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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle.He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs.A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

Historic Ferrari 375 MM Spider to be auctioned by Mecum in Monterey

The Ferrari 375 MM Spyder is one of 16 bodied by Pinin Farina | Mecum Auctions
The Ferrari 375 MM Spyder is one of 16 bodied by Pinin Farina | Mecum Auctions

Among the many beautiful and wildly valuable vintage Ferraris that will be up for auction next month on the Monterey Peninsula is Mecum Auctions’ terrific headliner, a rare 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider with an evocative racing history and back story.

Built for the rigors of endurance racing, the V12-powered Ferrari 375 MM is also remarkably handsome with coachwork by Pinin Farina, which demonstrated the Italian design company’s mastery and cemented its long-term relationship with Ferrari.

Chassis Number 0362AM has a racing pedigree of dominance in major sports car events under the ownership of Southern California construction magnate Anthony Parravano. The car’s complete history of competition and ownership is well-documented.

Number 0362 ruled Southern California sports car racing | Mecum Auctions
Number 0362 ruled Southern California sports car racing | Mecum Auctions

According to Mecum, which holds its “Daytime Auction” August 14-16 in Monterey, the Ferrari is being offered for the first time in 46 years from private ownership in the collection of two retired California college professors, Charles Betz and Fred Peters. The owners are responsible for the car’s “spectacular restoration” that brought it back from its scattered remains.

This 375 MM – one of 16 built with the Pinin Farina spider body – is revered as the most successful car “in Scuderia Parravano’s brief but dramatic reign over West Coast sports car racing in the 1950s,” Mecum says in its catalog description.

Ferrari designed the 375 MM around existing components, using a 340 MM chassis with the 4.5-liter, 340-horsepower V12 engine that had been developed for a stillborn Indianapolis 500 project. Weighing just 2,000 pounds, a 375 MM Berlinetta set a lap record in 1953 at the Circuit de la Sarthe at Le Mans before retiring. Later that year, another 375 MM took fourth place in Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana, sealing the first of Ferrari’s many Manufacturers World Championships.

The Ferrari has been authentically restored | Mecum Auctions
The Ferrari has been authentically restored | Mecum Auctions

Number 0362AM was damaged by fire during the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1955, repaired and put back on the track just two weeks later to win the road race in Palm Springs. The car was wrecked a short time later in a rollover crash at Bakersfield, after which Parravano opted to modify the car and shorten its wheelbase to compete in the 1956 Carrera Panamericana. The plan was scrapped after the Mexico race was among those canceled in the wake of the massive disaster in 1955 during the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Anthony Parravano ran afoul of the IRS and in 1957 with his business troubles mounting, he sent a number of his other cars to Mexico to prevent them from being seized. The cars were put in storage and later sold by the family. Mysteriously, Anthony Parravano vanished days before a 1960 court date, never to resurface again.

The modified chassis of the 375 MM Spyder, which was in the process of being rebuilt by Scuderia Parravano, was resold several times and raced continuously in various forms in major races and SCCA events, piloted by such renowned drivers as Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Skip Hudson, Don Hulette and Otto Becker.

The 375 MM is powered by a 340 hp V12 | Mecum Auctions
The 375 MM is powered by a 340 hp V12 | Mecum Auctions

In 1968, Betz and Peters purchased the rolling chassis and spare wheels, and then set out to locate the original missing components. Many of the parts were found among the vast inventory of Bob Sorrell, whose father had purchased them from the Parravanos, including the ID plate, a cutoff frame section, firewall, passenger seat, hood, door, metal tonneau, radiator, dashboard, windshield frame, driveshaft and gearshift knob. The body parts were readily identifiable by the unique maroon paint applied by Parravano technicians, while other clues determined the authenticity of the rest.

The reconstruction and restoration were undertaken by Steve Beckman of Beckman’s Metalworks in Costa Mesa, California, with the help of 1954 and 1955 photos of the original car provided by the Parravano family. The car has been returned to its original configuration and Rosso Corsa paint scheme as produced by Pinin Farina, and powered by an identical V12 engine from another 375 MM Spider, number 0376.

