Monday, June 20, 2016


By Karen Ostlund
June 19 2016


    1995 Ferrari F50
In the lead up to this year’s event, June 25th and 26th in Santa Monica, (Barker Hanger) Auctions America displayed the 1995 Ferrari F50 and the 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC, at the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, this Sunday June 19th.

1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’
Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills, June 19th.
  •  Highlights:  1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ headlines docket of ultra-cool poster cars, including the Fiat 500L used by His Holiness Pope Francis during his 2015 New York tour, and the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa from ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Auctions America will take ‘California cool’ to a whole new level, offering a vast selection of poster cars and late-model collectibles at its annual Santa Monica sale, June 25-26. In just three years, the Auctions America event—held at the historic Barker Hangar has emerged as a staple on the SoCal collector car scene, offering vehicles perfectly matched to diverse Southern California tastes.

The latest star attraction for the June sale is a highly original 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’. Porsche’s first true “supercar”—a 200-mph road car of which only 329 were produced—the 959 was an instant success: rare, well-built, and extremely fast, all ingredients making it a highly sought-after collectible. Originally purchased in Germany by professional Porsche driver, Max Moritz, the featured 959 was imported to the U.S. by its second owner in 2001 and made legal to California guidelines. A well-preserved, well-documented ‘Komfort’ example, it comes to auction just two owners and 7,500 kms from new, accompanied by original tool kit, jack, spares and books (Est. $1,300,000 - $1,600,000). A short video of the 959 in motion is available for viewing here:
The 959 joins the previously announced Ferrari F50 at the Santa Monica saleanother coveted supercar with blistering performance and sleek design (Est. $1,800,000 - $2,100,000).

“This year’s Santa Monica sale has a particularly strong emphasis on high performance, late-model sports cars in direct response to client demand,” said Matt Malamut, Car Specialist, Auctions America. “In addition to the F50, we’re thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of the Porsche 959. The experience of driving a 959 is unlike any other; it combines incredible sophistication that allows for both simple and effortless operation, with outstanding performance, great looks and comfort. The beautifully engineered AWD system sees the car track through canyon corners with ease and come out with the turbochargers soaring through the straightaways".
With a roster of some 300 cars slated for podium, Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale has no shortage of quality, blue-chip poster cars and late model collectibles. 
Saturday’s sale session (June 25) will see an example of the most iconic Ferrari of the 1980s, a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, up for bids. One of no less than 20 Ferraris included in the sale lineup, this particular example, finished in white over tan, was used in the feature film Straight Outta Compton with Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins) behind the wheel (Est. $130,000 - $150,000).
2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren
The catalog also includes a low-mileage 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary, finished in classic Rosso with contrasting tan leather interior (Est. $325,000 - $375,000); a 2000 BMW Z8, a stunning example of the model used in the 1999 James Bond film, The World is Not Enough (Est. $200,000 - $250,000); and a black-on-black 2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren, a true performance powerhouse, capable of sprinting 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds (Est. $240,000 - $275,000).

Catering to eclectic SoCal tastes, other standout lots for the Santa Monica sale will include:
·        a generously equipped 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC, expertly prepared for road use, touring and concours exhibitions (Est. $800,000 - $950,000);
·        an award-winning 1969 Corvette L88 427/430 Convertible, the recipient of a comprehensive frame-off restoration by L88 experts, resplendent in Burgundy with Black interior and tan soft-top (Est. $650,000 - $750,000);
·        an aero-inspired 1940 Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster; measuring over 31 feet in length, and equipped with a supercharged V-12 engine from a World War II Patrol Torpedo boat ($450,000 - $600,000);
·        a classic, yet contemporary 1952 Buick Custom – “Resilience”, finished in Blazing Copper (Est. $35,000 - $45,000); and,
·        a 2015 Fiat 500L used by His Holiness Pope Francis during his trip to New York City in September 2015; all hammer proceeds from the Fiat’s sale will go to the Archdiocese of New York, who will in turn donate the funds to support various Catholic charities (Est. $75,000 - $100,000, offered without reserve).

Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer more than 150 years’ combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California; and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.,  Twitter @auctionsamerica.

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