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Enjoy the Classsic Car Hobby With a True Icon – Henry Ford’s Model T!

Introduced in October 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T represents an uncanny combination of durability, reliability, and affordability. Remaining in production for nearly 19 full years until 1927, some 15 million examples of the beloved “Tin Lizzie” were built. In addition to making Henry Ford a household name, the little car put the world on wheels. The Model T remains an enduring cultural phenomenon today and rightly, it was recognized as the “Car of the Century” in 1999, above 700 other worthy candidates for this prestigious award. In fact, the Model T stands as the world’s first “true” People’s Car, being affordable when new by anyone earning about $5 a day, the wage earned by Henry Ford’s assembly-line workforce in Dearborn.

Today, the Model T is immensely enjoyable and usable. Its legendary durability, a function of the high-strength steel specified in its construction by Ford, makes the Model T startlingly enjoyable among today’s collectors and enthusiasts. Purchase prices are also low, in keeping with the vast production numbers. While certainly not capable of “Fast and Furious” performance, the Model T is perfectly capable of enjoyable touring on secondary roads and incredibly enjoyable. Our suite of Model Ts hails from the wonderful collection of Mr. Jimmie Smith of Huntington, Virginia – celebrating the highlights of the Model T lineage and best of all, they are all offered at No Reserve!

Here are the Model Ts from the Jimmie Smith Collection and they are all ready to be sold at No Reserve from Worldwide Auctioneers at the National Auto and Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday, September 2nd! Be sure to register to bid with us at bidders@worldwideauctioneers.com .

Here are brief details of the wonderful Model Ts we are offering in Auburn:

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1913 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • Charming example of the quintessential “Brass Model T”
  • The earliest of several Model Ts from The Jimmie Taylor Collection
  • Well-equipped with period accessories and well-fitted folding top
  • Wonderful example of one of the world’s most influential automobiles

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1919 Ford Model T Depot Hack

Offered Without Reserve

  • Wonderful and authentically presented Depot Hack
  • Fun and usable example of the historic and adaptable Model T
  • Accessorized with two Desert water bags
  • Equipped with electric start, cowl and tail lamps, spare-wheel carrier

 

1920 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery
  • Well-fitted folding top, Ford scripted mats, auxiliary water bag

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Striking ‘Center Door’ Sedan body style
  • Example of Ford’s first Sedan model
  • Sought-after Model T with well-restored interior
  • Electric starting and charging system

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1926 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsome late-production example of the historic Model T
  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1927 Ford Model T Coupe

Offered Without Reserve

  • Desirable and iconic “Doctor’s Coupe” body style
  • Handsome example from the Model T’s final year
  • Nicely equipped with period accessories
  • Attractively finished and presented throughout

 

Brooks Stevens – America’s Postwar Design Legend

 During the latter half of the 20th Century in America, your daily life was quite likely enhanced or influenced by Brooks Stevens. As one of only a handful of people who invented and defined Industrial Design, Mr. Stevens was a follower of, and a contemporary of, such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond Loewy, and Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. In fact, Stevens and de Sakhnoffsky became personal friends and the latter spent a great deal of time at the Brooks Stevens Auto Museum during the 1950s. For his part, Stevens’ deep appreciation of de Sakhnoffsky’s 1930 Cord L-29, best known among collectors as the ‘Hayes Coupe’, spurred his drive to purchase this immensely successful show car for his own collection.

Brooks Stevens’ career and business grew exponentially following the close of WW II, with his many design credits including the first civilian Jeep models and mass-production automobile designs for Willys-Overland and Kaiser-Frazer. An avid fan of motor racing and the brilliant designs honed in competition, Stevens also designed and built a series of racing cars dubbed Excalibur and used the name for his striking neo-classic automobiles of the 1960s. He also yearned a return to designing opulent, bespoke cars, resulting in the sleek ‘Diana’ designed and built in 1945 for Diana Lewis Powell, wife of actor William Powell of “The Thin Man” fame. However, the time, expense, and unfavorable economics of such ventures were daunting.

Stevens’ eventual hiring of French public relations representative Guy Storr was pivotal, with Storr’s suggestion that Stevens should raise his European profile by designing a show car for display at the 1954 Paris Salon. Die Valkyrie was Stevens’ inspired reply to Storr’s creative challenge, said to be the right mix of French design sensibilities with a decidedly American presence on an American chassis – supplied by Cadillac – and clothed by Hermann Spohn, one of Germany’s best-regarded custom coach builders.

Low, long, and wide, measuring nearly 22 feet overall, the commanding presence of Die Valkyrie certainly suited the name, which was drawn from the stirring music from Wagner’s monumental opera, Die Walküre. American heritage and V-8 power were emphasized by a bold, V-shaped frontal motif including a large, unique chrome bumper and forward-slanted headlamp housings. The hood was the longest of any prototype car at almost 8 feet, and other design cues included the raked panoramic windshield, large removable hardtop, clean, fin-less rear fenders, a generous rear deck, upright, blade-style tail lamps, and a wrap-around rear bumper.

