Rush drummer Neil Peart was an icon in the music world. He was also a huge car fanatic, and soon car and music fans will be able to experience the hot metal and oil of his car collection.
Seven of Peart’s sports cars from a better lost time head to the Gooding & Company auction held during Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, California. Peart died of cancer in January.
Neil Peart’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Matt Scannell.
Peart called the cars his “Silver Surfers” because of the surfing he had while driving the cars on the California coast. Except for a black Shelby Cobra 289, all of the cars are silver and all of them are kept like Peart’s favorite dream.
Neil Peart’s 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.
The Cobra is valued at an estimated retail price of between $ 900,000 and $ 1 million and is the CXS224 chassis. It was restored in the mid-2000s and bought by Peart in 2015. A very clean example, it has chrome-plated wire wheels and a side exhaust.
Neil Peart’s 1963 Chevy Corvette, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Mike Maez.
The Cobra was a collaboration between the British brand AC and the American tuner Shelby. The other American car is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe split window, valued at $ 150,000 to $ 180,000. The chassis 30837S109652 is silver with a red interior and the 340 hp 327 cubic inch V-8. It was restored in 2011 before Peart bought it.
The rest of the collection consists of classic European sports cars.
Neil Peart’s 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, image courtesy Gooding & Co. Photo by Brian Henniker.
The 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S is the most expensive car in the range at $ 1.2 to 1.5 million and features air conditioning and Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. It is the chassis number 4042.
Neil Peart’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Mike Maez.
Perhaps the most iconic car in the collection is the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, valued at $ 650,000 to $ 725,000. Famous as the James Bond car, just over 1,000 DB5s have ever been built. This is the DB5 / 1690 / R chassis and has a navy blue leather interior, a ZF 5-speed manual transmission and Borrani spoked wheels.
Neil Peart’s 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Mike Maez.
The 1965 Maserati Mistral is one of only 125 Spiders built during the car’s eight-year life, and only 953 Mistrals were built in total. Peart had the car restored by Ken Lovejoy in California. Chassis number AM109 / S * 049 * has ox blood-colored leather upholstery, and Gooding & Company estimates it will sell for $ 575,000 to $ 650,000.
Neil Peart’s 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe Image courtesy of Gooding & Co. Photo by Mike Maez.
The auction house says the 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe will go for $ 250,000 to $ 300,000. One of 425 chassis AM 115 49 2428 produced has a light brown leather interior and Campagnolo Centerlock wheels. Peart bought it when it was imported from Europe in 2013.
Neil Pearts 1964 Jaguar E-Type Coupe, image courtesy Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.
The last offer is arguably the best looking one. It’s a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 liter coupe, chassis 890630. It has red leather upholstery and some modern parts including a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, Wilwood disc brakes, improved suspension components and a lightweight Flywheel. It is estimated at $ 140,000 to $ 160,000.
Unfortunately there is no red barchetta in the collection.
The adrenaline rush of bidding will take place at the Gooding & Company auction from August 13-14. Buyers are welcome to walk screaming through the valleys near their white-haired uncles’ farms.