My Car Quest

August 23, 2014

Unusual Cars For Auction In Monterey Next Week

by Mike –

Here are some interesting vehicles that you do not see every day and they are all up for auction in Monterey this year.

I would not mind owning any of them.

1970 Monteverdi HAI 450SS Prototype – offered by Gooding & Co.

1970 Monteverdi HAI 450SS Prototype for sale

1970 Monteverdi HAI 450SS Prototype

Estimate: $600,000 – $800,000

1970 Monteverdi HAI 450SS Prototype for sale

1970 Monteverdi HAI 450SS Prototype

According to Gooding:

“COACHWORK BY FISSORE CHASSIS NO. TNT 101

• The Ultimate Monteverdi Automobile
• Sophisticated Mid-Engine Chassis with Chrysler Power
• Prestigious Show Car Pedigree
• Tested in Automobile Quarterly, Volume 9, No. 2
• Faithfully Restored to Original, Factory-Correct Appearance
• 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award Winner
• A True One-Off and the Only Hemi-Powered Hai”

This Monteverdi is known as The Purple Shark.

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopica” – offered by Gooding & Co.

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopica" for sale

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopica”

Estimate: $650,000 – $750,000

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopica" for sale

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopica”

According to Gooding:

“COACHWORK BY BERTONE CHASSIS NO. 1120200 ENGINE NO. 1120158

• One of 150 Examples Produced
• One-of-a-Kind Factory Livery
• FIVA Certified
• Peerless Restoration Fine-Tuned by Valentino Balboni
• European-Delivery Example”

1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe – offered by Gooding & Co.

1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe for sale

1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe

Estimate: $350,000 – $450,000 – WITHOUT RESERVE

1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe for sale

1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe

According to Gooding:

“COACHWORK BY VIGNALE CHASSIS NO. 5211 ENGINE NO. IND 20-1008
• One of 20 Vignale-Bodied C-3 Coupes
• One of Two C-3 Examples Delivered with an Upgraded Motor
• Restored in the Early 2000s
• 2002 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Class Winner
• Cosmetically Freshened by Current Ownership and Impressively Documented”

Briggs Cunningham had a very colorful life.

1964 Apollo GT 5000 Coupe 327 cid – offered by Russo and Steele

1964 Apollo GT 5000 Coupe 327 cid for sale

1964 Apollo GT 5000 Coupe 327 cid

The Apollo GT is an interesting story. A Buick V8 originally powered these cars but this example has a Chevy 327 cid V8.

1964 Apollo GT 5000 Coupe 327 cid for sale

1964 Apollo GT 5000 Coupe 327 cid

When Apollo went under there were some cars left over that were not completed.

According to Russo and Steele:

“There were reported to have been seven cars that were sold off the boat directly and completed by their owners. This occurred when the company ran short of cash and needed a quick infusion. All except one of these cars were completed (five got small block Chevy motors, one got a small block Ford) and put on the road after being purchased. This is that car.

It took several years to get it fully sorted. It was completed using a period (1963) drivetrain and a Chevy 327 with three deuces. It’s been driven a bit over 3,600 miles, on correct new Michelin X tires and is fully sorted and ready for more driving.”

See the video of my ride in an Apollo GT and read more about the Apollo GT.

1969 Bizzarrini Manta – offered by Gooding & Co.

1969 Bizzarrini Manta for sale

1969 Bizzarrini Manta

Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,500,000

1969 Bizzarrini Manta for sale

1969 Bizzarrini Manta

According to Gooding:

DESIGNED BY GIORGETTO GIUGIARO, COACHWORK BY ITAL DESIGN
CHASSIS NO. P538-003
BODY NO. 6901

• Highly Developed Bizzarrini P538 Competition Chassis
• The First Independent Project of Giugiaro’s Ital Design
• One of the Most Influential Concept Cars of the 1960s
• Radical Triple-Seat, Center-Drive Configuration
• Featured on the Cover of Road & Track Magazine
• Exceptional, Concours-Quality Restoration by Rod Drew’s FAI
• First in Class at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
• Displayed at Goodwood, Villa d’Este, Amelia Island and Concorso Italiano

Read more about the Bizzarrini Manta.

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter – offered by RM Auctions

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter for sale

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter

Estimate: $850,000 – $1,100,000

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter for sale

1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter

According to RM:

“11.5-liter Leyland turbocharged six-cylinder industrial diesel engine, five-speed transmission, triple axle, and drum brakes.

• Commissioned as Formula One racing car hauler by Maserati racing team
• Used by Lance Reventlow’s Scarab racing team
• Subsequent use by Carroll Shelby’s race team, transporting Cobra Daytona coupes
• Utilized by David Piper, as well as Alan Mann and Lotus racing teams
• Featured in McQueen’s Le Mans
• Extraordinary, two-year, 8,000 hour restoration, culminating in Monterey Historics and Pebble Beach unveiling
• Finished in period-correct Shelby team livery”

Comments

  1. The Apollo may turn out to be a good deal, transporter is a bit optimistic I like the countach. The early cars are the best looking IMO and will only go up in value.

  2. I can’t imagine how scary driving a Fiat transporter loaded with races cars is with drum brakes! If possible it really should have been converted to air brakes for safety reasons.

  3. georgeg20 says:

    I would like to thank you for a great site featuring some of the world’s most beautiful automobiles.

    When I looked at the front end pic of the Monteverdi, I was in love. When I looked lower at the picture featuring the back end, i was terrified. why waste such masterful skills that designed the front of this car on the tasteless completion of the rear quarters. it looks as if the designer quit in the midst of the project and had someone else with totally different approach and tastes take over. this is just me speaking my mind, not looking to offend anyone.

    love the lambo and the transporter. definitely a worth while restoration projects, like every other car featured on this site.

  4. The Monteverdi TNT 101 Prototype finally sold for $577,500 ( €467,775 )

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