Worldwide Auctioneers to host classic cars at annual auction


Worldwide Auctioneers recently announced a slate of cars that will be on display for the company’s January Scottsdale Auction in Tempe.

Worldwide has confirmed among the consignments for its annual auction Jan. 15 at Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber Drive, is a 1995 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta Prototipo with documented provenance as well as the Geneva and Tokyo Motor Show Car used by the Italian automaker for global promotion, according to a press release.

“This is a thrilling opportunity to own the very first production-spec Ferrari F50, the prototype car test driven by Formula One icons Niki Lauda, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi, as well as Dario Benuzzi, Ferrari’s own legendary test driver,” Rod Egan, principal and auctioneer, said in a prepared statement. “This is without argument, the most significant road going F50 in existence.”

Also set to cross the block is the 1937 Packard Twelve 1508 ‘Bette Davis’ Convertible Sedan, offered without reserve alongside a selection of other significant pre-war automobiles from The Chuck Morgan Estate Collection.

Purchased new by Warner Bros. Jack Warner as a gift for actress Bette Davis, the car was shown at The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance and is a CCCA award winner with known ownership from new, a release claims.

Another car with celebrity provenance slated for this year’s sale is a documented, numbers-matching 1971 Plymouth Cuda 440 6-Pack Convertible, bought as a signing celebration by Hockey Hall of Fame member, Stanley Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Ed Belfour in 1987, his rookie year as a pro.

Mr. Belfour celebrated another milestone career moment in October this year when his company Belfour Spirits launched its whiskey brand and family of products The Spirit of Champions.
Guests at the auction’s Belfour Spirits-sponsored VIP Bidder Preview Reception & Whiskey Tasting will get an exclusive opportunity to sample the new product and meet the unswerving champion first hand.

The Scottsdale Auction is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 15, with the VIP preview from 3-5 p.m. that same day.

Included in the line-up of important pre-war cars offered for sale without reserve from The Chuck Morgan Estate Collection is an ACD-certified and CCCA award-winning 1930 Duesenberg Model J Willoughby Sedan and a restored 1936 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster, another ACD-Certified CCCA Senior Award-winner.

The collection also features a 1932 Cadillac 355B Roadster, one of as few as two known to exist, an outstandingly restored multiple award-winning 1934 Packard 1104 Super Eight Sport Phaeton and a 1939 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Convertible Coupe, one of 27 built and five surviving, another multiple Concours award winner, a release claims.

“We are committed to a policy of bringing world-class, no reserve private collections to market and delighted to be starting 2020 with this very significant offering of pre-war automobiles,” John Kruse, principal and auctioneer, said in a prepared statement.