The Monterey Peninsula is located in the northern part of the central California and provides the perfect back-drop for the car collectors to embrace the the magnificent roster of best-of-category and stunning rare automobiles that RM Sotheby’s will be showcasing this weekend, 18-19 August 2017.
Whilst your average ‘Johnny-2-Jags’ may not be able to fill his barely insured Scooby up beyond the fluctuating red light stage, he can like the rest of us dream of the day money becomes less of a nightmare and more of an indulgence.
30 years and counting have seen the pinnacle of the prawn sandwich constellation gather for this extravagant auction of excitement, with the entire Monterey week providing automotive events, ranging from historic racing to festivals and concours. Yes this is indeed the collectors ‘love-in’ paradise.
The week reaches it’s crescendo with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where RM Sotheby’s very own restoration team has won an unprecedented six Best of Show honors in the new millennium.
Whats to be seen in this automotive feeding frenzy?
Featured cars include a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, sensibly priced at a staggering $1,200,000 – $1,600,000. Yes, check again the price is correct, but then again the supercar does have the following X-Factor list to enhance it’s already bursting CV:
- Offered from the original owner with only 1,188 miles registered
- One of 918 built and 294 delivered to the U.S.
- Optioned with the Front Axle Lift System
- Recent service by Porsche of Walnut Creek, California
Indeed a rare opportunity to purchase (or not) this outstanding example of Porsche’s 21st century technical and engineering expertise. The car oozes provenience, past and present and delivers the ultimate in performance.
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The next featured lot is another Porsche, this one’s a 1970 908/03 and valued at a whopping $3,500,000 – $4,500,000, and once again carries a suitcase bursting with credentials including:
- 2nd Overall with Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood at the 1970 Nürburgring 1000 KM
- Utilized by Porsche for testing and development of the 908/03 platform
- Recently restored to its 1970 Nürburgring livery
- 1st in Class at the 2017 Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance at Schloss Dyck
- The only one of the three factory development Porsche Salzburg cars available for public sale
- Comprehensively documented history by Jürgen Barth, including numerous factory development records
The thrill of purchasing only to be overtaken by it’s acceleration. So, petrolheads please be aware if you are unable to attend this prestigious event, you can register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com.
Lets be honest an auction of any significance needs the obligatory Ferrari, well this 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy by Scaglietti certainly fits the pre-requisite.
This stunning $2,900,000 – $3,400,000 beast boasts the following tick list:
- Ferrari Classiche certified
- Factory alloy body, long-nose, six carburetors, and “interim” driveshaft
- Recent, correct restoration; offered with books and tools
- Well-known ownership history; documented by marque historian Marcel Massini
- A superb 275 GTB/6C in a most desirable specification
Many of today’s Ferrari enthusiasts box the 275 GTBs into early (short-nose) and later (long-nose) cars, but the process is essentially flawed, with Ferraris being built by hand and sometimes reflecting improvements, additions and implementation of new ideas into the next car assembled. Consequently features from earlier vehicles would often emerge on later and vice-versa, this of course brings your average historian near to climax.
The nose lengthening was introduced at the 1965 Paris Salon, and resulted from the front end lifting at excessive speeds.
Bentley Speed Six
Integrity and class personified, the 1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman’s Saloon by Corsica is priced accordingly at $3,500,000 – $5,500,000 and delivers sheer elegance in spades as the credentials below reflect:
- One of the most beautiful, famous, and important Speed Sixes
- Immensely impressive, sinister original Corsica coachwork
- Formerly owned by Hugh Young, Barry Cooney, and Gordon Apker
- Very well known in vintage Bentley circles
The Speed Six Bentley’s are unique and will turn the heads of even those with limited neck movement, they are without question glorious without complication.
For the more discerning of you out there in the motoring fraternity, there’s a more realistic opportunity to grab something to fit in your already overcrowded shed.
A lovable little 1965 Peel Trident, and priced quite reasonable too at $80,000 – $100,000, so no excuses not to waft those moths away and get bidding on this extraordinary machine.
The Peel Trident was a further development of the famous Peel P50, and to this very day still holds the Guinness World Record for being the smallest production automobile ever made. With a slightly larger body than the P50, the Trident was optimistically advertised as featuring “saloon car comfort with scooter cost.”
Tridents are seen more often than hens teeth, so the emergence of this marks an outstanding opportunity to purchase one of the rarest microcars in the world.
If there is such a thing at RM Sotherby’s as novelty value, or indeed any value, then this 1966 Amphicar 770 provides just that. With a justifiable list of pro’s that makes the inclusion worth viewing:
- The only commercially successful “car that swims”
- Authentic restoration by marque specialists
- Extensive history file of documentation and manuals
- Always the crowd favorite in any collection or museum
For those not acquainted with this amphibious vehicle, they were developed over some 15 years at a cost of around $25 million. If you were lucky enough to have a boat ramp then this was the vehicle for you!
Doors sealed, bilge plug installed and the plunge was taken into the river (life jacket hidden away), and off you went to the office. Steering with a rudder effect the usual front wheels would navigate the driver or captain of the vessel to his or her destination. Stopping or slowing down was achieved via propellers going in reverse action, then crossing all required body parts whilst shouting loudly.
Unless you reside in Monaco or Mayfair I’d guess you’re not attending; rest assured neither are we but the programme below gives you a good guide as to how proceedings will pan-out.