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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sports, Muscle Cars Thrive at Pebble Beach Auction




Sports and muscle cars thrived on the Russo & Steele’s Auction block at Pebble Beach this past weekend. Some classic European and American cars wracked up some serious coin from bidders.
The star of the Russo & Steele Auction, held over three days at the Monterey, California, Fisherman’s Wharf, was a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (below).

 This pristine, frame-off restoration is one of just 311 examples produced for 1956 and 1,400 built in all. It came complete with the rare Factory Delivered competition-type Rudge “knock-off” wheels. Fitted luggage was also included for the winning bid of $1.32 million.

56 gullwing

Also pulling in seven figures was a 1957 Mercedes- Benz 300SL Roadster, which went for $1.21 million. Pictured below, it was one of only 324 produced that year out of 1,858 built from 1957 to 1963.

 It had the same owner for 25 years and went a complete restoration in 2008. It also stood out because it has the rarely seen DB 396 Medium Blue over blue leather.
58 300SL

Other notable cars from the auction were two Ferraris. A 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona pulled in $731,500 while a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spyder went for a winning bid of $335,500.

The latter (below) was notable for its relatively low miles of 30,000 and its factory options include air conditioning and power windows. Who knew such a thing would be desirable in a 40-year old Ferrari?

The American muscle car grabbing the spotlight at the Russo & Steele Auction was the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Sportsroof that snagged $401,500.

 Seen below, it’s a race-ready Mustang with a 429 cubic inch, V8 with a four-barrel carburetor that produces 375 horsepower.

1969 Mustang

Keep the Italian and German sports cars and pass me some American muscle please. And, $400,000, too, so I can afford it.