Innovations were many, including extra-wide doors allowing ease of entry and exit – even for rear-seat passengers, unique power-operated side windows with a large central pane between two vent windows per side, and a modernistic, Brooks Stevens signature black and white two-tone paint scheme, Stevens’ favorite color combination. Other advanced features included illuminated Plexiglas turn signals atop the front fenders and Plexiglas headlight cross pieces to concentrate the headlight beams yet reduce (by 50 per cent) the potential glare faced by oncoming drivers. The spacious interior featured plush upholstery matching the car’s luxurious persona.

The visually striking body was built by Hermann Spohn in Ravensburg, Germany, the highly admired coachbuilder whose work usually graced Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz chassis. Financial backing for the project came from Irwyn Metzenbaum, a Cleveland city councilor, and auto enthusiast. Following completion, Die Valkyrie was shown at the Paris Salon, where it created a sensation for its fascinating body design and demonstrated the stylistic possibilities afforded by its compact V-8 engine and sophisticated chassis, in contrast to the inline fours, sixes, and straight eights long favored by most of the era’s European manufacturers.

Next, Die Valkyrie toured Europe’s auto-show circuit and then it was displayed at the 1955 New York Auto Show held at Madison Square Garden, where it received the “Excellence of Design and Engineering” award. According to Mr. Bortz, an expert in the realm of concept cars, Die Valkyrie is believed to be the only such vehicle to have been awarded a U.S. Patent for its unique design. Clearly, many of its cutting-edge features have appeared, in one form or another, on many later production cars.

Next, Die Valkyrie was purchased by Brooks Stevens for his wife, Alice, and then from 1958, it formed part of the renowned Brooks Stevens Auto Museum collection. Following the passing of Mr. Stevens in 1995, this vehicle was purchased directly in 1997 from his estate by the Bortz Auto Collection in the Chicago area, where it has remained ever since. During 2003, Die Valkyrie returned to Milwaukee as a feature for a celebration of the life and work of Brooks Stevens at the Milwaukee Art Museum, entitled “Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World.” Fittingly, the banners along the streets to the Museum heralding the show featured the striking frontal design of Die Valkyrie.

Subsequent exhibitions included the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the June 2014 CCCA Grand Experience on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Blessed with unbroken provenance from new, Die Valkyrie is rightly considered one of the 10 most desirable prototypes still in existence from the 1950s and 1960s. Designed by Brooks Stevens, one of the most influential of all American automotive and industrial designers, Die Valkyrie continues to amaze all who experience it. Soon, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ 10th Annual Auburn Auction on Saturday, September 2nd at the National Automobile and Truck Museum!

Offered at Pacific Grove – Porsche’s Finest

Ever since the first automobile bearing the family name of famed engineer Ferdinand Porsche rolled out of a converted sawmill in Gmünd, Austria in 1948, Porsche carved out an immediate reputation for performance and quality. At our inaugural Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula, the Worldwide Auctioneers team is thrilled to offer some of the finest sports cars ever created by Porsche. Here are highlights for the great Porsches to be offered by us on Thursday, August 17th. For additional details, click on the headings for each car to get the full catalogue descriptions and more photographs. Be sure to visit our website to register to bid on them and we look forward to seeing you next week in Pacific Grove!

“The Lieutenant’s Speedster”

1958 Porsche 356A Speedster

  • Only one owner from new, never before offered for public sale
  • Purchased new in Germany by USAF Lieutenant Robert G. Dewey
  • Complete with incredible documentation from new to the present
  • Porsche Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity, original manual, toolkit, jack, date-coded spare
  • Numbers matching body, engine, and gearbox

 

1969 Porsche 911S Coupe

  • Exceptional opportunity – never publicly offered at auction
  • Documents include Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
  • Accompanied by original manuals, tools, service records, and more
  • Excellent driving example; matching engine and gearbox
  • Very well-presented and preserved long-term, West Coast vehicle

 

1970 Porsche 911E Coupe

  • Matching numbers car finished in seldom seen Conda Green
  • Factory appearance group option
  • Known ownership from new
  • Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

 

1973 Porsche 911T Coupe

  • Well-equipped with factory options and amenities including sunroof
  • Great factory colors, matching numbers, fully restored; just three owners from new
  • Highly desirable final-series “long hood, small bumper” 911
  • Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and original window sticker

 

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 Tribute

  • Stunning tribute to a racing icon; professionally built by RSR Project
  • Outstanding colors and details; Tartan seats & lightweight carpeting
  • Renowned 3.2-Litre Motronic Carrera engine and five-speed “915” gearbox
  • Highly detailed, correctly sorted and set up by experts, and ready to enjoy

 

