With the added perk of super-rarity, the Bentley Continentals of the Sixties remain among the most sought-after of the marque’s classic cars. Gooding & Company’s 2023 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance® auction is offering a rare left-hand-drive 1961 Bentley S2 two-door saloon with coachwork by H.J. Mulliner that exemplified this model’s divergence from the parent company. It has a pre-sale estimate of $400K-$500K.
Bentley was born racing, and while most of its 100+ years have been spent away from the track, the company is going back with one of the 1929 Bentley Blower Continuation Cars it has built. The car, created using blueprints and 3D scans of an original car in Bentley’s Heritage Collection, will compete at three major historic automobile races through September. Bentley is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its sixth and final victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a limited-edition series of 48 “Le Mans Collection” Continental GT and GTC models.
While the “Imperial” and “LeBaron” names became diluted on mainstream Chrysler cars in more recent history, the two had once created great American luxury together. LeBaron was America’s most distinguished designer of the period, creating bodies for the world’s top luxury automakers. The early 1930s Chrysler Imperials designed by LeBaron are among America’s most beautiful classics. Marjorie Merriweather Post, who owned General Foods Corporation, must have thought so when she purchased this 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Dual Cowl Phaeton. Bonhams is offering the car at its Amelia Island auction, with a $375K-$450K pre-sale estimate.
The Scottsdale Bonham’s auction is January 21st, but there are plenty of lots to view between now and them. See topics by industry professionals, from marques such as Porsche, Lamborghini, Jaguar, BMW and even a vintage Kurtis.
RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale Auction next week will offer over 80 lots, including a rare 1993 Ciezeta V16T. Our Sales Managers picked their top pics, from Marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW.
This year, the Scottsdale Auctions will not all be in January, nor are all in Scottsdale. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams will both be in Scottsdale in January, while Worldwide Auctions in Indiana in January. Additionally, Gooding & Company will be strictly online auctions this month. Read our itinerary for a full breakdown.
Have a holly, Jolly Christmas. The rare 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly has been driven by people such as US President Lyndon B. Johnson and renowned car collector Wayne Carini, though not at the same time of course. Estimates of the car are around $144,000, and this particular one was on the auction block for RM Sotheby’s in November.
There were only nine Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale ever made. According to RM Sotheby’s, each was built at a cost of $1m in 2010, and one of them sold at the Elkhart Collection auction in October for $489k. It was virtually a brand new car, with just over 200 miles.
Undeniably one of the most beautiful supercars ever made, the Jaguar XJ220 was, for a brief moment in time, the world’s fastest. The XJ220 is rare, with only 280 made. A 1993 model with only 4,239 miles sold for $483,500 at RM Sotheby’s Elkhart Collection last month.