After completion, 0362AM was presented at the Ferrari Club of America meet in Indian Wells, California, in November 2012. In August 2013, the Ferrari was entered in the Carmel Concours on the Avenue, where it won best of show honors.

Mecum will auction the 375 MM on August 16, the final day of its sale at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa, the company said.

While Mecum has not provided a pre-auction estimate, a similar 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spyder with unique pontoon front fenders was sold by RM Auctions at its 2013 Monterey auction for $9 million.

Coys returns to motorcycle sales at British auction

A stylish 1931 Indian four-cylinder motorcycle highlights Coys auction in Belmheim, UK | Coys
A stylish 1931 Indian four-cylinder motorcycle highlights the Coys auction in Belmheim, UK | Coys

Coys is adding more than 90 sports and racing motorcycles, including rare antiques and classic performance bikes, to its annual collector-car auction July 11-12 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK.

The Blenheim auction marks a return of motorcycle sales for Coys, with the bike sale Friday followed by Coys’ customary classic car auction Saturday.

An impressive and diverse collection of bikes from England, Europe, Japan and the United States is being offered.

The 1952 Vincent Rapide is a highly desirable sport bike |Coys
The 1952 Vincent Rapide is a highly desirable sport bike |Coys

“Coys are delighted to be back in the collector motorcycle market once again with this extensive catalogue,” said Anthony Godin, senior motorcycle specialist for the London auction house. “This marks the rejuvenation of Coys involvement in classic motorcycle auctions.”

Classic motorcycle sales and values have been strengthening in recent years, in line with classic car sales, as more enthusiasts add beautiful bikes to their car collections. The cost is still relatively low and motorcycles are easier to put on display without taking up too much space.

Among the most interesting motorcycles at auction is an American classic, a 1931 Indian four cylinder, estimated at £62,000 to £70,000 ($106,000 to $120,000). Another four-cylinder American beauty is a 1920 Henderson 1300 coupled with an attractive sidecar built in the Ferrari workshops in the 1920s. Value for this rare preserved Henderson is £55,000 to £70,000 ($94,000 to $120,000).

The 1974 Ducati 750 SS is an extremely rare ’70s superbike | Coys
The 1974 Ducati 750 SS, an extremely rare ’70s superbike | Coys

An ultra-rare Italian performance bike, a 1974 Ducati 750 SS in what Coys calls “perfect original condition” from a prominent Italian collection, has an estimated value of £28,000 to £34,000 ($48,000 to $58,000). A 1980 Harley-Davidson XR750 flat-track racer is valued at £25,000 to £30,000 ($43,000 to $51,000).

The auction collection includes some strong British entries, such as a fully restored 1952 Vincent Rapide Series C, estimated at £45,000 to £50,000 ($77,000 to $86,000).

The Coys auction also offers a number of more-affordable classic motorcycles for sale, including sporty Triumphs and BSAs from the UK, Japanese classics and small-displacement bikes from Italy and Spain.

For more information about the Blenheim auction and to view the catalog of motorcycles and cars for sale, see www.coys.co.uk.

Pick of the Week: 1964 Pontiac Banshee prototype

The unique 1964 Pontiac Banshee never got past the prototype stage | Napoli Classics
The unique 1964 Pontiac Banshee never got past the prototype stage | Napoli Classics

The 1964 Pontiac Banshee coupe, a one-of-a-kind General Motors prototype, is our Pick of the Week as it makes an unprecedented appearance among the ads on ClassicCars.com.

The Banshee was created under the guidance of John Z. DeLorean, then-head of the Pontiac Division, to go up against Ford’s new Mustang. Two working prototypes, a coupe and convertible, were built by Pontiac’s in-house designers and engineers, boasting sleek aerodynamic fiberglass bodies that were futuristic and highly original.

Codenamed XP-833, the prototypes awed when they were unveiled in 1964. But the small two seaters with their long hoods and short rear decks were immediately seen by GM bean counters as unwelcomed competition for the Chevrolet Corvette, the automaker’s halo sports car, and DeLorean was ordered to pull the plug on the project.