1973 Porsche 911T Targa

Offered Without Reserve

  • Original California car with original floor pans and body panels
  • Numbers matching rebuilt engine; recently serviced
  • Highly-equipped with factory options and amenities
  • Accompanied by Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
  • Exceptional documentation

 

1987 Porsche 944 Turbo

Offered Without Reserve

  • Just 1,603 miles from new!
  • Outstanding original condition with fastidious care
  • Legendary Porsche Turbo performance

 

Ferrari Legends – All in Rosso – Coming to Worldwide Auctioneers’ Pacific Grove Auction

When you think Ferrari – what color comes to mind? Red, or Rosso in Italian, of course! For next week’s Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula, we have assembled a great selection of Ferrari legends, all finished in Red and waiting for your winning bid. Here are highlights and links to full descriptions and photographs of these prime legends from Maranello:

1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe

  • Matching numbers V-12 engine rebuilt 2008-2010
  • Documented by Ferrari marque historian Marcel Massini
  • The ultimate evolution of the Series II, 1 of only 455 “two-headlamp, five-speed” cars
  • Handsome Pininfarina design; renowned Ferrari Grand Touring performer
  • History includes single-owner enjoyment and care 1984-2012
  • Cared for virtually regardless of cost by the 2012-2017 owner

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

  • Certified by Ferrari Classiche and accompanied by “Red Book”
  • Numbers matching, just three owners from new and only 28,000 miles
  • Provenance documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
  • Accompanied by service records; recent $30,000 major service

 

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

  • Very rare as one of as few as 500 examples produced 1971–1972
  • Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini; 51,000 original miles
  • Handsome Pininfarina designed and built body; great V-12 sound
  • Professionally serviced, sorted, and ready to enjoy!

 

1979 Ferrari 308 GTS

  • Incredible one owner car with just 1,600 miles from new
  • First-generation steel-bodied, Weber-carbureted 308 GTS
  • Original U.S. delivery example; renowned driving experience
  • Comprehensive mechanical service performed 2016-2017 with receipts

 

To register to bid on these investment-grade Ferrari legends, be sure to visit our website by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at Pacific Grove on Thursday, August 17th!

Extremely Rare Prewar Jaguar to be Offered at Pacific Grove on Thursday, August 17!

Launched at London’s Mayfair Hotel in 1935, William (later Sir Wiliam) Lyons’ SS Cars introduced its newest models and it would forever after call its automobiles “Jaguars.” Setting a new standard for sleek styling and outstanidng performance, the new Jaguars were also deceptively, perhaps shockingly, affordable – a tradition that would continue well beyond the postwar era. These automobiles would also inspire Lyons’ famous Jaguar tagline, “Grace, Pace, and Space.”
One of the rarest and most desirable prewar Jaguars is the SS Jaguar 2 1/2-Litre OHV Tourer.  This freshly restored, complete matching numbers example from 1937 is, simply put, quite likely the finest available anywhere. You can make it yours at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, August 17th – the first catalogue-type auction to be held during the storied Monterey Car Week.
Here are the highlights:
• Exceedingly rare as 1 of just 53 examples produced in 1937
• Freshly completed total restoration to original specification
• One of the earliest cars bearing the “Jaguar” name
• Pure, completely matching numbers example
• Documented original data; 30 years of sole prior ownership

2,663 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual SU carburetors, 105 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel Girling mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 119″

Importantly, the sporty and versatile SS I-derived SS Jaguar 2 ½-Litre Tourer was powered by the Harry Weslake-upgraded, Standard-built six-cylinder engine for truly sporting performance. Now, as then, the 2 1/2-Litre Tourers are very rare with production along a small 105-car run for 1936 and 1937. According to Jaguar expert Terry McGrath of Australia, the 1936 cars are visually distinguished by their Lucas QK596 headlamps, with the 1937 models identified by large-diameter Lucas P100 units. Just 32 are identified and surviving today.

Bearing Chassis Number 19098, this wonderful 1937 SS Jaguar 2 ½-Litre Tourer is the 98th example of the 105 built in total for both years of production. According to its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, 19098 left the factory in wonderful Suede Green paint over a matching interior.

It left the factory in March 1937, dispatched to Leigh Park Motors located in Datchet, Buckinghamshire. A copy of the original registration ledgers, dated 25 March 1937 and recently supplied by the Buckinghamshire Archives, lists the registration of 19098 to Leigh Park Motors, with the vehicle originally assigned it’s DKX 980 number plate. Today the car still retains its Leigh Park Motors metal tag under the bonnet adding further provenance to this 80-year old prewar Jaguar.

