Our Top 5 of the 2013 Pebble Beach Gooding & Company Auction
You'd think there would be more vehicles available with our trunk load of money but this is Pebble Beach; not Craigslist. And all the cars presented are thoroughly gone through and massaged to look and perform as they did when they rolled into the showrooms so we felt a bit better spending our Monopoly money. Our top five under $500,000:
1) 1972 Porsche 911 "STR II", Lot 61
2) 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II , Lot 45
3) 1958 Porsche 356 A Speedster, Lot 10
The Porsche Speedster. We love the simple lines with low slung roof and windshield with a dash of chrome body molding to set it apart from it's hardtop brethren. There's really nothing to dislike about these droptops. Fun and nimble Speedsters can hang with the best of them on the curvy back roads. Estimated to sell for $225k-$275k. We think it'll get every bit of it.
4) 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo, Lot 110
The 2002 is the car that really put BMW on the map and in good health. BMW kept the momentum going with the tii model and finally the Turbo. Very rare with only 1,672 built, we think these cars are massively undervalued. The normally aspirated 2002 was rated at 100hp while the Turbo was rated at 170hp. It's rumored that driving one can be a bit tricky when the extra power from the turbo kicks in. Estimated to sell (without reserve) for $60k-$80 we think it'll end up at $68k.
5) 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Bus, Lot 113
We've always like these buses. And what better way to cruise to the beach or lake with all your friends and family in tow. Excellent visibility and great color combination. We especially like the period correct roof rack in case you're hauling more than the cabin allows. Great cruisers, these old buses get a ton of attention on the road. Estimated to sell (without reserve) for $70k-$90k. Pretty steep for a VW bus but the prices on these have been going up. We think bidding will end near $70k.
So if your budget we're $500k what would you pick to be in your garage? Lot's of good choices and you can't really go wrong with any of them. Happy bidding!
Source: Gooding & Company