Look at them quick, before they are sold. Three vehicles from Oprah's private collection are being auctioned by Gooding & Company, to benefit the Leadership Academy for Girls, her school in South Africa. Being auctioned are:
- Her 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing -- pictured here. It was owned originally owned by the DuPont family. This is the sexy icon sports car that everybody wants, including me.
- A 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible, which was a gift to Oprah from her long-time friend, actor John Travolta. Since he's also a pilot, and even though Rolls-Royce makes jet engines, maybe the Corniche just isn't fast enough for him.
- There's also a 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante, like the ones James Bond drives in the movies.
It's not just Oprah's cars on the auction block. There's a collection vintage Bugattis, owned by Dr. Peter and Susan Williamson, which is generally regarded to be the world's finest collection of these legendary sports cars and racecars. There's a dozen of them on the auction block, expected to bring in $15 million. Do the math -- that's more than one million dollars per car. Most of the proceeds will benefit the Dartmouth Medical School. The annual Pebble Beach event raises some $10 million for charity.
Some 100 other cars are on the auction block, too. They include --
- the legendary 1959 Ferrari 250 GT ‘California’ Spider
- the acclaimed 1934 Triumph Dolomite 8C 2400 Super-Charged Grand Sport
- a rare 1938 ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Alfa Romeo 6C
- the original 1914 Stutz Series E Bearcat
Oh, I wish I had the money and a garage big enough to hold these vintage, classic beauties. Great drives, each and every one.