid to much closer to the low estimate than this.
Lot # 238 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 09079; Engine # 09079; Red, White stripe/Blue leather, Blue Grey cloth inserts; Estimate $8,000,000 – $10,000,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,000,000 plus commission of 10.07%; Final Price $7,705,000. – 3,286/280hp 6-carburetor from the factory, now with a 300+ hp 6-carburetor engine, outside fuel filler, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Avon tires, fire system, Marchal headlights and driving lights. – Ex-Scuderia Filipinetti, GT class winner at Le Mans in 1967, later raced by Jacques Rey with some success. Later burned in a garage fire and rebodied in aluminum by Brandoli during restoration. Restored again in 2006, 2nd in class at Pebble Beach. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. Restoration freshened in 2013 with period parts reinstalled to replace later historic competition modifications, then restored again in 2018 and again competition prepared at a cost of some $750,000. Now has a Piet Roelhofs race prepared 6-carburetor engine and transaxle with the original engine and gearbox included. Excellent paint, interior and bright trim. Even gaps, flush fits. Clean, sharp engine compartment. – Back in 2015 when Bonhams sold this car at Scottsdale it showed 7,178 km compared with the 9,025 km on the odometer today and with the competition equipment, increased power and excellent presentation it should be a brilliant car for historic racing, high speed tours and events. It is probably irrelevant that it cost the consignor $9,405,000 in 2015 and sold for much less, not to mention the cost of its most recent restoration and preparation. The new owner got a lot of 275 GTB/6C with an important race history for the price paid here, but those 1,847 km over the past six years were expensive.
Lot # 245 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX2129; Red, White roundels/Black leather; Estimate $3,750,000 – $4,250,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,750,000 plus commission of 10.13%; Final Price $4,130,000. – Sebring-spec 289 with Weber carbs, replacement block, Halibrand magnesium wheels, Goodyear tires, fender flares, hood scoop, roll hoop. – Works Cobra driven by Ken Miles and Bob Bondurant in 1963 with nine podium finishes, and privateer race history in SCCA from 1964-66. Also displayed by Shelby at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The new Cobras brought Shelby USRRC and SCCA titles in 1963, in large part thanks to this very car. The paint has a few scattered chips at the lower edge of the rear wheel flares. The engine compartment is fully restored but could use a light detail. The underbody is clean with no oxidation. The seats have some creasing from use but the interior is not excessively worn. An excellent restoration done in 1997 that has held up exceptionally on this works Cobra, and of course the history is really what matters here. – This very important early Cobra sold for $2,585,000 at Pebble Beach 10 years ago, but the Shelby legend and reputation have only grown since then, as has the market for historically significant racing cars. Ken Miles’ reputation has also been enhanced by the 2019 Ford v Ferrari film, and CSX2129 was driven onto the block by his son Peter. The car deserved every bit of this price.
Lot # 246 2007 Ferrari F430 Spider Convertible, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFEW59A970152545; Giallo Modena/Brown leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 11.52%; Final Price $368,000. – 4,308/490hp, 6-speed manual, yellow calipers, carbon-ceramic brakes, Daytona-style seats, alligator leather accents, Scuderia shields, Xenon headlights, carbon fiber engine kit. – Sold new in California and ordered with alligator leather accents on the seats, rollbar, sun visors, and steering wheel. All the extras on this car reportedly about doubled the car’s base price of roughly $200,000 back in 2007. Now showing 470 miles and showing little to no wear or use. – Big on options and low on miles, this is a special car. The biggest driver of the price, however, is its clutch pedal, and this was one of the five late-model stick-shift Ferraris run right in a row at RM’s Friday sale. Like all of them this F430 sold quite well (about twice what a paddle-shift 430 Spider typically brings), but since it also sold for $357,500 in Phoenix five years ago and $319,000 at Mecum Indy in 2020, it conceivably could have brought a few more bids here but this is a realistic price.
Lot # 249 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFAA54A250142862; Nuovo Grigio Ingrid/Crema leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 11.72%; Final Price $324,000. – 5,748/532hp, 6-speed manual. Includes tools and books. – Represented with just 3,030 miles and as one of 60 stick-shift 612s sold in the United States. A few light paint nicks and scratches on the front bumper, and the underbody is clean but shows light usage. The driver’s seat has some minor stretching to the leather, but the interior is clean and well kept. Well-maintained, seldom driven and finished in a rare but attractive color combination. The main draw, though, is that gated shifter between the seats. – RM Sotheby’s sold five late-model stick-shift Ferraris right in a row on day 2 of its Monterey sale this year. There was a bidding frenzy for every single one, especially for this 612. Manual 612s hardly ever come to market, and whatever the going rate is for a flappy paddle car, more than double it when you come across a manual one. The last time this car crossed an auction block was two years ago in Amelia Island, and it brought $291,000. That it brought more this time around wasn’t a big surprise.
Lot # 250 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFFC60A390167772; Nero/Cuoio leather; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $640,000 plus commission of 10.78%; Final Price $709,000. – 5,999/612hp, 6-speed manual, carbon ceramic brakes, Daytona seats, Scuderia shields. – Represented with just 4,730 miles. One of 30 cars equipped with a 6-speed, and 20 of them came to North America. Good paint overall with a filled paint chip under the driver’s side headlight and a few small chips along the rear brake duct intakes. The underbody is clean but shows light aging. The driver’s seat has light creasing in the leather. Very well-maintained and has little use. – On modern Ferraris, a third pedal and that famous open-gate shifter command a gigantic premium. The later the car is, the higher the premium, and on 599s a stick shift can essentially double the price of a car with flappy paddles. As analog, row-your-own-gears exotic cars have become truly extinct, cars like this have only become more appealing to enthusiasts. Most of the ones on offer in Monterey this year sold very well, and it’s hard to see values going anywhere but up. This 599 last appeared at Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach sale three years and about 200 miles ago, when it sold for $517,000. Not quite Bitcoin, but certainly not a bad return on investment, either.
Lot # 251 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Berlinetta; S/N ZFF83CLA0J0233105; Rosso Corsa/Black leather with Red stripe; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 11.52%; Final Price $368,000. – 6,496/785hp,, automanual transmission, rear-wheel steering, carbon-ceramic brakes, Scuderia shields, factory accessories. – Delivered new in Texas and represented with 575 miles. In like new condition inside and out. Serviced in December 2020. – Breathtakingly powerful and pleasing to look at, it’s hard not to see the value in this 575 mile 812 Superfast. Ferrari has been through 599, 612, 812 and F12TdF model names recently and they’ll get a call from Stuttgart if they try to name the next Ferrari evolution “912” so the moniker the marketers come up with will be interesting. The price the bidders came up with for this low miles 812 Superfast is appropriate to its condition and equipment.
Lot # 253 2007 Saleen S7 LM Coupe; S/N 1S9SB18107S000107; Silver, Black/Black leather and Alcantara; Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $925,000 plus commission of 10.54%; Final Price $1,022,500. – 7.0-liter, 1000-hp twin-turbo V-8, 6-speed manual, adjustable biplane rear wing, rear diffuser, Saleen alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, air conditioning, power windows, four-point Sparco harnesses. – Represented as one of three (other sources say seven) S7s upgraded to LM specification. Upgraded in 2018. With 170 miles, this car is in excellent condition inside and out. It looks like nobody has ever really put this car through its paces, which is almost a shame because 1000 horsepower and all sorts of aero kit, the LM-spec S7 is capable of savage performance, including a claimed 240-mph top speed. – Estimates vary, but there were probably fewer than 100 Saleen S7s of all types built, which makes these home-grown hypercars Pagani-level rare even in base trim. But the twin-turbo and especially the LM-spec S7s are next-level scarce. This same car sold for $1,205,000 on Bring a Trailer last November. It was the first LM to hit the open market, and it eclipsed the previous auction record for a Saleen S7 by nearly a factor of 2. Showing just 12 more miles in Monterey, it took a bit of a tumble but a seven-figure final price is still strong. This was another example of a theme we saw across Monterey this year – big cars that are fresh to market sold well, while cars with multiple auction appearances under their belt just didn’t do as well on their reruns.
