Classic Car Week takes place in Monterey, California every year. This time, within its framework, tenders of six auction houses, including RM Sotheby's, Gooding & Company, Bonhams and Mecum, were held, and a total of about 1,000 cars were put up for sale.
© rmsothebys.com Jaguar D-type (1955)
Sold for: $ 21.7 million
The Jaguar D-type roadster, put up for auction by RM Sotheby's, became the most expensive British car sold during the auction. Previously, this title belonged to the 1998 McLaren F1, which went under the hammer for $ 13.7 million a year ago. In addition, the D-type became the most expensive car of the Jaguar brand, breaking last year's record for the C-type sold for $ 13.2 million.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring (1939)
Sold for: $ 19.8 million
The declared cost of a rare instance of Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, put up for sale by the auction house RM Sotheby’s, was $ 20-25 million. The car went under the hammer for a little less, but, nevertheless, a very impressive amount.
Ferrari 250GT California LWB Alloy Spider (1960)
Sold for: $ 18.15 million
The Ferrari racing car was the most expensive lot in the Gooding & Company auction. The declared cost was $ 15-18 million, but in the end the price of the car slightly exceeded the expectations of experts.
Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster (1962)
Sold for: $ 13.7 million
The first prototype of the Cobra model, moreover, assembled with his own hand by the founder of this brand, racer and designer Carroll Shelby. The estimated cost was provided strictly upon request, but the final price was probably fine with the auction house RM Sotheby’s.
Ferrari 250GT SWB Competizione Coupe (1960)
Sold for: $ 13.5 million
The car, driven by riders Ed Hugus and Augie Pabst, sold just below the stated price of $ 15-18 million. Other Ferrari models presented as top-lot auctions in Monterey were 1950's 166MM Berlinetta ($ 5.4 million). 250GT Berlinetta Competizione Tour de France 1956 ($ 5.72 million) and 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti 1955 ($ 5.225 million).
Ferrari LaFerrari (2014)
Sold for: $ 4.7 million
This year the LaFerrari was put up for public auction for the first time. Auction houses Mecum and Bonhams each sold one copy of this rare car, made in an amount of only 499 pieces. And Mecum managed to raise almost $ 1 million more than its competitor.
Porsche 935 (1979)
Sold for: $ 4.84 million
The racing Porsche 935, in which the American actor Paul Newman took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, did not set sales records, but was sold at no less than the requested price.
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Ford GT40 Mark I Road Coupe (1966)
Sold for: $ 4.4 million
Initially, this copy was used by Ford for testing and qualification tests, and then used for PR purposes.
Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Roadster (1931)
Sold for: $ 4 million
This rare racing model has a rich biography - in particular, one of the representatives of the influential British Howe family was listed among its owners.
Mercedes-Simplex 28-32HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau (1904)
Sold for: $ 2.8M
In 1904, this car, equipped with a 5.3-liter 32 hp engine, was asked for $ 7.5 thousand, which in those days was equivalent to the cost of eight Cadillac models. The first owner of the Mercedes-Simplex 28-32HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau was an Englishman, and during the First World War the car was donated to the British government.>