To many cinematic fans, the place names Datchet and Buckinghamshire were, and remain, famous as the homes of many film studios including Pinewood. Research into the car’s original owner continues, but according to a 1993-dated letter on file from Dorothy Thanby, who worked with her husband who was the principal of Leigh Park Motors, she stated that DKX 980 was “…registered in the name of Leigh Park Motors originally as we always licensed and insured all new vehicles ready for delivery to our clients.” Continuing, she wrote “The only American connection I can recall, however, was that of a Film Producer and his film actress wife who lived in Datchet at this time. I cannot recall definitely but I think they returned to the States before the outbreak of the War and that may have been when the SS I went too.” Since open Touring bodies were initially used on the SS I predating this vehicle and continued in production during 1936-37 as SS Jaguars, it is not altogether incorrect for the car to have been referred to as an SS I by Ms. Thanby in her letter.

While research into this vehicle’s provenance continues at press time, we do know this SS Jaguar was exported to the United States at some point before 1963. Documented ownership history resumes in 1963, with parts invoices and a 1968-dated photograph of the car undergoing a restoration confirming its ownership until 1970 by David T. Lee of Bexley, Ohio. The next owner of the car was Bernell Stewart of Gahanna, Ohio, believed to have been a Jaguar marque specialist, who purchased it from Mr. Lee and kept the car until 1977, when he sold 19098 to Thomas E. Strickland of Nashville, Tennessee. On February 25, 1987, Mr. Strickland sold the car to Leland Scott, Jr., who almost immediately obtained the Jaguar Daimler Vehicle Information Sheet confirming its original data and in 1993, he corresponded with Dorothy Thanby in an effort to confirm the vehicle’s original owner.

The current owner purchased 19098 from Mr. Scott, with the car solid, complete, and intact, and the numbers of the chassis, engine, and body all matching those recorded on the Jaguar Daimler Vehicle Information Sheet. The owner immediately commenced a total restoration to original specifications, with the process involving an estimated 2,000 hours of effort and the vehicle freshly and beautifully completed. Impressive documentation on this wonderful prewar Jaguar fills two complete binders, including photographs of the car as purchased and prior to restoration. Also included in the documents are clear images of the engine number and gearbox stampings for reference. While the classic car market is graced with many postwar Jaguars of all model types and body styles, few, if any, prewar OHV examples of SS Jaguars come up for sale, making this exceedingly rare and beautifully restored, matching numbers 1937 SS Jaguar 2 ½-Litre Tourer a truly exceptional find indeed. Jaguar collectors – be sure to take part in the offering of this incredible and extremely rare 1937 SS Jaguar 2 1/2-Litre OHV Tourer – the foundation of Jaguar’s sporting dynasty. For the catalogue description and more photos, click here. Be sure to register to bid by clicking here.

These two story/presentation boards created by the Consignor tell the story of this stellar 1937 SS Jaguar 2 1/2-Litre OHV Tourer wonderfully:

Modern Supercars and Exotic Icons to be Offered by Worldwide Auctioneers at Pacific Grove

While the grand classics of the pre-war era and post-war sports and racing cars are indeed the staples of today’s collector-car market, modern exotic cars and rare, special-edition ‘supercars’ have made strong inroads during recent years. Ranging from the cars that were once celebrated on bedroom posters, art prints, or stereo ads to their blindingly fast newer counterparts, these vehicles mark high-water-marks of styling and race-bred technical prowess.

Included within our diverse lineup of some of today’s most desirable collector cars to be offered at Pacific Grove on Thursday, August 17th are a number of top-notch modern ‘supercars’ and exotics. Here are highlights of our supercar offerings for Pacific Grove. Click on the headings for the full description details and photos. And then be sure to click here for easy bidder registration!

2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S

Offered Without Reserve

  • Stunning 520-HP performer with only an approximate 7,000 miles
  • Highly sought-after example built only for 2005 and 2006 model years
  • Late-production example of one of the last cars built at Newport Pagnell
  • F1-style paddle-shifted six-speed; incredibly well-equipped and optioned
  • Formerly part of the Wayne Carini collection; the most desired model year

 

2003 BMW Z8 Alpina Roadster

  • Offered by the original owner with just 3,998 miles from new
  • Equipped with all factory accessories
  • Outstanding BMW design and performance
  • 4.8 litre DOHC V-8 with 32 valves rated at 375 HP

2006 Ford GT

  • Single ownership and just 3,730 miles from new
  • Equipped with warranty-approved Ford Racing power upgrade kit
  • Complete with all items as delivered new including window sticker
  • Final-year example of a highly collectable Ford legend
  • Sold new at South Shore Motors, the former Shelby Motors
  • 5.4-liter supercharged 32-valve DOHC V-8 engine – 550 HP at 6,500 RPM

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

  • Well-preserved, low-production model – 1 of 657 built
  • Fastidious single-owner care from new to 2015; clean history
  • Offered with original window sticker and bill of sale
  • All service records and history spanning 1990 to present
  • Includes original books in leather pouch, plus tools, and jack
  • Serviced and maintained by authorized selling dealer for 25 years
  • 5,167 cc fuel-injected DOHC V-12 engine developing 455 HP

