Six remarkable performance cars from the Jim Click Collection will hit the auction block in California this summer, as part of the RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale.
Held in conjunction with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week, the sale will offer six examples from automotive businessman Click’s collection of highly qualified, professionally maintained vintage race cars.
“We’re beyond thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of the Jim Click Collection in Monterey – the cars that make up the collection are truly some of the best examples on the planet,” said Donnie Gould, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s.
“Jim Click is an avid race driver, a genuine enthusiast, and a big proponent for jumping behind the wheel and using cars as they’re intended. He’s personally driven all the vehicles in his collection and has been a frontrunner in every race he’s competed in, building on their race-winning heritage.
"Each has been kept in top racing form, thanks to none other than the legendary Don Roberts, who made them extremely fast and extremely safe. They’re so dialed in, it’s amazing!”
Leading the collection is a 1964 Shelby 289 ‘Competition’ Cobra, formerly raced by SCCA legend Don Roberts and regarded as one of the most successful racing Cobras of all time.
With countless victories and podium finishes, Roberts drove the car to three SCCA Divisional Championship titles and four consecutive victories at the Monterey Historics. Having been raced extensively in recent years by both Click and Roberts, the car is now expected to sell for $2.2-$2.6 million.
“[The car] features an unrivalled period racing history with countless wins to its name, and significantly, has not claimed a single DNF in its illustrious career," said specialist Alexander Weaver. "Ready to return the track, CSX 2473’s racing career is far from over; highly competitive, it’s sure to find itself back on the podium at future historic racing events."
Another star lot is a 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I, chassis no. P/1061, one of just 31 Mark I road cars ever built. Described as "one of the best GT40’s that anyone could ever acquire and put on the race track", the car is estimated at $3.75-$4.25 million.
Further highlights include a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, a pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars dating from 1969 and 1970, and a 1966 Shelby GT350.
“It’s time for me to let someone else enjoy the cars like I have,” said Click. “They are fantastic cars – thoroughly prepared to the extent that we’ve never had a safety issue. Whoever ends up owning them, you’re in for a truly exciting ride. I hope you have at least half as much fun with these cars as I have had over these last 25 years.”
The RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale takes place at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center on August 19-20.