1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Sports 'Bobtail': $5,500,000 - $7,500,000
Not necessarily this writer’s cup of tea, the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster (once owned by German socialite Baroness Gisela von Krieger, 'Estimate on request') could be the top-selling car, although other, more ‘Classic Driver’ entries such as the TWO Ferrari 250 GT California Spiders, either of the pair of Cricklewood Bentleys or the matching-numbers, original-bodied 1960 Porsche RS60 might set tongues wagging over dinner in Carmel later that night.
The latter is estimated at $2,250,000 - 3,000,000, while other Porsches include a 1963 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet ($400,000 - 500,000), a couple of 356 Speedsters and a 1973 911S 2.4 Coupé. One of several ‘Without Reserve’ entries, the Ivory-with-green-interior 911S could well burst through its $120,000 - 140,000 estimate. It’s also one of the last cars to be offered at a Monterey sale in 2012.
The Scuderia Ferrari, John Edgar, Jack McAfee, Carroll Shelby and Andy Warhol, 1955 Ferrari 857 Sport: $5,000,000 - $7,000,000
The L-1 (Pre-war Preservation) and L-2 (Post-war Preservation) classes at Pebble Beach have set a trend for unrestored, original and unmolested (yet running, and probably the subject of a multi-thousand-dollar spruce-up) cars. Nowadays, a dusty but original example of a 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ or Ferrari 250 GT will achieve as much – or more – than the ‘boiled sweet’, over-restored concours queens of decades past.
Gooding & Co.’s contribution to this phenomenon in 2011 included the $1,540,000, for-restoration, alloy-bodied 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB and the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - similarly patinated - which went for $962,500. For 2012, the company offers a 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible ($200,000 - $275,000, ‘Without Reserve’) and a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB estimated at $850,000 - $1,000,000.
The 1970 Geneva Show, 1970 Monteverdi HAI 450 SS Prototype: $600,000 - $800,000
One owner for the past 43 years, 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB: $850,000 - $1,000,000
1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet: $5,000,000 - 6,500,000
1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600: $250,00 - 300,000
Of course, the vast majority of the catalogue is in the most superb condition and will, surely, contribute to another record-breaking Pebble Beach Equestrian Center sale.
Full results to come - as always - on Classic Driver just as soon as they are released.