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo

  • 1 of only 110 examples produced for the world market
  • Extremely rare as the first example ever to be made available at auction
  • Gallardo-based racing supercar for Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
  • Successfully campaigned in 2014 U.S. Super Trofeo by Rick Ware Racing
  • Easily one the hardest supercars to acquire today
  • 5.2L DOHC V-10 engine, direct fuel injection – 620 HP

2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster

  • A mere 3,600 miles and single ownership from new
  • One of just 106 units produced
  • Silver Arrow red leather and Carbon fiber interior packages
  • Fresh Mercedes-Benz dealer service
  • Mercedes-Benz and McLaren’s legendary supercar
  • 5,439 cc SOHC supercharged and intercooled V-8 engine, 617 HP

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S

  • Exceptionally rare as 1 of only 183 examples of Porsche’s last and best air-cooled Turbo
  • Fully serviced with nearly $35,000 in recent dealer service receipts
  • Very well-equipped with many factory-original options and features
  • Accompanied by books, tools, records, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
  • Fantastic to drive and highly potent; with clean history reports
  • 3,600 cc SOHC air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, electronic fuel injection with twin turbochargers, 424 HP at 5,750 RPM

2012 Porsche ‘997 GT3R’ by Speedconcepts

  • Fully engineered build
  • Porsche GT3R body kit
  • 700 horsepower Twin Turbo opposed flat six
  • All-wheel drive and just 3,200 pounds
  • Second place overall finish in the 2017 One Lap of America
  • 3,800 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine rated at 700 HP

 

 

Join Us at The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove on Wednesday, August 16th!

Enjoy spectacular scenery while you attend all the great events during Monterey Car Week, including Worldwide Auctioneers’ Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, August 17th and The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove on Wednesday, August 16th!

In addition to all the exciting events held during Monterey Car Week, one of the best-loved of them is The Little Car Show held in Pacific Grove, the hometown of our upcoming Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula.

Known as “TLCS” for short, this wonderful event is always held on the Wednesday of Monterey’s Classic Car Week and caters to vehicles with engines under 1,600 cc. This year, it is slated for August 16. As stated by event organizer Charles Davis, “Scandinavian vehicles, collectively, are this year’s featured marques. Our “big change” for this year (and for the future) is that all entries must be at least 25 years old, meaning that this year’s entries must have been manufactured 1992 or prior.”

In the spirit of The Little Car Show, here are some outstanding small-displacement vehicles to  be offered by Worldwide Auctioneers at Pacific Grove that will be ideal future entries for The Little Car Show:

1963 ASA 1000 GT

  • Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone; Ferrari 250 GT styling influence
  • Extremely rare – one of only an approximate 60 “Ferrarina” produced
  • Matching numbers engine
  • Designed and developed by Ferrari in 1960/1961 and built in Milano, Italy by the De Nora family
  • The 5th example of the ASA 1000 GT built and Mr. De Nora’s personal car
  • Painstaking, long-term restoration to factory standard completed 2014

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider 750F

  • Extremely desirable variant of the new type 101 body and 750 Veloce power
  • Rare and refreshing original Beige Chiaro color seats and panels
  • Las Vegas 2016 Concours d’Elegance Best in Class Award Winner
  • Freshly restored with painstaking attention to detail and authenticity
  • Documentation includes Alfa Romeo authentication and Italian Certificate

1959 Fiat 500 Jolly

Offered Without Reserve

  • Finished in lovely and appropriate Sky Blue
  • Excellent restoration with strong mechanicals
  • Fun in the sun and great for the lake, beach or shopping trip

“The Lieutenant’s Speedster”

1958 Porsche 356A Speedster

  • Only one owner from new, never before offered for public sale
  • Purchased new in Germany by USAF Lieutenant Robert G. Dewey
  • Complete with incredible documentation from new
  • Porsche Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity, original manual, toolkit, jack, date-coded spare
  • Numbers matching body, engine, and gearbox

1956 Volkswagen Beetle Oval Window ‘Rag Top’

Offered Without Reserve

  • Much loved oval window with sliding convertible top
  • Complete restoration performed by KAO Autostyling of Las Vegas
  • Admired Wolfsburg badging
  • Nicely optioned and finished in quintessential Reed Green

1974 Volkswagen Type 181 ‘Thing’

Offered Without Reserve

  • Desirable Acapulco Edition
  • Over-the-top complete restoration
  • Cruising and beach fun at its finest

Small-displacement classic cars are not only fun, they are also highly sought-after, valuable and collectable. Many are truly historic and influential. They also offer a great way to take part in the collector-car hobby, with cars and price points in today’s marketplace to suit virtually anyone’s desires and budget. Be sure to attend The Little Car Show and for updates, see the show’s Facebook page for event information and updates. Also, be on the lookout for some of the great collector vehicles we are bringing to the show and don’t forget to say “Hi!”

