Monday, April 26, 2021

Ferraris top Bonham's sale

Bonhams sale at the Goodwood SpeedWeek event resulted in a trio of classic Ferraris topping the event. Top lot was a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, one of 100 produced. The car hammered for $1,639,336 (price includes buyer’s fee).
A 1969 365 GTC, part of the Chester Collection and one of only 22 with right-hand drive, brought $686,134.
A recently restored 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS coupe sold for more than $400k.

Friday, April 23, 2021

1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K

The fastest production car in 1928 was the Mercedes-Benz 630K, developed by Ferdinand Porsche. With its supercharged 6.3-litre engine and top speed of more than 90mph it was the top car of it's day. 150 were produced.

This example was crashed in 1929 and sat for the next 60 years. It was rescued in 1989 by a German collector.
The car appears at Bonhams with an estimate of €600k-900k.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports - £9.5m

A 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports set a new world auction record for a Bugatti, selling for £9,535,000 at the September 7, 2020 auction by Gooding & Company.
New records were also set for a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, which sold for £7,855,000, and a 1928 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, which made £3,935,000.

Monday, April 19, 2021

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Zagato

The A6 is a rare gem, especially in A6G 2000 Zagato trim. It’s desirable. Not just beautiful to look at, the Zagato-designed A6G 2000 also had a successful racing career.

This example competed at the Mille Miglia in 1956 and it’s one of only 20 cars ever built. It went through a two-year restoration and won two awards at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The A6G54 was Maserati’s only dual-purpose road/race car made in series production. After the A6GCS became a success on the racetrack, Maserati redesigned the model as a road-going sports car that was more suitable for increased production.

The A6GCS racing engine was tuned to provide a better power curve and fitted with a normal wet-sump lubrication system specifically for the A6G54 2000. The twin-spark cylinder head with its 12 wire distributor was offered only as an option. It raised the ante to 190 horsepower.

A 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato chassis 2124 sold by RM Sotheby's in 2018 for $4.5m.
The A6G/2000 was catapulted onto a bigger stage when it was used by Maserati as a practice car for the Mille Miglia. It was tested by several drivers including the legendary pair of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson.
The Maserati A6G 2000 was the ultimate racing berlinetta of the 1950s.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

1964 Bizzarinni 5300 GT Strada

The Strada came with a Chevrolet front-mid 5.4-liter V8 sending 365 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, giving a 0-60 mph time of under seven seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Bizzarrini built 133 examples between 1964 and 1968.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Senna Can-Am

The Senna Can-Am is a special edition of a special edition. Only three were produced. Number three is up for sale, with 44 miles (71 km) on the clock for, wait for it ... $3,087,800.
The car commemorates the 50th anniversary of McLaren’s dominance in the 1969 season of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

1950 HWM Alta Jaguar

The 1950 HWM Alta Jaguar sold for £517,500. The vehicle played a significant role in Motorsport and has been raced by Sir Stirling Moss, Lance Macklin, George Abecassis, John Heath, and Rudi Fischer.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T - $231k

One of 264 Hemi Charger R/Ts produced in 1968 with an automatic transmission. The only known automatic example produced in code EE1 Dark Blue Metallic. Correct paint code and interior code. One cosmetic refresh in 1992. Original 426 Hemi engine. Original Torqueflite automatic transmission. Functional AM radio with 8-track player.
Of the nearly 100,000 Chargers sold in 1968, 17,584 were ordered as Charger R/T models. The 426 Hemi added a whooping $604.75 to the Charger R/T's $3506 base sticker price.

1956 Ferrari 290 MM - $22m

A Ferrari Classiche-certified 1956 Ferrari 290 MM previously raced by Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Sir Stirling Moss topped RM Sotheby's auction on Dec 8 2018. The car has received a complete restoration by Ferrari Classiche in Italy and houses a perfect Tipo 130 V12 engine of 320hp.
The car was built at the direction of company founder Enzo Ferrari, and it was the last of four 290 MM models built in 1956. A competition Ferrari, with a winning history, that was driven by several world famous drivers. That makes it desirable.

It made $ 22m.
In 2015 a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM made $28m.

Friday, April 9, 2021

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina

In March 1956 the coachbuilder Boano introduced a new open Ferrari built on the 250 GT platform. One year later Pinin Farina unveiled a more refined version. Pinin Farina used its initial design as the basis for a more formal series of luxurious cabriolets that featured wind-up windows and Borrani wire wheels. The coachwork remained unchanged through the production of 37 examples, though the last few were built with uncovered headlamps.

A total of 40 examples were built with 3 prototypes. Chassis no. 0913 GT is the 25th example built. While the bodywork was the same the interior details and trim were customized to order, and it is believed that no two were ever produced exactly alike.

Exquisite in build quality and very rare, the first-series Pinin Farina cabriolets were built through 1959. These cars rarely change hands and are usually held long term by their owners for their collections. Very few ever become available through public sale.

Immaculately maintained this example is what dreams are made of. The car high bid to $5.5m on January 17, 2020. Estimate was $6m to $7m.
Chassis number 0789 GT features some bespoke appointments like side vents, short “bumperettes,” and covered headlights.

During its heyday, it was the most expensive Ferrari at $14,950. 0789 GT made $6.8m in 2019.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

‘Blue Buzz II’ headlines Bonhams Monaco

A 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court race car that ran at Le Mans headlines at Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ scheduled for April 23. The car is expected to sell for €800,000 to €1.1 million ($950,000 to $1.3 million)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione = $ 16.35m

Leading the charge at RM Sotheby's New York in 2017 was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione.

The Spider, one of eight with the same specifications in the world, raced at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Estimated at $ 14m to $ 17m, it hammered at $ 16.35m, by far the most expensive vehicle to feature in the New York sale.
Within the hierarchy of the LWB California Spiders, chassis number 1451 GT sits at the very top of the pyramid. Built to full “competizione” specifications, it was the second of eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and bore the first outside-plug, Tipo 128F engine, topped with high lift camshafts, triple 40 DCL6 carburetors, and a competition-spec fuel tank with an external fuel filter.
Horsepower was 262.5 bhp at 7,300 rpm.
A restoration was completed in August of 1983 and the car’s first event on the show circuit was the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car’s significance was not lost on the judges of the world’s most prestigious concours, and 1451 GT came away with 1st in Class honors. The car is truly one of the great California Spiders.