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It sometimes makes you wonder about the kind of world we live in. Many people in the US are still in economy mode, yet if you’d been at Monterey this past weekend for the big collector car auctions, you’d think we’re in the midst of another boom. In particular, Gooding & Company had a banner weekend, generating $64 million from just 106 cars, though many were rare, true blue chip examples.
The highest priced sale of the weekend went to a 1959 Ferrari 250 Long Wheelbase California Spider, a Competizione racer that sold for a whopping $7, 260,000. Runner up at Gooding was a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, which went for $6,710,00. To date that’s the highest single price ever paid for an Alfa at auction. Rounding off the high dollar triumvirate at Gooding’s Monterey event was another Ferrari 250, this time a 1961 Short wheelbase Berlinetta hot rod – the winning bid for that one was a substantial $6,105,000.
It was interesting to note that out of the 10 ten sellers at Gooding all them went for more than $1.6 million, including such cars as a 1928 Mercedes-Benz S26/180 boattail speedster ($3,740,00); a 1956 Maserati 200SI ($2,640,000) and a 1966 Ford GT40 ($1,650,000).
[Source: Gooding & Company]
As excitement for the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance grows in the run up to the August 14-15 weekend, more and more desirable cars are popping up for the event and the auctions held the same weekend. One of them is a stunning 1971 Lamborghini Miura S (similar to the car shown here), which will form part of Gooding & Company’s annual auction at Pebble Beach.
The Miura,styled by Marcello Gandini represents perhaps the finest expression of ’60s Italian super car style and it’s mid-engine design stole a lead on just about everybody else, including Ferrari. Built from 1966-71 it became a modern classic and today suriving Miuras still trade hands for considerable sums – the car up for grabs at the Gooding Auction is said to be worth between $500,000- $650,000 in it’s current condition.
Gooding’s theme at Monterey this year will be ‘significant examples of Italian performance and design’ and what could be more appropriate than a Miura S?
Other significant Italian machinery up for grabs include a 1955 Maserati AG6/54 Berlinetta with body by Zagato; a 1956 Maserati 200 SI once raced by Stirling Moss and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT long wheelbase California Spider ‘Competizione’.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
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]
In 1969; Ford Motor Company and Bud Moore battled Roger Penske and Chevrolet in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans American Sedan championship for supremacy. Now, one of the survivors of that tremendous season is being put up for sale.
Despite being highly competitive in the 1969 season (Bud Moore/Ford team drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer won four out of the first five races) a series of late season mishaps, including a spectacular three car crash at Ste. Jovite gave Mark Donohue and the Team Penske Camaros the edge and the manufacturer’s title went to Chevrolet. Nevertheless, the surviving Trans Am Mustangs from this golden era, still command serious money when they go up for sale today.
One of only two genuine 1969 Trans Am Mustangs still in existence, is this car – chassis number 112074, which is due to be auctioned off at Russo and Steele’s event in Monterey on August 12-14th. This particular machine made it’s competition debut at the Citrus 250 NASCAR race in February 1969, driven by Parnelli Jones. Built originally as a Daytona Special, it became the Bud Moore prototype and later the team’s main car during the 1969 Trans Am season. It’s also significant in being the only 1969 Trans Am Mustang to be raced both by Bud Moore and Team Shelby. The car, which is fully certified and documented by both the Federation Internationale d’Automobile (FIA) and the Historic Trans Am Registry, is likely to attract a lot of attention and some very serious bidding at Russo and Steele. Make sure you check back with AutoGuide for the final sales results from this highly anticipated auction.