 

To Be offered by Worldwide Auctioneers at Pacific Grove – The Height of Prewar Coachbuilt Beauty and Race-Bred Engineering

Stunning in Touring Superleggera (super light) Berlinetta coachwork, 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S 915.005 is a study in aerodynamic beauty and sophisticated, race-proven engineering with its triple-carbureted, DOHC inline 6-cylinder powerplant. Restored by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera in Italy, the successor to the original coachbuilder, it is the first Touring Berlinetta on the 6C 2500 chassis. Documented with outstanding history. One of the true high-water marks of prewar coachbuilding and performance, looking fast even while standing still!

Building upon the ‘6C’ dynasty established by legendary engineer Vittorio Jano in 1925, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 debuted in 1938 as the successor to the immensely successful 6C 2300. Rooted in the brilliant prewar racing machines from Alfa Romeo, the 6C 2500 remains historic as what noted author and historian Griffith Borgeson characterized as the company’s “bridge to post-World War II production,” with the 6C 2500 produced until 1952. The 6C 2500 was also Alfa Romeo’s answer to the drastic changes enacted in 1939 for sports car racing, which meant the end of the line for Alfa’s mighty supercharged racers and heralded the new Sport Nationale formula shifting emphasis to normally aspirated, production-based sports cars. Rather than being a restrictive obligation for manufacturers, this fundamental change in competition rules ushered a brilliant new, yet all too brief, period of creativity before the onset of war in Europe during late 1939. Alfa Romeo’s solution was elegant – a proven combination of light, aerodynamic Touring alloy bodywork and uprated “triple-carburetor” induction for its newly enlarged 2.5-litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine.

According to Angelo Tito Anselmi’s authoritive book on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, there were five rolling chassis of the 3,000-mm wheelbase chassis built and this example is number one. The Berlinetta coachwork was fitted by Carrozzeria Touring that carried no less than three patents and was formally known as Touring design number 1137. A select few were built with triple carburetors and dubbed as “SS” models. The example offered here carries the “SS” plate in the engine compartment that identifies it as an ultra-rare early triple-carburetor car, of which only five were ever built. With its powerful engine, the Touring-bodied 6C 2500 was catalogued as Alfa’s fastest production car available.

Numbered 915.005, this 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta is one of just five examples equipped from the factory with the top-specification “SS” triple-carbureted engine. According to its known history, 915.005 was exported from Italy to Canada by Elmer Leigh, a serviceman with Canadian forces operating in Italy from 1943 to the end of hostilities in May 1945. Mr. Leigh subsequently moved to Colorado during the 1960s, taking the rare Alfa there with him. It was road-registered and plated (TU 8183) in Colorado, eventually being stored in Mr. Leigh’s garage until circa 1979-1980, when it was removed for photography, presumably after Mr. Leigh had passed away. Numerous photographs recorded the Alfa at this moment in time, with the body appearing in bare metal, worn and in need of restoration, but complete with only an approximate 44,000 kilometres indicated on the odometer. It is understood that Mr. Leigh’s grandson, an architect based in Calgary, Alberta in Western Canada, subsequently attempted to sell the car. It is further understood that the identification tags have never been removed from this 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta, which retains the “SS5” tag verifying it.

 

In 1987, racer and restorer Steven Tillack offered the car for sale on consignment and advertised it in the UK’s Classic & Sports Car magazine for $75,000. Mr. Tillack eventually sold the Alfa to Holland, with the car reported by enthusiasts in Volume Three of the 1997 newsletter of the International Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Register. According to this update, “We visited a panel beater nearby (i.e. in Holland), where Raoul San Giorgi’s 1939 Sport Touring Berlinetta (915.005) is stored, awaiting its restoration. The car is in complete and well-preserved condition and will make a very worthwhile restoration project. I recall that the car was offered to me in 1986 by a young architect in Calgary who had inherited the car from his grandfather Elmer Leigh in Denver, who had owned the car for many years.” In another entry by Alfa Romeo marque expert Angelo Tito Anselmi, the author of the definitive book, “Alfa Romeo 6C 2500,” the Alfa was not in entirely original condition in 1992, since it was photographed at this juncture with a new(er) paint finish. In 1998, 915.005 was listed for sale in Holland and photographed at this time at a classic car exhibition.

In 2006, it was sold to a new owner via the Deventer Car Museum of Holland, who would submit 915.005 in 2011 for total restoration to none other than the Restoration Division of Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera S.r.l., in Milan, the successor company to the famed original Carrozzeria Touring coachbuilding firm established by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. Subsequently, the bare “under restoration” bodyshell of the rare Alfa Romeo was exhibited at first edition of Milano Autoclassica held during February 2012.