Lot # 254 2016 Ferrari F60 America Spider; S/N ZFF85BHA4G0215096; Blu Nart, Red stripes, Matte Black hardtop/Red leather driver’s seat, Navy Blue leather passenger’s seat, both with a US flag motif running; Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,500,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,300,000 plus commission of 10.15%; Final Price $3,635,000. – 6,262/730hp, 7-speed automanual, Carbon fiber hardtop, chrome fuel filler door. – The first of 10 F60 Americas, built to celebrate 60 years of Ferrari in North America. Represented with 2,105 miles. The paint has only minor chips on the front bumper, otherwise the car is like new inside and out. – $2.5 million when new (depending upon how well the first owner got on with his/her Ferrari dealer) and built in an almost negligible 10 unit production run for the U.S. only. It’s surprising to see even 2,105 miles on a nearly singular Ferrari supercar showing that someone actually cared about the sensory experience of driving it. Now someone else can share that experience at a mere million dollars more than the MSRP. Drive and enjoy.
Lot # 256 2020 McLaren Speedtail Coupe; S/N SBM23GDG0LW403081; Blue carbon fiber/Blue and Black Aniline leather.; Estimate $3,000,000 – $3,500,000; Unrestored original 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,850,000 plus commission of 10.18%; Final Price $3,140,000. – 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with parallel hybrid system and 1,035 system horsepower, McLaren Special Operations roof scoop, MSO contour paint effect, blue wheels, McLaren Orange calipers, five-piece luggage set. – Driven just 396 miles and in new condition in every way. One of 106 built (just like the McLaren F1), and this is serial number 81. Represented with around $540,000 in options and bespoke equipment, not including the $100,000 roof scoop that was available as a post-delivery upgrade. – Initial Speedtail buyers were pre-selected by McLaren at a starting price in the low-$2M range. The trend lately has been for ultra-exclusive exotic cars like this to get a lot pricier once they hit the wider public market, and the Speedtail is no exception. This is the second Speedtail sold at public auction and the first, sold at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction this January, brought $3,277,500. That’s a similar enough result to this, with the difference being down to mileage and being first to market vs. being second.
Lot # 258 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 35 Tipo C Monoposto; S/N 8; Engine # 5001264; Rosso Corsa/Brown leather; Estimate $3,000,000 – $4,500,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,100,000. – Grand Prix single-seater with a 2,937cc supercharged straight eight. – Traces its sketchy origins to an engine used by Rex Mays in the 1937 and 1938 Indianapolis 500 and again with other drivers as late as 1947. The chassis comes from Argentina and metallurgically dates to a later time. The bits to assemble it into a car with a 12C gearbox came from all over or were constructed to serve the purpose. Built to race, not show, which the late Peter Giddings demonstrated many times in historic racing. Delightful patina and maintained in race-ready condition. – The first of three cars and one engine from Peter Giddings’ stable. All were a specific mix of assembled parts both original and newly made designed for the single purpose of being driven fast by Peter, a driver of great talent, style and determination. Each required a buyer equally determined to excel at pre-war class competition at the highest levels. A museum car this isn’t.
Lot # 259 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Sports; S/N 2111037; Rosso Corsa/Rosso Corsa leather; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,200,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,050,000 plus commission of 10.48%; Final Price $1,160,000. – RHD. 2,336/165hp dual supercharged inline eight, 4-speed. – Assembled initially by Aldo Cesaro from a variety of parts after the original car was by Guido Barsotti at Chimay in Belgium in 1937. During restoration for Peter Giddings the frame was examined metallurgically and determined to be of later composition. Uses a Jim Stokes-built modern engine. Race-ready and presented with a beautiful patina. – Often seen in Peter Giddings’ capable hands dicing with the cream of postwar vintage racing cars, this is an historic racing car with history attached to some of its parts, but the sum of its parts is less than the whole which is fast and charismatic. at this price the new owner should be supremely happy with it at Monaco, Laguna Seca or Le Mans.
Lot # 261 1927 Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix; S/N 4; Engine # 3/4; Black/Black leather; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,500,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $904,545 plus commission of 10.55%; Final Price $1,000,000. – 1,488/170hp supercharged dohc straight eight, driver/mechanician seating, single aeroscreen. – One of four factory team cars for 1927 that swept the four-race grand prix season with Robert Benoist driving another team car that year in total dominance of the championship and in the process draining Delage’s financial resources. Sold to Louis Chiron who scored a seventh place finish at Indianapolis in 1928. Then sold to Robert Senechal back in France. Acquired by Earl Howe in the U.K. in 1931 who raced it in voiturette events in Europe. Acquired by Richard Seaman from Howe, prepared by Giulio Ramponi, converted to hydraulic brakes and driven to voiturette victories at Donington, the Isle of Man, Pescara and Berne and leading to Seaman being hired by Alfred Neubauer for the Mercedes team in 1937. Seaman sold the Delage to Prince Chula and then acquired by Reg Parnell after WWII who also owned chassis number 2 and engine number 3 and proceeded to use parts as necessary to keep one car running and accounts for the mixing of engine numbers 3 and 4 in today’s engine. The next owner was Rob Walker, followed by Serge Pozzoli. [I know, this is a long journey, but this is in every sense of the word, a seminal automobile.] Eventually acquired by Peter Giddings in 2012 and prepared for historic racing by Auto Restorations in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now immaculately presented and race-ready, one of the most intricate, finely constructed, elaborate but successful creations in auto racing history. – I confess to a penchant for the Delage 15-S-8, as complicated but effective as a fine hand made Swiss watch. I had the pleasure of spending a night with Peter and Judy Giddings at their home years ago and Peter and I spent hours marveling at the intricacy of this car, a 1927 automobile that was still turning in competitive performances twenty years after it was built. The detail and workmanship is a credit to Delage, Auto Restorations and Peter Giddings. Bid to $1,602,034 at RM’s 2007 London sale (£775,000, this result is £721,700). It was bid to $1.3 million on the block but is now reported sold at this result by RM Sotheby’s and is a unrequited bargain at this price.
Lot # 262 1977 Porsche 935 K3 Coupe; S/N 9307700911; Blue, “Cooke Woods Racing”/Black cloth; Estimate $1,700,000 – $2,000,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,400,000. – Factory-built 935-77A, upgraded to 935 K3 specs, slant nose, hood pins, center lock BBS wheels, acrylic windows in doors and rear, huge rear wing, fire system, Sparco seat – Originally delivered to Gelo Racing for the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft driven by Tim Schenken, dnf at Le Mans. Then to Italy where Jolly Club’s Martino Finotto, Carlo Facetti and Gianpiero Moretti took pole for the Daytona 24. Upgraded to K3 specs for Roy Woods’ Racing for 1980 and renumbered 009 0005. Then campaigned successfully by Ralph Kent-Cooke through 1982. European Classic Endurance Racing history through 2020. Very good cosmetics. Orderly, professional and thorough race preparation, most recently restored in 2018. The engine compartment is spotless. Not a show car, but far better than most historic racers. – Offered by Mecum at Monterey in 2012 in a different livery and restored since to reasonably high standards, it was bid to $700,000 without selling. It’s now a much better and more historically liveried car in 1981 Sebring livery and specifications, but is just another 935 K3 and the reported high bid is not unrealistic.
