RM Sotheby’s three-day Monterey sale gets underway on 12 August, featuring an impressive roster of 56 cars with million dollar-plus estimates among the 159-lot catalogue, headed by a 1970 Porsche 917 K, guided to fetch $16,000,000 – 18,500,000. Resplendent in the iconic Gulf livery it wore in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours where it was driven by David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood, chassis ‘031/026’ subsequently starred as the winning car in Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans, and recently received a meticulous restoration by Paul Lanzante – returning the 917 to its coupe bodywork after time spent as a Spyder following its crash at Le Mans.
Notable entries from The Paul Andrews Estate Collection include a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, the penultimate Zagato out of 19 produced (estimate $11,000,000 – 14,000,000); a 1955 Jaguar D-Type that was campaigned in Finland’s ice races in period by its first owner, Curt Lincoln, and restored in 2003 by noted marque specialist CKL Developments (estimate $5,500,000 – 7,000,000); and a one-of-nine 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight (estimate $4,000,000 – 5,000,000).
Elsewhere, among the competition Ferraris on offer, a 1962 268 SP which ran as a Scuderia Ferrari Works car in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours is listed at $8,000,000 – 10,000,000, as is a 1966 275 GTB Competizione that notched up class wins in period at Le Mans, Spa and Imola; while a 1958 250 GT TdF – fourth overall at the 1958 Tour de France – carries a guide of $5,750,000 – 6,500,000.
[ RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale – auction catalogue here ]
The Holy Grail of supercars, a 1995 McLaren F1 with just 390km, has been consigned for Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale, estimated to achieve in excess of $15,000,000. The only car finished in Creighton Brown, chassis 029 remained in a private collection with its first owner in Japan for 17 years, being imported into the US in 2013 by the consignor – its third owner – still wearing its original 1994 date-coded tyres.
Joining the F1 in Gooding’s top five is a recently restored 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (estimate $10,000,000 – 12,000,000); a 1,442-km Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, one of 25 Strassenversions (estimate $8,500,000 – 10,000,000); a 1966 Ford GT40, the first of two Alan Mann Lightweights (estimate $7,000,000 – 9,000,000); and a Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I – exhibited at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show – which emerged from an award-winning restoration at Motion Products Inc. in 2008 (estimate $4,500,000 – 5,500,000).
[ Gooding & Co Pebble Beach Auction – sale catalogue here ]
An ex-Works 1974 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12 is one of the stars set to cross the block at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction on 13 August, listed at $1,700,000 – 2,200,000. Chassis ‘010’ was entered in eight rounds of the 1975 World Sportscar Championship, with Derek Bell and Henri Pescarolo claiming victories at Spa, Zeltweg and Watkins Glen, helping Alfa Romeo win the World Championship for Makes. The car was retired from racing duties at the end of the season and was sold by the Works team to Judge DiLoreto in 1980, residing in his collection ever since.
Other highlights include a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-Type, in single-family ownership since 1964 (estimate $3,000,000 – 4,000,000); a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet Décapotable, one of only two surviving examples with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, fresh from an exacting restoration at the renowned specialist Tessier (estimate $1,800,000 – 2,300,000); and a US-delivered 1992 Ferrari F40 with just over 16,000 miles (estimate $1,500,000 – 1,800,000).
[ Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction – sale catalogue here ]
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