Santa Monica Auction by Auctions America California Classic
Two Days at the Santa Monica Auction …
With a heady start to the Santa Monica Auction here at the Harber Hanger in Santa Monica, California, day two of the show promised to be just as exciting. And Day Two did not disappoint. There was an interesting lineup of cars to be sold on Sunday with part of the Riverside Museum up for sale.
Cars On Line.com invited their readers to join them for coverage of the Santa Monica Auction here on this page on Sunday. The idea was to watch the live stream from your tablet or computer. Then follow our Facebook page for commentary. (On our Facebook page you can scroll down to the June 25-26 postings to see their comments.) Our readers were invited to join in on the conversation, and they did.
Here are some of the top cars which crossed the auction stage on Sunday.
Saturday’s action was hot and heavy as some of the most desirable collector cars in the world crossed the Auction America stage.
This rare 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible was offered for sale at the Santa Monica Auction, Saturday, June 25, 2016. You can follow this link to see the auction listing. Every top Corvette collector in the country was watching their live video stream as it crossed the auction block as Lot # 1111. The bidding reached $450,000 but did not meet reserve. Auctions America has it prominently featured in their auction catalog (click here to view the catalog).
The L88 Corvette would never have been born if Chevrolet had ignored the challenge of the Shelby Cobras in SCCA racing. It is pretty certain that Chevrolet would never have listed an L88 Option for Corvette buyers if Zora Duntov, head of the Corvette racing program, had not wanted to go racing against the Cobras. The L88 racing option had to be available for the general Corvette buying public in order for it to qualify for SCCA A-Production and FIA GT class racing. Once unleashed it became the subject of fascination for Corvette collectors ever since.
The Santa Monica Auction is gaining a reputation as being a very high profile event for Southern California. It is held at the Harbor Hanger, a choice and scenic location. Some deep pocketed collectors are expected to bid on a fine fair of collectible sports cars, including many high profile 1960’s and 1970’s classic Ferraris, Maseratis and Porsches. We’ll be paying special attention to the cars shown here below: