LOCATION: Gooding and Co. and RM Auctions in California
DATE: August 17-19
ABOUT: If you are the kind of person who doesn’t just lust after a Bentley, but wants a mint-condition 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Litre SC “Blower” Sports 2/3 Seater Boattail with original vintage fabric covering, then ARTINFO suggests a trip to northern California next week for Monterey Car Week. Among the most anticipated events are two auctions: one from Gooding & Co. and the other from RM Auctions, both of which are known for offering top-notch automobiles. The aforementioned Bentley will be sold at Gooding & Co.’s sale and is estimated to hammer down between $8 million and $10 million.
Among RM’s top-valued lots is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder (est. $7.5-9 million), which was, according to the catalogue, “developed for a group of performance-oriented drivers who wanted both the pace of the berlinettas and the open-air feel of a convertible.” California Spyders from the 1960 are especially popular with the vintage car collecting set. A 1961 set a record for vintage cars at auction in 2008 when it was sold for $10.9 million at an RM Auction in Italy.