Next week, the vintage and collector car auction circus descends upon the Monterey Peninsula for Speed Week. With so many incredible cars going up for auction, we’re each picking three of our favorites from each of the major auction houses.
Alex – Mecum Auctions
Street: 2010 KOENIGSEGG CCXR TREVITA
Even though I had the option of choosing from two different Veyrons, two, LaFerraris, a McLaren P1, and all sorts of other mind-bendingly fast street cars, the sheer ridiculousness of the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita edition helped it jump to the top of my list. With well over 1,000-hp on tap and white carbon fiber with crushed up diamonds in its surface, it doesn’t get much crazier than this. You could easily argue that it shouldn’t be a street car, but hey, I see a spot to hang a license plate so that’s good enough for me.
Track: 2016 ASTON MARTIN VULCAN
One of just 24 built, the Aston Martin Vulcan is the epitome of modern track toys. Although it’s not designed for any particular racing series, the lack of a rulebook allowed Aston’s engineers to pull out all the stops, creating something that is as fun and engaging to drive as it is fast. I love the Midnight Purple color and the wild shape of the car.
Attainable: 1969 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTA M
When I saw this cool little Alfa 2000 GTA, I knew I had to find a way to have it on my list. Not only is it relatively attainable, but it’s probably the most fun of all the cars I picked. With those super-wide fenders, hunkered down stance on those dished wheels, and perfect vintage livery, what’s not to like? Plus, it’s a well-sorted Alfa so you know it’s going to absolutely rip around the track or your favorite back roads. Seriously though, this is on my short list of cars to own before I die.
Adam – Bonham’s
This car is called the “Jolly Club” continuation and that right there was enough to sell me on it. I’ve always had a fascination with the Group B styling and this car just seems to hit all the buttons for me. Blue – check, white wheels and wing – check, Lancia – check!
This car doesn’t really need any explanation about why I picked it, because I’m guessing everyone reading this has eyes. It’s an ex-AJ Foyt and Parnelli Jones racer and sat pole at the Indy 500. Bringing somewhere between one and two million bucks, this isn’t your buy on a whim type of vehicle, but I mean just look at it!
Attainable: 1969 AUSTIN MINI COOPER S MK II
This was probably the least expensive car in the listing for Bonham’s, but I’m ok with that. It’s race prepped and ready for the track, this ’69 Mini is a momentum car that could also see some light rally work too. The Mini just speaks to me for some reason, and if I was a betting man, I’d be guessing that reason was to haul
ass butt with only three wheels on the ground.
Lauren – RM Sotheby’s
Our Speedster is extremely fun to drive, and stands out wherever it goes, so imagine if we had a real one to drive around! I’d like to park them next to each other and see if people can differentiate between the two (I’m not positive I could).
Track: 2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta
A Pagani Huayra is one of those cars I know I will never be able to see in person, much less drive, but that doesn’t make me lust for it any less. With a matte gray paint, black wheels, and carbon everything, this thing looks like it’s ready to rip your face off. Plus, the Tempesta package (which takes away more weight and adds carbon and a wonderful exhaust) makes this one of 100 car even more special.
Attainable: 1965 Peel Trident
Although $80-100k is by no means “attainable” for me, it’s one of the cheapest cars at the auction. Plus, it has tiny off-roading-esque tires, a bubble top, and a one spoke steering wheel. If safety is not your first priority, but standing out is, this car is perfect for you!
Ben – Gooding & Co.
Street: 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino
There was a time when the Dino was the bastard child of the Ferrari lineup. Times have changed, however, and now the Dino is commanding prices north of $300k. It seems the car has finally received the recognition it truly deserves. I think it’s one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built, and having the privilege to spend some time behind the wheel of one some twenty years ago, you’d be amazed at the sound the little 2.4-liter V6 makes behind your back.
Track: 1970 Porsche 917K
If you’re going to dream you should dream big, right? For this very reason, I’ve chosen this legendary Gulf 917 as my top pick of the litter. From the first time I heard the wail of a 917 flat-12 engine in anger, I was hooked. This particular car now only raced at Le Mans, it also had a starring role on the big screen in the movie Le Mans. Moreover, it’s been meticulously restored back to its original specification. Now, all it needs is a driver, albeit one with a lot of discretionary income. How much? The estimated sale price is between $13 and $16 million.
Attainable: 1976 Ferrari 312 F1 Kids Car
I’d reckon that the eight-year-old kid who has everything most certainly doesn’t have a miniature version of Niki Lauda’s 1976 Ferrari F1 car. But he should. While this scaled down replica may look like a child’s toy it appears to be built to a very high standard. The car is powered by a two-stroke 60 cc gasoline engine, has hydraulic disc brakes, four-wheel independent coil-over suspension and is capable of speeds upwards of 60 kph. And at an estimated price north of $50k it better be built to a high standard — it costs as much as a running Ferrari 308.