Lot # 264 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe, Body by Boano; S/N 0667GT; Engine # 0667GT; Dark Blue Metallic, Silver roof/Tan leather; Estimate $775,000 – $900,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.56%; Final Price $995,000. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as matching numbers. Restored in 2016 and still looks fresh. Lovely paint, chrome, and interior. Negligible wear to the driver’s seat. It looks like there used to Scuderia shields on the fenders and it shows through the paint. Minor blistering along the crease on top of the right rear fender. A mostly lovely low roof Boano that shows a few minor issues upon closer inspection. – A no-sale here at a $960,000 high bid in 2015 (later reported sold at an undisclosed price) and a $925,000 no-sale at RM’s Arizona sale in 2018. There are several years between this car’s auction appearances but the bids for it are consistent and reasonable. The estimate is surprisingly low. The result is appropriate for a model that has seen substantial appreciation a few years ago but now appears to have leveled off.
Lot # 266 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S053; White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $350,000 – $375,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $325,000 plus commission of 11.54%; Final Price $362,500. – 289/306hp, modern 5-speed (original T-10 4-speed included), Shelby wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT tires. – Paint is older with a chip above the driver’s side headlight bezel. The windshield has some delamination. The brightwork is old, the windshield trim has dents, and the side vents have pitting on the trim. The engine compartment has a light film of grime as does the underbody which also has a heavily oxidized exhaust. The interior is older and dull although the seats appear to be recovered with a significant nick on the driver’s seat. the steering wheel is also missing the Shelby emblem and has plenty of adhesive residue where it used to be. A rather disappointingly presented Shelby, restored in the ’80s and used plenty since. – The Monterey auctions are chock-full of immaculate restorations and extremely rare, often historically significant automobiles. So although this car is an inherently desirable first-year GT350, its presentation was uninspiring and it sold for a middle-of-the-road price that contrasts so many of the strong numbers elsewhere this year. We also saw this car here in 2018, when it sold for $379,000. A good name like GT350 gets a place on the Monterey docket but the bidders are informed, perceptive and have plenty of experts to supplement bidders’ observations. A few small oversights can hobble bidding as bidders wonder what else was swept under the rug.
Lot # 268 2012 Lexus LFA Coupe; S/N JTHHX8BHXC1000052; Engine # 1LR0001556; Metallic Silver/Red leather; Estimate $500,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $740,000 plus commission of 10.68%; Final Price $819,000. – 4,805/553hp, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, original car cover, Tumi luggage. – Some fine chips and nicks all across the front bumper, and the driver’s seat has some nicks in the leather at the leading edge of the seat. Otherwise a like-new, 3,850-mile LFA, one of 500 total built and represented as one of just 26 finished in this color. – Somewhat overshadowed by the record-breaking $1.6M LFA Nürburgring edition that RM sold the following day, this base car nevertheless brought a massive price which further confirms that these highly engineered V-10 carbon fiber flagships are on collectors’ radar. The LFA’s MSRP was $376,000, but over the past 12 months or so prices have soared. Kids love them and in fifteen or twenty years when they reach their high-earning years the values are going to soar even more.
Lot # 270 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 20405; Engine # 2155; Azzurro Metallizzato/Cream leather, Black stripe; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – 2,927/255hp, four Weber carburetors, 5-speed, air conditioning, Campagnolo wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – US market car. Recent major engine service and new upholstery. Good paint overall with only a small chip in the door gap on the driver’s side. The engine compartment is very clean and well presented. The underbody is very clean and the interior shows little visible wear. A very well presented car. – Generously bought at the top of any conceivably realistic value range. This is a good example of a carbureted 308 GTB but it is not the best in the world and for this price it should be especially since there is no representation that the 22,144 miles showing are all it has covered.
Lot # 302 1928 AC 16/56 Six Royal Roadster; S/N 14406; Dark Red, Black fenders/Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $39,200. – RHD. 1,991/56hp, 4-speed, disc wheels, Firestone tires, bulb horn, folding windshield, Lucas headlights. – Tired, cracked old paint, worn upholstery, dull nickel and brass. Aged, chipped, greasy chassis. Jim Feldman collection. – An attractive little car powered by John Weller’s nearly immortal single overhead camshaft inline six that would be powering AC’s into the second half of the century. It’s aged and neglected condition is a problem for a buyer who wants immediate gratification but a modest challenge as a complete and sound basis for restoration. While it looks expensive, it’s rare and cute.
Lot # 303 1935 AC 16/60 Saloon “Greyhound”; S/N L332; Green, Black leatherette roof/Beige leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,000. – RHD. 1,991/60hp, triple SU carburetors, silver painted wire wheels, Firestone tires, trafficators, top-hinged windshield, single sidemount, Lucas headlights, dip beam light. – Sound old repaint and interior. Erratic chrome. Surface rusty unrestored chassis. Sound interior woodwork and good gauges. Usable as is and unusual. Jim Feldman collection. – Saloons like this “Greyhound” were the basis for AC’s success in the Thirties, providing solid performance, comfort, style and room for a family at a reasonable price. Collectors today, however, place more emphasis on occasional sunny day use and are rather uppity about closed middle market cars, which accounts for the relative lack of interest shown here.
Lot # 304 1910 AC Sociable Tricar; S/N 0R458; Maroon, Black fenders/Black vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $47,600. – RHD. 5 RAC horsepower single, 2-speed gearbox, tiller steering, H&B Acetylene headlight, Griffiths kerosene sidelights, Dependence taillight. – Emblematic of the origins of AC and the original AutoCarrier delivery vehicle. Superficially repainted over whatever was there. Soiled top with torn corners. Dull brass. Unusual and all there, but headed for restoration. Jim Feldman collection. – Cute sells at Monterey and this AC Sociable is highly cute, or in Jim Feldman’s words, “adorable”. Its restoration will be straightforward and it will be a delightful entrant alongside the Aces, Acecas and Cobras that followed.
Lot # 306 1937 AC 16/70 Drophead Coupe; S/N L594; Silver/Dark Blue leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $110,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $58,800. – RHD. 1,991/70hp, triple SU carburetors, “Servais Noloss” exhaust expansion chambers, 4-speed, body color wire wheels, trafficators, single sidemount, fender mirrors, Lucas headlights, dual horns, Andre HydroTelecontrol shocks, Motorola radio. – Sound older repaint, good chrome, sound upholstery and interior trim. Tired old top. Good gauges. Far from fully restored but presentable and usable. Jim Feldman collection. – AC was a leader in enhancing the performance of John Weller’s old 6-cylinder engine by the simple expedient of giving it adequate carburetion, witness the three SUs on this and other ACs of the period, and the exhaust expansion chambers on the other side of the cross-flow cylinder head. This is a handsome and practical car in decent, usable condition and it would not have been expensive at a hammer bid much closer to the low estimate.
