If you ever have the need to feel financially inferior, the classic car auctions during Monterey Car Week ought to do the trick nicely. And if you aren’t into cars, the watches on the wrists below the raised auction paddles will also have the same disheartening effect on anyone with knowledge of fine time pieces (yah, we said time piece, get over it). The yearly auctions held in conjunction with the world famous Pebble Beach Concourse are known to bring out the most exotic, and of course valuable cars in existence-the bidders, well, these folks have what you could call “resources.” Vehicles are transported from across the globe to roll across the blocks of premier auction houses such as RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company.
This year’s auction results not only saw bidders digging deep into their abnormally deep pockets, but also yielded yet another world record auction sale for the same make and model that had the previous world record-the Ferrari 250 GTO. Apparently, you’d need just shy of fifty million dollars to add one of these icons to your collection.
Here’s a run down of the top ten price tags from this year’s 2018 Monterey Car Week
1- 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO SI Coupe sold for $48,405,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
2- 1935 Duesenberg SSJ Roadster sold for $22,000,000 (Gooding & Company)
3- 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Competition Prototype sold for $21,455,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
4- 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Coupe sold for $9,795,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
5- 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe sold for $6,600,000 (Gooding & Company)
6 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider sold for $5,170,000 (Gooding & Company)
7 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial SII Spider sold for $5,005,000 (Gooding & Company)
8- 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder sold for $4,900,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
9- 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe sold for $4,515,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
10- 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Zagato Berlinetta sold for $4,515,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
(All photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s and Goodings & Company, respectively)