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9 Elegant Classics! Tony Vincent Estate Collection

When you run across an auto auction being hosted by Gooding & Company, it’s a good sign that something really special is going on there.  G&C has not quite been in business for 20 years but they’ve already sold 2.5 billion (with a B) dollars worth of top-notch collector’s vehicles for their clients, so the company has established a solid reputation as a top player for some of the most elite offerings to be found anywhere in the car world.  The upcoming Pebble Beach auction of the Tony Vincent Estate Collection is no exception, with 9 vintage classics getting ready to cross the block in August.  If you’ve got some deep pockets or just want to envy some rarely seen vintage rides, they can be spotted here at the Gooding & Company website.  Larry D, thank you for yet another great tip on this one!

Tony amassed his fortune as a mogul in the real estate business, but his passion was collecting rolling real estate, and he left behind a plethora of elegant cars that most of us would be happy for life owning just one of them.  This 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K may end up being the top dog, as few of these were ever produced, and even less of them received the Sport Cabriolet A treatment like this one features.  Right now, only 12 are known to still exist, and it’s hard to imagine a more fine-looking example.  Estimated price:  $1,750,000 to $2,000,000.

Known at the time for its ability to travel long distances at high speeds, this 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Streamlined Saloon is the recipient of a fabulous restoration and presents itself just as it did in 1934 at the Olympia Motor Show, where this Rolls made its debut.  The car has won numerous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awards and is sure to please even the most discriminating buyer.  It’s estimated to fetch between $800,000 and $1,200,000.

Absolutely stunning is this 1939 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet Grand Luxe, exhibiting exquisite coachwork by Chapron.  This one has also undergone an extensive restoration back to its original colors of Capri Blue, with Valentine Red fender skirts.  The interior is also red, and everything about this Delage appears stellar both inside and out.  It’s expected to sell for about the same price as the Rolls, so take everything into account before deciding which car you’d rather spend your $800k – $1.2m on.

An elegant automobile collection just wouldn’t be complete without a Cord, and this 1937 812 S/C Cabriolet Sportsman fits the bill ideally, plus it’s a rare supercharged model and has undergone a no expense spared meticulous restoration.  Expect to shell out around $375k to $450k for this one.  Also up for grabs are a 1932 Auburn, a 1937 Delahaye, plus three more vintage roadster-type vehicles that just about any auto enthusiast would be proud to own.  Which of these fine cars would you most enjoy seeing in your garage?


  1. Avatar photo Fred W

    I asked my wife to take a look at these, but for some reason she’s not on board

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    • Avatar photo Angel Cadillac Diva Member

      I wonder why, Fred

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  2. Avatar photo Gerard Member

    Hah, interesting: Tony and I seem to have the same taste…just a tad different pocket depth. Beautiful bunch…

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  3. Avatar photo Larry D

    I’m so glad to see there is still strong interest in the pre-war Classics.

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    • Avatar photo Rick

      The only cost of dreaming is time.

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  4. Avatar photo Bill McCoskey Member

    Larry D,
    I think cars on this value level will always command top dollar.

    These cars were always at a higher level of value, as they are literally one of a kind vehicles with beautiful custom bodies, built on the finest chassis available. I remember decades ago when people suggested that cars at this value level were topping out at $50,000, claiming they would soon drop in value.

    About 1968 my dad and I were offered what turned out to be Clark Gable’s Packard 12 boattail speedster, for the price of $4,000. That was more than my parent’s new well-optioned Fury III wagon, and of course he said no. I claimed it would be worth $10,000 to $12,000 within a few years, and he just laughed! [I was wrong, it was much more!]

    This is also evidence that time travel is not possible. If it was possible, I would be the one with all these cars!

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  5. Avatar photo Pete

    These are just breath taking. Now I wish I would have bought all those lottery tickets I didn’t buy for a moment like this.

    I been surfing BF and other sites for years. Sometimes I have enough cash to do something. When that happens there is nothing of interest to be found or it is stuff like this. Go figure.

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  6. Avatar photo Bruce Pitt

    The Delage and the Cord are the most beautiful

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  7. Avatar photo Mitchell

    Have someone died and his collection is being sold out? These
    brings us to the conjectures what will happen when the Peter
    Mullin Museum will reach the auction hammer.

    I remember as the internet started up and ebay came along,
    Cords like this one where offered for 30’000 us$ Unrestored
    but original and running.
    All the others where sleeping somewhere under rusted barn roofs
    and hidden from prying eyes. And speculators. Good old times.

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