Early Monterey Auction Highlights
Because the Monterey week is often the highlight of a car collector’s year, it’s no surprise that the auction business has its biggest weekend of the year in terms of both sales and in the cars offered. Le Mans-winning race cars, classic Ferraris, and purebred Porsches stand shoulder to shoulder, and the sight of such machinery gathered in one place is often enough to make enthusiasts weak in the knees.
If you haven’t been to an auction preview, we highly recommend it—here are some of the highlights of the week.
(Image at top) Historically, RM Sotheby’s has often boasted the highest sale total of all auction houses, and is regarded as one of the “can’t miss” events. This year, the company expands its sale to three nights, with a lineup where cars like the McLaren F1 and a Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight aren’t necessarily the highlights! Known for its selection of Ferraris, you can’t get much closer to the top of the car collecting pyramid without having a Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider in your garage.
Boasting a more than 600 vehicle lineup catering mostly to classic American metal, there are often hidden gems in the lineup. Moreover, owing to the clientele at Monterey, Mecum is highlighting mostly European metal—including this stunning and largely original 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S.
One of the heavyweights of the Monterey week, Gooding & Company are the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and often have an enviable lineup. So it’s no surprise that it has been able to offer a Le Mans-winning Porsche 962, one of the most historically significant examples of the more modern Le Mans prototypes.
Bonhams’ Quail Lodge event is one of the most exclusive on the auction calendar, and is often loaded with vehicles that you won’t see anywhere else…because they’re unique. With a strong lineup this year, the company has a knack for finding real enthusiasts’ gems, like this multiple race-winning Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta—about as weapons-grade as you could get in 1959.
With a different format from the other auction houses, the smaller and more intimate Rick Cole Auction may be the ideal place for newcomers to learn more about the auction process without the pressure of a live event. Bidders are encouraged to visit the lineup of vehicles at their leisure, and bidding is done through a smartphone app. With plenty of time to browse, it’s a good chance to get to know this Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy by Scaglietti in person.