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The well-documented period history of racing and collector cars almost always comes to an end eventually, and the vibrant spirit of the car takes a rest as the car sits stored in a garage, museum, or in some cases even worse conditions.
The annual Pebble Beach auctions then become a unique and pivotal moment for some of these cars as they find new homes and await new chapters in their stories. Ranging among these are historic racing icons, unique examples of present and future collector cars and, overall, some of the most desirable automobiles currently on the road. In many cases, these are vehicles that are rarely offered for sale, making the opportunity itself just as rare as the vehicle displayed.
Across McLaren, Porsche and Maserati, both time and breadth have contributed to the significance of the cars offered at the 2017 auctions. Motorsports history and brand lineage span decades among those three, providing vastly unique looks into each period of the automotive timeline.
Porsche’s involvement across motorsports, and ongoing success as a road-car brand, provides this year’s auction with the most diverse array of consigned cars of nearly any brand at the auctions. From Le Mans competitors to the road cars that draw their excitement from those cars’ history, Stuttgart is credited with many of the main attractions at this year’s Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel sales.
The racing pedigree was heavily established at Le Mans, specifically as a result of the success of the 917. It was the first Porsche to win the 24-hour race outright in 1970, so what better car would there be to feature in the 1971 film Le Mans?
Along with Steve McQueen, the star of the film was a Gulf-liveried 917K, which was used for testing at Le Mans and subsequently in the film. It is one of the most recognizable examples of the 917 in the world, but for more than two decades it was entirely forgotten.
Following its use in the film, 917-024 found its way into the hands of a Paris-based collector where it ended up tucked away for a quarter century. Upon its escape, it underwent an extensive and accurate restoration which was completed earlier this year and is now being offered for public sale by Gooding & Co. at its Pebble Beach event next month. Preliminary estimates for the selling price is $13 to $16 million.
From that time period on, Porsche continued to deliver the most inspiring vehicles for both the track and street. It’s entirely possible that Porsche’s application of motorsports knowledge to road-legal cars is what has contributed to the desirability of the brand today, and it’s hard to argue that any other manufacturer has a lineup of cars competitive to the Porsches that will be crossing the blocks in August 2017.
It’s simplest to go through all the various 911s available, as the decades of evolution have spawned some of the most sought-after driver’s cars in the world. The 993 generation, the last air-cooled 911s, is lately what collectors are yearning for, and they will have the opportunity to scoop a Turbo S model which is one of fewer than 200 in the world. Equally as rare is the 993 GT2, which comes with similar power but ditches all-wheel drive and a bunch of weight as was the case in FIA GT2 racing. Examples of these cars will be offered at Gooding & Co., Mecum and RM Sotheby’s this month.
While the 993 has ballooned in value recently, the trend is looking the same with the 997 generation. The Monterey auctions will feature a handful of only the best examples of that generation, including a double dose of GT3 RS 4.0s, a GT2 RS, and a standard GT3 RS that wears an incredible paint-to-sample Viper Green. RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co. and Mecum will have that selection on hand.
The latest 911 to get the collector car treatment is the 911R of the 991 generation, which essentially translated a purpose-built track car into a driver’s dream through a six-speed manual transmission. It was limited to 991 units, and now a black one will take the stage at this year’s Mecum event, as well as a subtle silver R finding a new owner through Russo and Steele.
Even with the 911 being one of the most famous sports cars ever produced, it was occasionally taken over as the flagship by other legendary Porsche models. Those were few and far between, but when they came, they were game-changers.
The Porsche 959, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, in that order, fought the entire world of cars, not just their individual segments. They attempted to dismantle the preconceptions of the automotive industry, and they succeeded. The 959’s advanced all-wheel drive system and tire pressure monitoring set the groundwork for many future advancements; the Carrera GT’s Le Mans-developed engine redefined “race car for the road”; the 918 Spyder’s hybrid technology created new ways for super sports car manufacturers to push beyond the once-established boundaries of the hypercar. RM will supply the 918, Gooding a 959, and Mecum both a 959 and Carrera GT.
Neither McLaren nor Maserati has quite the history with collector cars that Porsche does, but nonetheless the brands will feature exceptional cars at the August auctions – potentially millions of dollars worth.
One of Maserati’s classics is the A6, with its variations being among the most desirable coachbuilt Italian cars in the world. The A6G Zagato is an example of the classic motorsport brand working hand-in-hand with a locally-renowned coachbuilder to produce a genuine Italian masterpiece. The final A6G Zagato built will be next in someone’s collection as it comes to Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach sale where it may pull in as much as $5 million.
