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Worldwide Auctioneers joining Monterey car-week party


This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide's inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo
This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide’s inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo

Worldwide Auctioneers launched its new Scottsdale sale earlier this year and has announced yet another new auction, scheduled for August 17 as part of the Monterey Car Week. The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula is to offer around 70 cars on the oceanside setting of the Pacific Grove Golf Links, the Auburn, Indiana-based auction house announced.

“This week is obviously the pinnacle of the collector car world calendar and all roads ultimately lead here,” Rod Egan, Worldwide auctioneer and co-owner, said in a news release.

“After a dynamic debut in Scottsdale this January, with outstanding sales and tremendous support, we are thrilled to continue our corporate expansion with this inaugural sale on the Monterey Peninsula and look forward to welcoming old friends and new to Pacific Grove this August.”

Pacific Grove is the site of two other Monterey Car Week events — the Little Car Show, scheduled this year for August 16, and the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally, August 18, both along Lighthouse Avenue in the city’s downtown area.

A view of the Pacific Grove Golf Links
A view of the Pacific Grove Golf Links |PGGL photo

The Pacific Grove Golf Links is a municipal golf course originally founded by S.F.B. Morse, owner of the Del Monte Properties Company, in the late 1920s. He sold the then-nine-hole course to the city in 1931 for a $10 golf coin and a promise to maintain the property for golf for at least five years. Now a full 18 holes, the course encompasses the Point Pinos Lighthouse and features native and endangered plant species and sand dunes.

Worldwide also announced some early consignments for the sale, including a 1937 SS 100 2 1/2-liter open tourer being offered after 30 years of ownership, the serial No. 1 1957 Dual Ghia convertible, and a 1937 Lagonda LG45 drophead coupe.

The auction joins a long list of such sales on the peninsula that week, including Mecum, Russo and Steele, Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company, as well as the Rick Cole showroom sale.

The company also announced that its annual Labor Day weekend auction in Auburn, Indiana, would be held September 2, just a few weeks after its inaugural Pacific Grove sale. It also confirmed plans for a second Scottsdale sale in January 2018, which gives the company an annual calendar of four events — January in Scottsdale; Arlington, Texas, in April; Pacific Grove in August; and Auburn in September.

Worldwide’s inaugural Scottsdale auction generated nearly $12 million in selling nearly 70 collector cars. The recent Arlington auction, held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, produced more than $6.5 million in sales.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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