Each year, The Monterey Car Week features the most rare and exquisite cars from collector car auctions throughout the week to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance at the end of the week. This list contains the top ten most expensive cars that are going to be rolling across the block during the most prestigious auctions in Monterey during Car Week from auction companies such as RM Auctions, Gooding & Co., Bonhams, and Mecum. This “top ten” is a compilation between all of these collector car auction companies and is sorted by their estimated sale price range.
To top our list is this beautiful, one of ten 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider with coachwork by Scaglietti. This extravagant example of the 275 GTB N.A.R.T. Spider is a one-owner car that was owned by a North Carolina business man who passed away in 2007. The car is powered by a V12 engine that produces 300bhp with a 5-speed manual transmission and all numbers match which makes this Ferrari extremely costly. RM Auctions estimates that this rare variant of the Ferrari 275 GTB will sell for over $14 million. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to charitable organizations.
2. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta: $9 million – $11 million
Up for auction by Gooding and Company is this incredible 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta. This car is one of nine off from the factory but with only eight remaining in present times. Powered by a V12 engine, the 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta produces 240bhp at 7,000 RPM. It also has a 4-speed manual transmission, 4-wheel drum brakes, and a 4-wheel independent wishbone suspension. This particular example, a 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award Winner, is original-bodied and has matching numbers. This excellent Ferrari is expected to be auctioned off for between $9 million and $11 million.
This pristine, fully one-off 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen will be put up for auction by RM Auctions during Car Week. This particular 540K is a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance award winner which has a rare 5-speed manual transmission and all matching numbers. The car features an inline eight-cylinder and a groundbreaking four-wheel independent coil spring suspension with four-wheel drum brakes. When 540K Special Roadster was built, it was one of the largest two-seater cars on the road. It is expected to sell for an estimated range of $8 million to $10 million.
4. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo Roadster by Carroserie J. Saoutchik: $6 million – $8 million
This 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo Roadster with coachwork by Carroserie J. Saoutchik is being auctioned off by RM Auctions. The 6 cylinder engine with dual-carburetor Roots-type supercharger is capable of producing up to 180bhp. This particular car is the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Show award winner and it is one of only three short-windhshield examples produced from the factory and is the last one known to exist. It can be expected to sell anywhere in the $6 million to $8 million range.
5. 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pininfarina: $5 million – $7 million
This 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider with coachwork by Pininfarina has a lot to show for including its rarity and its racing pedigree. Being one of only twelve, this car is very infrequent. Complete with a 4494 cc overhead-camshaft that produces 340 bhp from a V12, this racer was exceptionally quick for its time. This particular car has been owned by a single family since 1968. This 375 MM Spider was raced by the owner, legendary gentleman driver Jim Kimberly when it was brand new. It features a 4-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, and four wheel drum brakes. If the car meets its reserve price and sells, it is expected to be for anywhere between $6 million to $8 million.
6. 1955 Jaguar D-Type: $4 million – $5 million
Embracing the fact that this car was a 1950s racer, it is truly a sumptuous classic. The Jaguar D-Type made its debut at the 1954 24 Hours of LeMans and finished in second place falling only to a Ferrari 375 Plus with a 5.0L V12 engine. The next year in 1955, by modifying the engine, Jaguar claimed the first place victory at LeMans. The 1955 Jaguar D-Type is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine which is capable of producing approximately 300 bhp at 7200 rpm and features a 4-speed manual transmission. Being auctioned off by RM Auctions, this D-Type is expected to be sold to a collector for between $4 million and $5 million.
7. 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’: $3 million – $4 million
By the late 1950s, Maserati‘s impressive racing history was a thing of the past. The Italian manufacturer struggled to b balance their budget between the expense of race developments and profitability. To resurrect their successful past, Maserati produced this; the Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage.’ With it’s inline four-cylinder engine that produced 250bhp and 5-speed manual transmission, Birdcage Maserati had been revived. This particular example of the 1961 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ was an entrant to the 1960 24 Hours of LeMans and claimed a victory at the 1960 Nürburgring 1000km race. This exquisite piece of racing history is expected to bring in $3 million to $4 million when auctioned off by RM Auctions.
8. 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé: $2.8 million – $3.4 million
The 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé designed by Giovanni Michelotti and with coachwork by Vignale made its debut at the 1953 Paris Auto Show simultaneously with the 375 America. The fact that this is a one-off model makes this car very attenuate. This luxury sports car from the 1950s is powered by a 3.0L V12 engine that produces 200bhp and has a 4-speed manual gearbox. After being auctioned off by Bonhams, the owner of this car can expect a nice check from anywhere between $2.8 million to $3.4 million.
9. 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder: $2.9 million – $3.5 million
When the Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder was first introduced to the public at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, the 550 was Porsche’s first and only dedicated racer with an open cockpit design. This specific example was raced in the United States from 1957 to 1961 by Suzy Dietrich and Tom Payne. This iconic racer is powered by a flat four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 125bhp and features a 4-speed manual racing spec transmission. This car is expected to sell at Mecum’s Monterey auction for between the prices of $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
10. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I by Pininfarina: $2.75 million – $3.25 million
To finish off our “top ten” list is this 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I with coachwork by Pininfarina. The 500 Mondial Spider Series I is a mid-1950s racer that is powered by an inline four-cylinder engine that can produce up to 190bhp. The car also features a 4-speed manual transaxle, an independent front suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. During the production run of the Series-one, 18 Spiders and 2 Berlinettas were produced. This 500 Mondial Spider Series I is being sold by RM Auctions with no reserve and is expected to bring in between $2.75 million and $3.25 million.
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