>World-famous rock drummer and lyricist Neil Peart’s classic car collection will feature at the upcoming Gooding & Company 17th annual Pebble Beach Auction. The legendary musician classic cars collection, affectionately known as the “Silver Surfers,” will be auctioned during the upcoming two-day sale planned for August 13-14, 2021.

Neil Peart is recognized as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Peart had a very distinguished career as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart’s musical genius helped Rush gain global success and establish its legacy in the history of rock and roll.

His musical career endured nearly five decades, inspiring many young aspiring musicians and fellow rock artists. In 2013, he and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout his musical career, he also received many other awards and honors, including the country’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. 

Neil’s lyrics, books, and articles in various publications revealed his great intellect. When he was not working in and for the band, Neil was a prolific writer who constantly honed his craft. His lyrics encompass various topics, including science, literature, philosophy, mixed with his own life experiences, which his fans dubbed him “The Professor.” 

Cars were one of Peart’s lifelong passions. And his love and passion compelled his quest to discover everything he could about automobiles. For years, he dreamt of owning classic cars. His first purchase was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, and upon acquisition, he exclaimed that he’s dreamt of owning one since he was a boy. When he was finally able to acquire quality classic cars, he slowly grew his collection until his dream “Silver Surfers” collection was deemed complete. Sadly, Mr. Peart passed away on January 7, 2020, after battling brain cancer for three and a half years. 

Regarding the name of his collection, 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. 

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.” 

Here’s a preview of Neil Peart Estate Car Collection the ‘Silver surfers’

1964 Aston Martin DB5  

Estimate: $650,000-$725,000 

The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most recognizable and admired grand touring cars of all time. 

1964 Aston Martin DB5

The DB5 is both sporty and elegant and its fame was elevated by its link to the international spy, James Bond, which was portrayed by Sir Sean Connery.

The Aston Martin DB5, chassis DB5/1690/R, is one of around 1,000 units made and was acquired by the consignor in 2009. It possesses a gorgeous Silver Birch metallic finish matched with a navy blue leather interior. Also, it features a five-speed ZF gearbox, as well as period-correct alloy-rimmed Borrani wire wheels. 

1964 Shelby Cobra 286  

Estimate: $900,000-$1,000,000 

Mr. Peart purchased the beautiful 1964 Shelby Cobra 286, chassis CSX2234, in 2015 to be the centerpiece of his beloved collection. 

1964 Shelby Cobra 286

In the mid-2000s, the example went through a comprehensive restoration and has proved itself to be remarkably intact before restoration began. The example features the coveted Ford 289 V-8 engine with rack-and-pinion steering.

The CSX2234 displays an all-black livery finish matched with chrome wire wheels and side exhaust. As one of the most popular, powerful, and desirable sports cars ever built, the Cobra was definitely the pride in Mr. Peart’s collection of iconic sports cars.  

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Iconic Rush Drummer Neil Peart’s Classic Car Collection Heads to Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 21:46:49 +0000

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