Lot # 307 1963 AC Ace Ruddspeed Roadster; S/N RS5030; Red/Black; Estimate $300,000 – $375,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 11.11%; Final Price $500,000. – RHD. 2,553/170hp Ford Zephyr six with triple SU carbs and Ruddspeed Stage 4 tune, 4-speed, painted wire wheels, Avon tires, woodrim steering wheel. – From the Feldman collection. The 30th of just 36 or 37 Aces built with the 2.6-liter Ford engine. Restored and used at the California Mille, Copperstate 1000, and Colorado Grand. Paint condition and chrome are in good condition. Interior seats look well used. Fading on the weather stripping. A fair amount of oxidation on the undercarriage and exhaust. A used but sold and proven car, and arguably the most desirable car out of Feldman’s collection of seven rare ACs. – Most car enthusiasts know the basic story of how the AC Ace morphed into the Shelby Cobra, with Carroll Shelby swooping in with his good connections and Ford V-8 power just as AC’s supply of Bristol engines was dwindling. But there was a short period when AC used Ford Zephyr sixes, offered in various tunes by Ruddspeed with up to 170 hp available. It “snarls with fierce relish,” said Car and Driver. The Zephyr engine was shorter than the tall Bristol six, allowing AC to restyle the Ace’s nose with the shape eventually used on the Cobra. With just three-dozen built before the Cobra showed the way of the future, Ruddspeed Aces are a seriously unusual sight, especially in the U.S. This one’s price beat expectations, but bidders recognized both the rarity and usability of this nimble roadster, which is still about half the price of a 289 Cobra but certainly not half the car.
Lot # 308 1968 AC 428 Convertible, Body by Frua; S/N CF14; Red/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 11.85%; Final Price $302,000. – RHD, 428/345hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, Avon tires, horseshoe shifter, woodrim steering wheel, cloth boot cover, cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – From the Feldman collection. A coil spring big block Cobra under the attractive Frua skin. First owned by race team owner Rob Walker, who as heir to the Johnnie Walker whisky empire could have any car he wanted. One of just 30 428 Spiders built. Good older paint and chrome. Erratic panel fit. Clean wheels and tires. Older restored underneath. Original interior with significant wrinkling in the leather and serious cracking on the driver’s side. An extremely rare car anywhere, especially in this country, and an interesting piece of AC history. – It’s unusual to see an AC 428 anywhere, but Monterey has a way of attracting seriously rare cars and there was actually a pair of 428s on offer this year. The coupe over at Bonhams was in similar condition but brought $173,600. This one brought much more on account of its rarer open-top body style and a more AC-centric audience in the room at RM thanks to the six other ACs out of the Feldman collection. The Rob Walker history probably didn’t hurt, either. On account of the 428’s rarity, its Cobra DNA and its Italian bodywork, it’s still a decent value even at this price.
Lot # 309 1938 AC 16/90 Two-Seater Competition Sports; S/N L655; Silver/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – RHD. 1,991 Arnott supercharged sohc six, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Firestone tires, Lucas headlights and dual horns, folding windshield, single rear-mounted spare. – One of only five built by AC with the Arnott supercharger, displayed at the 1938 London Motor Show. Discovered disassembled in 1974, restored in the early 90’s. Third in class at Pebble Beach in 2006. Excellent paint, good upholstery and chrome. Thoroughly and conscientiously restored and maintained. Jim Feldman collection. – One of the prettiest British two-seaters of the Thirties, a rakish, dashing car with sweeping front fenders and a sloping tail with integrated spare wheel and tire. The Arnott supercharged engine is a rare feature and it is surprising that this AC didn’t bring more but is therefore a solid value for the new owner.
Lot # 310 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFJA09B000048723; Red, Black sills/Black leather, Red bars; Estimate $375,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $380,000 plus commission of 11.32%; Final Price $423,000. – 4,942/340hp, Borletti air conditioning, Pioneer cassette stereo, power windows, 5-spoke alloy wheels, TRX tires, Daytona style headrest seats, manuals, tool roll, spare. – New tires. 954 km from new. Very good original paint and interior. The seats are lightly stretched, the underbody is original and clean, all appropriate to the 954 km showing on the odometer and claimed to be original. Gauges and interior switches and controls are clean, bright and crisp. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. Fox Collection. – Cataloged as reading km on the odometer but calibrated in mph on the speedometer, this 512 BBi showed 911 km when sold here in 2017 for $429,000. It has been well-preserved since then and there is zero reason or justification for it to have brought less than four years ago, but sometimes that happens and puts a good value in a largely original car into the hands of a new owner.
Lot # 311 1995 Ferrari F512M Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFVG40A0S0100590; Engine # 38256; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $420,000 plus commission of 11.19%; Final Price $467,000. – 4,943/440hp, 5-speed, modular wheels Continental tires. Assembly number 17876. – From the Fox collection. Number 20 of 75 US market 512Ms and one of just 501 sold worldwide. Bought new by actor Lorenzo Lamas. Classiche certified. Represented with 14,477 miles. The right headlight cover looks a little cloudy but the rest of the car is clean and clearly well cared for. – The F12M is the final, the fastest, the rarest and the most refined version of the Testarossa series that spanned over a decade. It also marked the end of Ferrari’s flat-12 era. Good F512Ms can command nearly twice as much as the next most desirable in the series – the 512TR. This isn’t a record price for a F512M but it’s close, and deservedly so for a car with significant mileage (by Ferrari standards) but wonderful presentation. A more used and less carefully kept example sold for just $229,600 over at Bonhams Quail Lodge, which just goes to show how much condition matters in this hobby.
Rafel Martin, courtesy RM Sotheby’s
Lot # 313 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Coupe; S/N JTHHX8BH5C1000301; Black/Black Alcantara; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,450,000 plus commission of 10.34%; Final Price $1,600,000. – 4,805/563hp V-10, BBS wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires, yellow calipers. Comes with window sticker, luggage, Lexus Racing gloves. – Represented with 930 miles. One of 25 sold with the Nürburgring package in the US, and one of three finished in black. Represented with 930 miles and is in excellent condition. Fox Collection. – Lexus built just 500 LFAs, and only 64 of those were equipped with the Nürburgring package with improved aerodynamics, 10 extra horsepower, quicker gearbox, lighter wheels, and lower ride height. Although there were LFAs sitting at dealers years after Lexus stopped building them, the collector car market has woken up to what amazing pieces of design and engineering they are. Sale prices have climbed up over the past couple of years, and this was a leap. It’s a world record auction price for a Japanese road car and over three and a half times the original MSRP less than a decade ago. It’s also almost $700,000 more than was paid for this car at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2019. That is “appreciation”. [There were kids all over this car at the preview, like ants at a picnic, opening everything and amassing billions of pixels in photos and selfie videos. Eventually they had to be chased away.]
Lot # 314 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Convertible; S/N WDDAK76F59M002082; Crystal Laurite Silver/Black suede; Estimate $600,000 – $750,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $700,000 plus commission of 10.71%; Final Price $775,000. – 5,439/641hp, automatic, red calipers, black wheels. – From the Fox collection. Delivered new in Canada and represented with 15,200 km (9,445 miles). The nose has several deep chips which have been filled. The underbody could stand a detailing due to the road grime, and the interior shows little wear. A moderately used example of a rare specification SLR commemorating the Stirling Moss/Denis Jenkinson Mille Miglia winner. – A strong price for the mild wear and mileage but not an excessive one, and a reasonable premium over this rare (150 built) car’s original price in the half-million-dollar range.
Lot # 315 2005 Ferrari Superamerica Convertible, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFGT61A050145113; Red/Beige leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 11.92%; Final Price $291,000. – 5,748/540hp, 6-speed automanual, 5-spoke modular alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, red calipers, SF shields, GTC package, Daytona style seats, window sticker documented, books, tool roll, air compressor and car cover. – 3,873 miles and like new except for a delaminating Revocromico glass roof panel that has been covered with a black wrap “due to parts availability” which it might just as well read “exorbitant cost”. Classiche Red Book certified. Fox Collection. – The failing Revocromico roof (which might be considered standard on Superamericas) is largely offset in this transaction by the GTC package and modest miles.
