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Two Former ‘Shelby’ Racers To Be Auctioned in Monterey (Slideshow)

Published: July 5, 2012 | 12:47 pm
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Collector-car auction house Gooding & Co. said it plans to sell four rare, historically significant racing cars during its Pebble Beach sales on Aug. 18 and 19. Two of the cars are connected with racing great Carroll Shelby, who died in May at 89.

The cars set to cross the block are: a 1928 Bentley 4.5-liter Le Mans “Bobtail” team car, 1964 Ford GT40 prototype 104, a 1955 Ferrari 857 Sport and a 1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder. They represent successful eras in competition for the companies that built them. According to the auction company, this will be the first time any of the cars has been offered for public sale.

“Never before have four racing legends with great originality been presented for public sale at the same auction,” says David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Co.

The Ferrari 857 Sport Scaglietti Spider is one of four 857 Sports models built. It is also perhaps the only racing car connected with both the legendary racer Shelby and the legendary artist Andy Warhol.

The 857 to be auctioned has a 3.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine and was part of the Ferrari works team for a short time before it was damaged and rebuilt in its current body style that includes a rear fin similar to that of a D-type Jaguar.

In 1956 John Edgar, a private race-team owner in the U.S., bought the car and his drivers, including Shelby, won many races with it. By 1966, long after its competition days ended, records indicate Warhol owned the Ferrari and had painted it yellow. The most recent owner restored the racer to its 1956 form. It still has its Scaglietti bodywork and original engine. Estimate: $5 million to $7 million.

The 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype GT is also part of Shelby history. It competed in the 1964 Le Mans race but didn’t finish and, like the rest of the Ford team cars that year, had many developmental problems that needed to be sorted out. The car for sale is one of those sent to Shelby’s race shop for modifications to make it competitive. Team drivers Bob Bondurant and Richie Ginther drove it to third place in the 1965 season-opening road race at Daytona, which a similar Shelby-prepared GT40 won.

The car was retired later in 1965 and returned to Ford, where the styling department used it as a show car. It recently was restored in its Shelby racing livery. Estimate: $5 million to $7 million.

The 1928 Bentley reportedly is one of the few purpose-built 4.5-liter Le Mans team cars and is the only remaining example with a “Bobtail” body. It was built for the 1928 Le Mans 24-hour race, which the Bentley team won. It raced at Le Mans again in 1929 when Bentleys took the top four finishing positions. This Bobtail finished third. It is estimated to fetch $5.5 to $7.5 million.

Gooding is also offering a 1960 Porsche RS60 Spyder, number 718-060, which is one of 14 RS60 cars sold to private customers. The model made a splash in the U.S. when it dominated the 12 Hours of Sebring race in 1960.

The car to be auctioned was sold to William Wuesthoff, a racer and car dealer in Milwaukee, who racked up a record of 12 class wins in four seasons at major tracks including Elkhart Lake and Watkins Glen. This car has more recently taken part in the Monterey Historics vintage races and Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion. Estimate: $2.5 million to $3 million.


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