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7 Of The Most Expensive Cars Up For Auction During Car Week

7 Of The Most Expensive Cars Up For Auction During Car WeekGot an extra few million dollars lying around? This might get you one of the most expensive cars up for auction during Pebble Beach / Monterey Car Week. Even if you don’t the auction tents will be filled with anticipation as some truly amazing cars cross the block.  There are seventy-nine cars at the three big auctions which have a low-end estimate of $1,000,000 or more (and people call this a hobby, it is high finance at its most visual). Here are just seven of the most expensive cars up for auction during car week.

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction

August 18th at 10am – Quail Lodge


All preview days are open to the public:
Wednesday, August 16th 9am-6pm
Thursday, August 17th 9am-6pm
Friday, August 18th 8.30am-10am


Estimate: $6,000,000 – $7,000,000

This Ex-Juan Manuel Fangio 1957 Grand Prix of Portugal and Brazil Winning, ex-Michel Seydoux racecar hits all the buttons for vintage Formula One fans. What must that be like to sit where Fangio sat? This car made history,it is history.


Estimate available upon request

If you have a thing for firsts, this is the 1st McLaren F1 imported to the United States. Offered by the original owner, this is chassis 044 of 64 total McLaren F1 cars ever built. The F1 is the beginning of McLaren building the most extraordinary cars available to drive on public roads. Expect to pay well over $10 million.


Estimate available upon request

This Ex-Team Cunningham 24 Hours of Le Mans and Bridgehampton 500 entry is a well documented original of a rare Jaguar sports-racer. On June 7, 1963, the factory delivered chassis no. S850664, also the 7th Lightweight built, and the second of the three cars purchased by Briggs Cunningham.

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

August 18 and 19, 2017 at 6pm – Pebble Beach Equestrian Center


All preview days are open to the public:
Wednesday, August 16th 10am-6pm
Thursday, August 17th 10am-6pm

1970 Porsche 917K1970 Porsche 917K

Estimate: $13,000,000 – $16,000,000

If you wanted a racing 917 which ticks all the boxes, this is the car. Every true race fan has seen this car before, it was used in Steve McQueen’s iconic film Le Mans. Formerly owned by Swiss racing legend and Porsche factory driver Jo Siffert.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Estimate: $12,000,000 – $16,000,000

A remarkable 1 0f 12 built GTB/Cs, this Scaglietti bodied race car underwent a complete restoration by noted Motion Products Inc., in 2013. First owned by Renzo Sinibaldi, an amateur racing driver from Rome, it competed successfully throughout the 1960s. The last time it was seen in public was as a 2007 Pebble Beach Award winner for restoration, also by Motion Products Inc. Realize just how unusual it is to have a race car with the original body, chassis and original engine, money may be no object.

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer1928 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sports Tourer

Estimate: $5,000,000 – $6,000,000

Thought to be the only known example 0f Gläser coachwork this Ferdinand Porsche designed   Mercedes-Benz is an exceptional spec. The car has been in the same family since 1964.

Gooding & Company is the official auction venue for Pebble Beach® during Car Week.

RM|Sotheby’s Monterey Auction

August 18 and 19, 2017 at 6pm  – Portola Hotel & Spa


All preview days are open to the public:
Wednesday, August 16th 10am-8pm
Thursday, August 17th 10am-8pm
Friday, August 18th 10am-4pm
Saturday, August 19th 10am-4pm

1956 Aston Martin DBR11956 Aston Martin DBR1

Estimate available upon request

Actively campaigned from 1956 – 1959 including a win at Nürburgring 1000 KM by Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman, this is a very special racing Aston Martin. As for firsts, this car is number one, the first of five DBR1s. Though it is fitted with another engine the original Works engine, as sold, is part of the offering. This car is said to be the most correct DBR1, there is none better.

Ferrari Perfomance Collection
The entire Ferrari Performance Collection of 13 cars of Maranello’s stunning creations across 50 years owned by a single owner will be at RM|Sotheby’s.  Three cars in the over $1 million category, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti with and estimate of $8,500,000 – $10,000,000 and a 1991 Ferrari F40 offered without reserve.

Of special note to Porsche fans, the market is clearly still hot with each auction house offering a fair selection of Porsche models for sale. Some in the high dollar category or stratosphere depending on one’s perspective others in the ‘wish I hadn’t sold my 911___ three years ago’ range. Here is where you’ll find the most Porsche cars up for auction during Monterey Car Week:

More information on the cars above and respective auction details can be found on each company’s website. Each auction company charges differently for public previews and I believe RM|Sotheby’s is the only one (a policy I do not agree with) who does NOT include a catalog with preview ticket purchase. See you on the Peninsula!


All photos from respective auction houses.
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