Given there are 351 2000GTs in total, and a roadgoing version like racer Bobby Rahal’s (which won the Japanese Car class on concours Sunday) is far more usable—and valued at less than half of this result—I’d say that the story of spite, the Shelby build, and a prime serial number were worth an extra $1.5M to at least two bidders.
Finally, the late Rudy Mancinas collection of Porsches and BMWs, 18 in total, was sold at no-reserve by Gooding. Mancinas, or “Mr. 993,” was a passionate, well-known enthusiast in the online car community. He often posted how his collection was “Rudy-fied” with custom touches to personalize the cars to his taste.
Rudy’s death in August 2021 from COVID-19 complications shook the online world where he operated. When his collection hit the block in Florida, it was no surprise the cars did well, despite the fact there wasn’t a low-mileage “wrapper car” in sight. For example, his “Rudyfied” 1988 BMW M3, with 170,000 miles, sold for $98,000; his 1997 Porsche 993 C2S with 68,000 miles brought $207,000—far more than anyone would have predicted.