Neil Peart car collection up for auction
Silver Surfers collection auctioned at Pebble Beach in August
Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance, is delighted to announce its offering of the classic car collection of world-renowned rock drummer and lyricist Neil Peart at its 17th Annual Pebble Beach Auctions. The incredible opportunity to bid on these extraordinary classic cars, dubbed the “Silver Surfers” by the legendary musician, will take place during the company’s two-day sale on August 13-14.
Considered one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, the late Neil Peart had a very distinguished career as a percussionist and lyricist for the groundbreaking group Rush, originally from Toronto, Canada. Since its inception, Rush has enjoyed immense worldwide success and established a legacy as a pioneer in sound, a feat no doubt made possible by the musical genius of Peart. Throughout his legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Peart has inspired countless rock stars and budding young musicians. He and his comrades were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and received many other honors, including the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor.
Peart also had a formidable intellect which manifested itself in his lyrics, books and numerous articles for various publications. He was a prolific writer who constantly worked on his craft during his time out of the band. His deep lyrics based on literature, science, philosophy, and his own life experiences have dubbed him “The Professor” by fans. He was revered as much for his lyrics as he was for his drums, as certain recurring themes such as alienation, the angst of growing up, and the loneliness of being an outsider resonated deeply with a generation of young fans.
Peart’s love for cars was a lifelong passion, and his thirst for knowledge included learning all 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 child. . Finally in a position to buy classic cars of this quality, he slowly and carefully acquired each car until his dream collection, the “Silver Surfers”, was complete. Sadly, after bravely battling brain cancer for three and a half years, Mr Peart passed away on January 7, 2020 after three and a half years of brain cancer.
“The title ‘Silver Surfers’ for my car collection came to mind while driving the DB5 in the Pacific Ocean. Because that felt right to me, I guess – the idea that I was just one of the wave surfers, ”Peart wrote of the name of his collection.
“I had moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in 2000 (looking for the wife), and in search of natural peace, I often drove this way and went up the Santa Monica mountains. Beyond Malibu to Ventura County, I threaded my way along arid ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one large side. Some days were misted by the sea layer, while other days the sun was shining in a clear sky. The waves were slow and gentle, or produced a powerful, rolling rhythm …
“It was during one of these trips that, out of nowhere, it occurred to me that the color of the ocean had influenced the collection’s silver palette. What other color is so beautiful in a blue photo? Not black, not white – silver. And a lucky risk for the art of framers too: silver frames.
“We are more than honored and touched to be entrusted with the sale of Mr. Peart’s beloved classic car collection,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “Neil Peart has touched the lives of so many through his revolutionary career in music, including mine, and we are confident that his personal curation of classic cars will resonate with avid collectors, finding them new homes with the same appreciation for them that the icon itself held.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Estimate: $ 650,000 – $ 725,000)
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most recognizable and admired grand touring cars of all time. Truly as sporty as it is elegant, the DB5 now embodies the very definition of cool, forever linked to Sir Sean Connery’s portrayal of the ever-charming international spy James Bond. Mr. Peart’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, chassis DB5 / 1690 / R, is part of just over 1,000 units built and was acquired by the shipper in 2009. It comes in the beautiful colors of Silver Birch metallic on a navy blue leather interior, and also features a ZF five-speed gearbox and Borrani spoked wheels with vintage alloy rims.
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 (Estimate: $ 900,000 – $ 1,000,000)
This magnificent Shelby Cobra 289 from 1964, chassis CSX2234, was purchased by Mr. Peart in 2015 to serve as the centerpiece of his remarkable collection. It had undergone a complete restoration in the mid-2000s and would have been a particularly intact example before the works. Originally fitted with the desirable Ford 289 V-8 engine and rack-and-pinion steering, the CSX2234 is finished in an all-black livery with chrome wire wheels and a side exhaust. As one of the most famous, efficient 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 (Estimate: $ 1,200,000 – $ 1,500,000)
Often regarded as the world’s first true supercar, Ferruccio Lamborghini’s reality-defying Miura was the fastest production car of all time when it was released in 1966. Marcello Gandini of design house Gruppo Bertone designed the superb Miura body, concealing a transverse V mounted in the middle. 12 with a surprisingly low overall height of just over 41 inches. The Miura is naturally considered by some to be the most beautiful production car ever made. This Lamborghini Miura P400 S from Mr. Peart’s estate, chassis 4042, is fully finished in its favorite silver livery and is accented by a black interior. The impressive sports car is also equipped with air conditioning and its boldly styled Campagnolo cast alloy wheels.
1965 Maserati Mistral Spider (Estimate: $ 575,000 – $ 650,000)
For the 1963 model year, Maserati updated its successful 3500 GT with an all-new model: the Mistral. Showcasing sophisticated and modern lines designed by the talented Pietro Frua, a total of 953 Mistrals were produced by the brand in its eight years of production, of which only 125 were completed in Spider convertibles. Mr. Peart’s Maserati Mistral Spider shown here, chassis AM109 / S * 049 *, was built in 1965 and was initially sold by famous exotic car importer Hoffman Motors in New York. A full restoration was done by famed Ken Lovejoy of Boulder Creek, Calif., While the car was owned by Mr. Peart. Shown in a shiny silver metal on an oxblood leather interior, this Mistral 3500 Spider appears in superb condition.
1964 Jaguar E-Type I-Series 3.8L Coupe (Estimate: $ 140,000 – $ 160,000)
This elegant 1964 Jaguar E-Series I-Series 3.8 liter two-seater, chassis 890630, is finished in opalescent silver with a red leather interior. It received significant and thoughtful upgrades including a five-speed Tremec gearbox, lightweight flywheel, Wilwood disc brakes and upgraded suspension components. Surely one of the most stylish road 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 one of his finest works, featuring angular lines, hidden headlights, a long hood, and a steeply sloping roofline. One of the 425 units produced, this 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupé, chassis AM 115 49 2428, is resplendent in its metallic silver paintwork on a beige leather interior. Mr. Peart’s special Ghibli has decent Campagnolo center-locking alloy wheels, and it was added to its impressive group of “Silver Surfers” when it was imported from Europe in 2013.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe (Estimate: $ 150,000 – $ 180,000)
Mr. Peart’s Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupé is a 327/340 hp coupe from 1963, the only model year to feature the iconic split rear window. Ideally equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox, chassis 30837S109652 is shown in Silver with a Red vinyl interior. The attractive and rare coupe received a full restoration before joining the Peart collection in 2011. The proportions, position and design details of the C2 Corvette Coupe earn it a place among General Motors’ greatest design accomplishments.