Lot # 316 2003 Ferrari Enzo Coupe; S/N ZFFCW56A830133118; Nero/Cuoio leather; Estimate $2,200,000 – $2,450,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,050,000 plus commission of 10.16%; Final Price $3,360,000. – 5,999/660hp, paddle shift 6-speed, SF shields, all books and tools. Assembly number 50355. – From the Fox collection. Formerly owned by Steve Wynn. Represented as one of two in these colors. Shows no signs of serious use or age despite its 17,540 represented miles, which are on the high side for an Enzo. – Mileage be damned, this Enzo attracted aggressive bidding right up to the $3M mark. It was the most expensive car out of the Fox collection and it is the most expensive Enzo we’ve seen in years. It last sold for $2,040,500 at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2017.
Lot # 319 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari Coupe; S/N ZFF76ZFA4F0211245; Rosso Corsa/Black, Red leather; Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,000,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,950,000 plus commission of 10.17%; Final Price $3,250,000. – 6,262/949hp, carbon fiber fog lamps, carbon fiber mirrors, sport exhaust. – From the Fox collection. Driven just 787 miles and has little road wear to show for it. The front splitter has a few tiny stone chips on the carbon fiber portion. The seats show near negligible wear, although there are noticeable scuffs on the driver side floor mat. – According to RM Sotheby’s, the suggested retail price on this car with its selected options was $1,451,878. But LaFerraris got a lot pricier once they hit the open market and became available to anyone with deep enough pocket and not just a select group of invitees with Ferrari connections. Most LaFerraris sold at auction have brought somewhere in the low- to mid-$3M range, as confirmed by this result and the LaFerrari over at Mecum that brought $3,410,000.
[Through a looking glass, darkly, the BB/LM of your dreams.]
Lot # 321 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM Berlinetta; S/N 35527; Engine # 00682; Red, White, Blue stripes/Blue leatherette, cloth; Estimate $3,000,000 – $3,500,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,500,000. – 4,942/480hp, BBS modular wheels, Avon tires, full race equipment. – The last Ferrari delivered to Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. After a dnf at Le Mans in 1981 finished 9th overall and 4th in class in 1982. Restored in 1999 for Todd Morici with a F110A engine, the original F102B engine is included. Restored for Charles Wegner in 2017. Very good cosmetics. Clean, organized chassis and engine compartment. Sand chipped windshield but the headlight covers are flawless. Last raced in 2019 at the Sonoma Speed Festival and better than new. – A marvelous Ferrari with a significant racing history and in excellent historic race ready condition, probably making much more than the original’s 480hp from its current engine. In terms of condition, history, performance and event eligibility this is a lot of Ferrari and the consignor’s decision not to let it go is understandable. The bidders’ decision not to put more money on the table is less understandable.
Motorcar Studios, Courtesy RM Sotheyby’s
Lot # 323 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 58P054802; Engine # 58P054802; Fairfax Blue/Medium Blue Parisienne cloth, White leather; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $151,200. – 365/335hp, automatic, narrow whitewalls, full vanity kit, steel springs, Sabre wheels. – Highly original condition. Spent its entire life in Allentown, PA among three owners. Won AACA Historical Preservation of Original Features Junior and Senior awards in 2016 and 2018, respectively. The stainless steel roof is in very good condition and the paint is sound with small signs of aging in the rear. Rough chrome in various spots, particularly around the front license plate. Seals are very worn in some spots, and many windows have delamination. Fabric in the front seats is quite frayed and fragile. Overall, a fair condition, largely original example. – This is a huge premium for originality, with little if any recognition of its more scruffy details. Eldo Broughams are seriously difficult (also read “expensive”) to restore and at this price there is no room for that option. It is destined to be preserved.
Lot # 324 1934 Packard Twelve-Series 1107 Coupe, 2/4-p.; S/N 73837; Dark Blue/Brown leather; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 11.09%; Final Price $511,000. – 446/160hp V-12, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemount spares with mirrors, dual chrome horns, Goddess of Speed mascot, wood dash and window trim, rear window curtain. – AACA National First Prize winner in 2016. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2007 to a second in class result. Exceptional paint and bodywork with no notable flaws. The chassis and mechanicals are immaculate. The dash wood is exceptionally well-kept and the interior has no visible wear. A beautiful concours level V-12 Packard. – This is a quality Packard, as demonstrated by the 2007 Pebble Beach award and a 2016 AACA National First Prize, and a restoration that is holding up extremely well even five years later. This transaction is ample evidence of its appeal and the confidence it inspired in bidders as well as the rarity of its body style.
Lot # 327 1961 Ewing “Dean Van Lines” Indy Car; S/N AACA101; White/Black, Blue vinyl; Estimate $500,000 – $750,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 11.11%; Final Price $500,000. – 270(?) Offenhauser, Hilborn injection, Vertex magneto, 4-wheel disc brakes, chrome torsion bar suspension. – Driven by Eddie Sachs to pole position at Indy in 1960 and 1961. Finished second in 1961 after an epic battle with A.J. Foyt was ended by a tire failure with three laps to go. Continued to race through 1963 before ending up as a supermod, as so many Indy roadsters did. Eventually restored by Vic Yerardi, 1988 AACA Grand National winner and class and Tony Hulman Award winner at Pebble Beach in 1994. Freshened in 2002. Good older repaint and upholstery. Neat, tidy engine compartment. The suspension chrome is showing age. – An historic Indy car and one of the last successful offset driveline roadsters presented in very good condition although probably needing attention after several years of display. The price is a credit to its restoration, history and preservation, one of several Indy cars at the Monterey auctions this year that reaffirmed collectors’ appreciation for them.
Lot # 328 1970 Porsche 917K Endurance Racer; S/N 917031026; Engine # 917031; Matte Gulf Blue, Orange roof/Red velour; Estimate $16,000,000 – $18,500,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $15,000,000. – 5.4/628hp flat twelve – Built as 917-026 for JW Automotive, raced at Le Mans driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood where it was a dnf after being crashed by Hailwood. In the course of Le Mans 1970 it was captured by the film crew for Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” and is depicted as the winning car. Repaired with a new Porsche-sourced chassis (031) which succeeded to the 917-026 identity and continued to be raced by Wyer’s team through 1971. The crashed chassis was returned to Porsche, repaired and then built up into a spyder, now known as chassis number 917-031/026 [which is this car.] The spyder was sold in 1971 and raced in the Interserie, then to Georg Loos Gelo Racing. Later in the Bardinon collection, then to Mike Amalfitano in the U.S. (still with spyder body) and historic raced. Acquired by the consignor in 2012 and restored by Paul Lanzante in its present coupe body. Comes with the replaced spyder body and spares. Restored like new and shows no use at all. – Characterized in the auction catalog as “Immortalized as the winning car in Steve McQueen’s 1971 Solar Productions film Le Mans”, a statement that holds up only insofar as it applies to the repaired frame inside the Le Mans 1970-styled new coachwork of this car, 917-031/026. Bonhams sold this car, the Mike Amalfitano Interserie Spyder, at Quail Lodge in 2010 for $3,967,000, at the time a record price for any 917 until Gooding sold 917-024 (also with a mixed up chassis number history), a 917K with no race history at all, in Gulf Blue and Orange at Pebble Beach in 2017 for $14,080,000, the first time any 917 attracted an auction price with an eight-digit number. This car (917-031/026) has all kinds of race history both in period and with Mike Amalfitano in historic racing and the bar was set high in pre-auction publicity. The reported high bid here would have been over $16.5 million all-in and is generous enough to have seen it change hands, even taking its excellent restoration and tenuous movie connection into account, if there was serious money at hand.
