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Monterey, California. August 6, 2008


The Monterey historic gathering is high car auction season in California, with a quartet of auctions from the major houses through the week. Although there is no Christies auction this year, after the closure of their motor division, the pressure on time is still high as David Gooding has extended his auction to spread over two evenings. These auctions will be seen as a barometer for the collector car market in the current worldwide economic downturn, so there is doubtless some trepidation as to how they will fare.

Bonhams & Butterfields – 15 August
To be held in conjunction with the prestigious Quail Motorsports Gathering, a varied line-up of machinery is on offer together with a selection of memorabilia and motoring artwork. Highlights include the unique 1960 Jaguar E2A Prototype, the “missing link” between the factory’s D-Type and E-Type models, which was driven by the likes of Sir Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney and Bruce McLaren. Then there is a 1939 Ecurie Nice Talbot-Lago T150 C SS, a 1930 Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Gran Sport and a 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo KM with a 10.6-litre engine with chain-drive, amongst the cars to go across the block.
www.bonhams.com/us/

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Kruse International – 15 August
The Kruse auction takes place in conjunction with Concorso Italiano at the Marina Airport, with 53 lots on offer, of which 25 are the special edition 2007 Ford Hertz Shelby Mustang GT-H Convertibles. There is also a trio of ‘80s Stutz models, a trio of ’69 Camaro Z28s in RS, JL8 and X33 forms, together with a Boss Mustang and Plymouth Hemi Cuda from 1970. It is rumoured that a Ferrari 410 Superamerica will also cross the block, but at the time of writing it does not appear in their list of cars offered.
www.kruse.com

RM Auctions – 15/16 August
The Portola Hotel & Spa in central downtown Monterey is the traditional venue for the RM auction, and this year is no exception with an expansive and diverse range of around 180 cars and a selection of automobilia, comprising mainly of race posters, on offer. Some of their feature cars are a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe, a 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Special Town Car, a 1962 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car and a Chrysler based 1957 Dual-Ghia Convertible. There are also numerous custom cars and hot rods, Italian exotica, including Lamborghini Miuras in P400, P400 S and P400 SV configurations, plus no less than 25 Ferraris, including a 250 GT “TdF” berlinetta, 0563 GT, a 250 GT SWB berlinetta, 3087 GT, and a 400 Superamerica coupe.
www.rmauctions.com

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Russo & Steele – 15/16 August
The Russo & Steele auction will be held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey, just a short distance from the concurrently run RM auction, featuring 150 lots of sports and muscle cars. Amongst the sports cars on offer are a 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spider, a Lamborghini Miura S from the same year, Ferrari’s offering from the same era in the form of 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”, and a 1966 Bizzarrini Strada 5300. A real rarity is the 1965 Bentley SSSC-2 Exhibition Chassis Club Racer, a Rolls Royce apprentices built show car, which was subsequently secretly sold and turned into a competition car. Amongst the muscle cars are a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible 440 6-Pack, a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Fastback, plus Mustang and Corvette race cars, notwithstanding some hot rods.
www.russoandsteele.com

Gooding & Company – 16/17 August
Among the 130 or so cars that will cross the block at the Equestrian Centre at Pebble Beach, are the ex-Donald Healey 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C-2400 GS, the rare 1938 ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Alfa Romeo 6C and the original 1914 Stutz Series E Bearcat. There will also be a varied selection of fourteen Bugattis, ranging from a 1926 Type 52 short nose “Baby Bugatti” to a current Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, twelve of which are from the renowned Williamson Collection, including a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe, an ex-Louis Chiron 1928 Bugatti Type 35B and a 1931 Bugatti Type 55. They have the same number of Ferraris on offer, ranging from a 1950 166 MM Touring berlinetta to a 1991 348 tb, with a 500 TRC and 250 GT LWB California along the way.
www.goodingco.com

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