Every August, thousands of car collectors and auto aficionados park it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for one of the most anticipated automotive events of the year: Monterey Car Week. And last week, while we were all getting ready to stare up at the sun, potential buyers were cruising up and down the coast, bidding on some of the most beautiful–not to mention expensive–cars we’ve ever seen. Topping out at $327 million in sales, the Monterey Car Auction has set another huge money-making year, and we’re here to cover it.
1970 PORSCHE 917K - $14,080,000
Every year, you’re sure to find a plethora of Porsches for purchase, but this one is extra special. Originally used as a test car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and then starring in the legendary Steve McQueen film Le Mans, this particular Porsche was a hot ticket item at this year’s event. So much so, that it sold for a record-breaking $14 million, making it the most expensive Porsche ever.
1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/C - $14,520,000
Some cars are so expensive because of their rarity, others because of their reputation – for this Ferrari, it’s both. Between 1966 and 1970, this specific 275 GTB/C raced and won countless victories all across Europe. Plus, it’s one of only 12 ever built, and of those, one of eight left-hand drive examples. And while it was originally projected to sell at $16 million, we think $14.5 million is nothing to shake a stick shift at.
1995 McCLAREN F1 #044 - $15,620,000
Finding a McClaren F1 for sale these days is quite the tall order, seeing as only 106 examples even exist. But this F1 managed to make it onto the market, and was a very big deal for potential buyers. Of the 106 available, there are only 64 road-legal F1s built, and this one was the first of seven federalized for road use in the United States. So, while other McClarens are looking pretty and sitting on the showroom, this one is free to prowl the streets. It sold for close to $16 million dollars, making it the most expensive F1 ever.
1956 ASTON MARTIN DBR1 - $22,550,000
This Aston Martin DBR1 is the first of five examples produced, and last on our list because of its staggering price tag. At almost $7 million higher than our second-most expensive car, the DBR1 is now the most expensive British car ever sold at auction. And, why shouldn’t it? It’s track record, scarcity and unequivocal beauty make it a sight to behold and a ride to relish.
While we may never get to work on one of these magnificent works of motor art, we can’t help but admire how far our industry has come, and how amazing it has always been. For cars of this caliber to still be running after 60+ years is truly amazing and the work that went into restoring them is nothing short of remarkable. Hats off to those who worked on them, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s Monterey Car Auction has to offer.