It was next shown in February 2013 at the world-famous Retromobile show in Paris, this time with the body painted and fully finished and with the glass, lights, bumpers, and brightwork all fitted. As best described by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera S.r.l. in its Retromobile 2013 event brochure, “This car, VIN 915.005, is the very first 6C 2500 Touring Berlinetta built in cooperation with Alfa Romeo, between 1938 and 1939, powered by an SS engine fitted with three Weber carburetors. It is built in aluminum with Superleggera technique. By the time it was designed, Touring was starting a revolution in shapes driven by the search for aerodynamic efficiency. Headlights, fenders, boot and other formerly separated elements had drawn the attention of designers and were progressively integrated in the body. This model features a transitional design where extended elements tend to converge toward the main cell. Details characterizing the Alfa Romeo cars of that age are strongly present, blended by the art of Touring into a perfectly balanced and fluid result…” Its resurrection was also an international effort with many mechanical components being refurbished in the Netherlands. In his book “Carrozzeria Touring” by Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, he described this 6C 2500, which graces the cover, as “one of the most desirable of its period.”


A complete listing of the restoration work is stated on the Certificate of Original Restoration issued on June 6, 2013. Extremely rare, beautifully restored, well-documented and offered in the top available “triple carbureted” SS specification, this 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta marks an amazing find as a coachbuilt, race-bred legend on all counts from the immediate prewar era. It displays timeless beauty, impressive rarity, and outstanding performance and is truly worthy of display amongst the world’s most prestigious concours lawns and collections. See the catalogue description here and be sure to register to bid!

One of the Most Successful L-88 Corvettes Coming to Pacific Grove on August 17th!

The Fred Kepler-built 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88. One of the most successful and well-known privateer Corvettes of the 1970s. A great example of L-88 dominance long after the car was new.

Chevrolet’s Corvette, especially with mighty L-88 power, carries a truly special place in high-performance and international racing history. In fact, its stunning performance and victory tally have conferred near-mythical status since the cars were new. This L-88 Corvette racecar marks the maturation of the L-88 Corvette into a proven race-winner capable of challenging for outright, as well as class, victories everywhere it appeared. In fact, while many lesser racing cars had already retired from the track, L-88 Corvettes continued to set the standard in the world’s toughest road races and endurance contests on both sides of the Atlantic, well into the 1970s and beyond. Proving the point in 1972, an L-88 Corvette, an unlikely entry fielded by Ferrari stalwart Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), won class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just 216 factory-built “production” L-88 Corvettes were built in all during the model’s three-year production run. Soon, by the early 1970s, L-88 parts and technology filtered down to committed privateers who continued to very successfully carry the L-88 banner in front-line competition. This 1968 L-88 Corvette racing car is a particularly successful and very well-known example.

Daytona 1972 with Fred Kepler. This L-88 powered 1968 Corvette was one of the most successful privateer Corvettes of the 1970s. in 1973, Fred Kepler won the New York Region SCCA A/Production Championship and was invited to compete at the elite American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) at Road America, where he led for the first three laps before retiring with brake failure.

Fred Kepler built this Corvette in 1972 from an original L-71 “Tri-Power” 427 car to race in IMSA, FIA, and SCCA Trans Am and A/Production. Fred hailed from Elmira, New York and raced in the SCCA Northeast region, being highly respected as one of the era’s best independent Corvette racers. Always a front runner, he prepared very competitive Corvettes, and this car was no exception. It was prepared to full L-88 specification with a 650-HP 427 and Muncie M-22 “Rock Crusher” four-speed, and sponsored by VelveTouch. This car contested both SCCA Trans Am and IMSA events as car #26 and #36 respectively with co-drivers Bob Sharp and John Orr. Bob Sharp is known as one of America’s finest drivers over his long career spanning 1960-1976, with 80 race entries at top U.S. events including 17 wins and 33 podiums. He also introduced screen legend Paul Newman to racing in 1971. As a team owner, Sharp’s famous Datsuns dominated IMSA GTU and won numerous races and championships through the 1970s and 1980s. John Orr was a successful SCCA veteran driver from 1967 through 1979, whose early-1970s rides included Robert Luebbe’s ex-Don Yenko/Sunray-DX L-88 Corvette offered here at Pacific Grove.

Given the personnel involved with this Corvette, it is hardly surprising that it placed 2nd in GTO and 4th Overall at the Bryan IMSA three-hour race in September 1972. In November 1972, this Corvette also finished a creditable 5th in GTO and 10th Overall at the season finale IMSA Daytona 250. In 1973, at the Watkins Glen six-hour FIA race, the Corvette finished 10th in the GT class. During the 1973 and 1974 seasons, the car also competed in SCCA Trans-Am at Watkins Glen. Ultimately in 1973, Fred Kepler won the New York Region SCCA A/Production Championship and was invited to compete at the elite-level American Road Race of Champions (AARC) at Road America. However, after leading for the first three laps, the Corvette was classified DNF with brake failure.

