Webb’s sale offers collectors a rare opportunity to acquire both road and race cars sourced from the finest collections in New Zealand and Australia. The range and appeal of cars in this auction is unprecedented for the local market, and one of the feature cars, a Concours-winning 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, is expected to break the New Zealand record price for a car sold at auction.
With machines as diverse as an original barn-find 1908 Panhard et Levassor touring car, to 1950 HRD Vincent Rapide the selection is small with only 50 lots representing some of the rarest (GP Bugatti T54), iconic (barn-find Mini) and sexiest (Lola T70) cars and motorcycles designed in the 20th century.
There are also a number of important pure breeds on offer including a formidable 1979/80 All American Racers (AAR) Eagle 001-5 which links to Dan Gurney. This example, which took part in the 1980 Indianapolis 500, driven by Mike Mosley and qualifying 16th, is now set up for road racing, so is ready to use on any layout of race track. After failing to qualify for the 1981 500, chassis 001-5 has not been raced since, and is now fully restored, and ready to again to the circuit as a very unusual car outside the USA. The Gurney-Eagle fuel-injected V8 produces 650hp, and would be a very competitive proposition in historic single seater racing no matter what country you are in. The AAR Eagle 001-5 carries a pre-sale estimate of $220,000 – $320,000 NZ.
The featured 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso has been fully restored by renowned Auto Restorations. One of only 21 surviving right hand drive Lussos, the car offers museum provenance and less just over 17,000 original miles. The Ferrari has a pre-sale estimate of $1,000,000 – $1,400,000 NZ.
Webb’s 40 year reputation as New Zealand’s premier Auction House is best attached to their expertise in Fine Art, Jewellery and Wine auctions. However in recent years Managing Director and Classic Motorcycle collector Neil Campbell has curated some of the most alluring motorcycle auctions seen in recent years, quickly gathering an international reputation in this field. Extending this Mr Campbell has partnered with Jack Quinn to gather a remarkable selection of both Important Cars and Collectable Motorcycles to be auctioned in New Zealand on March 22, 2011.