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Worldwide adds to diversity of its Monterey auction docket


Dubos-bodied Delahaye will be offered for sale at inaugural Pacific Grove Auction | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
Dubos-bodied Delahaye will be offered for sale at inaugural Pacific Grove Auction | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

With vehicles as diverse as a 1937 Delahaye 135M coupe bodied by Dubos and a 1968 L-88 Chevrolet Corvette Sunray-DX built to race by Don Yenko, Worldwide Auctioneers is filling out the docket for its inaugural Pacific Grove Auction, its first venture as part of Monterey Car Week.

The auction, which Worldwide says will include around 70 collector vehicles, is scheduled for August 17 on the Pacific Grove Golf Links, located at the northern tip of the Monterey Peninsula.

Also revealed for the auction docket are a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K cabriolet, a 1938 BMW 328 MM roadster, a 1948 Simca-Gordini Grand Prix monoposto, a 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster, a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe and a 2013 Lamborghini 570-4 Super Trofeo racer.

Yenko prepped this L-88 Corvette for racing and it set lap record
Yenko prepped this L-88 Corvette for racing and it set lap record

Earlier, when announcing the scheduling of the auction, Worldwide said the docket also would include a 1937 Lagonda LG4S drophead coupe, a SS 100 1 1/2-liter open tourer, and the serial No. 1 1957 Dual Ghia convertible

Joining those cars are the latest group, which includes the Delahaye with its “rollback” roof and other coachwork by Louis Dubos in France.

“We love the history of the car and it is such a gorgeous example from every angle,” Rod Egan, Worldwide co-owner and auctioneer, said in a news release. “Some of the greatest automotive designs in history came about during the ‘30s and this Delahaye is a testament to the great coach builders of the period.”

Meanwhile, and perhaps at the other end of the spectrum, there’s the 1968 Yenko-prepared Corvette racer that ran the 24-hour race at Daytona in 1968 and set a GT-class lap record in the 12-hour at Sebring that year.

“Here is a thrilling piece of living American motorsports history that we’re delighted to offer for sale, expertly restored by Kevin McKay to 1968 Sebring Livery and complete with NCRS Heritage and Bloomington Gold Special Collection awards,” said John Kruse, Worldwide’s other owner/auctioneer.

Of the other cars most recently announced for the sale:

Period photo of the 1948 Simca-Gordini
Period photo of the 1948 Simca-Gordini

  • The ’34 Mercedes is a numbers-matching cabriolet, with coachwork by Sindelfingen, and is one of only 154 built over a two-year period. The car has been restored and comes with a Mercedes-Benz Classic Zertifikat.
  • The ’38 BMW has coachwork by Touring.
  • The ’48 Simca-Gordini was raced in Europe, including the French Grand Prix, and Argentina by drivers including Jean-Pierre Wimille and Prince Bira.
  • The ’58 Speedster is known as “The Lieutenant’s Speedster,” a one-owner car purchased in in Stuttgart new by a U.S. military officer stationed in Germany and is being sold with all of the correspondence between the buyer and the factory.
  • The ’71 Daytona coupe shows only 28,000 miles driven since new and has been documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
  • The ’13 Lamborghini is believed to be the first Super Trofeo racer to be offered at auction.
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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