Monterey Car Week has been and gone again and many of the world’s most beautiful, exclusive and expensive cars have been bought and sold, not least a certain 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

1.RMS 250 GTO

Previously owned for 18 years by a Microsoft software architect, after 10 minutes of tense bidding at RM Sotheby’s sale on Saturday 25th August it went for the princely sum of $48,405,000 (gross), thus eclipsing Bonhams’ previous $38m auction world record set during Monterey Week 2014 for another 250 GTO.

Other records were broken too, but fortunately, and unlike a few times times in the past, there appears to be no bubble about to burst.

NB. All sales figures quoted are gross, inclusive of buyer’s commission.


2.Bonhams Alfa 6C

Bonhams was first out of the blocks with a 10am start at Carmel’s Quail Lodge on Friday 24 August. By the time the hammer fell on the 135th and final car offered it had sold a healthy 86% of them, with no less than ten comfortably realising in excess of $1m apiece. Although all this added up to a total sale of a little over $36.5m it was nigh on $18.7m less than last year, 2017’s figure being helped by the sale of the $15.62m McLaren F1.

3.Bonhams Merc 540K

Bonhams’ star lot this year was a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competitzione which achieved $3,525,000, while a stunning 1937 Mercedes 540K roadster ran it close at $3,277,500.


Among the younger and more affordable (by Monterey standards) cars sold were:

1999Ferrari F355 Spider$95,200
2002BMW Z8$184,800
2008Ferrari F430 Scuderia$190,400
2009Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider$268,800
1995Ferrari 512M$268,800
2006Ford GT$335,000
1997Porsche 993 Turbo$489,000
1996Ferrari F12 TDF$785,000
1996Porsche 993 GT2 Club Sport$1,105,000
2015Porsche 918 Weissach$1,407,500

Bonhams’ more modern non-sellers were few:

2005Ferrari 575M Superamericaest. $350-450k
2011Ferrari 599 GTOest. $550-650k
2018Bugatti Chironest. $3.3-3.9m


Friday evening is prime auction time, but RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Co held part 1 of their two-part sales simultaneously, thus somewhat diluting each other’s time-slot advantage. However, this clash didn’t prevent them both from selling very different cars for over £20m apiece.
4.RMS Aston DP215

Those in the room at the Monterey Conference Centre on the Friday evening had the pleasure of seeing the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 ‘Project’ car go for $21,455,000. That makes it the third most expensive British car ever – just behind the $21.78m Jag D-Type and the $22.55m Aston DBR/1, both also sold by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

The climax of RMS’ Saturday evening event, and arguably of the entire week, was the highly anticipated sale of the 250 GTO. $48.4m exceeded the car’s $45m pre-auction estimate and, as mentioned, it’s a new auction world record, but its some way short of the reported $70m transferred in a private sale for another 250 GTO earlier this year.

5.RMS Ford GT

Another big gun was an ex Le Mans 1966 Ford GT Mk. II which achieved $9,795,000 on the night, while over both days RM Sotheby’s sold a further 20 or so cars for over $1m.

150 cars went under RMS’ hammer, with 125 of them (83.33%) selling for a gross total of $158,109,330, some $25.3m more than the firm achieved in 2017.

RM Sotheby’s

Among the newer cars to sell were:

2003Aston Martin DB AR1$280,000
2005Ford GT$324,000
2005Ferrari 575M Superamerica$340,000
2016Porsche 911R$379,000
2012Lexus LFA$434,000
2011Porsche 911 GT2 RS$445,000
2018Aston Martin Vanquish$841,000
2014McLaren P1$1,820,000
2014Ferrari LaFerrari$3,305,000

Unsold cars built in the last 35 years were few:

1988Lamborghini LM002est. $350-450k
1994Lamborghini Diablo SE30est. $525-725k
1984Ferrari 288 GTOest. $2.75-3.25m


6.Gooding Duesenburg

Those present at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Centre on the Friday evening saw Goodings find a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ a new home for for a cool $22 million.

Other big-bucks heavyweights sold over the weekend included a 1955 Porsche RS Spyder ($4,455,000), a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial ($5,005,000) and a 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder ($5,170,000), with a further 20-odd cars also going for in excess of a million dollars.

7.Gooding Maser A6GCS

Goodings put 147 cars under its hammer with 122 (83%) of them being sold for a gross sale total of $115,864,500 – almost $24.3m up on last year

Should you be wondering why Gooding’s immaculate black LaFerrari sold for $225k less than RM Sotheby’s very similar example in red, the answer probably lies in their respective odometer readings: 1,014 miles and 150 miles. Sad but true.

Just two of Gooding’s moderns were unsold on the day: a 2014 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse and a 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4. Both are currently ‘Asking price on request’.

Gooding & Company

Among the more modern cars to be sold were:

2003Porsche 996 GT2$126,500
2005Ferrari 575M$181,500
2015Porsche 918 Weissach$1,650,000
2014Ferrari LaFerrari$3,080,000
2007Porsche RS Spyder$4,510,000



8.RMS 250 GTO

This year Bonhams, Gooding & Co and RM Sotheby’s offered a total of 432 cars in all, of which 47% were offered at no reserve and 356 (82%) were sold for an eye-watering $311 million. For comparison, 359 cars were offered last year with 298 (83% sold) for $266m, 357 offered in 2016 (84% sold) and 403 offered in 2015 (88% sold).

So, Monterey 2018 beat 2017’s gross $ total with more cars offered and more cars sold, although this year’s total was helped by the $70.4m achieved by just two cars. At the same time, the average price of each car sold this year dropped to $874k, down from $938k last year, $962k in 2016 and $917k in 2015.

All in all the high-end market remains pretty stable, with the best cars earning their keep, run-of-the-mill cars (a relative term) needing a bit of luck on their side and buyers generally having the upper hand. Nothing wrong with that.

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