5 most expensive lots
© Pawel Litwinski © 2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions
Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione (1959)
Listed price: $ 18-20 million
This is one of nine Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spiders fully equipped for racing. The car is powered by a 12-cylinder 275-liter engine and a four-speed manual transmission.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione (1960)
Listed price: $ 15-18 million
One of the first Berlinetta Competizione models with a short chassis in 1960 took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Drivers of this car were racers Ed Hugus and Augie Pabst. The model retains the original engine and gearbox, and the body, according to representatives of the auction house Gooding & Co., is in excellent condition.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (1933)
Listed value: $ 12-15 million
The 8C models were the main racing cars of the Alfa Romeo brand from 1931 to 1939. A rare 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza from various Italian races will be on display at Pebble Beach.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (1962)
Listed price: $ 10-12 million
In 2012, this model was exhibited at the Elegance Competition at Villa d'Este in Italy and won the Mention of Honor in the Ferrari 250 category.
Bugatti Type 55 Roadster (1932)
Listed price: $ 10-14 million
The Type 55 Roadster was created by Jean Bugatti, the son of the great engineer and founder of the Bugatti brand Ettore. A total of 38 examples of this car were produced, of which 13 survived. This model was the only Type 55 to compete in the legendary Mille Miglia endurance race. At the end of the 2000s, it was refurbished and equipped with a new engine and gearbox that strictly matched the original components.
Top 3 cars with history
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Convertible (1947)
Listed value: $ 1.25-2 million
The car was created by order of the millionaire Tommy Manville Jr., famous for having married 13 times. Moreover, the millionaire was a big fan of the Rolls-Royce brand. The bodywork of this instance of the Silver Wraith Convertible was worked by the craftsmen of the Manhattan company JSInskip, which is indicated on a special plate. In 1949, the car made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York, after which it was sold to Tommy Manville for $ 22,500 - a huge amount of money at the time. But three years later, the expensive toy bored the millionaire, and he decided to sell it. In an ad in The New York Times, the car was described as “the most expensive Rolls-Roycethe convertible ever sold in the US. In 1953, the model passed into the hands of a new owner.
Porsche 935 (1979)
Listed price: $ 4.5-5.5 million
This Porsche 935 has raced all kinds of endurance races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1979, during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famous American actor Paul Newman was driving the car - then his team took second place in the competition.
Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Berline (1932)
Listed price: $ 1.8-2.2 million
The first owner of the car was one of the members of the royal family of Nepal, who lived in England at that time. The car was delivered to the owner three months after ordering, and during this time it stood at the factory as a demonstration model. For waiting for the royal lady they made a 5% discount. Having moved to Paris, the owner of the Phantom II Continental Berline ordered the restyling of the body of the French company Figoni et Falaschi. In 1939, his Rolls-Royce participated in the contest of elegance in Deauville. The model has changed several owners, and a year ago won the title of "Most Elegant Closed Car" at the Pebble Beach Elegance Competition.>