The vast history of coachbuilding and motorsports encompassed multiple generations for Maserati, and in the mid-2000’s the brand flexed its muscle more than it ever had before. The trident took the new pride and joy of its sister company, the Ferrari Enzo, and rebodied it to create the one-of-50 MC12. Already crazy enough, Maserati then turned the MC12 into a purpose-built racer for GT1, and followed that by building 12 more for private customers to enjoy as much as they wanted, for a trade-off of nearly $1.5 million. Now in 2017, we will see how the value of the MC12 Corsa has changed, through Mecum’s auction.
Bridging the gap between classic Maserati and motorsports heritage at this year’s auctions is a successful 300S that wasn’t only driven to victory, it was driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. The 300S was a limited run of racing car that competed in the late 1950s, but the current owner of #3069 continued racing it across historic competitions around the world and is parting with it after 19 years of ownership. The Bonhams auction expects more than $6 million for the sale of the car.
Maserati and Porsche both have several decades of history, with the cars being offered writing the timelines of their respective companies. McLaren, as a road car company, has far fewer years under their belt in comparison. But at this year’s auctions, the pinnacle of each of McLaren’s first road cars will be coming up.
Before McLaren became a stand-alone company building and selling its own road car, the company famously teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to combine Formula One technology with the German engineering that went into Mercedes’ famous road cars. This resulted in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a luxury tourer with the performance of a supercar. This dynamic twin personality made the SLR a highly-desirable homage to the original 300 SLR racing car.
The motorcars up for auction represent wildly different but nonetheless unique examples of the SLR’s life. Appearing at Mecum’s auction is an SLR Roadster with a FAB Design bodykit, a treatment only given to 15 SLRs around the world. Another exclusive roadster is the 722 S, a limited run of 150 cars with the updated 640-hp power plant from the 722 coupe. The 722 S finishes near the top of the most sought-after modern Mercedes around, and Mecum will be offering one with fewer than 2,000 miles.
Following the success of the SLR, the debut road car that McLaren Automotive produced when it came back to market in 2011 was the MP4-12C, which was a formidable re-entry into the supercar market. Through its lifespan, it came in several forms, but none quite as appealing as the High Sport. If the HS term sounds familiar, that is because McLaren recently gave the same treatment to the 675LT, increasing power and aerodynamics, and named it the MSO High Sport.
But that car took its inspiration from the MP4-12C HS, a car limited in number even more than the MSO HS’s run of 25. Only five were originally built, with another five created as a result of demand, and number nine is now headed to Mecum’s auction. The significance of that particular chassis is that it was commissioned directly by former company Chairman Ron Dennis, and was uniquely designed with the livery of the F1 Vodafone racing team. The MP4-12C HS is the most powerful variant of the line, and one of the most exclusive.
Following that path of rare and high-powered supercars, McLaren unleashed the P1 to 375 willing thrill-seekers, and a handful have reached the second-hand market where they’ve commanded significant premiums, as much as 100% more than the original price. This year will be more of the same, as first owners are testing the water with their P1s and looking for a nice payday through their original investment. A pair of silver P1s will headline the car week sales, with one at both Gooding & Co. and Mecum and each looking to crest the $2 million mark.
And though the P1 has already made its impact in the modern hypercar contest, it won’t quite reach the long-term significance of the original McLaren hypercar, at least not in the foreseeable future. The F1, now 25 years old, set the bar immensely high when it debuted and to this day has not been rivaled in a variety of criteria. Because of this, it is quickly becoming one of the most wanted cars in the world.
This year, another F1 will change hands through the car week auctions, something that has become almost regular over the last decade or so. But given the importance of the Pebble Beach week in the United States, this particular F1 is unlike all the others.
Chassis 044 was the first F1 legally imported into the United States (of only seven), as it was federalized through the Ameritech process. Once it was approved for entry into the country and landed in the garage of its only owner, it was then safely and completely reversed to original spec, and all of those pieces needed for importation are included with the vehicle’s sale. The Show or Display amendment does, however, allow for legal road use of the F1 in the US regardless of the Ameritech upgrades. Bonhams does not publicly state a price estimate, but based on previous transactions and the way the F1 is escalating the collector car ladder, it would be no surprise for this F1 to crest $15 million on August 18th.
The RDS Automotive Group will be in Monterey to cover the various events of car week, so follow our Facebook and Instagram feeds from August 13th through the 20th for plenty of live content.
Despite its name, the Goodwood Festival of Speed isn’t simply devoted to the fastest cars in the world.
Oh, wait. Yeah it is.
