2021 Gooding Pebble Beach Sale (Neil Peart Silver Surfers Collection Announced)

Gooding announced Rush drummer Neil Peart’s “Silver Surfers” car collection including an Aston Martin DB5, a Lamborghini Miura, and a Cobra 289 for the Pebble Beach 2021 sale.

Neil Peart's Silver Surfers Collection on sale in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction during Monterey Motoring Week
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The personal car collection of legendary rock drummer and lyricist Neil Peart (1952-2020) will be on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction during Monterey motoring week in mid-August 2021. The Rush drummer named his collection the “Silver Surfers.” Two of the cars are expected to sell for over a million dollars each: a 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S and a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289.

Gooding Pebble Beach Sale 2021

Gooding & Company will hold its traditional Pebble Beach sale on 13 and 14 August 2021 at the Pebble Beach Parc du Concours during the annual Monterey Motoring Week in California, USA. It will be a traditional live auction.

In 2021, Gooding earned $107,045,410 at Pebble Beach selling 115 of 132 lots for a sell-through rate of 87% and an average price of $930,829 per lot.

After Monterey Week 2020 was canceled, Gooding earned $14,497,443 in the replacement Geared Online 2020 auction selling 55 of the 77 lots on offer for a sell-through rate of 71%. Five cars sold for more than a million dollar.

In comparison, at Pebble Beach in 2019, Gooding earned $76,824,740 with a sell-through rate of 77% – 108 of 140 lots offered — and 17 cars sold for over a million dollar each. This was already down on the  $116.5 million earned in 2018 and the record  $129.8 million earned in 2016 at the peak of the market.

Canadian Musician Neil Peart (1952-2020)

Neil Peart with his 1964 Aston Martin DB5
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Considered one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, the late Neil Peart had a highly distinguished career as the percussionist and lyricist for the groundbreaking band Rush, hailing from Toronto, Canada. Since its early days, Rush achieved immense global success and established a legacy as pioneers of sound, a feat no doubt made possible due to Peart’s musical genius. Throughout his legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Peart inspired countless numbers of fellow rock stars and aspiring young musicians alike. He and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, and received numerous other honors, including the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor.

Peart’s love of cars was a lifelong passion, and his hunger for knowledge included learning everything there is to know about automobiles, inside and out. Classic cars were what he dreamed of owning for many years, and upon purchasing his first, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, he exclaimed that he had dreamed of owning this car since he was a boy. Finally, in a position to purchase classic cars of this quality, he slowly and carefully acquired each car until his dream collection, the “Silver Surfers,” was complete. Sadly enough, after bravely battling brain cancer for three and a half years, Neil Peart passed away on January 7, 2020.

Neil Peart’s “Silver Surfers” Car Collection

On the naming of his collection, Peart wrote:

The title ‘Silver Surfers’ for my collection of cars occurred to me while driving the DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean.  Because it felt right to me, I guess – the idea that I was just one of the wave riders.

I had moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in 2000 (cherchez la femme), and in search of natural peace I often drove out that way and up into the Santa Monica Mountains.  Out past Malibu to Ventura County, I’d weave along barren ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one big side. Some days would be misted by the marine layer, while other days the sun blared through a clear sky. The waves were slow and gentle, or churned out a powerful, rolling rhythm…

It was during one of these drives when out of nowhere, it just occurred to me that the color of the ocean had influenced the silver palette of the collection. What other color looks as good in a blue photo?  Not black, not white – silver.  And a fortunate risk for the framers’ art, too: silver frames.”

“We are beyond honored and humbled to be entrusted with the sale of Mr. Peart’s beloved collection of classic cars,” states Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding. “Neil Peart touched the lives of so many through his groundbreaking career in music, including my own, and we are confident that his personal curation of classic cars will resonate with passionate collectors, finding them new homes with the same appreciation for them as the icon himself held.”

Neil Peart’s Car Collection at Gooding Pebble Beach 2021

The top cars from the Neil Peart “Silver Surfers” car collection on offer at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction include:

1964 Aston Martin DB5

1964 Aston Martin DB5 on sale in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction during Monterey Motoring Week
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Among the most recognizable and admired grand touring cars of all time is the Aston Martin DB5. Truly as sporty as it is elegant, the DB5 has come to embody the very definition of cool, forever linked to Sir Sean Connery’s portrayal of the ever-charming international spy, James Bond.

Neil Peart’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Estimate: $650,000 – $725,000), chassis DB5/1690/R, is one of just over 1,000 built and was acquired in 2009. It comes finished in the gorgeous colors of Silver Birch metallic over a navy blue leather interior, and also features a five-speed ZF gearbox and period-correct, alloy-rimmed Borrani wire wheels.

1964 Shelby Cobra 289

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 on sale in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction during Monterey Motoring Week
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This magnificent 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, chassis CSX2234, (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,000,000), was purchased by Peart in 2015 to serve as a centerpiece of his remarkable collection. It had received a comprehensive restoration in the mid-2000s, and is stated to have been a particularly intact example prior to the work.

Equipped from new with the desirable Ford 289 V-8 engine and rack-and-pinion steering, CSX2234 is finished in all black livery with chrome wire wheels and a side exhaust. As one of the most famous, capable, and coveted sports cars ever built, Mr. Peart’s Cobra is the pride of his inventory of iconic sports cars. 

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S on sale in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 classic car auction during Monterey Motoring Week
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Often referred to as the world’s first true supercar, Ferruccio Lamborghini’s reality-defying Miura was the fastest production car of all time upon its release in 1966. Design house Gruppo Bertone’s Marcello Gandini designed the Miura’s stunning coachwork, concealing a mid-mounted transverse V-12 with an astonishingly low overall height of just over 41 inches. The Miura is understandably considered by some to be the most beautiful production car ever built.

This particular Lamborghini Miura P400 S from Mr. Peart’s estate, chassis 4042, is finished entirely in his favored silver livery, and comes accented by a black interior. The impressive sports car is also fitted with air-conditioning and its boldly-styled Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. The estimate of $1,200,000 – $1,500,000) is the highest of any of the cars on offer from the collection.

Further cars from Neil Peart’s Silver Surfers collection on offer in the Gooding Pebble Beach 2021 sale include:

  • 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider (Estimate: $575,000 – $650,000)
  • 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe (Estimate: $250,000 – $300,000)
  • 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe (Estimate: $140,000 – $160,000)
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe (Estimate: $150,000 – $180,000)

Monterey Motoring Week 2021

Most of the traditional Monterey Motoring Week events returned in mid-August 2021 after the cancellations in 2020. Top classic car auctioneers with sales during Monterey Week 2021 included Gooding (Pebble Beach), Bonhams (Quail Lodge), RM Sotheby’s, and Mecum.

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