While the car shows, tours, and vintage races are a large part of Monterey Car Week, the auctions bring out an equally car-crazy crowd. A staggering and record-setting $301.9 million in rare automobiles sold via five auction companies at this year's Car Week - a 14% increase over last year, according to Hagerty Insurance. At the auctions, money changes hands like business cards at a networking conference.
Of the 726 cars that sold at auction, these are the 10 highest selling cars of the RM and Gooding & Company auctions in addition to a gallery of others that grabbed our attention. Let us know which of these beauties you would break the bank for in the comments section below.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider by Scaglietti
Sold for: $27,500,000
About the car: Yes, you read that right. $27,500,000 for this extremely rare 275 GTB/4*S NART It was the highest overall seller at all auctions this year. A single owner car, it is a matching numbers car and only one of 10 NART Spiders ever built. While we can day dream about what we would do with this insane amount of money, all proceeds will benefit charity.
1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta
Sold for: $9,460,000
About the car: This Ferrari is one of only nine examples built. The, 14-Louver has an extensive racing history including participation in the Mille Miglia and the Coppa Inter-Europa. A recent winner at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the curvy red beauty has been well documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
1953 Ferrari 375 M Spider by Pinin Farina
Sold for: $9,075,000
About the car: Under the care of the same owners since 1968, this Ferrari is a 1954 SCCA National Champion. Commissioned, raced, rare and owned by Jim Kimberly this 375 M Spider is only one of 12. But it is the only one that features pontoon-fenders.
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante
Sold for: $8,745,000
About the car: If you can believe it, this ’37 Bugatti features the original chassis, engine and coachwork. Awarded ‘First in Class’ and the ‘French Cup’ award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this well-maintained 57SC has been well documented by Bugatti historian Julius Kruta.
1997 McLaren F1
Sold for: $8,470,000
About the car: Considered a landmark in automotive design, this ’97 McLaren F1 has only 14000 original miles and has been maintained by McLaren. The silver supercar also came complete with tools, fitted luggage, service records and more.
1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster by Carrosserie J. Saoutchik
Sold for: $8,250,000
About the car: As the oldest on the list, this stunning ’28 Mercedes-Benz is last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ‘Best in Show’ winner. Displayed at the 1929 New York Auto Salon, this 680S Torpedo Roadster is one of three short-windshield examples and the only known survivor.
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 Special Roadster by Sindelfingen
Sold for: $7,480,000
About the car: This 540 Special Roadster is a one-off car (owner commissioned), featuring matching numbers and the original five-speed transmission. Just restored, it was once a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winner.
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione
Sold for: $7,150,000
About the car: Pretty in white, this Ferrari is one of the first 250 GT competition cars. Delivered new to racing driver Alfonso de Portago, it has participated in the Mille Miglia 15 times between 1984 and 2013. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini also documented its history.
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione
Sold for: $4,840,000
About the car: The only Alfa Romeo featured here, this is a rare example. As the first of the Post-war Alfa competition models, it is the last remaining example of the two built. The 6C 2500 was a 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance class winner and participated in the Mille Miglia multiple times.
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti
Sold for: $4,070,000
About the car: A successful period racer, this 750 Monza Spider has an original matching numbers engine. Participating 10 consecutive times in the Mille Miglia, this ’55 Ferrari is one of the most rewarding sports cars of the era.