25 years in the automotive industry is plenty enough for the landscape to change several times over. From the top down, technology has pushed what is feasible in a road car package.
But not much has been done to duplicate what the McLaren F1 brought 25 years ago.
The resurgence of McLaren Automotive came from groundbreaking technology, which went hand-in-hand with groundbreaking design.
One of the minds that contributed to the company’s “form follows function” design philosophy was Robert Melville, a Senior Designer with a hand in the 650S, 675LT and P1, and credited as the lead in creating the 570S and 720S. For his much acclaimed work, he is being promoted to Design Director in the absence of Frank Stephenson.
Stephenson leaves in his wake some of the most incredible automotive designs of this millennium. His previous notable work came for Ferrari-Maserati, as he oversaw the dramatic Maserati MC12, the Ferrari F430, the Maserati GranTurismo and a handful of others. He later transitioned into leading the revival of McLaren Automotive, taking on the new range of McLarens and even designing the livery for our P1 GTR. Stephenson is rumored to be moving on to return to Mini as chief designer, where he worked more than a decade ago.
Melville will now take over and oversee the creation of more than a dozen new McLaren models in the next handful of years, as outlined in the company’s “Track22” plan that sets the company’s model-line course from now through 2022.
Through the years, manufacturers have competed in a variety of spectra across the automotive industry, but performance car companies see the track as the only legitimate proving ground to back up their claims. From the Ferrari F40, to the Porsche Carrera GT, to the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, elite supercars have only found their true worth in relation to their competitors by battling it out on the circuit.
For the fifth consecutive year, the RDS Automotive Group has been recognized by philly.com as one of its annual Top Workplaces for 2017.
The results come from a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm specializing in workplace health and improvement. Employees completed a survey covering various aspects of the organizational environment, making the people who are truly the foundation of these companies the ones leading these studies.
The Geneva Motor Show is not really the place to come with subtle yearly refreshes and facelifts, it demands the newest and very best each brand has to offer. Porsche and McLaren had these projects in the works for years, but 2017 was the culmination and assembly of these ideas in one place.
Performance cars are climbing and climbing to what seems like an inevitable plateau, which makes the ridiculous numbers associated with them seem less and less impressive each year. But if there’s any battlefield to truly fight for the industry’s attention, it’s the Geneva Motor Show.
The Swiss show centralizes the top European brands to sculpt the landscape of the next generation of cars. That next generation, for McLaren and Porsche, aims to stave off and elevate that plateau for at least a handful of years.
With the debut of the McLaren F1 GTR, the F1 road car was stripped and sent to the track where at Le Mans it had never competed before, let alone won. Lanzante Motorsport, a specialist in classic car service and restoration, took the GTR and made it an instant classic.
The McLaren became the first car, and Lanzante the first team, to win at Le Mans in their respective debuts. The resulting success led to Lanzante Limited earning service capabilities for McLaren road and race cars, thus beginning the next chapter in the history of the F1 GTR and an unprecedented one: road conversion.
When it comes to accomplishments and acting like you’ve been there before, McLaren prefers to go a little bigger with its celebrations.
Up until the 1995 24h of Le Mans, McLaren actually hadn’t been there before, which made its overall victory in the race that much more impressive. The F1 GTR, the race-reserved variant of the highly-praised F1 road car, took the overall win in its debut with four other GTRs. What followed in homage was a run of potentially the greatest road car ever built.
The accessibility of the McLaren 570 is nearly boundless; it attacks a new price point for the brand, and we already proved where it can go when you put your mind to it. So when McLaren debuted the 570GT as a car made for the journey, it was inevitable what would happen when we got into it.
Sports cars are built to maximize performance, sure, but the reason people pay the super high premiums for them is for the sheer enjoyment. And that’s not something you can pick out on paper.
The only fair and proper – and legal – way to fully enjoy a sports car at its limit is in a track setting. Motor Trend’s “Best Driver’s Car” annual experience drops the year’s best sports cars into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Ca., and has at it with its features team. But atypical to the norm, it’s not a race there.
Ushering in the next generation of the most desirable luxury and supercars in the world has become the norm at Monterey’s car week, but it wasn’t always that way. The Pebble Beach Concours, the fireworks display at the finale of the weekend, was the celebration of decades of historic and significant vehicles, but up-and-coming events like The Quail Motorsports Gathering have shifted the focus to the new era of exotic cars.
