Celebrity cars, big money in Monterey – The Mercury News

Michael Schumacher, retired seven-time Formula One World Titleist, hasn’t gone public for nearly a decade. He suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013 and was placed in a medically induced coma. But Schumacher’s unrivaled career legacy, through his son Mick, a current F1 competitor, remains under intense attention.

Among the cars driven by the older Schumacher is a Ferrari F300, chassis number 187. It was driven by the German champions in their four victories during the 1998 World Championship season.

Equipped with a 3.0-liter V-10 engine, a maximum engine speed of 17,500 rpm and an output of 800 horsepower, the supercar will be one of several celebrity vehicles to be put up for auction in August during Monterey Auto Week.

Like the real estate of the rich, famous or infamous, vehicles owned by movie stars, politicians and those who once drove cars for a living often sell for premium prices.

Celebrity cars are sold at auctions throughout the year. At the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas last June, Frank Sinatra’s 1970 Maserati Ghibli sold for $330,000 and a 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-code convertible owned by Henry Ford II was also bought for $330,000.

Some celebrity cars didn’t sell well, with the recent poor performance of a Tesla owned by George Clooney and a Rambler owned by former American Motors Corporation president and former Michigan governor George Romney.

With the rare Ferrari Schumacher’s legacy is unlikely to be underestimated.

It is one of three celebrity cars set for the spotlight at three different auctions during this year’s 10-day sale of new and used vehicles, vintage races and rallies, car shows, exhibitions and memorabilia on the Monterey Peninsula . The showcase will be held August 21-21.

Vehicles once owned by actors Sean Connery and Paul Walker are also expected to attract high-priced sales.

Since 1999 the privately owned Ferrari Schumacher has been protected, unrestricted and never changed from its race status. It will be presented at RM Sotheby’s auction, August 18-20, at the Monterey Conference Center.

After 23 years of private ownership, the Ferrari will be available for public sale for the first time. Its estimated value is $6-8 million.

Connery drove Aston Martin sports cars as Agent 007 during several long stints in the James Bond films. But the deceased actor also owned a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 during the last few years of his life.

Connery died in 2020 and his family recently decided to sell the vehicle. Minus the espionage gadgetry of movie lore — ejector seats to machine guns that protrude from headlights — Connery’s DB5 is a close relative of the vehicle used in the 1964 film “Goldfinger.”

It will be the vehicle spotlighted during the inaugural Broad Arrow auction showcase on August 18 at the Monterey Jet Center. Its estimated value is $1.4 to $1.8 million.

Walker drove fast cars in the movies “Fast and Furious” and in his personal life. He also died in 2013 as a passenger in a crash of a speeding car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.

One of Walker’s former personal cars, a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, will be auctioned during the four-day Mecum auction at Del Monte Golf Course in Hyatt Regency. The long-running Classic Car Week auction will begin on August 18.

The Mecum Auctions website does not list an estimated price for Walker’s former Porsche. But a similar Porsche recently sold for around $600,000. Walker’s former car could get a $1 million offer.

James Raya, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, theweeklydriver.com, He can be reached via email: James@jamesraia.com.

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