At RM Auction's event on April 27 this year, one of the most diversified private car collections, i.e. the Don Davis collection, will have some of it's most precious vehicles go up for bids. The event is to take place in Fort Worth, Texas where the avid car collector and businessman will be letting go of 64 of the cars from his collection, thus dwindling the total volume to around 25 or 30 cars which he wishes to retain. As one would expect for such a large collection, Don Davis is carrying out the auction as he now feels it is too large to maintain right now. He even went on to joke by saying, “ We wont have as many batteries go bad.” However, the sheer size of this private car collection reminds us of the 2012 John O'Quinn collection sale, and the Queen Elizabeth car collection auction the same year at Goodwood, which also had some rare 4-wheelers find different owners.
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina
Expected Price: $1,200,000- $1,500,000
Chassis No.: 10719
One of the rarest pedigrees of Ferrari from the the 1960's decade, only 99 of these 300 GTS cars were built along with Pininfarina, by the Italian car maker. This 345 bhp V-12 engine under the good, had a capacity of 3,967cc displacement. This particular car arrived in Greenwich in 1968, when Lugi Chinetti Motors bought it and then passed it on immediately to Loeber Motors, who eventually passed it further down to a set of distinct owners. They included Dr. Stuart L. Resch who the car in 1970 and Steve Gross in 1974, apart from an anonymous collector in 2006, who drove for 7,000 more miles than what had already clocked on the meter. However, in all of the decades of changing hands, there was extensive restoration work done on the vehicle, including the involvement of Patrick Ottis Company who worked on the suspension and general maintenance, Rudi & Company for the coachwork, and the Ottis team for redesigning the engine. The car also won the 2011 Concorso Italiano Best of Show award.
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra
Expected Price: $650,000- $850,000
Chassis No.: CSX 2121
Listed in the World Registry of Cobras & GT40s, this car has clocked in 13,739 miles through it's life. Courtesy the extensive restoration work carried out, the condition of the vehicle is almost as good as new. It's earliest history can be traced back to 1963, when Harold Turner Inc had bought the vehicle for a total of $5,699.50. Then E Neill Bass from Miami purchased it and then advertised for a sale in the 1970s, after clocking in more than 12,000 miles on the meter. It was then passed to Water Cay who kept it in his garage for 8 years. Then Allen Woodall kept it with himself and taking it for some restoration work. Then in 1987, Colonel Kurt Carlson bought the car and kept it in his possession for 24 years, ensuring that the originality remains as seen today. Under the hood, this car sports has a V-8, 271 bhp engine, with 4-speed transmission and independent suspension with A-arms, and transverse leaf springs, which remained crucial to it's driving experience over the years.
1965 Shelby 289 Cobra
Estimated Price: $650,000- $850,000
Chassis No.: CSX 2332
Like the 1963 edition spoken of before, the CSX 2332 numbered Shelby Cobra finds a place in the World Registry of the Cobras and GT40s, which takes note of the rare breed of cars which still exist. Though most of the car was similar under the hood with the 1963 edition, there was a 271 bhp OHV V-8 engine, with 4-speed manual transmission. Pitching in to the car's history, there seems to be quiet a few twists and turns along the way, including the fact that it was originally painted blue on the chassis, and and red interiors. The first recorded owner was William Faulkner who had passed it to Bob Crowder by 1978, as the documents show, but some reports had suggested that there may be been a transaction carried out by the early 1970's itself. However, Crowder had added the side pipes on the car, and worked on the enhancement of the 289 engine. By 1986, when the car had clocked 21,000 miles, it was passed on to Jamey Mazzota, who retained it for a few years, and then finally ending up with Andy Cohen. He then featured the car in the parts catalogue, by which time, the black paint and upholstery had been bought on. Amongst other documents with the car, there is also an interesting note on the sales department form, which read 'new speedo. Clean floor mats like new, check and retune completely, do 500 miles service. Replace seat belts with new.’ This perhaps shows that the car may have also undergone some changes with the odometer which showed no recorded mileage on it.
1958 Dual Ghia Convertible
Expected Price: $250,000-$450,000
Chassis No.: 194 (serial no.)
An Icon amongst hollywood's best known cars, this Dual Ghia was one of the most prominent vehicles during the 1950s, which were otherwise dominated somewhat by the Ferraris. Amongst the legendary owners of the '194', was legendary songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, whose family is known to have it retained within their ranks till the 1990's, when it was being driven the Hoagy's son, Randy. Frank Sinatra, one of the better known music icons of the age, also owned one of the convertible Ghias, only 2 of which were known to have been made. But the existence of the car came into being, only after Eugene Casaroll from Dual Motors, bought the rights to design from Chrysler, and fined tuned it to bring it to this manifestation. Amongst the many laurels the car is known to have won through it's life, the 2003 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 'Best in Show' award is the prime. Known to be in absolutely prime condition till date, the car packs in a 230 bhp engine, with D-500 Red Ram V-8 design, 2-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension, and 4 hydraulic drum brakes.