2016 Ferrari 488 GTE

The latest in Ferrari’s illustrious line of rear-engine V8 GT cars, the 488 GTE made its competition debut in the 2016 Daytona 24 Hours. With one car each from SMP Racing, Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa, it was Scuderia Corsa — with the sister car to that offered here — which defied expectations to take an excellent 10th place overall and 4th in class, behind established GT class grandees Corvette Racing and Porsche.

Scuderia Corsa purchased a second 488 — Read More

2013 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

Delivered new to its first and only owner in Bahrain, this particular C63 AMG Black Series was produced for the 2013 model year in Bremen and shipped to Bahrain on October 10, 2012. The car was ordered in a classic and refined color combination of Diamond White Metallic over a black leather and Alcantara interior.

However, the Black Series’ performance is anything but subtle. It boasts the same 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 as found in the standard C63 AMG; however, Read More

1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe by Touring

Chassis number 0081S was the first of 25 195 chassis produced, and one of just three bodied by the renowned Milanese coachbuilder Touring.

Distinctive features included a lack of the usual Superleggera script on the hood, as well as small Italian lights, similar to those on early barchettas. In April 1951, the car, finished in its original hue of Oro Metallizzato, was shown by Franco Cornacchia’s Societá Agenzia Internazionale Commerciale Auto Ricambi (AICAR) on behalf of Ferrari at the 33rd Read More

1970 Citroën DS 21 Décapotable by Chapron

The car carries Chapron body number 9347 and was delivered new in Germany in 1970.

In 1979, the original owner sold the Citroën to the second owner, a well-known property developer, who owned the car until he died in 2016. It was always kept in his garage and only driven in summer months. The DS was serviced regularly and subjected to Classic Data appraisals throughout his ownership. These are all on file, testifying to the fact that the car was Read More

1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by Mulliner

  • 2017 Bentley Drivers Club Concours Best in Class winner
  • Offered from single-family ownership since 1983
  • Formerly owned by Victor Gauntlett; known
    history from new
  • Matching-numbers factory 4.9 engine, manual transmission and lightweight seats from new
  • Excellent condition, with a recent engine rebuild and a lovingly patinated interior
  • Offered with copies of factory build sheets and bespoke Continental Touring Spares box

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ “Sweep Panel” Phaeton by LaGrande

Eleven LaGrande “sweep panel” phaetons were produced for the long-wheelbase Duesenberg Model J chassis. Of these, just three were supercharged SJ models, and only one of these, the car offered here, boasted unique styling features, most prominently the lack of a full second cowl.

Instead, a folding windshield was fitted. That windshield collapsed behind the front seat when not in use. The result, along with the potent supercharged engine and its signature side exhaust, produced a true 4-passenger American sports Read More

The Royal Treatment

In the September issue of SCM, I predicted that sales in Monterey would total $331 million. As the dust continues to settle, it appears I was within a few million dollars — close enough.

The current sales total, roughly $330 million, represents a slight decline from the $343m sold in 2016. However, with the addition of a few post-block sales, 2017 will be essentially on par with 2016.

Exceptional cars rule

The mood at all of the auctions was thoughtful. Read More

Racing Blues

I’m a racer, but I’m not a historic — or vintage — racer. My observations are definitely unscientific, but it does appear to me that historic racing has grown more crash-prone than before.

It seems that historic racers have grown more competitive, take more risks, and suffer greater damage to their and others’ cars than before.

We all know that European historic racers have always raced hard — with less regard for bringing straight sheet metal home. They have seemed Read More

Sifting the Auctions for Hidden Gems

The old saying of “Can’t see the forest for the trees” also applies to good deals at the Monterey Car Week auctions.

Despite auction houses working to get high-end cars for record-setting sales prices, there are inevitably a few consignments that don’t fare as well as hoped.

Throw in car consignments that are staged to fill in less-desirable time slots — or to lead or follow heavily hyped vehicles — and a screaming deal will appear once in a while.

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