The Banshee coupe was saved from the scrapyard | Barrett-Jackson
The Banshee coupe was saved from the scrapyard | Barrett-Jackson

GM also ordered that both prototypes be destroyed, as was the normal procedure in those days, but the Banshees were too cool to die. Instead of scrapping them, the Pontiac people hid them away in shipping containers. Eventually, they were sold to members of the division who had taken part in creating the prototypes. Both cars still exist today.

Although it was never produced, the Banshee did seem to have a strong impact on future GM products, such as the C3 Corvette. Later editions of the Pontiac Firebird also show styling cues from the Banshee, as did the Opel GT.

The Banshee coupe was soon sold to a new owner who kept the car until his death. In 2006, it was consigned by his family to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. The car was purchased by Pontiac collector and classic car dealer Len Napoli of Milford, Connecticut, for what then seemed like a shocking bargain price of $214,500, including buyer fees.

Banshee design influenced later GM cars | Barrett-Jackson
Banshee design influenced later GM cars | Barrett-Jackson

Shocking because at the same sale, the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville concept car sold for $3.3 million and the 1950 GM Futurliner tour bus reached $4.4 million. A year earlier at Barrett-Jackson, the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept sold for $3 million. Napoli said later that he viewed the Pontiac Banshee prototype coupe as just as important a piece of GM history, and was surprised that he had gotten it for so little.

Napoli has offered the Banshee coupe several times in the past, and now has it for sale on ClassicCars.com for $750,000. That’s certainly unaffordable for most people, but it still seems like a relative bargain for a unique and attractive GM prototype considering what such cars go for these days at auction.

The Banshee is in pristine all-original condition with less than 1,500 miles on its odometer, according to Napoli Classics. Silver with a red interior, the Banshee coupe is powered by a straight-six (in attempted deference to Corvette’s performance image) and four-speed manual transmission. The 165-horsepower rating should be plenty for the Banshee, which weighs only around 2,200 pounds.

Texas couple wins Great Race for third time in a row

Barry and Irene Jason (in blue) celebrate their third consecutive Great Race win | Great Race
Barry and Irene Jason (in blue) celebrate their third consecutive Great Race win | Great Race

A Texas couple in a 1966 Ford Mustang achieved the first-ever threepeat of consecutive victories in Great Race history by winning the 2014 Maine-to-Florida classic car competition.

While they were at it, Barry and Irene Jason also scored a couple of other firsts. No one before them had ever scored a perfect day in the time-distance rally contest, as they did on Day One. And no one had ever won the Great Race in a post-war car, a difficult feat because of a scoring system heavily handicapped toward older vehicles.

So that’s three wins and three firsts, and the reward for Jasons’ efforts this year was a $50,000 first-place check that they collected at the finish line on Sunday.

The Jasons of Keller, Texas, won the 2012 and 2013 Great Races in a 1935 Ford coupe, but this year they opted for their bright-red 1966 Mustang, a six-cylinder coupe favorably equipped with air conditioning. This is the 12th year that Barry Jason, an electrical engineer, and Irene Jason, a retired school administrator, have run the cross-country race.

The Great Race, an annual event founded in 1983, is a long-distance rally for pre-1972 vehicles. This year, the 2,300-mile race started June 21 in Ogunquit, Maine, and finished Sunday in The Villages near Ocala, Florida (click here to see our Eye Candy photo gallery).

Ninety teams started out in the competition, with a number of them dropping out before the finish because of typical old-car mechanical breakdowns. The Great Race visited 19 cities along the way with local spectators creating a festival atmosphere at each stop.

Eye Candy: American pony cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Photos by Goodwood Festival of Speed

Amid all the European finery, vintage race cars and exotics that made up England’s annual Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, there were some familiar faces from this side of the pond.

Mustangs, Camaros, Barracudas and a few other pristine examples of American “pony cars” were a featured class in this year’s Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance on the grounds of the Goodwood House in West Sussex, taking their places among the top-drawer array of concours entries.

