AUBURN, INDIANA (March 3, 2009) – Worldwide Auctioneers, responsible for the sale of some of the worlds’ finest collector cars, has confirmed a spectacular line up of historic sports racers among the early consignments due to feature at its fifth Houston Classic Auction. “These iconic automobiles have each played a significant role in sports car evolution and motor racing history throughout the years and today represent both a collectors dream and a substantial investment”, said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer.
Chief among these are an important factory prototype 1954 Jaguar XK D-Type, known by connoisseurs as the “glass fibre car” and an acclaimed 1957 Chevrolet Corvette COPO Race Car, delivered new to Bob Mouat in 1957 and raced straight out of the showroom with undisputed success until 1965. Joining them are a flamboyant 1936 Delahaye 135S Competition Court Teardrop Coupe with alloy coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi and fully documented race history, an awesome 1960 Scarab Grand Prix Race Car, one of only two successfully raced examples and a wonderful 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Coupe, complete with coachwork by Touring and extensive documentation authenticating its history.
The feisty “8 -ball Cobra killer”, a singular 1965 Corvette Roadster, owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Guldstrand and the ex Alan Sevadjian, John Mecum 1967/74 Corvette “Delmo Johnson Racecar”, the latter offered without reserve, will provide enthusiasts with further temptation at the May sale. “All of these great sports racers that we are proud to offer in Houston come with a pedigree that would make them welcome entrants at any vintage race event in the world” said John Kruse, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer.
Held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual Keels and Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Full information on the sale, admission, and advance bidder registration can be obtained by visiting www.wwgauctions.com.