2013 Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach Auction Preview

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

When automobile enthusiasts think of elegance and class, one annual event that is sure to be at the top of everyone’s list is the Concours d’Elegance. This sensational show of automotives finest is held at one of the most exclusive golf resorts in the world – Pebble Beach. The 2013 lineup of vehicles is enough to make the mouth water, and is no disappointment to previous showing years of splendid collectables.

A symbol of excellence and recognized through collector circles is the Gooding & Co and RM Auctions. Both of these companies are known for their exquisite selections in the collector’s markets and their superior service and backing of the products they deliver. The beauties delivered this year are a collectors dream, and for those fortunate enough to attend the event, a match made in heaven. Auctions for the 2013 appearance are being held Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th. Both days look to being a smashing success and possibly setting new auction house records.

1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver BerlinettaOne lovely little piece of machinery that is sure to draw plenty of attention is the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta. This baby is one of only nine that were produced, and only eight remain in existence. Sure to be a prize for the lucky bidder.

1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTSAnother hot ticket item being offered up by Gooding and Company is the 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS. This car is said to be a well documented example of performance with a mere 14,000 miles of travel on the 4 cam engine. It is an excellent addition to any Porsche lover.

1935 Avions Voisin C25 AerodyneFor the rare collector, the piece de resistance for the 2013 auction is the 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne. There are believed to be only 4 in existence of the 8 that were originally crafted. This lovely has been on display at Windsor Castle and is sure to delight any collector.

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC AtalanteAppearing in Phantom Black is the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante. This beauty has the original engine, chassis, and coachwork and truly exemplifies everything that is loved about the Bugatti design.

1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pinin FarinaTop runners for RM Auctions include the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider that features a red color designed by the customer, Jim Kimberly. This heir to the Kimberly-Clark enterprise enjoyed driving and wanted a color different than Ferrari Red. It is known as Kimberly red. The vehicle includes all the papers since its creation.

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by ScagliettiAnother contender is a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti. The lightweight frame and body consistently put the 750 at the front of the race. This is the eighteenth Monza built and has an impressive history of winning.

1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 CabrioletThe 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet received its coachwork from Brandone.The rear deck, top and windshield were eventually redesigned, resulting in a mystery of who actually created the coachwork. Noted historian Andre Vaucourt traced its history resulting in complete restoration to its original form.

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1954 Packard Mitchell Panther Supercharged Concept Car

1954 Packard Panther

The 1954 Packard Mitchell Panther Supercharged Concept Car is a piece of exquisite machinery. The refined elegance portrays the look of style and grace. Any auto enthusiast would be pleased to have this rare beauty as a part of their collection. In all there are only four Panthers that were built. The first two productions were built as show cars. The next two were designed with one as a hard top, and the other a convertible.

The Panther was an all fiberglass body that featured a 122″ wheel base. The Packard Ultramatic transmission. The Ultramatic was a marvelous piece of machinery perfected by Packard engineers that became overshadowed by competing Hydra-matic self-shifting transmission by Cadillac.

Performance was no stranger to the Panther, even though just a concept car to reinvigorate auto buyers to go with the Packard line. All four cars were fitted with a straight eight 359ci engine. With a power output of 212 HP and 275 HP with the supercharger added in 2 of the vehicles, performance was never a question. Forced draft carburator with the McCulloch superchargers afforded the Panther the kick it needed to put it in the class of the Roadster.

The 1954 Packard Mitchell Panther Supercharged Concept Cars were introduced at a time when sports cars and roadsters were feverishly sought out by everyone who was anyone. It came at a wonderful time, but could not withstand the fierce competition of competitors like Corvette, the Darrin, Thunderbird, or Nash-Healey.

The panther was a stylish sport convertible that took personal luxory seriously to try and be competitive in a hard market. The design of the beauty was similar to other models previously produced by Packard. The taillights were the same as those found on the Clipper, but were replaced later with a cathedral style lighting.

One thing that may have helped lead to the demise of the Panther is that it was being displayed at the same time that Packard was introducing a V8 OHC. This strategic mistake and the popularity of other cars of the time have all led to the 1954 Packard Mitchell Bentley Panther becoming quite the collectors item. Of the four originally crafted, only two are said to still be in existence. Recently at auction a fetching price of $700,000 was sought and met. Not to bad for a car that never progressed past the concept stage.

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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2012 Preview

 Lot #664  –  1964 Chevrolet Corvette Custom 2-door Coupe

This 1964 Corvette with the 1967 Corvette big block lock. Powered by a 350hp LS2 and Tremec 5-speed transmission. Features a Street Shop chassis with all modern Corvette suspension and drivetrain, power steering and power 4-wheel disc brakes.

Lot #671  –  1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback

This very rare, matching numbers Grabber Orange BOSS 429 Mustang has been rotisserie restored to its original showroom condition. Built by Ford and upgraded by Kar Kraft for NASCAR use, this is KK 429 NASCAR 2503. Documented with a Marti Report.

Lot #667  –  1950 Packard Victoria Custom Convertible

This Packard underwent a three year incredible build. 4-wheel coilovers and 4-wheel disc brakes. Corvette 350 LT1 engine, test and tweak miles. Easily cruises at highway speeds. Quality build on an incredibly rare 1950 Packard.

Lot #670  –  1970 Plymouth HEMI Superbird 2-door Hardtop

This matching numbers 1940 426 HEMI Superbird has only 20,846 original miles. It is fully documented by its Broadcast Sheet, over 600 restoration photos, all restoration receipts and is Galen Govier certified.

Lot #673  –  1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 Convertible

A fully documented, total rotisserie, frame-off, nut and bolt restoration by premier marque specialist Kurt Tanner Restorations. A Metallic Golden Beige and red car with stainless wire wheels and 4-speed overdrive transmission.

Lot #658.1  –  1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

Fresh off a frame-off full rotisserie, the Town & Country convertible is finished in Deep Forest Green with new ash and mahogany wood body. The tan/green interior is also outfitted with new leather and cloth.

Lot #654  –  1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster

Only 435 Kaiser Darrins were built in 1954. This car still has all of its original parts. It was number 284 off the assembly line. All restoration, including paint and upholstery, was done in 2010. Titled by engine number.

Lot #669.1  –  1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Custom “Project American Heroes”

This Camaro was professionally built by Route 66 Motorsports by New Lenox, IL with parts provided by over 25 major automotive aftermarket manufacturers from a rendering by Eric Brockmeyer. Documented in six issues of Super Chevy Magazine.

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