FrontRunners: Pebble Beach Bidding

  • Sheila Gibson Stoodley

Of the five or six dozen cars that will be on the block August 17 at the Christie’s (310. 385.2699, www.christies.com) annual Pebble Beach auction, the 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C-1750 Le Mans Tourer (pictured here) has one of the more complicated histories. Its original 6C engine was removed and replaced with a racier 8C during the 1950s. When a subsequent owner discovered that the replacement engine was extracted from a Monza, he removed it and installed a more pedestrian 8C. “The great thing about this car is that it has the power, performance, and looks of an Alfa Romeo 8C without the cost,” says Miles Morris, head of the motor cars department at Christie’s. “If it was an original 8C, it would cost more than $1 million.” Instead, the car carries an estimated sale price of from $300,000 to $400,000.

Another automotive gem consigned to sale is a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost ($550,000 to $650,000) that won Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1962. While Morris acknowledges that “a ’62 winner is not as important as a more recent winner,” he looks forward to presenting it for auction. “It’s nice continuity to return it to where it won several years ago.”

Photo by Darin Schnabel⁄RM Auctions
One of the finest car collections in the country is paring down...
A stretched version of Maserati’s flagship Quattroporte sedan, the Octoporte is packed with...
There may be no car collectors more fanatical than Porsche collectors...
Photo by Piccinini Roberto
The already impressive Huracán has been given an array of race-friendly upgrades…
The new GTS, unveiled 50 years after the original Targa debuted, will hit U.S. dealerships in April…
Photo by Jim Fets
The successful trip puts Audi on track to release its first autonomous car in 2017…
Jaguar’s design director discloses that the F-Pace is the production version of the C-X17 concept…
This year’s show saw debuts from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and other top carmakers…
The racecar set off a Ford winning streak at Le Mans that lasted four years…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz
Armored versions of the limousine-like vehicle will also be available…