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Auctions America stirs the pot for Santa Monica sale


The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America
The 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort is a low-mileage preserved example | Auctions America

Exotic supercars, muscle cars and a Fiat wagon used to chauffeur Pope Francis during his visit to the United States are among the highlights of Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale June 25-26 at Barker Hangar.

The supercar collection is led by a 1995 Ferrari F50, a 13,000-mile example of the ultra-exotic, 513-horsepower performance coupe with the towering rear wing. In bright Ferrari red, the F50 is valued between $1,800,000 and $2,100,000.

The Ferrari F50 could sell for more than 2.1 million | Auctions America
The Ferrari F50 could sell for more than $2.1 million | Auctions America

A 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort, one of the most-desirable supercars of the 1980s, was recently consigned for the California auction. One of just 329 produced and originally owned by professional Porsche driver Max Moritz, the all-wheel-drive coupe is well-preserved and well-documented, according to the auction house, with just 7,500 kilometers (4,660 miles) on its odometer. The Porsche is valued between $1.3 million and $1.6 million.

“This year’s Santa Monica sale has a particularly strong emphasis on high performance, late-model sports cars in direct response to client demand,” Matt Malamut, car specialist for Auctions America, said in a news release. “In addition to the F50, we’re thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of the Porsche 959.

“The experience of driving a 959 is unlike any other; it combines incredible sophistication that allows for both simple and effortless operation, with outstanding performance, great looks and comfort. The beautifully engineered AWD system sees the car track through canyon corners with ease and come out with the turbochargers soaring through the straightaways. Simply put, this car is serious fun.”

The 1987 Ferrari Testarossa appeared in 'Straight Outta Compton' | Auctions America
The 1987 Ferrari Testarossa appeared in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ | Auctions America

Other late-model exotics to be offered in Santa Monica include:

A 1987 Ferrari Testarossa used in the feature film Straight Outta Compton with Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins) behind the wheel. Estimated value: $130,000 – $150,000.

A low-mileage 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary, finished in classic Rosso with contrasting tan leather interior. Estimated value: $325,000 – $375,000.

A black-on-black 2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren, a performance star capable of sprinting zero-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Estimated value: $240,000 – $275,000.

The 2015 Fiat 500L used by His Holiness Pope Francis during his trip to the United States in September 2015 after he snubbed the customary limousine, will be sold to benefit Catholic charities. The estimated value is $75,000-$100,000.

Pope Francis is driven in the Fiat during hi U.S. tour | Getty Images
Pope Francis is driven in the Fiat during his U.S. tour | Getty Images

Besides that, Auctions America specializes in a wide range of collector vehicles for most budgets in its selection of American, European and Japanese cars.

Vintage performance standouts include a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC ready for touring, concours and rallies, values at $800,000 – $950,000, and an award-winning 1969 Corvette L88 427/430 hp convertible, in burgundy with black interior and tan soft top, valued at $650,000 – $750,000.

Another highlight is the remarkable, hand-crafted 1940 Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster, more than 31 feet long and powered by a supercharged V12 engine from a World War II PT boat. This striking showpiece is valued at $450,000 – $600,000.

For more information about Auction America’s June sale, visit the auction website.

The Packard Royal Streamliner is more than 31 feet long |Auctions America
The Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster is more than 31 feet long |Auctions America


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. They are really bringing out the big guns for these classic cars for sale. That Ferarri F50 is something that only the top collectors in the world will be able to get their hands on. What a great way to fill seats with the highest rollers in collector exotic cars!

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