Your Monterey Automotive Week 2019 public sale information


Annually, the auctions happening throughout Monterey Automotive Week are the largest indicator of what’s occurring within the traditional automotive market, particularly on the sharp finish of the interest the place collector vehicles commerce for hundreds of thousands of {dollars}.

Once more this yr, there might be six gross sales happening throughout Monterey Automotive Week, and so many vehicles have been consigned that RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams every has added an additional day, Bonhams public sale at The Quail Lodge a two-day occasion and RM Sotheby’s in downtown Monterey spanning three days, beginning with a Evening with Aston Martin single-marque sale.

One other attention-grabbing growth this yr is that each public sale on the peninsula has true top-tier vehicles prepared for bidders. In actual fact, there are extra actually vital vehicles being supplied on the market than I’ve ever seen at Monterey Automotive Week.

So what does this all imply? Properly, it might imply one among two issues:

One is that collectors are both getting older out of the market or have handed away and their collections are being offered off.

Nonetheless, it additionally might imply that collectors are promoting vehicles to allow them to use their cash in different methods.

What I feel is that it’s a mixture of these two that’s happening.

Regardless, for the potential purchaser, what it means is that some very uncommon vehicles have turn out to be obtainable for the primary time in years and this presents a possibility to purchase one thing very particular.

Observe, nevertheless, that such a possibility doubtless comes at a worth. Information are going to be damaged in terms of paying for at the least a few of the actually top-tier vehicles. Nonetheless, there might be vehicles promoting for costs that can delight the profitable bidders.

Following is a have a look at every gross sales venue and a few its featured automobiles, listed within the order during which the bidding is scheduled to start throughout Monterey Public sale Week 2019:

Mecum Auctions

Del Monte Golf Course, Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa, 1 Outdated Golf Course Highway, Monterey. Gross sales start at 10 a.m. August 15. Public sale continues August 16 and 17.

Mecum gives by far essentially the most vehicles on the market throughout Monterey Automotive Week. It takes hours simply to wander round by means of all of them, however there are a variety of gems that make {that a} worthwhile proposition. For instance:

Allard is an up-and-coming marque with collectors and Mecum has a 1952 Allard J2 roadster, a automotive to purchase now as individuals are beginning to determine simply how essential these vehicles are to the historical past of sports activities automotive racing. Discuss racing historical past, in line with the public sale home, that is the very Cadillac-powered Allard J2 that helped to launch Carroll Shelby’s racing profession and will have impressed him to supply his Cobras.

Like Allard, Kurtis is rising as Mecum has a 1954 Kurtis 500S roadster that’s eligible for many driving occasions. Love or hate the styling, this automotive makes a particular assertion, and seems able to earn concours invites.


The Quail Lodge & Golf Membership, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel. Public sale begins at 2 p.m. August 15 and continues August 16.

1959 Porsche RSK center-seat Spyder is on the Bonhams docket | Auction photo

1959 Porsche RSK center-seat Spyder is on the Bonhams docket | Public sale picture

Often a one-day sale, Bonhams has loved so many consignments its sale will happen August 15 and 16. Vehicles embody:

A 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, which I think about essentially the most implausible vehicles Fiat ever constructed. The styling is Jetsons like and the V8 engines are sweethearts. However anticipate to play near $2 million for such a sweetheart package deal.

A 1959 Porsche RSK center-seat Spyder that’s one among solely a handful of those uncommon Porsche racing vehicles. How a lot may it price? A lot that Bonhams doesn’t publish a pre-sale estimated worth.

Worldwide Auctioneers

Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Hyperlinks, 77 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. Gross sales at this one-day public sale start at 5 p.m. p.m. August 15.

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Worldwide Auctioneers is a relative newcomer to Monterey Automotive Week, returning for its third sale at a seaside setting at a degree on the peninsula.

Two vehicles that caught my consideration within the catalog are a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS by Touring, a automotive that ought to drive simply as stunningly because it appears, and, for followers of the outdated Mannix tv detective sequence, the 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado roadster created by George Barris and pushed by sequence star Mike Connors. The automotive is obtainable in unrestored situation and consists of the unique rotary-dial phone.

Russo and Steele

Outdated Practice Station, 290 Figueroa Road, Monterey. Public sale begins at 5 p.m. August 15 and continues by means of August 17.

1952 Tojero Barchetta is on the Russo and Steele docket | Auction photo

1952 Tojero Barchetta is on the Russo and Steele docket | Public sale picture

Russo and Steele phases its gross sales “within the spherical” like well-liked summer time inventory theater or a one-ring circus, and the motion might be entertaining, to say the least.

The docket consists of not solely a 1952 Tojero Barchetta sports activities racer, a automotive that impressed the AC Ace and due to this fact the Shelby Cobra, however a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra with manufacturing unit rack-and-pinion steering. The public sale home expects round $250,000 for the Tojero and greater than $1 million for the Cobra.

RM Sotheby’s

Monterey Convention Middle, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey. Public sale begins at 5:30 p.m. August 15 and continues August 16 and 17.

1965 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie promotion vehicle

1965 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond film promotion automobile

Extra file costs are paid at RM Sothebys Monterey sale than at any of the opposite public sale venues. This yr, bidders could have three days of alternatives to increase the record-setting costs, as a result of the sale begins August 15 with a single-marque sale of Aston Martin automobiles earlier than the everyday (when you can apply that phrase to the RM Sotheby’s docket) two-day public sale.

Talking of Aston Martin, one of many vehicles on provide is the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Automotive.” No, not the one used within the movie however one with all of the devices used for promotional functions for the Bond, James Bond films. My guess is a gross sales worth of greater than $5 million.

One other featured automotive is a 1939 Porsche Sort 64 streamliner, the one surviving Sort 64 and sure essentially the most worthwhile Porsche in historical past. My guess is that it’s going to promote for round $18 million.

Gooding & Firm

Pebble Seaside Equestrian Middle, Stevenson Drive and Portola Highway, Pebble Seaside. Public sale begins at 5 p.m August 16 and resumes at 11 a.m. August 17.

Niki Lauda drove this Ferrari to the Formula One championship in 1975 | Gooding & Co. photo by Mike

Niki Lauda drove this Ferrari to the Components One championship in 1975 | Gooding & Co. picture by Mike

Like RM Sotheby’s, file costs typically are recorded at Gooding & Firm’s Pebble Seaside public sale. Among the many featured vehicles this yr are:

A 1975 Ferrari 312T, the Components One racing automotive that was pushed throughout his 1975 championship season by Niki Lauda. Lauda put it on the pole in all 5 of his begins within the automotive. The automotive’s $6 million to $eight million pre-sale estimate doesn’t appear in any respect loopy to me.

A 1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Superflow IV that for the final 40 years has been owned by the identical collector and thus figures to be a once-in-a-lifetime shopping for alternative. This can be the msot vital post-war Alfa 6C.

This text, written by Andy Reid, was initially printed on, an editorial associate of Motor Authority.