'Tour de France' Ferrari brings $3.59 million at RM
By Larry Edsall
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB "Tour de France" Berlinetta sold for more nearly $3.6 million (2.24 21.4 million British pounds) at RM's recent auction in London, England.
The red-and-white racer was one of 36 such competition cars with single vent and covered headlamps. The car was delivered new to an owner in California, later was exported to Switzerland and was restored in 2005.
Overall, 79 percent of lots sold for a total of $21.3 million. Other top sales included $1.03 million for a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, $942,000 for a 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/TT/3, $898,000 for a 1954 Mercedes 300SL coupe, and $781,000 for a 21964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta.
A 2008 Force India Formula one racer hand-painted by motorsports artist Dexter Brown and autographed by more than 40 Grand Prix racers and other celebrities earned nearly $270,000 for the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Force India F1 Team Academy, an initiative that provides entry into motorsports for young people in India.
The docket included 25 motorcycles from the La Collezione due Ruote. The classic bikes brought Beyond the automobiles, the sale also featured a significant series of 25 classic nearly $400,000, let by $78,800 for a 1973 MV Agusta F4 1000.
Lee Roy Hartung Collection for auction
In 1950, the late Lee Roy Hartung began collecting license plates. Working in the salvage and general hauling business, Hartung's collection soon expanded to cars, motorcycles, bicycles and much more. He shared his passion through a private museum in Glenview, Illinois. On November 3-5, Auctions America by RM will sell the 2000 lots of the Lee Roy Hartung Collection to classic car collectors.
The catalog includes a twin-grille 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr custom sedan, a 1949 BMW Veritas, and the 1950 Edwards R-26 roadster believed to be the winning vehicle from the inaugural 1950 Pebble Beach concours d'elegance.
Salvaged Corvettes on the block
Whittington Auction & Appraisal will auction more than 100 salvage 1968-90 Chevrolet Corvettes on November 5 at Forest City, North Carolina.
According to auctioneer Dick Whittington, the Corvettes and various parts have been stored in a dry warehouse and are being sold on a bill of sale basis; no titles will be transferred. Vehicles have been inspected by the North Carolina Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Most are insurance salvage vehicles.
"There are plenty of good frames, birdcages, some trailing arms, calipers and differentials here," Whittington said. "A few of the cars still retain complete running gears. We will have a local vendor on-site with a forklift to assist buyers with loading if needed."
For information, see www.whittingtonauction.com.
Kirkland concours moving to the LeMay
The LeMay--America's Car Museum is taking ownership of the Kirkland concours d'elegance and moving the event to the museum's 3.5-acre show field. The 2012 date for the event is September 9 at the Haub Family Field in Tacoma, Washington.
The LeMay also announced a partnership with McPherson College to promote automotive preservation and education. McPherson offers the country's only four-year degree in automotive restoration.
McPherson students will do internships at the museum working on more than 500 vintage vehicles. The museum also will supply vehicles to the college for its automotive restoration and preservation course work.
In addition, the museum and college will co-host an annual symposium for the collector and enthusiast communities. The symposium will alternate annually between Washington and Kansas and will examine issues such as collection management, government regulation and collector finances.
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