Come mid-August, auction house Bonhams will be selling off a car collection featuring rare Porsche and Ferrari models owned by the late US ambassador and businessman Ted Gildred. All vehicles once owned by the auto enthusiast will be auctioned without reserve at the upcoming Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California.
From Germany, the car collection includes several extremely sought-after Porsche models, including a rare 1956 356A 1500 Carrera GS Coupe, a beautifully restored and matching-numbers 1957 356A 1600 Speedster, a striking and rally-proven 1959 356A 1600 Convertible D, a coveted, one-year-only 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, and the ever-popular 1995 993 Carrera RS 3.8.
From Italy is a beautiful, matching-numbers 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC and an exhilarating and expertly race-prepped 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Racer, to name just a few. Other models from Porsche and Ferrari, as well as from American manufacturer Oldsmobile, will also be offered from the Gildred Collection, although Bonhams is yet to release details of these vehicles.
The owner of the classic cars, Ted Gildred, was an active and influential force in diplomacy, business, education, philanthropy and motoring. Gildred was a US ambassador, a successful real estate developer and bank founder, before founding the Institute of the Americas on the campus of UCSD, all while being a passionate car collector and racer.
The auction will also host a series of exquisite vehicles from other owners including a 1931 Bentley Birkin Le Mans Replica Tourer, a 1959 Porsche centre seat Spyder, a 1965 Shelby/De Tomaso Sports Racer prototype and 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster. You can see highlights from the auction below.
The Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction will be held on two days– August 15th and 16th. So if you find yourself in California during this time, head along and maybe you can snag a piece of motoring history. Or, at least, grab some insta-worthy photos. For more information on the vehicles and the internationally attended auction head over to the Bonhams website linked below.