Gooding consigns rare Ferraris for Monterey auction

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione is one of the most-highly valued open race cars | Gooding photos

Four spectacular Ferraris, each of them worth a king’s ransom, will be presented at Gooding & Company’s collector car auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours week. Ranging in years from 1950 to 1962, the four historic Ferraris have a collective estimated value of $49 million to $58 million, which could put Gooding’s Monterey results into uncharted territory. Continue reading

Jackie Kennedy’s ’61 Lincoln convertible set for Mecum auction

The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos
The Lincoln convertible was lent to First Lady Jackie Kennedy by Ford Motor Co. | Mecum Auctions photos

In the sparkling days of Camelot on the Potomac, when John and Jacqueline Kennedy had taken up residence at the White House, Ford Motor Co. smartly lent a new 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible in white to the glamorous First Lady for her personal use.

The historic Lincoln that recalls the excitement and tragedy of the too-brief Kennedy years will be auctioned in Monterey, California, in August at Mecum Auctions sale during Pebble Beach concours week. Continue reading

Modern supercar exotics add luster to Mecum’s Monterey auction

A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions
A 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari hybrid supercar makes a rare auction appearance | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions are not exactly known as the venues for buying modern ultra-exotic European sports cars, but nonetheless its Monterey sale is bristling with very high-tech offerings from many of the greatest names in supercars.

The hyper performers from Ferrari, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Porsche and McLaren made since the dawn of the new millennium boast stunning horsepower as well as eye-popping styling and design, and they should boost the bottom line considerably for the Mecum collector car sale August 18-20 in Monterey. Continue reading

Colorful Porsche 911 ‘art cars’ to grace Russo and Steele auction

The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos
The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos

Porsche 911s are already works of art, according to most followers of the German marque, but a small group of Quebec artists took that a step further by using the classic sports coupes as canvases for evocative paintings.

The Art Cars Project started in 2006 when a creatively painted 911 by Canadian artist Claude Le Sauteur debuted to acclaim at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec). Shortly after, the decision was made to expand the project by having eight artists, four Canadians and four from elsewhere around the globe, each design and paint a similar Porsche 911 artwork. Continue reading

Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type headlines RM Sotheby’s auction

The Jaguar D-Type is the highly original overall winner of the 1956 Le Mans race | Rm Sotheby's
The Jaguar D-Type is the highly original overall winner of the 1956 Le Mans race | Rm Sotheby’s

One of the most-storied British racing cars of all time, the Ecurie Ecosse team 1955 Jaguar D-type that took the overall win at Le Mans in the 1956, has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its Monterey auction August 19-20 during Pebble Beach Concours week.

The iconic Jaguar is the only remaining Le Mans-winning D-type that has survived intact and remains essentially original to its winning form. It is also the first “Customer Series Production” D-Type and the first Jaguar to be designated by its chassis as a D-Type. Continue reading

Paul Newman 935 racer among top Porsches at Gooding auction

The 1979 Porsche 935 was co-driven by actor Paul Newman at the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Gooding photos
The 1979 Porsche 935 was co-driven by actor Paul Newman at the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Gooding photos

‘A thrilling spectrum of important Porsches” is how Gooding & Company describes the top-drawer Porsche competition cars, including one driven at Le Mans by Hollywood legend Paul Newman, and rare sports cars to be offered at Gooding’s Pebble Beach Auction in August.

Valued in the high-six and seven figures, these are the Porsche collector’s equivalent of paintings by Monet or Gauguin, highly desirable and exclusive, and unattainable for most of us. Continue reading

2015 top stories: No. 7 — Staying the course in Monterey

An 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider on the grass at the Pebble Beach Concours| Bob Golfen Photos
An 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider on the grass at the Pebble Beach Concours| Bob Golfen

You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the best-of-show winner was announced. After last year’s choice of a post-war car, a custom-bodied 1954 Ferrari coupe that flew in the face of hide-bound tradition, the 2015 victor was a suitably classic pre-war icon, a very elegant 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet.

So the forces of generational change had not taken over completely, as some Pebble veterans feared. But elsewhere on the Monterey Peninsula in early August, the tide was still rising as European sports cars and race cars from the late 1940s through the early ’70s – especially Ferraris and Porsches – continued to rule many of the collector-car auctions and car shows that preceded the 65-year-old concours. Continue reading

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

Eye Candy: Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue

A Carmel concours judge gives the thumbs up for a 1951 Mercury custom “lead sled” coupe | Bob Golfen photos
A Carmel concours judge gives the thumbs up for a 1951 Mercury custom “lead sled” coupe | Bob Golfen photos

The laid-back Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue once again led off the events of Monterey Classic Car Week with 18 blocks of the California coastal town closed off for all but the most-wonderful old cars.

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