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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!

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.

Masterpieces of Two-Wheeled Speed and Style Coming to Pacific Grove with Worldwide Auctioneers

Renowned collector and enthusiast Allen Smith with just a few of his two-wheeled treasures.

The team at Worldwide Auctioneers is thrilled to announce the upcoming offering of 10 significant vintage motorcycles – all to be sold at No Reserve – from the personal collection of renowned enthusiast and collector, Allen Smith. A tightly focused, expertly-curated group of some of the most historically significant motorcycles in existence, the Allen Smith Collection includes early American legends plus two of Britain’s mightiest motorcycles from the pre- and postwar eras.

Here are just two of the historic motorcycles in focus from this wonderful collection:

1903 Indian ‘Camelback

Named ‘Camelback’ by virtue of its unique rear fender/fuel tank/oil tank, this 1903 Indian is a beautiful Bradford Wilmarth restoration that has earned 99.75 points at the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Nationals. Truly historic and irreplaceable as the first chain-drive production model from Indian, it is simply a museum-worthy example of the world’s fastest motorcycle for 1903.

1914 Henderson Model C Four

Favored by police forces in period for its outstanding speed potential, the four-cylinder Henderson remains famous today. Looking fast even while standing still, this example continues to benefit from a restoration by vintage motorcycle specialist Bradford Wilmarth and features marvellous presence and exciting details.

Other great motorcycles in the Allen Smith collection include not one, but two, Cleveland Singles – a 1919 “Strap Tank” and a 1921 model, showing the evolution of American motorcycle styling and its influence on form and function at the dawn of the “Roaring Twenties.” Representing quality construction and engineering mastery with cost no object, the 1910 Pierce hails from the same company that dominated America’s prewar luxury-car market. An early example of the first four-cylinder American motorcycle, this Pierce is one of fewer than 500 produced in all and marks an essential component of any proper vintage motorcycle collection. A 1913 Flying Merkel features an expert restoration by Bradford Wilmarth and prior history includes long-term display at Australia’s National Motor Museum.

A striking example of streamlined motorcycle design, the 1916 Excelsior Auto-Cycle is a revered early V-Twin, built in Chicago, representing one of the constant challengers to the Indian and Harley-Davidson marques on the roads and deadly board tracks just prior to America’s entry into WW I. Speaking of board-track racers, the 1906 Thor Single beautifully represents this rich era of American motorsports history. Formerly owned by noted collector Bill Melvin, it is beautifully restored and continues to exemplify raw speed and pure adventure, in keeping with the rest of the Allen Smith Collection.

While primarily focused on America’s earliest motorcycling innovations, British legends are also well represented with a 1939 Brough Superior SS80 V-Twin, quite likely one of the finest unrestored examples known today. Documented by marque expert Mike Leatherdale and offered with copies of the original factory production records, it is very well equipped and striking throughout. Representing Britain’s postwar speed machines, the 1954 Ariel Square Four Mk II carries a muscular presence with power delivered by a mighty 995 cc ‘Four Pipe’ Mk II engine and marks one of the true high-water marks of British motorcycle engineering.

The entire collection and highlights can be viewed online at worldwideauctioneers.com and further information is available by calling 1.260.925.6789  or emailing Worldwide’s specialists at info@worldwideauctioneers.com . Descriptions of the vehicles offered are being researched and will be posted to our sale website as soon as possible.

Contact us to register to bid and plan to attend The Pacific Grove Auction at the start of Monterey Car Week on the evening of Thursday, August 17th, 2017, the first scheduled catalogue format auction during this year’s Monterey festivities. The Pacific Grove Auction will feature roughly 70 outstanding collector automobiles and motorcycles in the spectacular ocean side setting of the historic Pacific Grove Golf Links, adjacent to the famous 17 Mile Drive and perfectly positioned at the tip of the Peninsula for both Monterey and Pebble Beach. Full information on schedules, admission, and bidder registration is available here.