Late Rush Drummer Neil Peart’s Vintage Sports Cars Go to Auction
The car auctions to precede the area's annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance automotive charity event (Aug. 15) will be presented by auction house Gooding & Company. They'll find the mostly silver vehicles, dubbed the "Silver Surfers" by Peart before his January 2020 death, fetch anywhere from an estimated $150,000–$1.5 million apiece.
See the collection down toward the bottom of this post.
The seven Neil Peart cars are his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe, 1964 Aston Martin DB5, 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe, 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider, 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S and 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe.
Peart once wrote, "The title 'Silver Surfers' for my collection of cars occurred to me while driving the DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean. Because it felt right to me, I guess — the idea that I was just one of the wave riders."
He continued, "I had moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in 2000, and in search of natural peace, I often drove out that way and up into the Santa Monica Mountains. Out past Malibu to Ventura County, I'd weave along barren ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one big side. Some days would be misted by the marine layer, while other days the sun blared through a clear sky. The waves were slow and gentle, or churned out a powerful, rolling rhythm. It was during one of these drives when out of nowhere, it just occurred to me that the color of the ocean had influenced the silver palette of the collection. What other color looks as good in a blue photo? Not black, not white – silver. And a fortunate risk for the framers' art, too: silver frames."
Today, Gooding & Company founder David Gooding says, "We are beyond honored and humbled to be entrusted with the sale of Mr. Peart's beloved collection of classic cars. Neil Peart touched the lives of so many through his groundbreaking career in music, including my own, and we are confident that his personal curation of classic cars will resonate with passionate collectors, finding them new homes with the same appreciation for them as the icon himself held."
Find out more at goodingco.com.