The auctions of the Monterey weekend

Monterey, August 17, 1998
Monterey and the three auctions
Christie’s and the unrestored rarities
Ingrid Bergman and a sale for charity
The MSCA and Wolfgang Seidel’s 250 GT California Spider LWB
The Results

Since the late 1980’s / early 1990’s, the auctions have become a vital part of the Monterey weekend. Since the high society and the "who is who" of the classic car world have declared the weekend of the Monterey Historic Races, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance and the Concours Italiano the weekend of the year, many of the important auction companies have decided to go there, too. Even in the USA it does not happen that often that so many potential buyers for expensive collector’s cars gather in one place.

The undoubtedly most renowned auction is the one of Christie’s; the auctioneers from the UK host their sale at the well-known Pebble Beach Golf Club, and it is always the highlight to mark the end of the eventful weekend.

750 Monza s/n 0568M 98CM.005212 Inter s/n 0217EL 98CM.001

This year, there has been quite a number of remarkable lots, especially for Ferrari fans: Having entered the tent – which was held in black completely inside – one was stunned immediately by two completely original rarities: the 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti s/n 0568M and the 212 Inter Coupé Vignale s/n 0217EL. Both of them had spent decades with their last owners, and so this was the first occasion to buy one of these Ferrari after a very long time.

Another Ferrari of particular interest: 212 Inter Coupé Pinin Farina s/n 0265EU, formerly owned by Ingrid Bergman. Her husband Roberto Rosselini, who had an excellent relationship to Enzo Ferrari, had bought this small sports car as a present for the famous actress. Since especially American collectors show very often a weak spot for once celebrity owned cars, it is somehow no wonder that this car was eventually sold for the impressive amount of 260.000,-$.

212 Inter s/n 0265EL 98CM.001212 Inter s/n 0265EL 98CM.002

Lot 47 was one of the ten original 275 GTB/S4 NART Spyders, s/n 10691. This car was sold for charity – the Scripps Research Institute will be happy with the hammered 1.900.000,-$...

275 GTS/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder s/n 10691 98CM.004

The largest of the three auctions was the Monterey Sports Car Auction: One had so many cars to offer that it needed two evenings to perform the sale! Of course the impressive number of classic cars included some Ferrari as well, including 340 America Coupé Vignale s/n 0196A and the 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina s/n 0414MD.

340 America Vignale Spyder converted to Berlinetta s/n 0196A MSCA98.001500 Mondial PF Spyder s/n 0414MD MSCA98.001

There was also a Ferrari which was of particular interest for visitors and / or buyers from Germany: The 250 GT California Spider LWB s/n 1489GT, sold new to the German privateer Wolfgang Seidel from Düsseldorf who subsequently entered this car in some motor racing events.

250 GT LWB California Spyder s/n 1489GT MSCA98.002

A real one-off was the 250 GT Spider Fantuzzi s/n 2235GT. This 1963 250 GTE had been rebodied on behalf from Luigi Chinetti to be shown at various motor shows in 1965, including the San Francisco Sports Car Show. The new body style resembles the then quite successful 250 P, although s/n 2235GT did of course not adopt the latter’s mid-engine.

250 GTE rebodied by Fantuzzi s/n 2235GTMSCA98.004

One more Ferrari among many hammered at the Double Tree Hotel: 500 Superfast, s/n 7817SF.

500 Superfast s/n 7817SF MSCA98.001

For Brooks Specialist Auctioneers, this was the first time to perform a sale during the Monterey weekend. One had decided to host the auction at the Quail Lodge, site of the Concours Italiano. The sale – which was already held on Friday – included the 500 TRC Spider Scaglietti s/n 0706MDTR and a 275 GTB/4, s/n 10711.

500 TRC s/n 0706MDTR MSMC.002


Text Gregor Schulz
Translation Andreas Birner
Lot   s/n bid sold
47 275 GTS/4 Spyder NART 10691 $2,092,500 Yes
54 275 GTB/4 10525 $354,500 Yes
64 212 Inter 0265EL $288,500 Yes
65 TR 59/60 Replica 5005 $167,500 No
67 750 Monza 0568M   No
111 212 Inter 0217EL   No
Monterey Sports Car Auction
130 P4 Peplica   $110,000 No
138 250 GT/L Lusso   $115,500 Yes
151 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe 14219 $145,000 Yes
160 365 GTB/4 Spyder (Conv.)   $137,500 Yes
167 275 GTB   $175,000 No
408 250 GTE   $34,000 Yes
419 365 GT4 2+2   $18,000 Yes
427 Dino 246 GTS   $72,000 Yes
429 250 GT Spider Fantuzzi 2235GT $205,000 No
431 275 GTS   $140,000 Yes
432 550 Maranello   $250,000 No
435 365 GTC/4   $36,500 Yes
440 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder   $280,000 Yes
440A 250 GT California LWB 1489GT $515,000 No
441 250 GT 0627GT $245,000 No
444 365 GTB/4 Daytona   $80,000 Yes
447 340 America 0196A $590,000 No
448 275 GTB/4   $245,000 No
449 365 GTC/4 Spyder   $105,000 No
452 500 Mondial 0414MD $480,000 Yes
465 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 16455 $330,000 Yes
470 F40 89086 $295,000 No
474 500 Superfast 7817 $210,000 No
478 400i   $32,000 Yes
73 275 GTB/4 10711 $338,000 Yes
104A 500 TRC 0706MDTR   No

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