In the automotive world, few weekends rival the quantity and quality of vintage cars like the Pebble Beach Concours and its surrounding events. With various events held in Monterey, from the show field, to the track, to the auctions, here’s a quick wrap-up of the weekend’s highlights:
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance:
The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance “Best of Show” award went to Joseph and Margie Cassini III, of West Orange, New Jersey, for their 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve with custom Dietrich Convertible Victoria coachwork.
The Cassinis’ Packard beat out a field of 240 vehicles for top honors. The Cassinis are no strangers to the Best of Show celebration, after their 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi Sport Cabriolet won in 2004. That car sold for $5.1 million at RM’s sale in Monterey last year.
Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca:
There’s always great racing action at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. This year’s featured car was the Corvette, and along with a preview of the new Corvette C7R on the track, a handful of truly significant Corvettes were on display, including:
1960 Cunningham Corvette #3
The No. 3 Corvette that won its class and placed eight overall in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960. Presumed lost for many years, the No. 3 car Corvette was famously driven to an 8th-place overall finish by John Fitch and Bob Grossman.
1967 Corvette Le Mans
1967 Chevrolet Corvette No. 9 was raced by Corvette legends Dick Guldstrand and Bob Bondurant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The big block Corvette streaked down the Mulsanne Straight at more than 170 mph, until a wrist pin failed, forcing retirement.
1968 Owens Corning Corvette
The winningest Corvette in history, this L-88 was campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo, Jerry Thompson, John Mahler, Don Yenko, Gib Hufstaeder, Dick Lang and Jerry Hansen―setting the standard in FIA GT and SCCA National racing.
Not much video has surfaced from the race yet, with the exception of this clip of Adam Carolla sliding his Paul Newman 1988 Nissan 300ZX Turbo into the sand trap. Carolla is currently working on a documentary of Newman’s racing history.
The Monterey Peninsula is awash with collector car auctions in August, and 2013 set all kinds of records.
RM had most of the highlights with a staggering $27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari NART Spyder purchased by Canadian fashion billionaire Lawrence Stroll, one of the men responsible for Tommy Hilfiger’s rise in the 1990s.
Gooding and Company
Gooding and Company had its share of notable results in its 160 lots across from Pebble Beach, too, including this $8.47 million McLaren F1, and a Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta for $9.46 million.
Over at the Quail Lodge, Bonhams’ top result was a 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Le Mans Roadster that sold for $4,647,500.
Photo Credit: Kimball Studios, courtesy Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, RM Auctions, Gooding and Company, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion