Ferrari Dino 246 GT + Mazsda RX-7 SP + Frank Sinatra's Ghibli - Auction Action 455

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The auction scene continues to bustle along. Here are some of the highlights...

1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe

Sold: $640,000

The 246 GT rates as one of Pininfarina’s finest designs and this Australian delivered car (Jan 1971) is one of the earliest to arrive here and attracted plenty of bidding. It spent most of its life in Queensland. A previous owner commissioned a full body and mechanical restoration, including rebuilding the 2.4-litre V6 Numerous old photographs were offered with the car, documenting various stages of the project. It was sold with a receipt file and a copy of the spare parts manual.


1995 Mazda RX-7 SP

Sold: $166,000


Prices are soaring for rare Japanese specials as evidenced by the six-figure sum achieved by this twin turbo road-based racer. One of two Mazda Australia-built cars for racing purposes, they dominated production car racing. It has leather seats, a carbon fuel tank, aircon and was $113,489 when new. With 83,362kms on the clock this four owner example was sold with original books, an SP workshop manual plus a good history file including the original purchase agreement and other paperwork in a custom briefcase.  


Frank Sinatra's 1970 Maserati Ghibli

Sold: A$436,190
Barrett Jackson


Old blue eyes had an eye for figures and the Ghibli is recognised as one of the most stylish and best performing cars to roll off the Maserati line. This Ghibli was bought new by Sinatra’s son-in-law, Wes Farrel, and Frank bought it from him in 1973. He then added his personal plates, FAS IV. Sinatra then sold the car after a few years to actor George Hamilton.


1969 Lotus Europa S2

No sale
Guide: $25,0000-30,000


Not sold against an estimate of $25-30k. One of Colin Chapman’s wonderful designs, the Renault 16 powered Europa is the first mid-engine Lotus and with only 5000 made, rare. It's a steel backbone chassis with fibreglass panels and was equally agile and fragile. Over the past 20 years this one has been refurbished, was offered with a comprehensive history file and is listed on the Lotus Registry.


On the block:

1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

Mecum, Orlando
July 28-31, 2021


Coming up at the Mecum Orlando auction is this Bloomington Gold certified Sunfire Yellow 1967 Vette.

Some may remember back in the day many of the Gemini and Apollo astronauts got about in Corvettes, adding a huge hero factor to the image of the car. This one has had a body off top to bottom resto and has a matching numbers 427 V8. Bolted to that is an M21 four-slot manual and it retains its original tank and window stickers. It’s a VetteFest Gold Spinner and Triple Crown recipient and was sold with documented history back to 1967.



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