On Friday, August 16, the large auction houses will start with some of their most important car auctions of the year. Bonhams is organizing the Quail Lodge auction in California, while RM Sotheby's is holding the Monterey auction a little further. Finally, Pebble Beach is the setting for the Gooding & Company event. A unique Porsche and a special McLaren F1 will be the hit pieces.
Those two vehicles, a Porsche Type 64 from 1939 and a McLaren F1 in LM trim from 1994, go under the hammer at RM Sotheby's. The auction house expects an amount of possibly 23 million dollars (around 20.6 million euros) for the McLaren. The car is one of only two models that are equipped with special LM adjustments at the factory, including aerodynamic changes and an additional 53 hp.
According to experts, the best sports car ever: the McLaren F1 in LM trim. (Photo: RM Sotheby's)
Blueprint for all Porsche models
There is no amount for the Porsche, but it is widely expected that the Type 64 from 1939 will go into the books as the most expensive Porsche ever. That record now stands at 11.8 million euros for a 917 K racing car with chassis number 918-024 from 1970. The Porsche 64 is the blueprint for just about all models of the brand.
"Without the Type 64 there would have been no 356, 550 and 911," said specialist Marcus Görig on RM Sotheby's website. "This is the car that started the legendary story of Porsche and it may offer collectors the last chance to sit in the driver's seat of Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche."
See also: Oldest remaining Type 64 may be the most expensive Porsche ever
James Bond car with gadgets
Other models that are expected to pay more than $ 10 million are three classic Ferraris, including a Ferrari 250 California SWB Spider by Scaglietti and a 196 SP by Fantuzzi. The Aston Martin DB3S Works from 1953 may also be hammered out at more than 10 million dollars.
Another Aston Martin that is expected a lot is a DB5. The model, made legendary by the James Bond films, was purchased by the film production company at the time. It is also one of the four copies built for the Goldfinger film. The DB5 was completely restored in 2012, so that all thirteen original gadgets work again. RM Sotheby's counts on a maximum of 6 million dollars.
The bulletproof screen and the smoke machine are functioning properly. (Photo: RM Sotheby's)
Lauda's car now extra relevant
At Gooding & Company, many eyes will be focused on auction piece 31, a 1975 Ferrari 312T Formula 1 car. That is already a vehicle with historic value, but this car has only increased in relevance this year. The car was owned by world champion Niki Lauda, who died earlier this year. With 312T he achieved his first of three world titles. Possibly the car brings in 8 million dollars.
The Ferrari 250 GT Series Cabriolet is likely to pay a similar amount, the 250 GT LWB California Spider much more. The auction house assumes an amount of up to 13 million dollars.
Auction item 26 will also attract attention. It is an Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM from 1913, one of the oldest cars at the auction. The model might be hammered out at 4 million dollars. The Aston Martin DB4 GT from 1961 will probably change owners for another half million.
Other relevant auction items are a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, a 1930s Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline and a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe.
One of the two chassis that Niki Lauda used in 1975. (photo: Gooding & Company)
Unknown does not make unloved
Among the vehicles to be auctioned by Bonhams is a 1937 Delahaye 135M Competition Court Roadster with a Guillore carriage. The revenue is estimated at $ 3.75 million. The Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster from 1932 is also special, since it is one of the best restored examples. The price is likely to be $ 2.4 million.
The Panhard et Levassor from 1901 is less expensive but therefore no less special. The model is equipped with a 5 hp two-cylinder engine, chain drive and a single headlight. It is one of two remaining specimens and should yield around $ 450,000.
A comparable amount is expected for the Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster from 1957. The Porsche 918 from 2015 is of a completely different order. This plug-in hybrid car is equipped with the Weissach package of weight-saving components and has only traveled 1,585 kilometers. Bonhams is counting on an amount between 1.6 million and 1.9 million dollars.
Almost totally incomparable with modern cars, this Panhard. (Photo: Bonhams)