Realigning public roads as a closed course racetrack allows for the most literal use of the phrase “race cars for the road.” It may be the only chance for some of McLaren’s racing variants to take to the street. Read more…
McLaren’s meteoric rise back into the supercar prominence came as a result of a disruption of the norm. The MP4-12C stepped in to face established competitors from others such as Ferrari, and squared off against the Italians heroically.
McLaren Philadelphia was one of the handful of locations selected to re-open the McLaren brand to America in 2011. The store took that challenging opportunity in stride and has since risen through the ranks to becoming one of the best in the country. In 2015, McLaren Philadelphia became the best.
McLaren Automotive announced McLaren Philadelphia as the Retailer of the Americas for 2015, a result of booming sales, top-notch customer service before and after sales, and reaching beyond boundaries in marketing. McLaren Philadelphia competed against more stores than ever as the brand continues its expansion in North America, but the dealer raised its goals higher than its already award-winning standard.
The Global Retailer of the Year is to be announced later this year, with Philadelphia facing off against McLaren Glasgow for Europe, Taipei for Asia Pacific and Johannesburg for the Middle East and Africa.
The New York Bay was the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants over the course of several decades. The city became the welcome site for the rest of the world.
It’s fitting, then, that the New York Auto Show has established itself as the premier way for car companies to usher their new vehicles into the domestic market as well. From the mass production cars that fill the streets to the hypercars that may only be seen in a venue like this, it’s the hot spot for showcasing the present and future of motoring, and has been for over a century at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show.
While the “wow” factor of a car cannot be measured in any logical way, it undoubtedly sells cars. Sometimes it’s best to believe the hype.
McLaren was steadfast in claiming the new 570S wasn’t a track car, that it was meant to handle the everyday in style and class-leading comfort.
They probably would have claimed, too, that it was not suitable for off-road use – if they had actually thought they needed to say it.
In a prolonged effort to emphasize the accessibility of the new McLaren Sports Series, the Woking team has added the 570GT to the lineup as a versatile hatch.
When the floor of the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan sucked the covers off the 570S at its debut in April of 2015, it showed the entire three-tier model lineup for the first time ever. The original debut saw the 570S joining the 675LT and the ultimate P1 – the GTR. Nearly a year later, the tiers come together again for one of the final times in their current guises.
After 12 hours of endurance racing, seconds from every lap lead to minutes and insurmountable deficits for other cars in the pack. At the Bathurst 12 Hours, a Series Production car competition held in Australia, a mere second was all that could be spared.
The home-field advantage of the Philadelphia Auto Show is giving the RDS Automotive Group the chance to show off its best new products, including some incredibly unique cars and even a first for the Philly show.
Maserati of The Main Line and McLaren Philadelphia specialize in the cars you don’t see everyday, and Porsche of The Main Line specializes in the cars that make the everyday better. That’s what makes the Philly Auto Show a treat, as it brings in the enthusiasts who gravitate toward special vehicles, and it brings in the prospective customer who wants to take a better look at a car.
The Consumer Electronics Show attracts all the industry leaders in technology. McLaren, in the business of road cars, is scarcely outdone in that respect.
Even with everything that is jam-packed to make a McLaren fast around a track or livable as a daily driver, the brand had not yet experimented with the technology implemented in its latest concept. The 675LT JVCKENWOOD concept took many of the consistent features from the inside of the car and replaced them with…nothing.
Liberal use of carbon fiber is what keeps today’s supercars constantly pushing beyond their predecessors, as the obsession with lightness aids the staggering performance numbers we see today. Not only that, but it adds a unique look that was not seen on supercars from generations prior.
Simply by definition, McLaren Special Operations creates some of the most special and unique supercars in the world. From the MP4-12C to the P1, MSO developed one-offs, custom paint samples and endless options inside and out.
But while many buyers chose only a select few modifications for their cars, others went way above and beyond to test what MSO was truly capable of. It was this desire that led to the MP4-12C High Sport.
McLaren’s fastest road cars were never anything short of the ultimate exhilaration. But in 2015, McLaren’s most dramatic year of growth, the brand has taken it over the top.
Or, it’s taken the top off.
The Radnor Hunt Club sits among the undisturbed natural terrain of Chester County, and its preserved state offers the perfect setting for equestrianism, similar to how it provided the scene in the late 1800s as the oldest foxhunt in the United States.
The club’s presence as one of the most cherished institutions in the region makes it one of the most desirable locations for special events. Perhaps, though, there is no event more special than the Concours d’Elegance.
The Pebble Beach automotive events every August were once an intimate and exclusive assortment for owners and enthusiasts. But with the expansion of social media, overall coverage has ballooned, leading to the week being one of the most highly-attended set of events in the automotive world.