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Collectibles that don’t break the bank (Part I of II)

Know what time it is? Monterey time! The Monterey Car Week is nearly upon us and the car collectible world is on-fire once again. Only Pebble Beach and The Quail can compete, and from a vintage racing perspective, Monterey is the place to be.

Over a 60-hour time frame, six auction houses will host thirteen distinct auctions to move these rides. If the $1 million plus club is too rich for your blood, definitely read on. The following cars will go for much less and are solid collectibles to boot!    

1939 Dayton Ohio Grand National Champion Soap Box Derby Car

It’s crazy to think soap box racing is still a thing in 2019. There are few things that are all the rage in 1939, and then again in 2019! The construction of this piece is very rudimentary, as to be expected. However, there is something inherently charming about this soap box, and while this car did not technically win the 1939 championship, it performed, so that’s a plus, right?

This is a national, American treasure through and through.

1967 Automobile S.C.A.F. Ferrari 330 P2

Ok, this is a small car. By small, we mean for children. Said children would drive this on the Circuit de la Sarthe grounds and it is a very rare model, nearly never seen Stateside. The last one in fact was sold for $30,000 in the U.S. Don’t expect that number to hold, but it will not go for more than $100,000.

1973 Datsun 240Z

The official estimate on this ride is anywhere from $60,000 to $75,000. A fantastic sports car, many feel Datsun did the best job of “democratizing” sports car ownership. In fact, at the time this car only went for a paltry $3,626. It ran as hard or harder than a Porsche and was extremely reliable.

Roughly 420 of these were built and all initially sold in Japan. A Fairlady Z 432 sold for $253,000 in 2015 and a 1970 model went for $107,500 in 2017. This particular Z is not as a rare however.

1977 Italycar ½ scale Grand Prix Racer

Another tiny ride – like un-drivable tiny, this crazy detailed replica is expected to fetch anywhere from $60,000 to $80,000. Good grief! We were frankly stunned with this one. Only 12 were built, designed to commemorate Niki Lauda’s 1976 Formula 1 season. It was a remarkable season, where he nearly lost his life.

A two-stroke BBC engine powers the Italycar, and while not meant to be driven it is meant to be looked at. 

Stay tuned for Part II!

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