Ferrari 365 and Ford GT prototype amongst Russo & Steele Monterey highlights
An intriguing vintage Ferrari and a Ford GT prototype will be amongst the top lots at the forthcoming Russo & Steele Monterey sale.
The company's 16th annual auction on the Southern California coast will present a line-up of stylish performance cars and vintage classics from both sides of the Atlantic.
One of the early standout lots is a 1970 Ferrari 365 2+2, featuring Pininfarina-designed and built bodywork. As one of around 800 examples produced between 1967 and 1971, the Ferrari is a rarity in its own right, but the car also comes with provenance that gives it a little extra star quality.
The original left-hand drive, U.S.-specification model, chassis 13109, was acquired new in 1970 by the legendary movie producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, who produced more than 40 movies including 16 entries in the James Bond series.
It was delivered new to the producer in Buckinghamshire, the home of Pinewood Studios, and was later shipped to the slightly more glamorous Beverly Hills, where it remained in Broccoli's personal collection until 1986.
Described as "one of the finest examples of the 365 GT 2+2 to come to market in recent memory", the car is even offered with a UK “ARB 007” number plate commemorating Broccoli’s early ownership.
The second notable early addition to the roster is a 2004 Ford GT Pre-Production Prototype.
Inspired by the GT40s that achieved back-to-back victories at Le Mans during the 1960s, the Ford GT was launched in 2002 to commemorate the company's centenary year. Capable of incredible speeds and superb performance, the car became an instant classic, with prices soaring before they'd even left the production plant.
The example on offer at Russo & Steele, PB2-1, was the first car in the PB2 run, the last group of pre-production cars built before the GT launched to the public. Fitted with factory options including forged BBS wheels, McIntosh premium audio and red painted brake callipers, the car was used for extensive testing before being transferred to Product Development at SVT for the planned Ford GT Mk II program.
PB2-1 was eventually sold at an auction held during the Ford GT Rally 3 event in Las Vegas in 2008, and retains signatures of the production and development team including carol Shelby himself.
Regarded as "a true motorsports and design landmark", the piece of Ford history is sure to attract the attention of collectors when it comes up for sale in Monterey on August 18-20.
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