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Auctions America Santa Monica: 300 Rare Cars Set to Cross the Block

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What do a Ferrari Enzo, a custom Bubbletop Ford, Rita Hayworth’s 1941 Continental Coupe and a 1954 Sorrell-Manning Special all have in common?

1955 Ford "Beatnik Bubbletop" Custom
1955 Ford “Beatnik Bubbletop” Custom

They’ll be crossing an auction block and finding new owners in Santa Monica next week.

On July 17 and 18, approximately 300 hand-selected cars will assemble at Santa Monica’s historic Barker Hangar for Auctions America‘s annual California Sale. Owned by presidents, celebrities and private collectors alike, each represents a distinct point in automotive history, capturing the essence of a different era in their design and construction.

Among the main highlights found in the Auctions America event are a few rare Ferraris, Porsches and Mercedes-Benz models, as well as some radiantly beautiful custom designs. A 2004 Enzo is estimated to sell for between $1,700,000 and $2,100,000, while an older Prancing Horse, a 1967 330 GTS, could go for anywhere between $2 million to $2.6 million.

The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
The 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

From Mercedes-Benz is a 1938 540K Special Roadster by Nawrocki. Considered a supercar at the time of its production, the 540K Special Roadster is an incredibly rare model, as only 58 examples were created. As Car and Driver stated back in May 2002, a 1937 540K sold for $3.6 million, which, when adjusted for inflation, amounts to around $4.75 million. With the rate at which the values of collector cars has increased over the past few years, there’s no doubt that this will fetch an incredibly high price. Estimates for this specific Roadster are set for $2+ million.

In the truly unique category are the 1955 Ford “Beatnik Bubbletop” Custom and a few vehicles who were once owned by a person of note, including President Kennedy’s 1962 Lincoln Continental Presidential Town Limousine, George M. Cohan’s 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B Series Four-Passenger Touring and a 1967 Shelby GT 500 Eleanor Tribute Fastback from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine, specially ordered for Mamie Doud Eisenhower (Est. auction price: $100,000-$150,000)
1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine, specially ordered for Mamie Doud Eisenhower (Est. auction price: $100,000-$150,000)

A gallery of some of the main highlights can be seen below, and to learn more about the lots, be sure to check out the digital catalog for the auction at the button below. The event will kick off with previews on July 16 at 10 am and July 17 and 18 at 9 am, before the auctions begin at 10 am. A full weekend pass is just $20, and while you’re there, be sure to keep an eye out for the duPont REGISTRY booth, and grab a copy of our latest issue. For more information, visit Auctions America’s website at Auctions America.

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