Prompted by the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, the seven pony cars on display were:

* One of the original 1964-1/2 Mustang convertibles.

* A 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350.

* A rare 1970 AMC Javelin SST Mark Donohue Edition.

* A 1965 Plymouth Barracuda with its distinctive wraparound rear window.

* A 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28.

* A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A.

* A 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7.

* A super-rare 1966 Beverly Hills Mustang Mustero, a real oddball that combines the Mustang sports coupe with the pickup bed of a Ranchero. Just 50 were made.

The pony cars were not the only American beauties on display at the exclusive concours d’elegance. The Cartier event also showed off some of the big 1950s and early 1960s land yachts that the concours called the “Mad Men” class.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, which combines a sweeping collection of classic cars with a competitive hillclimb race, took place June 26-29. The annual event that refers to itself as “the largest motoring garden party in the world” was founded in 1993 by Lord March to return motorsports to the Goodwood estate.

Barrett-Jackson Cup offers $100,000 in prizes for custom-car competitors at Hot August Nights

This high-performance custom 1969 Ford Torino Talladega won the first Barrett-Jackson Cup | Goodguys
This high-performance custom 1969 Ford Torino Talladega won the first Barrett-Jackson Cup | Goodguys

More than $100,000 in prizes is up for grabs in the second annual Barrett-Jackson Cup custom-car competition at Hot August Nights, the massive festival of American car culture in Reno, Nevada.

Barrett-Jackson, which brings its high-energy classic car auction to the Nevada celebration for the second time   from July 31-August 2, says the Barrett-Jackson Cup is geared up to attract the nation’s most-acclaimed custom builders with the richest prizes in the industry.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup is integrated into the Hot August Nights car shows in downtown Reno, with judging by Bobby Alloway, Pete Chapouris and Bob Millard, some of the most respected names in the custom-car business.

The 2013 winner of the first Barrett-Jackson Cup top prize, dubbed The Ultimate Best of Show, was a spectacular 1969 Ford Torino Talladega performance custom owned by George Poteet and built by Troy Trepanier of Manteno, Illinois.

Cruising under the arch in Reno | Hot August Nights
Cruising under the arch in Reno | Hot August Nights

The 2013 winners took home a $20,000 grand prize, as well as other premium goodies worth thousands. This year, the top prize money has been upped to $30,000, along with a General Motors Crate Engine and Transmission, valued at $15,000; Waterloo Tool Chest and Craftsman Tools, $6,000 value; Reliable Transportation Credit for one year, $5,000 value; and Adam’s Polish Products, $1,000 value. The winner also gets the impressive Barrett-Jackson Cup trophy.

During Hot August Nights, the judges will pick 25 cars from the various “show and shines,” from which the top five are chosen during a special staging at the Downtown Reno Ballroom.

The five finalists will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Barrett-Jackson auction stage at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and in front of a national television audience via the National Geographic Channel. The winner of The Ultimate Best of Show will be announced during that TV presentation.

For the remainder of the finalists, the first runner-up receives $18,000 plus premium products worth $9,000; second runner-up gets $10,000 along with $4,000 in extras; third runner-up receives $7,000 and a $1,000 gift; while the fourth runner-up gets $5,000.

According to the Scottsdale, Arizona-based auction company, the Barrett-Jackson Cup is designed to take its place among the nation’s most-prestigious hot rod and custom-car competitions, such as the Don Ridler Award and America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

At its inception last year, the Barrett-Jackson Cup was described by auction company president Steve Davis as “this show within a show that will be on par with the finest car shows in the world. We’re raising the bar to top levels never been seen before except at world-class Street-Rod shows.”

Hot August Nights launches it 28th annual high-octane nostalgia festival of streets rods, muscle cars, custom cars and rock ‘n roll on July 29 for five days of parties, shows, concerts and cruising through the spectator-lined streets of Reno and adjacent Sparks.  More than 800,000 people and thousands of classic cars were on the scene last year, according to the organizers.

For a schedules of events, see www.hotaugustnights.net.

