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A 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Split Window Coupé – owned by the late Rush drummer Neil Peart since 2011 – was sold last weekend for more than double the price of a group of his vintage cars collectively known as the “Silver Surfer” Collection estimated price.
Gooding & Co. officials had estimated the Corvette would fetch between $ 150,000 and $ 180,000 (excluding reserve, by the way) at its Pebble Beach auction August 13-14.
Instead, the show-quality Stingray – which underwent a frame-off restoration in 2005 and was accompanied by NCRS and restoration papers – landed for a whopping $ 368,000.
The Corvette has a 327/340 hp L76 V8 engine connected to a Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission.
All but one of Peart’s cars – a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that didn’t meet the reserve price – changed hands, grossing $ 3.9 million in total.
His 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S sold for the highest price – $ 1.325 million. Also sold were his 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-liter coupe for $ 318,500, the 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 for $ 1.16 million, the 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider for $ 522,000, and that 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe for $ 274,400. Except for the black Shelby, all of the cars were silver.
“The title ‘Silver Surfers’ for my car collection came to mind while driving the DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean,” Peart said before his death in January 2020. “Because it felt right to me – the idea that I was just one of the surfers. ”
Peart had moved to Los Angeles from Toronto in 2000 and said he had traveled in that direction and the Santa Monica Mountains often in search of natural peace.
“Out of Malibu to Ventura County, I meandered along barren rock and vegetation ridges, the sea always on one big side,” he explained. “On some days the ocean layer was fogging up, while on other days the sun burned through a clear sky. The waves were slow and gentle, or had a powerful, rolling rhythm. It was during one of those trips that I noticed out of nowhere that the color of the ocean had influenced the collection’s silver palette. What other color looks just as good on a blue photo? Not black, not white – silver. And also a luck risk for the art of framers: silver frames. “
In June, Gooding & Company founder David Gooding said the company was “more than honored and humble to be entrusted with the sale of Mr. Peart’s beloved collection of classic cars.”
“Neil Peart has touched the lives of so many, including my own, through his groundbreaking music career,” Gooding said for her, as the icon thought. ”
Gooding & Co and Loudwire.com
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