Lot # 331 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 1031GT; Engine # 1031GT; Giulietta Blue, Red stripe/Tan leather; Estimate $5,750,000 – $6,500,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,450,000 plus commission of 10.09%; Final Price $6,000,000. – 2,953/260hp, triple Weber carbs, 4-speed, chrome Borrani wire wheels, Englebert by Michelin tires, woodrim steering wheel. – Ordered new by French industrialist Jacques Peron with numerous special features including a 250 TR-spec engine. Rushing to finish the car in time for the 1958 Tour de France, Ferrari declined or ignored most of Peron’s requests. Understandably displeased, he nevertheless finished fourth in the car at the Tour but sold it shortly thereafter. Later enjoyed many years as a historic racer and recently restored by Patrick Ottis in its original colors. Represented as matching numbers. Shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2016, this Ferrari has been well-maintained since. There are minor blemishes to the driver’s seat, a small paint chip on the left rocker panel and front end, and slight blemishes on the chrome. These minor imperfections do little to take away from the overall quality and history. – Owned, consistently maintained and enthusiastically used for almost four decades by David and Mary Love, this is a recognized TdF with impeccable provenance. Restored to the highest standards by Patrick Ottis and in nearly perfect condition, it would not have been a surprise to see it bring even more than the successful bid here.
Lot # 334 1992 Porsche 911 RS N/GT Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZNS499281; Engine # 62N82601; Amethyst Metallic/Black, Purple, Light Purple leather; Estimate $325,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 11.56%; Final Price $357,000. – 3,600//260hp, 5-speed, red calipers, cross-drilled rotors, roll cage, Schroth harnesses. – M003 racing package. One of 20 N/GTs, each finished in a different colors, specially built to run in a one-make GT race series in Macau, China. The deal fell apart before the cars were delivered, and Porsche eventually sold all 20 to a dealership in Japan. This one has three owners from new. Showing 71,112 km. Several chips in the nose but the finish is holding up well. The wheels are a little dirty. Lightly worn leather but the interior mostly looks great. Minor crack on the taillight lens. It’s used, but the neat color and extremely rare specs should get any Porsche fan excited. – The “Macau Cars” as they are known may just be a footnote in the 911 history books, but competition specs and rare, interesting colors are the kind of thing that Porsche collectors live for. Despite this one’s significant use it sold very well and for fare more than a regular 964 Carrera RS in this condition would bring.
Lot # 337 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe Series III, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 1305SA; Nero Tropicale/Natural leather; Estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $5,000,000. – 4,962/400hp, six Weber DCF3 carburetors, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Blockley tires, covered Marchal headlights, Al-Fin brake drums. – Represented as the matching-numbers engine, gearbox and rear axle. Restored in the 1970’s by John Hajduk, restored again since then. Gorgeous trim chrome. Inviting fresh interior Excellent fresh chassis and engine compartment. Bright, crisp gauges. Freshly restored by RM Restorations to concours condition, Platinum at the 2021 Cavallino Classic, Best in Class at Amelia 2020. Ferrari Classiche Red book and above reproach. – The shorter 2,600mm wheelbase of the Series III 410 Superamericas doesn’t complement the sweeping lines of Pinin Farina’s Superamerica concept, not that many people would notice. Having sold here in 2017 in cosmetically maintained but largely original condition for $5,335,000 and then undergone an expensive comprehensive restoration at RM the seller’s reluctance to move it on at this reported high bid is understandable, if a bit tenuous in the present environment.
Lot # 338 1962 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus, 23-Window; S/N 861450; Engine # 5891198; Sealing Wax Red, Silver Beige/Gray; Estimate $150,000 – $225,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $184,800. – Hub caps, whitewalls, Sapphire AM/FM radio, roof rack, side steps. – Recently restored by Napa Valley Restorations in its original colors. Excellent paint with only a minor chip on the driver’s side next to a roof rack mounting point. The trim and chrome are immaculate. All window seals appear new. The underbody and mechanical components are fully restored and immaculate. The interior is fully restored and in excellent condition. A beautiful restoration with very sparing usage since completion. – It just wouldn’t feel the same if there wasn’t an overrestored 23-Window up for auction somewhere in Monterey this year. These microbuses consistently charm people out of tons of money and that charm does not at all seem to be wearing off.
Lot # 339 1968 Porsche 911R Coupe; S/N 11899006R; Engine # 5080005; Ivory/Black vinyl, cloth; Estimate $4,500,000 – $5,500,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,050,000 plus commission of 10.16%; Final Price $3,360,000. – 1,991/210hp 906 engine, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Avon tires, leather rim steering wheel, 2×3 46IDA3 Weber carburetors, Heuer rally timers, Kardex copy documented. – One of 20 production 911Rs. Retains its magnesium-case engine. Rallied in period in France. Damaged in 1969 and separated from its engine before being repaired and fitted with a 2.3-liter ST engine. Sold to Paris-Dakar founder Thierry Sabine in 1971. Restoration finished in the mid-2010s and reunited with its original magnesium-cased engine. Uneven panel fit on the passenger’s side. Yellowed original Plexiglas windows. Scratches on the passenger’s side rear window. Rock chips on the left front corner below the headlight. Niggles aside, this is the lightest, most hardcore, and most desirable early 911 variant, meticulously returned to its 1967 Tour de Corse livery. – While this is a curve-setting result for a 911, it also is the pinnacle of 911 performance, a combination of legendary engine and extreme weight reduction that makes every other early 911’s performance, even the vaunted 911S, pale by comparison. This kind of money puts the 911R in the rarified atmosphere of legendary racing Porsches, a deserved situation since it is a legendary racing Porsche.
Lot # 340 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A Spider; S/N ZFF78VHA0F0208634; Giallo Modena, White and Blue stripe/Black suede; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $570,000 plus commission of 10.88%; Final Price $632,000. – 4,497/597hp, AFS lighting system, red calipers, NART stripe. Assembly No. 126473. – Delivered to and kept by Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin. Represented with 6,436 miles. Several fine paint chips on the nose, but the rest of the paint and body are excellent. The underbody is in good condition but would benefit from a detail. The interior exhibits minimal wear. A very good example of the limited Speciale A with moderate use. – Intelligently bought for its modest miles, good condition and limited use by a prominent owner who had it maintained in his own shop giving the new owner unusually complete confidence in its condition and consistent care.
Lot # 341 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX2328; Engine # PA4539; Red/Black; Estimate $850,000 – $950,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.56%; Final Price $995,000. – 289/271hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, woodrim AC steering wheel, Stewart Warner gauges, grille and trunk guards. – Represented as matching numbers. Restored in 2016, more recently refreshed, and an excellent overall presentation. Shown at the Hilton Head Concours in 2017 and at Amelia Island in 2018. Known history from new. – This Cobra sold for $1,089,000 at Quail Lodge in 2017, then went back there a year later to a $950,000 no-sale and to an $800,000 no-sale at Bonhams Amelia 2019. It’s a solid car, but so many auction appearances in a short time mean it’s a bit stale from a market perspective, and this is a reasonable but somewhat modest price for it.
