A 1986 hit movie made the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider famous among non-enthusiasts, but the California Spider had a rich life before that film. Enthusiasts have revered the car as a pinnacle Ferrari classic since it left the factory more than a half-century ago. The Ferrari collectors who restored this 1962 California Spider bought it in lightly damaged condition in 1972 for – wait for it – $2,400! It is expected to sell for up to $22 million at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction.
A 1969 ZL1 Camaro sold at the Scottsdale Auctions for a whopping $1.094 million on the Barrett-Jackson stage. The ZL1 was an all-out performance package that also included heavy-duty suspension and drivetrain components.
Steve McQueen’s Highland Green 1968 Mustang fastback from the movie Bullitt is going up for sale at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, Fl in January. It was a daily driver in the 1970’s, and has now made its way to the auction block.
1975 was a sad year for performance cars. When Corvettes and Ferrari 308s could barely muster 8-second 0-60 sprints, you knew things were grim. And then came hope in the pages of Car & Driver’s December issue: the Porsche Turbo Carrera.