Hollywood stars' cars highlight Auctions America in California

A superb selection of cars with a Hollywood heritage have been announced as the highlight of Auctions America's California sale, held on July 31-August 2.

Stewart's Ferrari F40 has been tempting Californians for years, having been frequently seen driving around Hollywood

The star of the line-up is a 1990 Ferrari F40 formerly owned by Rod Stewart, which is widely-known around California. With just 7,900 miles on the clock, it is valued at $1m-1.3m.

The Ferrari F40 was created to celebrate the marque's 40th anniversary, and the last car to be approved by Enzo Ferrari. It is often described as one of the finest supercars the world has ever seen, as well as one of the most attractive.

Following is a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396, the only example delivered in striking Hugger Orange, which was owned by legendary actor and collector Steve McQueen. It was given to McQueen by General Motors, and he kept it until his death.

The El Camino has had just one other owner, who bought it at the famous auction of McQueen's estate. With McQueen's name still on the title, it is expected to make between $100,000 and $150,000.

McQueen's name remains on the title of this uniquely-coloured El Camino

"There's no better place to offer celebrity cars than here in Southern California, the home of Hollywood, and we're excited to present a great roster of celebrity rides at our upcoming Burbank sale," says Ian Kelleher, managing director of Auctions America's West Coast division.

"There is a natural fascination with celebrity cars - and depending on the star, the ownership is a key part of the vehicle's provenance, and can sometimes positively impact value."

Other Hollywood cars include the fantastic 1988 Bentley Mulsanne S Saloon bought by comedy actor Lucille Ball and her husband, Gary Morton.

Purchased by Ball the year before her death in 1989, it remains in "impeccable" condition, and is estimated to sell for $25,000-35,000.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a great selection of Formula 1 memorabilia for racing enthusiasts.


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