Lot # 342 1983 Porsche 956 Group C Endurance; S/N 956110; White, Blue “J. David”/Black cloth; Estimate $4,500,000 – $6,000,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,900,000. – RHD. 3-liter engine, Le Mans long tail body. – DNF at Le Mans in 1983 driven by John Fitzpatrick, Dieter Quester and David Hobbs, 4th at Norisring, winner in the Road America Can Am, winner at Brands Hatch (Fitzpatrick/Derek Warwick) followed by a succession of podium and top-10 results and ending with a dnf at Le Mans in 1984. Repainted a while ago, with some age and chips. The rest is unrestored and aged. – This 956 has a modest racing history but is only partially restored or even renewed for historic racing and will need sorting, testing and upgrading before it is seriously driven. It was offered by RM at its all-Porsche auction in Atlanta in 2018 where it was bid to a reported $3.5 million and it has been on display since then. It is unimpressively presented, and the bidders were even more unimpressed.
Lot # 345 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Berlinetta; S/N 4761; Polished aluminum, Silver sills/Blue leatherette, cloth inserts; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,200,000; Modified restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,900,000 plus commission of 10.26%; Final Price $2,095,000. – 3,929/370hp, four 3-barrel Weber carburetors, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Pirelli CN73 tires. – Bought new by an Iranian family and delivered to their 19 year old daughter at UC Berkeley, it was intended for immediate sale. The daughter, however, had a different idea and drove it for two years while enduring enough contretemps to introduce her to a San Mateo body shop. After yet another accident (confined to the right headlight area, it is said) the body shop owner purchased it and stored it for the next four decades. Now restored to operating condition with the exterior paint stripped and polished and the very good original interior. Mechanically refreshed as needed. The odometer shows a believable 15,938 miles and it purrs like a kitten. – In terms of making a dramatic first impression this Miura P400S led the field at RM’s Monterey auction with its polished aluminum body. Its history is only slightly less remarkable. It was fascinating to see how the bodywork was fabricated in pieces, then welded together and smoothed. This is a fabulous price for a P400S but it bought a car that will stop traffic at Concorso. Repaint it and immediately reduce the value by 50%.
Lot # 347 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback, Body by H.J. Mulliner; S/N BC1LB; Engine # BCB1; Masons Black/Tan leather; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,600,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.38%; Final Price $1,435,000. – LHD. 4,887/178hp big-bore cylinder head conversion, center-shift 4-speed, factory-style air conditioning, clock, original radio, skirts. – Delivered new in Pennsylvania, then returned to the factory after an accident and got a rebuilt chassis, fresh 4.9-liter engine and new body, essentially creating a new car. Restored in the late 1980s, finished the Copperstate 1000 in 2012 and made several concours appearances in the 2010s. Today it’s a well-maintained restoration that is showing only small signs of wear. Both front seats show signs of use. Front passenger’s side wheel has small dents and paint chipping. Weather stripping around is peeling with small paint blemishes near front bumper. Still gorgeous and very desirably configured with the big engine, left-hand drive, and center-shift manual. – This is a unique automobile with a unique history. Its condition is excellent and its story is fascinating. It brought an appropriate price for a later R-Type Continental, without the fascinating Bentley remanufacture history.
Lot # 348 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Derby Tourer, Body by Brewster; S/N S402MR; Engine # 22029; Chestnut Brown, Aluminum accent/Burgundy leather; Natural cloth top; Estimate $425,000 – $525,000; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $304,545 plus commission of 11.64%; Final Price $340,000. – 7668/113hp, 4-speed, body color wire wheels, whitewall tires, dual cloth covered sidemounts, trunk, C.M Hall headlights and side lights – Cataloged as the original chassis and body, but not engine. Owned by a succession of informed collectors including James Leake and Sam Vaughn. An older restoration that is showing its age. Wearing its original Brewster body. Cracks in the paint on multiple panels. Large spiderweb cracking on right quarter panel. The cloth top is discolored and there is delamination in rear window. Scratches in the chrome on both ends. A stately car that looks reasonable from a distance but upon closer inspection the flaws are obvious and numerous. – Looking back at the provenance of this Phantom I it is clear that even as a gashog old car in the 1950’s it was appreciated and preserved for its style and quality. That appreciation and preservation has continued to this day and even with the old cosmetics and aged chassis and engine it is a desirable example of one of the finest Rolls-Royces built in Springfield, Massachusetts and one of Brewster’s best body designs. It was offered at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in 2019 (before the Covid-opolypse) where it was reported bid to $470,000. Two years later the consignor took a serious haircut in this post-block concluded transaction. The new owner got a milestone Springfield Rolls that needs little more than careful functional checks and service for a moderate price
Lot # 349 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ91ZES102074; Engine # 63E02677; Dark Blue Metallic, Turquoise/Turquoise leather piped in Dark Blue; Estimate $235,000 – $335,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $325,000 plus commission of 11.54%; Final Price $362,500. – 3,164/231hp, 5-speed, 16×7 and 16×8 turquoise center Fuchs wheels, whale tail, sunroof, full turquoise interior (including dash and steering wheel), Recaro power seats, Blaupunkt Koln cassette stereo. – One-off car built for Tilman Brodbeck, assistant to Porsche CEO Peter Schutz. It has covered 105,590 km (65,611 miles) and there are several chips in the nose and elsewhere, but this stunning blended two-tone paint is holding up quite well. The wheels are very clean and the interior shows almost no wear, impressive considering the age and mileage. About as attention-grabbing as a 911 can get, and although Tilman Brodbeck isn’t exactly a household name this is a very special factory-customized car with a litany of fine details. – During the preview days and at the auction itself, every Porsche fan we talked to about this car was enamored with it. Photos don’t do justice to the brilliance of the paint and the way it blends from one color to the other. It’s the kind of car you want to just sit in the garage and stare at. Other ’80s Carreras with this mileage sell in the mid-five-figure range, but that is of little relevance to a car like this. Given how much of a standout it was at an auction week packed with Porsches and Porsche people, this price makes sense.
Lot # 351 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 Coupe; S/N 028; Blue/Gray leather; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,725,000 plus commission of 10.29%; Final Price $1,902,500. – RHD. 5,993/450hp V-12, 5-speed, three-piece OZ Racing wheels. – One of 27 road-going XJR-15s (most of the rest were used in a one-make racing series run as a support for F1). Delivered new to Japan. Showing 79 miles. Recommissioned earlier this year. There is a crack in the left marker lens but otherwise this looks like a new car. – Jaguar Sport/Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) developed the XJR-15 from the successful Le Mans-winning XJR-9 and XJR-12 racers. Unlike the eventual production XJ220 the XJR-15 really was a racing car for the road, with a carbon-fiber monocoque that was nearly identical to the Le Mans cars as well as the race-proven 6.0-liter V-12. The car is also so loud that Jaguar supplied a pair of radio headsets so that occupants could hear each other speak. Sounds like a gimmick, but owners have said it’s a helpful feature. Priced at about a million dollars, XJR-15s sold in tiny numbers and their one-make race series ended after just one season, so they faded into obscurity a bit after that. Other examples sold at auction in recent years have brought well under seven figures, but interest in ’90s race-bred performance generally has seen a huge upswing recently. XJR-15s offered privately have reflected that, and this result confirms that nearly $2M for an excellent one isn’t out of the question.
