2 October 2017

Monterey: journey into the world of vintage cars

Driving
Author
Francesca

The highlights of the 2017 edition and the most expensive cars at Monterey Car Week.

 

In Monterey, California, sold out once again this year.

Hotels and tickets for the events are expensive and booked months in advance, but it is definitely worth it. For seven days, everyone gathers here to drive, try, show, sell, and buy the most beautiful vintage cars in the world.

It is as if you are in an immense showroom, with all the cars subdivided into categories. The panorama is breathtaking: each car is immaculate and in perfect condition.

Here are the top ten most expensive cars we have seen at Pebble Beach during the Monterey Car Week.

In first place shines the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, sold at over 22 million dollars. One of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction, a true icon in the history of motor racing.

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With a sales price of over 15 million dollars the marvelous 1995 McLaren F1 . One of the most expensive Formula 1 cars ever.

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[Credits: Roadtrack.com]

The third and fourth places are taken by two cars that sold at around 14 million dollars.

We’re talking about a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C  and a 1970 Porsche 917. The Ferrari 275 practically wrote the history of motor racing, it has won a lot, everything. All of these victories, as well as this silver example being one of just 12 in existence, explains such a high price.

Instead, the Porsche 917K does not boast a long list of victories but it was used as a test car for the Le Mans.

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[Credits: wikicommons]

In fifth place, we have another Ferrari, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti. The auction price of over 8 million dollars is justified by the stunning lines of this car, one of the most popular Ferraris of all times.

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[wikicommons]  

The price drops to over 6.5 million dollars. However, the dream of driving a car like this one does not have a price. In sixth place is the 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT Prototype. That same year it raced at Le Mans and made history. It has a fabulous design and can even make the previous cars envious. In seventh place is another Ferrari. We’re talking about a 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider by Scaglietti. It comes complete with its original engine and gearbox and is painted a breathtaking dark blue. It’s no surprise that this car sold for over 5.5 million dollars.

Even the last 3 places are occupied by a car sporting the horse. In eighth place is a Ferrari 410 Superamica Series III CoupéFerrari 410 Superamica Series III Coupé from 1959. It is just one of 12 in existence and is painted a dark green with yellow striping: a 400-horsepower rarity.

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[credits: wikicommons]

The last two of the most expensive vehicles at the Monterey Car Week have an auction price over 4 million dollars. The first is a Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, the last gem designed by Pininfarina, perfectly equipped, powerful and a truly stunning shade of blue.

Instead, the list closes with the Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export UOVO by Fontana. Its nickname Egg obviously comes from its aerodynamic and innovative shape. This car has raced everywhere and collected countless trophies: in 1950, the Marzotto brothers raced this car.

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[Credits: LaStampa.it]