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Auction Preview: Pebble Beach Week

Old Cars Weekly previews this year's big Pebble Beach Auction auction week.
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This is the original white 1986 Ferrari Testarossadriven by Don Johnson on the television series “Miami Vice.”

Miami Vice Ferrari joins Mecum lineup

Mecum Auctions will continue its busy summer with a three-day auction that will include more than 600 cars and 50 collector motorcycles. Bidding on vehicles begins Thursday at 10 a.m. and Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., with road art items being auctioned 30 minutes prior. Bidder registration is $100 and can be completed in advance online or on-site at the auction.
Among the headliners will be one of the stars of the hit TV series “Miami Vice” — a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. This iconic supercar will be among the many trophies crossing the block at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course. Repainted white at the behest of director Michael Mann for better visibility in night scenes, this Testarossa quickly moved into cult status.
The Testarossa sports a 4.9-liter, 390-hp flat-12 engine, a traditional five-speed manual gated shifter, beige leather, power windows, power locks, power seats, cruise control and air conditioning. After “Miami Vice” ended its series run in 1989 the car was placed into storage until earlier this year. Now showing 16,124 miles and authenticated by both Ferrari North America and Ferrari Classiche, it has documented service records. For more information, visit

Bonhams sale to offer heavy dose
of hot Ferraris


Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction will include this 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale.

A selection of 10 fantastic Ferraris will be high on the menu for visitors to Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction Aug. 14 in Carmel, Calif. More than 40 cars have been consigned for the event.
Among the stars will be a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale. The first of only four models bodied by Vignale, the matching-numbers convertible ­ chassis number 0159E ­ has its Red Book Certification from Ferrari Classiche, benefits from a comprehensive restoration completed last year, and received second-place honors at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance behind the Best of Show-winning Ferrari 375MM. It features aluminum alloy coachwork and Colombo V-12 engine. With documented history from new, it is accompanied by documentation, tools and period photographs.
Bonhams has consigned nine other Ferraris to the sale, from 246s and 308s to 330s and 365s. Examples include the company’s top-selling luxury model of the time, a 365 GT 2+2 that was sold new by Bill Harrah to Bobbie Gentry; a brace of Dinos ­ (GT and GTS); a pair of 308s; a highly sought after 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta; and an F40.
Viewing sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. both Thursday and Friday.

Private collection could set new records at RM Sotheby’s event


The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, chassis no. 1773GT, will be part of Sotheby's Pinnacle Portfolio in Monterey.

A stunning private collection of superb cars will cross the auction podium as part of RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale. Dubbed “The Pinnacle Portfolio: A rare collective of automotive distinction,” the collection of postwar sports cars comprises an exceptional series of approximately 30 automobiles. The group includes some of the most iconic and important sports and racing automobiles of the 1950s and 60s, to a stellar selection of cutting-edge, high-performance contemporary supercars. RM Sotheby’s predicts the value of the offering will easily set a new dollar record for private automobile collections sold at auction.
“While many of the world’s most impressive collections were established in the public eye of the car-collecting world, The Pinnacle Portfolio was assembled with a clandestine, surgical precision unlike any other that has come to market. Its almost obsessive focus on perfection, rarity and the superlative, irrespective of price, makes it the most significant and valuable private collection of motor cars ever presented at auction,” says Shelby Myers, a car specialist for RM Sotheby’s.
Highlights of The Pinnacle Portfolio include everything from a matching-numbers 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Alloy, one of just 29 aluminum-bodied examples, to a 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
Other lots include:
— 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, chassis no. 6105;
— 1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM”, chassis no. 073;
— 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, chassis no. 1307 GT;
— 2005 Ferrari Enzo, chassis no. 141920;
— A bookend pair of Bugatti Veyrons, chassis no. 001 and chassis no. 300.
The auction returns to downtown Monterey Aug. 13-15 at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Previews will be held daily from Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Bidding will begin Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Admission is $40 for all four preview days. Bidder registration is $300. For further information, visit www.rm or call 519-352-4575.

Russo and Steele sets up strong
Monterey lineup


Russo and Steele's Monterey Auction will include this 1958 Dual Ghia with coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia of Torino, Italy Chassis No. 197.

Russo and Steele will return to Monterey for its annual sale Aug. 12-15 on the Monterey waterfront near Fisherman’s Wharf. Gates open for preview daily from Wednesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. Bidding will begin Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is $20.
A wide variety of European machines, exotics and high-end American muscle machines will headline the auction lineup.
Among the highlights:
— 1963 Ferrari 250GTL “Lusso” coupe;
— 1958 Dual-Ghia convertible;
— 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2;
— 1988 Lamborghini LP5000;
— 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe;
— 1959 Porsche 356 T2 “Factory Hardtop” cabriolet;
— 1966 Shelby GT-350 Mustang fastback.
For information, visit or call 602-252-2697.

Automobilia Monterey
The 13th installment of the an event organizers bill as the largest automobilia show in America will be held Aug. 11-12 at The Ballroom of the Embassy Sweets on U.S. 1. Roughly 45 top international dealers will display their wares, which will include original vintage posters, photographs, rally plates, badges and pins, hood ornaments, signs, original art, display items, scale models, literature and books, signed items, postcards, stamps, unique scarves and ties and more. No reproductions will be sold.
The show will run for two days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for one day and $20 for both.
For information, visit

Rick Cole Auctions offers online sale
Rick Cole Auctions will offer 35 classic sports and racing cars through its live virtual auction with bidders participating though the company’s mobile bidding platform.
The auction will be headquartered at the Marriott Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf. Among the highlight vehicles will be a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC and 1947 Delahaye 135M Narwal.
For information, visit, or call 844-474-2526.

JR-Auctions to debut virtual sale
The JR-Auctions debut online/virtual Cannery Row Car & Yacht Auction will be held from noon to 4 p.m. from Aug. 12-14 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Among the highlight cars up for bids will be a 2006 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider, 1995 Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000, and 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible.
Bidding will run all three days from noon to 4 p.m. in front of the Plaza on Monterey Bay with a sponsored theme reception nightly at 9:30 p.m. For information, visit, or call 844-572-8867.

Gooding and Co. returns with another loaded lineup


This 1962 "Sharknose" Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale will be one of the highlights of Gooding's Pebble Beach Auction. (Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.)

Gooding and Co. will again offer a loaded menu of spectacular iron during its Aug. 15-16 sale at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center. Bidding will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. and resume at 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $40, or two people with catalog for $100. Previewing sessions will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and beginning at 9 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
An assortment of more than 80 high-end machines will include a recently consigned 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental two-seater drophead coupe formerly owned by actor Tyrone Power and which is also a former Pebble Beach Concours class winner. Other highlights include a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible with coachwork by Touring; a 1982 Porsche 956 that won the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans; a 1933 Delage D8 S cabriolet; 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort; 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback; and 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide roadster.
For information, visit www.gooding, or call 310-899-1960.

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