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2009 August California car auction calendar

August heats up in California with super hot auctions
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2009 California car auction slate

Aug. 13 - Thursday: 6 p.m.: RM Auctions, Nick Alexander Collection (woodies), Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey.
Aug. 14 - Friday: 2 p.m.: Kruse International, Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey.
Aug. 14 - Friday: 4 p.m.: Bonham’s, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley.
Aug. 14 - Friday: 6 p.m.: RM Auctions, Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey.
Aug. 14 - Friday: 5 p.m.: Russo & Steele, Marriott, Monterey.
Aug. 15 - Saturday: 10 a.m.: Mecum Auctions, Hyatt Regency Resort, Monterey.
Aug. 15 - Saturday: 5 p.m.: Russo & Steele, Marriott, Monterey.
Aug. 15 - Saturday: 6 p.m.: RM Auctions, Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey.
Aug. 15 - Saturday: 6 p.m.: Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach.Aug. 16 - Sunday: 6 p.m.: Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach.

RM Monterey adds day to sell Alexander woodies
A historically significant collection of pre- and postwar wood-bodied station wagons will be offered at RM Auctions’ Sports & Classics of Monterey event at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey.

The offering of the Nick Alexander Collection will see RM Auctions extend its annual Sports & Classics of Monterey event to three days this year. The auction action kicks off Thursday, Aug. 13 with the sale of the private collection offered without reserve, followed by a selection of other collector cars on Aug. 14-15.

Admission to the auction is by catalog only, which admits both the catalog holder and a guest. The catalog is available for a fee by calling 519-352-4575, or visiting

Ferrari at Quail Lodge
Bonhams & Butterfields announced the consignment of the collection of former professional baseball player, five-time World Series title holder, Hall of Fame inductee and lifetime car enthusiast Reggie Jackson to its Quail Lodge auction.

This auction takes place on Aug. 14 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, with a preview the day prior. The adjacent Quail Motorsports Gathering is sold out, but entry to the Bonhams & Butterfields’ preview and auction does not require a ticket and all are welcome.

Of particular note in the Jackson Collection is his 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, chassis number 16835, formerly owned by famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel who, after suffering his famous crash attempting to jump the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, was no longer able to get into the car and sold it to celebrated radio DJ Frankie Crocker. In 1997, Crocker sold the original-condition, Pininfarina-coachbuilt car to Jackson.

For more information on this auction, call 415-861-7500 or visit

Mecum re-offers Daytona Cobra Coupe at Monterey

Mecum Auctions announced the championship-winning 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe will headline its new Monterey Auction on Aug. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.

While the Daytona Cobra Coupe did not meet the reserve at Mecum’s Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, it has reached a post-auction bid of $7.5 million.

Auction cars will be displayed at the Hyatt Regency Monterey’s centrally located site while the bidding arena will be staged in a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The auction is open to the general public.

Further information is available at or by calling 815-568-8888.

Becker to auction pair of ’65 Shelby Cobras
Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra, announced he will auction two genuine 1965 Shelby Cobras, CSX 6017 and CSX 6019, both with rare and period-correct side-oiler engines. Both 427 Shelby Cobras are from Becker’s personal inventory and will cross the block in August during two of the collector car auctions run in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

CSX 6017 (lot 377) will be sold at RM Auctions sale on Aug. 14. It features a rare, period-correct 1960s Ford 427 side-oiler block and offers 650 horsepower through a manual transmission. The car sports a red exterior with black interior.

CSX 6019 (lot S184) will be sold on Aug. 15 during the Mecum at Monterey auction. It also features a rare, period-correct 1960s Ford 427 side-oiler block, and offers 550 horsepower through a manual transmission. It has a Guardsman blue exterior with white Le Mans racing stripes.

For more information on these Cobras, call 214-520-3430 or visit

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