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RM Auctions - Monterey
• During a weekend sale that will surely go down in collector car auction history, RM grosses in excess of $125,000,000 as a total of 120 vehicles cross the podium on the Monterey Peninsula, breaking the world record for the highest sales total for a collector car auction
• 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider sells for an astounding $27,500,000 making it the most valuable road-going car ever sold at public auction and the second most expensive car in auction history
• Additionally, 26 lots achieve million-dollar-plus results over two nights of frenzied bidding
• Other stand-out lots include the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider which sold for $9,075,000, a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster which sold for $8,250,000, and a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster which sold for $7,480,000
• Topping off a perfect weekend, the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria, restored by RM Auto Restoration, wins Best of Show at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
• Full results now available online at rmauctions.com
28th Annual Concorso Italiano
The 28th annual Concorso Italiano, the world's largest showing of exotic Italian cars, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini and Apollo. Along with the two bicentennials, the event celebrated two new models of the Fiat 500 and the new Maserati Ghibli.
The Laguna Seca Golf Ranch played host to this year's event. Its gentle sloping fairways complimented the beautiful cars and perfect weather. As many as 1,200 collectible Italian and European automobiles, motorcycles and boats were in attendance. Roughly 130 of those were Lamborghini's, a very rare and special treat to see so many in one place at one time. With under 100 examples of the Apollo built during their production run, the 15 (as many as 17) examples that were in attendance at this year's Concorso Italiano made it a record gathering for the marque.
Fiat introduced their new Cattiva sports package that will be available on both the 500 Sport and 500 Turbo. The other introduction was the GQ Edition cabriolet which is scheduled to go on sale in January.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion : 2013
By Daniel Vaughan
The Monterey Peninsula is transformed into the centerpiece of the motoring world each August with the convergence of several spectacular events, highlighted by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The first Pebble Beach Concours was held in 1950; twenty-four years later, historic race cars came to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Since its inception, the one day event with 60 invited entries has grown to 550 significant historic race cars taking to the track over a period of several days.
Surrounded by undulating hills and just a short drive away from a blue ocean, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, and Carmel, the historic and picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race track welcomed the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The event celebrated 60 years of the Chevrolet Corvette and 50 years of the Porsche 911. Many of the cars that once raced professionally now participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; each August is like a time capsule where some of the greatest motorsport gems are re-discovered.
The Chevrolet Corvette was this year's honored marque. In total, there were 45 Corvettes racing among the Reunion's 550 historic automobile entries, which raced in 16 groups and represented nearly every era of sports car racing. Corvettes were also celebrated in the Corvette Heritage Display which featured a collection of the most important cars in Corvette's evolution, starting with a 1954 car from the earliest 'generation 1' and ending with the 2014 Corvette Stingray C-7. An additional 350 Corvettes were on display in club corrals and 'Stingray Island,' including several rarely seen Corvettes such as the Mako Shark Corvette and Manta Ray Corvette Concept.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
• THE BEST OF SHOW: TRADITION, EXCELLENCE, STYLE AND PASSION
Monterey Classic Car Week attracts a collection of the world's finest vintage automobiles to the Californian peninsula each year. The 2013 event was bathed in sunshine, and proved a dream come true for any motorsport enthusiast, a feast for the eyes and a celebration of tradition, excellence and human achievement. There was something for everyone and although most owners did not come to win prizes but rather to indulge in their passion, there was plenty at stake. This is especially so at the most prestigious of the rendezvous: the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance presented by Rolex, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where recognition is the ultimate endorsement.
A notable presence during the week was the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time. Sir Jackie, Rolex Testimonee since 1969, is an Honorary Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, returning this year after a long hiatus: 'Unquestionably the Monterey Classic Car Week is the biggest and the best in the world,' he commented. 'The Concours d'Elegance is extraordinary, with a wonderful collection of cars of all vintages from every corner of the world. I hadn't seen the Tour before and I was very much taken by it – it has another dimension, it's much less formal and it attracts only the real aficionados.' With so many cars on show, judging at these events cannot be that easy, but Sir Jackie made it sound simple: 'It's not as difficult as you would believe. Sometimes cars are overdone, while other cars that have been left in their natural condition are magic to look at. It's not how much you spend on the car that makes you win, quite the opposite. It's a fine balance.'
Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, Calif. (August 20, 2013)
– Gooding & Company, official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® and acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, realized more than $112 million at its Pebble Beach auctions over the weekend. During the two-day sale, Gooding & Company sold 116 of the 127 lots offered, for a 91% sale rate, with an average price per lot of $965,675, and 30 cars sold for over $1,000,000. Among the top highlights of the event were three sales that included:
- a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta at $9,460,000 (Lot 39 from the Saturday sale), a world record for a Ferrari 250 Tour de France
- a 1997 McLaren F1 at $8,470,000 (Lot 51 from the Saturday sale), which set a world auction for the marque
Mecum Auctions - Monterey
Walworth, Wis. - August 21, 2013
-- The 2013 Mecum Daytime Auction held this past weekend in Monterey, Calif., set a new standard for some of the most desirable cars in the world with the exceptional docket that crossed the block throughout the three-day event. With more than 50 Porsches in the lineup and a host of nearly 700 other investment-grade autos, the auction brought a total of $31,620,748 in sales with the auction headliner, a 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder (Lot S134), gaveling at $3.75 million.
As Chassis No. 550-0077, the 550 proved its headline worthiness emerging as the auction's top seller. Subsequent to a climactic series of aggressive bidding, the well-documented racer earned the title of most expensive 550 ever sold at auction. The second seat in the top 10 list was claimed off the block by the 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf Race Car (Lot S156) – a back-to-back SCCA B-Production National Champion and the first formally sponsored Corvette champ – at a sale price of $1.4 million. Third on the list to break the million-dollar mark was a one-owner, 500 original-mile 1990 Ferrari F40 (Lot S141), which drew a hefty hammer price of $1,325,000. An additional, truly noteworthy exchange was that of a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible (Lot S158) that gaveled at a heavy $800,000.
Mecum and high performance go hand-in-hand and the auction house proved it again in Monterey. Perhaps two of the most significant sales of the auction were pure powerhouse cars. A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot F151), driven less than six miles since new, sold for a whopping $377,500 while another low-mileage car with a few more years under its belt saw a similar result; an original and unrestored, 902 actual-mile 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot F118) sold for $550,000 – more than twice what comparable 429s have sold for at other auctions. Both cars raised the bar for these high-performance autos and stole the spotlight among the auctions' top 10 sales.
Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
Bonhams 16th annual Carmel automotive auction – the longest running sale during the Monterey Peninsula Car Week – was a resounding success with a nearly 90 per cent sale-through rate and nearly $33 million realized.
The Bonhams pavilion, situated on the spacious western lawns of Quail Lodge in sunny Carmel Valley, hosted an incredibly busy viewing in a lovely garden party atmosphere. Buyers from around the world came to view some of the rarest and most important cars ever offered, which resulted in a packed salesroom on auction day. 'It was the most attended preview and auction in memory,' said Bonhams Group Director of Motoring James Knight.
The most popular car of the auction in terms of consistent crowds of admirers and cameras, as well sales price, was the utterly distinct 1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Supercharged Le Mans racer from the Charles R.J. Noble Collection. Spirited bidding in the salesroom and on the telephones elicited excitement among the crowd as the car realized $4,647,500 from a private European buyer, resulting in a new record for a production blower Bentley.
Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Carmel-by-the-Sea's whimsical architecture, inspired by Arthur Rackham's illustrations for children's fairy tales, provided a setting for the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. This is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue was closed to traffic and eighteen blocks of downtown was filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars were showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries.
The Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue focused on vehicles not usually seen during this ten-day period. The cars included a variety of legendary vehicles. Well over 175 cars were on display in groups of juried classed during Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. These included Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Sporting Cars. Micro Cars and others were highlighted vehicles from the sublime to the spectacular. Selections were based on a variety of factors, including authenticity, originality, and provenance. Additional consideration was given to cars that inspired youthful drams, interesting stores and the hard-to-define fun factor. Class and major awards were presented in the late afternoon.
Source: Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours
Concours d'Elegance of America At St. Johns
For its first 32 years, the Concours d'Elegance of America was held at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall. Beginning in 2011 this world-class event moved to a new location - the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan.