 

Pick of the Week: 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

The De Tomaso Pantera is described as a rare low-mileage, all-original car
The De Tomaso Pantera is described as a rare low-mileage, all-original car

This 1973 De Tomaso Pantera is an Italian/American exotic that the seller describes as a low-mileage survivor put back on the road after many years on blocks in climate-controlled storage.

With just less than 49,000 miles on its odometer, the Pantera is in all-original condition and is a “very solid car that looks great and drives great,” the seller states.

Built in collaboration between Ford and the De Tomaso car company of Italy, the Pantera (Italian for “panther”) combines dramatic styling by Italian designers at Ghia with a mid-engine layout and a powerful Ford 351-cid V8 engine. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show in 1970, the Pantera was presented as a bargain exotic compared with Ferrari or Lamborghini and promised easy maintenance from its straightforward, domesticated engine.

The 351-cid Ford V8 is located behind the seats
The 351-cid Ford V8 is located behind the seats

But the initial Panteras, sold by Lincoln-Mercury dealers, were plagued by reliability issues, in particular involving build quality and electrical systems. By 1973, the Pantera had been pretty well dialed in by Ford to be less problematic, but the damage to its reputation had been done.

Ford would sell the Pantera for just one more model year, ending the retail relationship with De Tomaso after 1974 in the face of slipping sales, the 1973-74 gas crisis that dampened enthusiasm for thirsty high-performance cars and looming U.S. safety rules that would have required a major redesign.

De Tomaso continued building Panteras in Modena through 1991, always powered by Ford engines though eventually switched from the big-block 351 Cleveland to a high-performance version of the 302-cid V8.

This Pantera wears its original orange paint with a black interior, and it appears to be factory fresh in the photos. The interior looks like new.

The black rubber impact bumpers mandated by U.S. regulations in 1973 don’t do the styling any favors, but at least they are well-integrated into the design.

The sports coupe is equipped with four-speed stickshift, air conditioning, power disc brakes all around and rack-and-pinion steering.

Note that Pantera interiors are fairly tight with driving pedals that are offset to the right, so anyone contemplating buying one should try it on for size beforehand.

Bloomington Gold show revels in Corvette glory

A lineup of 1960s Corvette coupes draws attention at the Illinois show | Bloomington Gold
A lineup of 1960s Corvette coupes draws attention | Bloomington Gold

The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show has seen plenty of changes since it started in 1973, especially in recent years, but it has kept the faith through the decades as an unmitigated celebration of Chevrolet’s fiberglass sports car.

During that time, the longest running Corvette show in the country has become synonymous with Corvette excellence, featuring intensive judging to high standards and cars vying to meet prestigious Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity.

The 42nd annual Bloomington Gold show, to be held June 27-29 in its second year on the grounds of the University of Illinois in Champaign, also includes just about everything imaginable for Corvette enthusiasts, with a number of competitions, shows, workshops, swap meets, vendors, dealers and car corrals of Corvettes for sale.

Chevrolet will have the new Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible on display, as well as a complete rolling chassis of the C7 Z06, a 2015 Stingray Pacific and a 2015 Stingray Atlantic. This show’s Gold Year display will feature the 1964 Corvette.

One thing that won’t be there, however, is a Corvette auction. Mecum Auctions, which has held Corvette-only sales at Bloomington Gold events for a number of years, announced recently that it was pulling out of the event starting this year, citing falling consignments and results.

For more information about Bloomington Gold, see www.bloomingtongold.com.

National Automobile Museum torched by arsonist, suspect held

The Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth trike High Flyer was scorched in the arson fire | National Automotive Museum
The Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth trike High Flyer was scorched in the arson fire | National Automotive Museum

Police have arrested a suspect in the arson fire at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, where there was damage to the lobby as well as to an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom trike that was on display.

Timothy Gray, 47, is being held by Reno police on suspicion of setting the museum fire as well as several other blazes in the area. The arson attacks were described as random and police say the suspect has not revealed a motive.