In 1974, Fred Kepler sold the Corvette to Tom Rynone, the hard-charging driver who continued to campaign the car in SCCA A/Production, Trans Am and IMSA races. Tom held the SCCA A/Production lap record at Watkins Glen for several years. Co-drivers with Mr. Rynone included Neil and Michael Wiernicki, Mike Oleyar, and David Kicak. Venues included Watkins Glen, Nelson Ledges, Mosport, and Trois-Rivières, with the best result 4th at the August 20, 1977 Mosport Trans-Am.

Repainted in Yellow with Tom Rynone.

Eventually, the Corvette was retired following an accident at the FIA July 12, 1981 Watkins Glen 6-Hour. During 2000, Mr. Rynone sold the Corvette to the current owner, who had it totally restored with the frame off to its 1972/73 livery and maintaining many of the suspension components and fine details from the early 1970s. Following completion, the Corvette returned to the track at the invitational 2010 Rolex Monterey Historic Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the owner’s son finishing 2nd to the fastest Porsche 935; next, at Sonoma, he took pole and won class against that same 935. At the 2011 Monterey Historics, this Corvette was awarded a prestigious Monterey Trophy for performance and historic presentation.

Beautifully and expertly restored to its Fred Kepler livery and ready to race. Highly competitive with 2nd at 2010 Monterey Historics behind the fastest Porsche 935 Turbo and pole and first at the 2010 Sonoma Historics. At the 2011 Monterey Historics, this Corvette was awarded a prestigious Monterey Trophy for its performance and historic presentation.

Learn more about this beautifully restored, highly documented, and very potent L-88 1968 Corvette here for the full catalogue description and to bid on it, register for the Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula here.

The Don Yenko/Sunray-DX 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Coming to Pacific Grove on August 17th!

The Don Yenko Sunray-DX 1968 Corvette L-88. Veteran of the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours (2nd in GT class) with Don Yenko/Peter Revson, 1968 Sebring 12 Hours (fastest lap) with Yenko/Pedro Rodriguez. 1968 SCCA Midwest Division Champion (Yenko).

Rooted in development work initiated in 1962 by Zora Arkus-Duntov, Chevrolet’s head of Corvette engineering, the “Heavy-Duty 427” that eventually gained fame as RPO L-88 was “field tested” at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race in the capable hands of with Roger Penske’s Sunoco-sponsored racing team. When the smoke cleared, the L-88 powered Penske Corvettes broke the GT-class record, won their class, and finished 11th overall, confirming the potency of Duntov’s brainchild and immediately conferring a victorious competition pedigree on the L-88. Next, at Sebring, one of Penske’s L-88s led class from start to finish and came 9th overall – the best-ever Corvette finish there to that moment.

Next, the newly restyled ‘C3’ Corvettes were intended – in L-88 tune – to race at Daytona and Sebring in early 1968. However, the FIA-mandated 500-car production run could not be achieved by Chevrolet within the August-November 1967 time frame. It was not until November ‘67 when James Garner’s high-profile American International Racing (A.I.R.) team received the first three C3 L-88 cars from Chevy. While only two of them ran at Daytona, one retiring early and the other finishing 29th, all three of Don Yenko’s Sunray-DX team cars swept the GT-class podium, cementing the L-88 legend. Race-numbered 29 and co-driven by Yenko and Peter Revson, this L-88-powered 1968 Corvette finished second in class at Daytona between the class-winning Grant/Morgan Number 31 ’67 L-88 and DeLorenzo/Thompson in the Number 30 ’68 car.

Known as the “showroom” car to L-88 authors and historians, this particular L-88 Corvette was built up for racing when new by Don Yenko, since the factory L-88 car he ordered would not arrive in time for the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours, so he plucked a Rally Red L-71 427/435 street hardtop convertible off his showroom floor to transform into a screaming L-88 racer. Following the Yenko/Sunray-DX 1-2-3 triumph at Daytona and this car’s second-place class podium there, Yenko teamed up for the Sebring 12 Hours in this car, renumbered 2, with Pedro Rodriguez in the latter’s only ride in a Corvette. While the L-88s suffered suspension issues and rear-end failures, including this car, which was forced to retire on Lap 43, Yenko and Rodriguez set a blistering new GT-class lap record with it.

This car was also registered as one of two anticipated Sunray-DX entries for the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans, but political unrest in France and rescheduling of the race from June to September frustrated this effort. Finally, the buyout of Sunray-DX by Sunoco closed the final chapter of this highly successful American racing team. Next, Don Yenko campaigned this Corvette as his personal racer up and down the East Coast and Midwest and it carried him to the SCCA Midwest Division Title in 1968.

For the complete auction description, history, and additional photographs of this 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L-88 Sunray-DX Racing Car, click here and if you wish to register to bid for it and join its roster, click here!

As offered, the Yenko/Sunray-DX L88 Corvette in its Sebring ’68 livery. An essential part of Corvette, and motorsports history!

 

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