We’re always enamored by all the rare, weird, and expensive cars that seem to pop up for sale at all of the big auctions around the country, and there are none bigger or more hyped than the auctions during Monterey Speed Week. RM Sotheby’s, Mecum, Russo and Steele, Gooding & Co, and others pop up throughout the long weekend in Monterey and Carmel, California fueled by the egos and checkbooks of some of the richest car collectors in the world. Since none of us have any skin in the game, each of us picked a couple of our favorite cars from each of the big auctions going down next weekend. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
As a car person, I hate minivans. But throw over 1,000HP into one and I suddenly become extremely obsessed with it. Plus, just think of how many car parts you could fit in the back!
The Ferrari LaFerrari just looks so good. I mean, REALLY good. Plus, it’s stupid fast and stupid expensive, so of course I want it.
So for a car that is estimated to go for between 60-80k, I believe that a steal could be had whether you could own this car around the 60 or 70 thousand range. With winning racing history, fewer than 30 ever being produced, and some old school livery racing looks, this Ghibli is certainly a winner in my books.
When you look at the examples being auctioned at the Pebble Beach Gooding & Co. Auctions for 2016, it’s hard to not look past a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB with prestigious racing history, or even the amazing Rothman’s livery Porsche 911 up on the block. Something that did catch my eye was a car that I had never even heard of or have never seen before. The Cisitalia 202 CMM features coachwork from Vignale and an endless provenance, this car would certainly be something to own someday.
The BMW M1 is one of the rarest models ever produced and with an estimated sale price of $450,000-$600,000 this could be a great investment piece. M1’s were hand built from 1978 to 1981 for homologation for a special sports car series in the late 70’s attracting several Formula 1 driver.
Built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari himself personally approved the production of the Ferrari F40. The goal was to make a open wheel race car with a body using aerodynamic that hadn’t really been used on road going cars before. Originally priced at $400,000 new, some owners reportedly paid $1.6 million for one of the limited F40 produce so the estimated price range of $1.2-$1,4 million could be the bargain of the century.
To keep things interesting for the readers out there I told myself that I could only pick one Porsche amongst my auction picks, so in doing so I knew I had to pick a real gem. It took a tremendous amount of restraint not to pick one of the many 930 turbos consigned for auction, the car that adorned my wall as a kid, and in the end I had to go with a classic. You really can’t beat a red leather interior in a vintage Speedster and the ivory paint provides great contrast. I’m already picturing myself cruising around the lakes in this iconic Porsche with the air-cooled engine humming behind me and the wind blowing through my (receding) hair.
I’ve always been intrigued by the Lotus 23C and have secretly lusted for a true factory built race car, opposed to the production based cars I’m used to. Colin Chapman’s 23C was dubbed the “giant killer” and lets hope I’m not too giant to fit in it. This particular car has a thoroughly documented history racing on the west coast and would look great ripping around the track at Road America with yours truly behind the wheel. My face already hurts thinking about the grin that would be plastered on my face after driving this thoroughbred at ten tenths.
As a kid, I always wanted a Ferrari. Growing up, I’d always look at the classified section in the newspaper with my dad for unique and interesting cars that we would dream of owning and one day we came across a 1980s Ferrari 400i that seemed almost attainable. From then on I had a strange fascination for these cars, arguably one of the most unloved models to ever leave Ferrari’s gates. And now there’s this: a brown ’87 Ferrari 412i. A 4-seater Ferrari with a big V12 under the hood and a 5-speed manual transmission, and an estimated sale price in the 6-figures. Maybe my weird passion for these cars is almost justified?
I mean, just look at it. I had a really hard time picking between this and a number of 1950s and 60s Ferraris, but since nobody else picked a Gullwing yet, I figured I should. Mercedes-Benz really knocked it out of the park with the 300SL and built a car capable of dominating races but also covering long stretches of public at high speeds in relative comfort. I’m still hung up on how gorgeous this particular one looks to be though.