The Neil Peart estate ‘Silver Surfers’ car collection including a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, Shelby Cobra 289, and Lamborghini Miura P400 S is to be sold at auction…
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.
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, Mr. Peart passed away on January 7, 2020.
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
1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Estimate: $650,000 – $725,000)
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. The 1964 Aston Martin DB5, chassis DB5/1690/R, owned by Neil Peart is one of just over 1,000 built and was acquired by the consignor in 2009.
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,000,000)
The 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, chassis CSX2234, was purchased by Neil 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.
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,500,000)
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.
1965 Maserati Mistral Spider (Estimate: $575,000 – $650,000)
For the 1963 model year, Maserati updated their successful 3500 GT with a completely new model: the Mistral. Featuring sophisticated and modern lines designed by the talented Pietro Frua, a total of 953 Mistrals were produced by the marque over its eight-year production run, of which only a mere 125 were completed as Spider convertibles.
1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe (Estimate: $140,000 – $160,000)
This sleek two-place 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe, chassis 890630, is finished in Opalescent Silver with a red leather interior. It has received significant, thoughtful upgrades, including a Tremec five-speed gearbox, lightweight flywheel, Wilwood disc brakes, and uprated suspension components. Surely one of the most beautifully styled roadgoing Jaguars of all time.
1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe (Estimate: $250,000 – $300,000)
The Ghibli was designed by accomplished automotive stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro and is considered among his very finest work, boasting angular lines, hidden headlights, a long hood, and a dramatically sloping roofline. One of just 425 produced, this 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe, chassis AM 115 49 2428, is resplendent in its silver metallic paint over a tan leather interior.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe (Estimate: $150,000 – $180,000)
The Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe is a 327/340 hp coupe from 1963, the only model year to feature the iconic split rear window. Desirably equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox, chassis 30837S109652 is presented in silver with a red vinyl interior. The attractive and rare coupe received an extensive restoration prior to joining the Peart collection in 2011.
The Pebble Beach Auction will take place on August 14 & 15, 2021…
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