Lot # 352 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Series II Spider, Body by Vignale; S/N 0314M; Engine # 80M; Burgundy, Grey/Tan leather; Estimate $4,000,000 – $5,000,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,500,000 plus commission of 10.14%; Final Price $3,855,000. – RHD. 1,995/150hp, three 4-barrel Weber carburetors, 5-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Avon radial tires, dual wraparound Plexiglas windscreens, covered Marchal headlights. – First owned by Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi, the first of a long string of Ferraris he owned. Raced by him, including the 1954 Mille Miglia, then by subsequent Italian owners. Later upgraded by Ferrari to 3-litre (250MM) specifications. Stolen in 2000 during the Mille Miglia and not recovered until 2007. Beautifully restored and better than new with gorgeous paint, bright chrome and pristine upholstery. The engine compartment and chassis are immaculate. Ferrari Classiche White Book certified and impossible to fault. – Stories make cars more interesting and occasionally valuable. 0314M has its share of stories, largely vindicated by Ferrari Classiche’s restoration and provision of appropriate major components that return it to its 166MM configuration. While it may not be “pure” it is “accepted”, as its many Ferrari-sponsored appearances show, and it brought a representative price for its condition and history.
Lot # 353 1994 Bugatti EB110 SS Coupe; S/N ZA9BB02E0RCD39015; Engine # 107; Grigio Chiaro/Nero Inchios leather; Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,000,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,500,000 plus commission of 10.20%; Final Price $2,755,000. – 3,498/650hp quad-turbo V-12, Brembo brakes, BBS centerlock alloy wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, Nakamichi cassette stereo. – Showing just 9,946 km. One of about 30 Super Sports built. No discernible age to the body or interior. Some paint is coming off the wheel locks, but that’s it. An EB110 is special. An SS is even better, and this is a consistently maintained, barely driven example. – Romano Artioli’s ambitious but poorly timed revival of Bugatti in the 1980s-90s produced only one real model – the EB110. Unlike its younger VW-backed 16-cylinder siblings, the EB110 relied on a small engine and light weight but was still exotic stuff with a quad-turbo V-12, a high price, and a 139-car production run. The relevance and cachet of its badge today plus its analog driving experience make the EB110 just the type of car that many bidders were pining after in Monterey, and this Super Sport model brought a record price for the model.
Lot # 354 1970 Porsche 914-6 GT Targa; S/N 9140430032; Engine # 6400023; Tangerine, Ivory stripes, Black roof panel/Black leatherette, cloth inserts; Estimate $575,000 – $675,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $600,000 plus commission of 10.83%; Final Price $665,000. – 1,991/212hp, 2×3 Weber carburetors, 5-speed, limited slip, 911S brakes, flared fenders, oil cooler, Plexiglas rear window, roll cage, heater, leather rim steering wheel, Fuchs wheels, Michelin Pilote Exalto tires, oversize fuel tank. – The first of sixteen examples built for private owners. Raced when new by Swiss driver Gustav Schlup as Ecurie Beinnoise, then by Jean Baptiste Canonica. Represented as the original engine, refitted after living with a 2.7 litre Carrera engine. Freshly restored better than new, clean and fresh with a trove of parts. – Porsche 914s have not, over the years, gotten much respect but recently specialist 914s like this have been recognized for their performance and have brought, first, superb restorations and, second, extravagant prices in many cases surpassing their 911 contemporaries.
Lot # 357 1984 Ferrari 400i 2-Dr. Sedan, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFEB06B000051899; Argento/Tan leather; Estimate $75,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $152,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $170,800. – 4823/340hp, 5-speed, Michelin TRX tires, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – From the collection of Ron Tonkin, the first and only owner after being federalized in 1985, and his dealership badge is still on the trunk. Minor paint flaws at the front. Lightly worn interior. Delamination at the edges of the rear window. Trim around the windows has minor corrosion. Clean wheels. Right front headlight doesn’t fit flush. Tidy engine bay freshly serviced at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. A one-owner car with the desirable and rare 5-speed manual, always in the care of Ferrari professionals. – This price indicates a great deal of reliance on this 400i’s single and continuous history with Ron Tonkin and leaves little concern that important maintenance, or even minor attention, may have been deferred. Even at that, and with the rare 5-speed, it is heroically expensive, the most expensive 400i other than the one RM sold at Maranello in 2017 for $415,415 but that one had 3,300km and had been owned from new by the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richard and enjoyed a huge premium for his ownership. Ron Tonkin counts for a lot, but not as much as Keith Richards.
Lot # 358 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I Vantage Coupe; S/N DB62851LN; Engine # 4002842V; Silver Birch/Blue leather; Estimate $475,000 – $625,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $730,000 plus commission of 10.68%; Final Price $808,000. – Enlarged 4.2-liter engine with JMB cams, Tremec 5-speed (original gearbox included), upgraded suspension, aluminum radiator, chrome wire wheels, air conditioning, original Blaupunkt Koln radio with added Bluetooth. – Four-year restoration completed by Kevin Ray Restorations in 2021 with numerous but all tasteful mods. With the same family since 1982. Represented as a matching numbers Vantage engine but rebuilt with many modern features. Exterior shows very well with no obvious signs of wear, and the seats have evidence of limited use. No evidence of corners being cut. All professional and fresh. Gorgeous enough to put on a show field but ideally suited for a long vintage tour or rally as well. – Conventional wisdom holds that modifying a car sinks its value, but that isn’t universally true. Tasteful mods that improve a car’s reliability, usability and driving experience are widely accepted these days, and when the work is top notch (like on this DB6) it can even command a premium. In this case the premium was massive, beyond concours car money.
Lot # 361 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; S/N 11102712000963; Engine # 11698012000785; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $390,000 plus commission of 11.28%; Final Price $434,000. – 3,499/230hp, floor shift automatic, wheel covers, boot cover, Becker Europa radio, factory air conditioning, fog lights, power windows, tool roll, manuals. – Formerly restored, this Mercedes-Benz has begun to show its age a bit, particularly in the interior. Both front seats and rear cover show modest signs of use. Weather stripping is faded. Wood dash and paint are in good condition. Chrome around the grille is showing signs of wear. – A very good car if showing its restoration’s age that apparently benefited from being owned at one time by Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison’s widow. It is valued in this transaction at a generous price for its condition.
Lot # 362 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Pickup 4×4; S/N FJ45297029; Engine # 2F552811; Cadet Blue, White roof/Gray vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $168,000. – Older replacement 2F engine, 5-speed manual, power steering, air conditioning, aftermarket radio, Warn winch, Old Man Emu suspension, tools and books. – Sourced from Colombia, like many FJs, and fully restored by the FJ Company with copious upgrades. Very good paint, excellent panel fit, and fully restored underneath. The interior shows no use. An exceptionally well-done and somewhat rare FJ45. – FJ45 pickups are relatively rare but this wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity and a regular old FJ40 is more usable (shorter wheelbase, more room for your friends and family). This one certainly won’t be used as a farm or ranch truck at this price. Anything past six-figures would have been huge money for it, but this result is extreme.
Lot # 364 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R Coupe; S/N BCNR33003656; Midnight Purple/Gray cloth; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $235,200. – 2,568/276hp twin-turbo six, 5-speed, Continental tires, Brembo brakes, factory cassette stereo. – Finished in desirable Midnight Purple, the paint is very good with only minor chips on the front bumper. The front lip has some dings and scrapes. The engine compartment has been lightly cleaned but some metal components such as the fuel rail have light corrosion. Underneath is clean and has little corrosion and the pinch welds are intact. The interior is very good and shows little wear. A very clean, unmolested R33 like this is very difficult to come by. Showing 46,114 believable km. – This is a truly surprising result. Bidding quickly blew past its high estimate of $120,000 and onward to a final price of $235,200 to a nearly full auction room even though it was the final lot to go for the week. The car was in exceptional condition for the kilometers and finished in a desirable color, but at the end of the day, this is still a normal GT-R, not a rare version like an LM Limited. An exciting, yet likely unrepeatable result for the current GT-R market.