By way of update, RM Auctions surpassed all expectations on Saturday by securing thirteen million dollar plus sales. The Monterey Car Week auction drew to a close having secured a staggering twenty million dollar sales. The highlight of the Saturday sale was undoubtedly a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder which sold for $8,580,000 closely followed by a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ which sold for $6,710,000.
The other million dollar lots included the 1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sports Racing Car which sold for $3,685,000, a 1967 Ford GT40 Mark I which sold for $2,860,000, a 2001 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Prototype Racing Car which sold for $2,530,000, and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT which sold for $2,035,000. Cars between the one to two million bracket included a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe, a 1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 ‘Competizione Speciale’, a 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe.
The attraction surrounding the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder was the fact that it is one of only 37 short wheelbase variants to have covered headlights. It’s chassis number 3119 GT finished in classic Ferrari colouring, Rosso Corsa over a tan leather interior. It went to a collector with a phone bid. The 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ was one of nine built. It featured in the Hollywood classic The Love Bug alonside Herby, the Volkswagen Beetle. It received best in class at The Quail Gathering last year!
The 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 ‘Strassenversion’ failed to sell with a high bid of $1,175,000, short of it’s $1,250,000 lower end estimate.