With just two weeks to go until Auctions America’s California sale, we take a look at what’s going under the hammer in Santa Monica.
A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster and a Ferrari 330GTS are just two of hundreds of cars lined-up for this years California sale hosted by Auctions America.
Held in the prestigious Barker Hangar at Santa Monica, the 2015-edition will feature a 300-strong line-up, with interested buyers from around the world set to descend on the west coast of America on 17-18 July.
The 540K will make its auction debut following a recent five-year frame-off restoration project. The vehicle appears in a metallic Wine Red paint scheme synonymous with Mercedes-Benz cars of the period. The Pininfarnia-designed 330GTS meanwhile is one of just 99 open-top adaptations of the 330GTC, with this particular example in concours-ready condition, expected to fetch between $2,000,000-$2,600,000.
One of the more obscure inclusions this year will be a pair of Presidential parade vehicles, including a 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential Town Limousine, which in addition to President Kennedy and the First Lady, carried the likes of Lyndon B. Johnson, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco (Est. $150,000-$200,000), and a 1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine, specially ordered for Mamie Doud Eisenhower (Est. $100,000 – $150,000).
Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist at Auctions America, has earmarked the auction as the ‘finest California offering to date.’
'We’ve received tremendous early interest in this year’s Santa Monica sale, and are proud to be presenting our finest California offering to date. From early Brass era cars to coach-built European classics and sports cars, American muscle, customs and a terrific selection of contemporary supercars, the offering truly spans the spectrum of the market.'
Other cars set to headline at the event include a 1964 Cooper Monaco Type 61 race car ($200,000-$250,000), a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster ($1,200,000-$1,500,000), and a 2004 Ferrari Enzo ($1,700,000-$2,100,000).