According to police, the fire started around 2:45 a.m. last Friday morning when the arsonist smashed the glass front door at the museum and hurled a Molotov cocktail inside. An automatic sprinkler system doused the fire before the flames could spread.

The custom trike, a VW-powered Roth creation named High Flyer, was parked near the entrance and sustained serious but repairable damage.

The museum is  closed while cleanup and repairs are being done. It is expected to reopen June 30.

The National Automotive Museum houses more than 200 vehicles, most of them from the once-massive collection of the late Reno casino magnate Bill Harrah.

Porsche 917K from film ‘Le Mans’ in Gooding auction

The 1969 Porsche 917K played a leading role in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans | Mathieu Heurtault / Gooding
The 1969 Porsche 917K played a leading role in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans | Mathieu Heurtault / Gooding

The stars are aligned. One of the world’s most-desirable vintage race cars is heading to auction at Pebble Beach with near-mythical provenance.

Gooding and Company announced Monday that a 1969 Porsche 917K in full Gulf livery will go on sale at its August 16-17 auction that coincides with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. But this is not just any Porsche 917 — as if there was such a thing. This is the very 917 featured in the 1971 movie Le Mans starring Steve McQueen.

Chassis number 917-24 also has some racing history, but that pales in comparison with the Le Mans/McQueen boost to its value.

As an added bonus, this 917 has an evocative barn-find back story.

Given the well-documented McQueen effect on anything motor-related, a remarkable record-breaking sale is expected. Porsche 917s have traded in the lofty range of $10 million, and this one could bring double that amount at auction. Or more if the bidding heats up for this one-of-a-kind memento.

David Gooding, founder and president of the auction company said, “917-024 is one of the most significant and recognizable racing cars ever to come to public auction, and we are thrilled to present the legendary Gulf 917 Porsche.”

Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney in Le Mans | National General Pictures
McQueen as Michael Delaney in Le Mans | National General Pictures

There were 25 Porsche 917 race cars built (24 are known to remain) with the goal of winning outright at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, which they succeeded in doing in 1970 and 1971. Chassis 917-24 has the distinction of being the first 917 to compete in a major race. It was entered by the Porsche works team at Spa Francorchamps in 1969.

Famed Porsche factory driver Jo Siffert acquired the 917 after its brief career as a competitor and test car. Siffert loaned the 917 to Solar Productions for the filming of Le Mans which he, McQueen and a number of other racing luminaries helped create. The Porsche remained in Siffert’s private ownership until his death – the 917 led his funeral procession.

Siffert’s estate sold the 917 to a French collector who kept it in storage, out of sight and essentially forgotten.

“This 917 remained hidden and unknown for roughly 25 years before re-emerging as perhaps the greatest ‘barn find’ ever,” the Gooding auction house said in a news release. “Since resurfacing in 2001, 917-024 has benefitted from an exceptional restoration.”

In the film Le Mans, best remembered for its exciting close-action racing sequences, the Porsche 917 is shown in pitched battle against the other leading endurance racer of the era, the Ferrari 512. The Porsche proves victorious in the heated 24-hour competition.

Several other pieces from that landmark film have sold over the years for absolutely stunning prices. The 1970 Porsche 911S that McQueen owned and drove in the opening sequences of Le Mans reached a startling $1.375 million at RM’s Monterey auction in August 2011. That was probably 10 times the value of any other pristine 911S at that time. It remains by far the most expensive 911 sold at auction.

A Ford GT40 that was modified as a camera car for the filming was sold for $11 million despite never appearing on screen. That was in August 2012 at the RM Monterey auction.

But perhaps the most extravagant, even outrageous price was the nearly $1 million paid for the “Michael Delaney” driving suit worn by McQueen in Le Mans, sold at a 2011 auction of Hollywood film items.

So the auction of the legendary Le Mans Porsche 917 should be pretty impressive.

The 917 is not the only McQueen-linked car coming up for auction in Monterey during Pebble Beach week in August. A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 originally owned and modified by McQueen will be offered by RM Auctions earlier in the week. Valued between $1 million and $2 million, the McQueen effect could double the high estimate.