Furthermore Gooding is selling a couple of Ferrari and important Alfa Romeo. The two exceptional 6C Alfas on
show are the Tipo 256 Coupe as well as the 6C 3000 Superflow, a design concept on a race proven chassis
as driven by Fangio. Although quite a while on the market now the auction might be the place it actually sells
as the real value will be shown in case there are several interests in the elegant racer that was show in Villa
D´Este a few years ago.
In a changing market the top lots are still the cars from Maranello and Gooding offers both a nice Series I
cabriolet of the 250 GT series as well as a LWB California Spyder with covered headlights. Seen a couple of
times in the previews years the car changed colour several times to be shown in grey at the moment. In
addition to the open sports cars a GT LWB “TdF” can be bought this weekend.
After picking up the entry tickets for Sunday’s concours and the Quail Motorsport gathering one had to keep
up with the traffic towards downtown and visit RM Sotheby´s. For the second year RM can use the newly built
Conference Centre at the Portola Hotel with several ball rooms and a display area up the stairs. One of the
rooms was reserved for tomorrows Aston Martin sale in association with the works for AM featuring the DB3S
works race car as well as the only DB5 Bond car with full functional gadgets.
Going to the next room one of the highlight of the sale could be seen with the very first car to wear the
Porsche name on the front with the Type 64. Although actually a simple car based on VW components the
streamliner is one of the most important Porsches in existence starting the history of Porsche and a lot of
talks were going on about the hefty estimate in the region of 20 Million. Just one car this week is in the same
region and one of only two McLaren F1 upgraded by the works to the high downforce specification and the LM
engine the gunmetal grey 3-seater is certainly a car with more potential buyers as it can be seen as one of
the top cars from a more and more popular club of F1-owners that are considered as the 250 GTO of the
Furthermore several Ferrari are on sale again including a SWB California, a 400 Superamerica, and a 250 GT
SWB Berlinetta and the one-off 375 MM.
Other cars of interest are the ex-works Porsche RS60 and the Maserati A6 GCS.
After leaving RM it was time for the first social event of the week, the McCall Jet Center Party. Although there
are cars standing this is certainly one of the event where one does meet less petrol heads and more people
interested in the social life of the car week. After a champagne-welcome one could wander in between
jewellery, watches and a couple of exotic cars to have a cocktail. The red carpet VIP ticket gave access to
the balcony overlooking the whole show. After the sun set the party was in full swing but in typical American
fashion many people left early to have dinner in downtown Monterey or join more private dinner parties in one
of the houses in the ground of Pebble Beach.
Tonight will be a short night as tomorrow we will see the concours cars for the first time when the go on the
tour down highway 1 and back to Carmel.
Furthermore RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams will start the auction days a day early as both of them added a
Thursday sale to the calendar.
Report & images ... Peter Singhof
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