Rarities from Petersen Automotive Museum Hit the Auction Block

This weekend Auctions America will hold a sale in Burbank, where three very alluring pieces will be offered by Petersen Automotive Museum. As the Los Angeles museum is reorganizing its collections, some of its stunning cars will be offered for auction, and this includes a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL and a 1948 Ford Sportsman ‘Woodie’.

Estimated to fetch between $800,000 and $1 million, the Cobra is a very rare car, of which less than 20 examples were ever manufactured. It featured a 3-speed C-4 automatic gearbox and its original sale price was $5,250, back when it was a factory demonstrator. With only 38,950 miles on the odometer, the car has been restored to its original state, flaunting a beautiful red leather interior and white exterior.

Produced in 1957, but only bought in 1960, the 300SL was Robert Stack’s dream car, and he owned it for his entire life. The actor had wanted it for a long time before actually having it in his garage, but its high price was a bit too much for his pocket. That changed when the TV series in which he played the lead role (The Untouchables) started winning Emmys. That’s when the show’s producer, DesiArnaz, bought the Mercedes for Stack, with the California license plate reading “UNTCHBL”.

The third vehicle to come from the Petersen Museum to the Auctions America event is the last 1947 Woodie ever manufactured. Only 28 units were produced in 1947, and this one is said to be the last one to have left the factory. The 100 hp car has been carefully restored and flaunts the originalMaize Yellow body paint with Birdseye Maple trims.