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As the excitement continues to build for Mecum’s Monterey event, the auction house has announced that a 1966 Aston Martin DB6, originally owned by entertainer Bing Crosby, will be joining the list of high-profile classics set to cross the block during the weekend of August 13-14 at the Hyatt Resort and Spa.
This particular DB6 is an original left-hand drive example and sports its original interior, but has been the subject of a major refurbishment, including new wire wheels and tires (but with the original factory spinners), plus a rebuilt fuel and brake system, including the infamous Mikuni triple carburetors. The car will be sold with a copy of the original title that bears Crosby’s name when it crosses the block.
The DB6 was originally introduced in September 1965 and was built until 1971, which today, still stands as the longest production run for any Aston Martin model. Nevertheless, the surviving cars are still highly revered in classic car circles and this one, thanks to the celebrity connection, will likely fetch top dollar.
[Source: Mecum Auctions]
One of six 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes set a record at the Mecum Auction today in Monterey, California, fetching a bid of $7.25 million. The price is the highest amount ever paid for an American car at auction. Mecum’s auction took place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course, just one of many such auctions occurring around the Pebble Beach Concurs d’Elegance.
The Cobra Coupe, CSX2601, is one of just six models build by Carroll Shelby to compete against the dominating Ferraris in the FIA World Manufacturers Championship. This particular car captured the World Manufacturers Championship in 1965 in Reims, France with legendary racer Bob Bondurant behind the wheel.
Bondurant was on-hand today and drove the Cobra Coupe onto the auction block in Monterey.
“This hand-built car beat the fastest cars in the world and has now added another ‘win’ to its list of accomplishments. It certainly finished in record form again,” said Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auction.
“Truly the best part about auctioning the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe has been sharing the stories of its amazing history with millions of people across the country. This race car’s greatest moments and its legacy as America’s world champion will be cherished for generations to come.
GALLERY: 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
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