Eye Candy: The Little Car Show gently invades Pacific Grove

There were big crowds for The Little Car Show on Wednesday | Bob Golfen photos
There were big crowds for The Little Car Show on Wednesday | Bob Golfen photos

Of all the little cars at The Little Car Show on Wednesday in Pacific Grove, Dick Tuttle’s Peel Trident bubble car was the littlest. How little is it? So little that Tuttle easily lifted one side of it to show its undercarriage.

“It weighs 200 pounds,” Tuttle said with a shrug. Continue reading

Bob’s favorites from Mecum’s ‘Daytime Auction’ in Monterey

 This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos
This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos

The vehicles were still arriving Wednesday at the Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey for Mecum’s “Daytime Auction,” so my prowl around the fairways was lacking some of the collector cars that will be crossing the block Thursday through Saturday.

But still, there were plenty of cars, trucks and motorcycles that already were parked on the grass to pique my interest, and I was able to pick out eight that I would like to take home with me. I steered away from the exotic and pricey numbers from Ferrari and such, which seemed like too much of a no brainer, as well as the terrific Porsche 911 Turbo that was the last car ordered by the late movie star Steve McQueen. Continue reading

’70 ’Cuda convertible stars at Mecum auction in Monterey

The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was originally presented to the car’s designer | Mecum Auctions

“One of the most coveted muscle cars of its time” is how Mecum Auctions describes the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible that will play a starring role in next week’s “Daytime Auction” in Monterey, California.

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Roadster Show finalist set for Russo and Steele Monterey auction

The 1927 Ford street rod was a contender in the America's Most Beautiful Roadster competition | Russo and Steele photos
The 1927 Ford street rod was a contender in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition | Russo and Steele photos

A multiple award-winning 1927 Ford Model T street-rod roadster named Chocolate Rose, originally built to compete in the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster pageant at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show, will be one of the highlights of Russo and Steele’s 15th annual auction in Monterey next month. Continue reading

Alloy Ferrari 250 GT raises ante for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s
The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s

Once again, the auctions of Monterey Classic Car Week next month appear to be a Ferrari wonderland of fabulously rare and valuable sports cars and race cars that wear the prancing horse. Seven- and eight-figure sales should be plentiful, as they were during last year’s Ferrari lovefest. Continue reading

Celebrity Ferrari set for Russo and Steele Monterey sale

The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele
The 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was formerly owned by Adam Carolla | Russo and Steele

A 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 formerly owned by comedian and media personality Adam Carolla will cross the block at the Russo and Steele auction next month in Monterey, California.

The Series II model, powered by a Columbo V12 engine, is one of 455 examples built and, according to Russo and Steele, one of the best known of surviving examples with a history of prominent ownership since new. The Ferrari is a “matching numbers” example with fully documented mileage and with all services up to date, the auction says. Continue reading

Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight set for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

The Jaguar C-Type Lightweight was the final version of the endurance racing car | RM Sotheby’s photos
The Jaguar C-Type Lightweight was the final version of the endurance racing car | RM Sotheby’s photos

One of the most legendary Jaguar race cars, the 1953 Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight, will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, California, auction in August, marking the first time any of the three original works Lightweights have been at public auction.

Chassis No. XKC 052, the second one built, finished fourth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953 and later was raced by the Ecurie Ecosse team to multiple wins and podium finishes. After 1954, the C-type was driven privately by a number of famous racers. Continue reading

Eye Candy: First Porsche Werks Reunion brings them all together

Photos by Bob Golfen

An enthusiastic crowd of Porsche faithful swarmed the Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel for the Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion, a new event added to the calendar during Monterey Classic Car Week.

More than 500 Porsches of just about every kind, ranging from early 356 models to the latest performance cars, were spread over the grassy hills, with a separate class for competition and special performance versions.

The Werks Reunion was filled-up with entrants weeks before the event, so many rare and well-prepared cars could be spotted in the parking lots and on the streets around the golf club. During the week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the Monterey Peninsula, Porsche 911s were by far the most prevalent vintage cars seen on area roads.

Before this year, Porsches were part of the Legends of the Autobahn show for German cars, but Porsche Club members decided to break away and create their own concours specifically for their favorite rear-engine (mostly) sports cars. Plus, admission to the Werks Reunion was free in a week when high-priced events can cost hundreds of dollars.

Among the most interesting Porsches on display (aside from every 356 and 911) was an exotic all-wheel-drive 959 supercar from 1987, a rare and beautiful 356 American Roadster and a showing of Porsche’s latest supercar, the 887-horsepower 918 Spider for 2015. Price tag: $854,000 for the base model.