The 2013 Concours d'Elegance of America was held on the 28th of July. The Inn at St. John's and its well-manicured lawns played host to the luxury vehicles that were assembled and arranged into 22 groups. Activities preceding the event including Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Celebration, an auction presented by RM Auctions, a Motoring Tour of The Lingenfelter Collection, a VIP Tour of the Adderley Collection, a Concert in the Park at downtown Plymouth, seminars, and a cocktail party.
This year's featured classes included London to Brighton, Auburn/Cord (the one-offs), Detroit Iron, Indianapolis Iron, Can-Am, Vintage NASCAR, Electric Cars (Past, present & future), Mercedes-Benz Pagoda & 600, Porsche 911, the Great race, Jet-Age Convertibles, and the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 Corvette. All of these classes, including the traditional classes, feature some of the finest examples in existence.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region.
Because of the generous support and contributions from their sponsors, and the dedication of the volunteers, they have been able to donate $3.2 million to two deserving charities: the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
In 2013 the PVGP celebrated thei 31st annual event. Many volunteers never imagined they would get to this point, but they are still here making it all happen each July. It's a testament to the dedication of the volunteers and the allure of the Grand Prix.
The Elegance At Hershey
The Elegance at Hershey brings together some of the world's finest collector cars to 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.' The event is held at the formal gardens at the historic Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, PA. The show field, which is limited to no more than 60 automobiles, displays some of the finest cars from every era.
The earliest car on the field was a 1911 Mercedes Model 50. It was purchased by the current owner in 1955 who has driven the car over 65,000 miles since that time, including 20 Glidden Tour revivals. The 1928 Gardner 85 Sport Roadster was one of an estimated 800 produced. The example at The Elegance is the only model said to still exist. The 1933 Duesenberg SJ Beverly Sedan on display was an authentic example of an enclosed Duesenberg and one of only five enclosed SJ's ever made. The car has retained its original body and engine and its entire history is documented.
Later models included the 1959 Ferrari Cabriolet by Pininfarina. It is one of only 40 built and was originally owned by Georges Filipinetti, of Geneva, Switzerland, founder of Scuderia Filipinetti, the renowned racing team of the 1960's.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged) and the 1968 Ford GT40 '#1075' won the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 10, at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, which attracted approximately 25,000 spectators throughout the weekend.
'The Amelia is more than just an event. It's a celebration of the past, present and future of automobiles,' said Warner. 'We gathered the very best in classic cars, racing history and automotive superstars together for the 2013 Concours and I don't know how we'll repeat it in 2014. Then again, I'm sure we'll think of something.'
The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged), owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection, took home the prestigious Concours d'Elegance award, heralded as one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car pageantry. This beautifully sculpted, apple green, SJ straight-eight engine has a 420 cubic-inch engine displacement and with its Duesenberg-designed supercharger, unleashes 320 horsepower. The sporty, Rollston convertible coupe was one of the most powerful open cars of the 1930s and could race from zero to 100 mph in a mere 17 seconds, an impressive feat for the era.
Rolex 24 At Daytona
PASSION, DETERMINATION AND PREPARATION PAY DIVIDENDS
The 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona put on a tremendous finale, maintaining tension right up to the last. Pre-race favourites in the Daytona Prototype class, Chip Ganassi Racing's #01 BMW/Riley, took the chequered flag as the Rolex timing hit the 24-hour mark. The script may appear pre-written, but such was the nature of the contest that Juan Pablo Montoya, driving the final stint, did not have an impregnable lead until the last five minutes, when he passed the #10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP on lap 706. In the GT class, the #24 Audi R8, of Audi Sport Customer Racing AJR, took the honours, and the GX class win went to the #16 Porsche Cayman of Napleton Racing.
The #01 drivers, Americans Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, along with team-mates Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya and Mexican Memo Rojas, were jubilant. Pruett's fifth overall win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona puts him alongside Hurley Haywood in the record book. Haywood was one of the first to congratulate Pruett, who was predictably emotional: 'It's just an incredible day all the way around, winning with these guys, and then at the end of it to have Hurley there was a very special thing.'