Top Five of 2012: Buying Retro Racers
Sunshine, boats and bikinis are what come to mind when one thinks of the atmosphere in the paddock at Monaco when Formula One rolls into town for the weekend. When the sun came up on the Sunday morning of the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, however, you’d hardly have noticed. The sky was black and the street circuit was just as wet as the usually glittering harbour it’s set against.
Fresh from the excitement of the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans, RM Auctions are preparing to offer two icons from the great race at their upcoming Monterey sale.
A 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car and ’67 Ford GT40 Series I will join the 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Berlinetta and 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe as big hitters for the sale, which traditionally coincides with the legendary festivities at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“Unique, instantly recognisable, achingly beautiful and immensely historic.”
This one of a kind 1953 Timossi-Ferrari ‘Arno XI’ Racing Hydroplane went for a healthy €868.000/US$1,124,060 in RM Auctions’ Monaco sale, held over the weekend in Monaco.
A works Honda NS 500, swathed in the glorious Rothmans livery, ridden in its prime by one Wayne Gardner and campaigned in the 1985 500cc World Championship, this magnificent racer is up for sale at Classic Motorbikes.
It’s price on request, so if you have to ask..
Raced in the 1997 FIA GT Championship to top ten finishes at Suzuka, Laguna Seca and Donington by Andrew Gilbert-Scott, Geoff Lees, Anders Olofsson and John Neilsen, this 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ FIA GT Endurance Racing Coupe, chassis ’028R’, will be up for sale at Bonhams’ upcoming Quail Lodge Sale.
As lovely as the lithe and petite racing cars we usually feature are, sometimes you just want a historic racing machine with a little junk in its trunk.
This 1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter is not only big and beautiful, but the junk in its trunk has included Maseratis, Scarabs, Carroll Shelby’s Cobra Daytona coupes, Lotuses, GT40s and more across its astonishingly storied motorsport career.