1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder
1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder

A selection of important race cars will be among the headline offerings at the 2013 Mecum Monterey Auction, scheduled for August 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, California.

With 750 collector cars expected to cross the auction block, highlights will be numerous at the fifth annual Mecum Daytime Auction including a 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder, 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra and 1984 Lotus Type 95T “John Player Special”.

The 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti (Lot S132), serial number 0462MD, has a clean history on and off the track that includes a known ownership chain dating back to its original sale to Irish racer Joe Kelly of Dublin in September of 1954. Currently fitted with a racing prepared 3.0-litre engine, the car is accompanied by its original engine plus a spare rebuilt transmission. One of the first Monzas built, 0462MD was formerly part of the Engelbert Stieger, Brandon Wang, Walter Burani and Roberto Crippa Collections.

The 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder (Lot S177), chassis 550-0077, was first seen by the public in 1956 when Porsche featured it as the Brussels Salon Auto Show Car and is now being offered from the collection of Peter and Cheryl Dunkel after nearly 25 years of ownership. The rare four-cam race car is believed to be the first 550 built with the stiffened chassis and comes complete with a well-documented history of its European race days piloted by Christian Goethals of Belgium.

This 1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition Cobra CSX2487 (Lot S145) retains its original 289 CI HiPo engine and aluminum body. Configured for competition in December 1964, the car campaigned from 1965 to 1969. During its racing years, the Cobra secured a 1st in class, 4th overall at Laguna Seca in 1967 and a 1st in class, 4th overall at Sears Point in 1969. Documentation includes period racing photos, copy of Shelby invoice, vintage 16mm footage of the car in action at Laguna Seca and correspondence with Ned Scudder of the Shelby Registry confirming CSX2487 as an independent competition car.

This 1984 Lotus Type 95T “John Player Special” (Lot S138) was one of just four built by Team Lotus for F1 competition and was driven by Nigel Mansell during the 1984 season. Mansell qualified the Type 95T second at the Monaco Grand Prix, took pole at the Dallas Grand Prix and finished the year in the top ten driver standings for the first time in his career. Weighing in at just 1,188 lbs, the 95T was capable of over 210 MPH, with 1,100 HP on tap for qualifying and approximately 700 in race trim. The twin-turbocharged Renault V-6 engine on the Grand Prix Lotus was restored and tuned by engineer Dean Sellards, and the racer has been upgraded to accept a starter jack and the electronics set up to run off a laptop computer, making it suitable for vintage F1 parade laps and events worldwide.

The 2013 Mecum Daytime Monterey Auction will be staged August 15-17 on the grounds of the Del Monte Golf Course at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. Mecum welcomes everyone to attend the auction and extends complimentary general admission to all. Vehicle preview begins daily at 8 a.m. with auctions starting at 10am and Road Art crossing the block one hour prior. Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for the Monterey auction, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

[Source: Mecum]