Overview of the Pebble Beach 2016 top auction results by Gooding & Co, RM Sotheby's and Mecum:
Gooding & Co:
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Best of Show
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Best of Show Nominees
1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet
Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection / Anne Brockinton Lee, Sparks, Nevada
1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria
Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey
Say it ain’t so, Joe. I guess not. It is so. The first Cobra ever made, CSX2000, is going up for auction by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey (19-20 Aug 2016).
The CSX refers to “Carroll Shelby Experimental”. This is the prototype car, the car that Shelby bought from A.C. and then fitted with a 221 cubic inch Ford V8 engine (later changed to 260 cu. in. like the first production cars).
This is the same car that, while still in raw aluminum with the hand scripted word in white paint “Shelby” on the leading edge of the nose, was tested by the late John Christy for Sports Car Graphic. This is the same car that Shelby took out to Dearborn, hat in hand, and demonstrated to the Ford brass, whereupon it broke. But Lee Iacocca, then a top Ford executive was so impressed by his passion that he told the Board members “Give him $25,000 before he chews the curtains.”
AC Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 – photo by RM Sotheby’s
Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari died from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 60 years ago. Alfredo Ferrari (1932-1956) was an Italian automotive engineer and the first son of automaker Enzo Ferrari. Alfredo was nicknamed Dino. He had Duchenne muscular dystrophy and died at the age of 24. After his death the Ferrari ‘Dino’ was fitted with the engine that Alfredo was working on and Enzo Ferrari named the car in honour of his son.
From an early age Enzo groomed Alfredo to be his successor. Alfredo studied economics in Bologna before moving to mechanical engineering in Switzerland. Over time, it became clear that something was wrong. Doctors had no idea what was afflicting him and he only managed to complete two years of his engineering education before returning to Modena.
In his short career at Ferrari, Alfredo was credited for the 750 Monza racing car and to a limited extent a 1.5-litre V6 that would later see action in Ferrari’s early Formula racers. Alfredo suggested to his father the development of a 1.5 L DOHC V6 engine for F2 at the end of 1955. Twelve years later, to honour his son, Enzo named the Dino series of road and racing Ferraris using this V-6 engine after him. Alfredo had Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In the final days of his life, while hospitalized, he discussed technical details of the 1.5-litre V6 with fellow engineer Vittorio Jano. Alfredo would never see the engine, he died in Modena on 30 June 1956 at the age of 24.
The death of Alfredo took a toll on his parents’ marriage. Enzo had another son, Piero, with another woman, Lina Lardi. As divorce was illegal in Italy until 1975, Piero was officially acknowledged as Enzo’s son after Laura died in 1978. Piero Ferrari is a 10% owner of the Ferrari company of which he is the vice chairman.
The Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Italy is also named in Alfredo’s honour, with his father’s name added after Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988.
This weekend the Dino theme brings awareness to Duchenne muscular dystrophy through a display of Ferrari Dino’s at the Concours d'Elegance Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands).
On Sunday July 3rd there shall be a special “Dino 60 years display” (parking area):
The former Heritage Motor Centre was reopened in February 2016 with a new name, ‘British Motor Museum’ after a £M1.1 refurbishment. A new facility, the ‘Collections Centre’, built at a cost of £M4.0 was opened at the same time. The Collections Centre, which can only be visited via guided tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, houses the Jaguar Heritage Collection and the Motor Museum’s reserve collection. All these cars have been built in Britain, mostly in the Midlands.
The last time I visited the Heritage Motor Centre was about ten years ago so I was keen to see what improvements had been made.
A nice overview of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016!
The results for Vintage Cars and public referendum for modern “Concept Cars” of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 are as following:
Trofeo BMW Group
Best in Show by the Jury
Maserati, A6 GCS, Berlinetta, Pinin Farina, 1954, Destriero Collection, MC
The Dragone “Greenwich Weekend Auction" on June 4th offers an interesting consignment: the 1954 Allard J2R "Sopwith's Sphinx”, the famous race car that has been lost for decades and has become a legend amongst car enthusiasts and collectors.
Allard J2R chassis #3405 was just one of seven J2R's chassis produced by Allard and was ordered by Tommy Sopwith who was the son of Sir Thomas Sopwith, the chairman of Hawker Siddeley. Tommy and the "Sphinx", backed by his racing team "Equipe Endevour", took the J2R chassis and fitted it with a modified Armstrong Siddely Sapphire engine and a beautiful custom aluminum body. Racing against Jaguar C-Types, Aston Martin DB3S's, Allard J2's and many other impressive cars, it ran successfully at great races such as: BARC Goodwood, National Castle Comb, British Empire Trophy, National Silverstone, Ibsley, National Davidstow, National Snetterton, Snetterton International and Goodwood International , racing in a total of 17 races in the 1954 season, placing 1st in four races: once at Silverstone, once at Snetterton, and twice at Davidstow. Later in the 1950's Sopwith sold the Sphinx to race driver Brian Croot without the Sapphire engine. Croot fitted the Sphinx with a race prepared 3.8 liter Jaguar twin cam 6 cylinder engine with high lift cam shafts and Webber carburetors and successfully raced the car along with his C-Type Jaguar in venues such as Silverstone, Goodwood, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Prescott, Shelsley Walsh and many more until the late 1960s when he and the cars retired and the Sphinx once again disappeared from the public eye. It is now being offered publicly for the first time in decades at the June 4th sale.
Auction brochure: https://issuu.com/dragoneauctions/docs/gwadigitalcatalog
The Stratford Festival of Motoring is now a well established annual event, combining the historic architecture and lively spirit of Stratford upon Avon, most famous for its connection with William Shakespeare, with the West Midlands area’s long established love affair with all things cars. It took place over two days of the ‘Spring Bank Holiday’ 2016, showing an eclectic array of stunning cars, old and new.
Het Concours d'élégance Paleis het Loo, Nederlands bekendste en meest prestigieuze klassiekerevenement, staat dit jaar onder andere in het teken van zestig jaar Dino. Daarnaast presenteert Renault een prachtig overzicht van de rijke autosporthistorie van het merk. Bezoekers krijgen op 2 en 3 juli aanstaande in de unieke paleistuinen weer een prachtig weekend voorgeschoteld, dat vanaf nu een jaarlijks karakter krijgt.
Als een van de hoofdsponsors van het Concours d'élégance presenteert Renault in een eigen paviljoen een overzicht van de rijke racehistorie van het merk, die teruggaat tot 1898. Hierover later meer!
Een van de thema's dit jaar van het Concours d'élégance is 60 jaar Dino. Dit bijzondere merk is ontstaan in de jaren zestig, nadat de zoon van Enzo Ferrari op tragische wijze om het leven kwam. Enzo besloot zijn zoon te eren en zocht samenwerking met Fiat voor de productie van een sportwagen met V6-motor. De samenwerking leverde enkele bijzondere modellen op, waarvan de Fiat Dino Spider de eerste was. Later volgde een eigen versie van Ferrari, de Dino 246 GT. De motor van dit model wordt ook in de legendarische Lancia Stratos gebruikt. Pas halverwege de jaren zeventig verscheen het bekende Ferrari-logo op de motorkap van opvolger 308 GT4, die tot 1979 in productie bleef.
Tijdens het concours is er een speciale presentatie van de Dino 206/246 GT, de 246 GTS, 208/308 GT4, Fiat Dino Spider en Coupé en de Lancia Stratos. Het internationale concours kent een eigen klasse voor de 206/246 GT en 246 GTS, die wordt beoordeeld door vooraanstaand Dino-kenner Matthias Bartz.
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