What Larry likes at Worldwide’s 2017 Pacific Grove auction

George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos
George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos

The northernmost point on the Monterey Peninsula provide a spectacular vantage and includes the United States Coast Guard’s Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links and, during Monterey Car Week 2017, the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers’ classic car sale.

Point Pinos Lighthouse
Point Pinos Lighthouse

The view within and between the pair of big auction tents is pretty terrific as well, with a variety of vehicles that will be offered up for bidding Thursday evening.

Here are the vehicles I’d pursue were I buying instead of covering at the auction:

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Barris custom roadster
Accessories International commissioned George Barris to customize this ’58 Corvette, which the aftermarket parts supplier used to promote its wares. Barris reportedly based his work on this car on the XP-700 concept by Bill Mitchell, the soon-to-be-head of General Motors design. The result is a one-off that, from its extended nose to its be-finned rear fenders, would draw attention at any car show.
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1940 BMW 328 roadster
If the Barris ‘Vette is too extreme for your tastes, you might like this BMW roadster with its curvaceous bodywork by Touring. Of course, you’ll likely spend north of $1 million for what is believed to be one of the half-dozen cars rebodied by Touring with “Superleggera” construction for use in the 1939 Mille Miglia, a race that never took place.
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1948 Simca-Gordini Grand Prix monoposto
There are several cars that did race on the Worldwide Auctioneers docket, among them this one by Amedee Gordini. Known to Gordini fans as “10GC,” the car was driven by the likes of Jean-Pierre Wimille, Louis ‘Chiron, Raymond Sommer and Prince Bira, among others.
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1910 Stanley Model 61 toy tonneau
You don’t just jump into a steam-powered car, turn a key (or crank), and head out on the road. You start the boiler, come back in a while and once you’ve “built up a head of steam,” you can hustle down the road. But you’ll travel in style, and in the case of this 1910 Model 61 offered from the Allen Blazick Steam Car Collection, with lots of brass, including the Baker Burner and Rushmore headlamps and other accoutrements.
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1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K Cabriolet C
One of only 61 such cars, this straight-8 and supercharged cabriolet was the work of Hans Nibel, the young engineer who succeeded Ferdinand Porsche as technical director at Daimler-Benz. The car is believed to have been imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and in the 1990s was on display at Mercedes-Benz’ U.S. headquarters.
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1937 Delahaye 135 M coupe
Known as the “Coupe des Alpes” for the model’s success in the Alpine Rally, Delahaye’s 135 was responsible for the company producing more “sporting” vehicles. This 135 M (for modified) has coachwork, including a rollback roof, by Dubos Freres. The car’s first owner was a Spanish diplomat. A later owner apparently abandoned the car in a Spanish parking around 1979. The car came to the U.S. in 2000 and has been completely restored
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1963 Morgan Plus Four Plus
This cute little coupe was on display at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show and was only the second of 26 produced. The radical — for Morgan — body is fiberglass and was done by EB Plastics of Turstall, Stoke-on-Trent. The car goes to auction from the Allen Smith Collection.
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1954 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday coupe
Known as “Joanne’s Dream,” this Olds Super 88 Holiday underwent an El Camino-style transformation when Tom and Joanne Archer decided it had been their daily driver long enough. The grille is from a 1955 DeSoto. The headlamps are off a 1957 Plymouth. The coves were inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette. The roof was chopped. 1961 Chevrolet Corvair air ducts and side trim from a ’59 Plymouth were incorporated. The car was discovered in 2008 behind a hot rod shop in Fort Worth, Texas, and since then has gone through a complete restoration.
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