Legendary race cars to star at Pebble Beach

| 10 Jul 2012

A 1928 ‘Bobtail’ Bentley, a 1964 Prototype Ford GT40, a Porsche RS60 Spyder and a 1955 Ferrari 857 Scaglietti Spider will play starring roles at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale on 18-19 August.

The 4 ½-Litre Bentley works car (below) competed in 1928’s Le Mans 24 hours, which was won by the marque. It went on to compete in 1929’s inaugural Double Twelve race at Brooklands, finishing second behind an Alfa Romeo, before heading back to Le Mans, finishing third in the hands of Dr Benjafield and Baron Andre d'Erlanger – its second career podium in 24-hour events. The car is expected to make $5–7,500,000.

The Ferrari Scaglietti Spider (main pic and below) (0588 M) – the last of only four created – features a 3.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine and began life as a works car. It would later be crashed in the hands of Olivier Gendebien and was returned to Ferrari where it received its spider coachwork and upright rear fin.

The Italian was then purchased by John Edgar and raced by Jack McAfee – who took it to a second place at Palm Springs. It would go on to take third at Pebble Beach on the way to a long list of significant wins – some with Carroll Shelby at the wheel, before falling into the hands of American artist Andy Warhol and more recently a European collector.

One of the rarest Ferraris in the world, the car is expected to sell for $5–7,000,000. See C&SC (May 2012) for a full roadtest of the car.

The GT40 (below) offered offered for sale was entered into the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1965 – with two other development cars – where it failed to finish.

It was then shipped to Shelby American – where it was kitted out in Shelby’s famous livery and raced in 1965’s Daytona season opener,  finishing third driven buy Bob Bondurant and Richie Ginther; the first-ever completed race for a GT40. The motor sport legend is expected to make $5–7,000,000.

Finally, the original-bodied 1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder (718-060) (below comes complete with matching numbers and is one of only 14 customer cars built. The four-cam sports car took 12 class wins in just four seasons at venues such as Elkhart Lake, Meadowdale and Watkins Glen. The car would be sold to famous-Porsche driver Bruce Jennings and has since participated in the Monterey Historics and Rennsport Reunion. It is being estimated to sell for $2.5–3,000,000.

To find out more about this star-studded sale visit the Auction House’s website.