The First Star Cars of Monterey

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Monterey Car Week is two months away, but the star cars are already stacking up. Here is a roundup of some early consignments:

RM has extended their Monterey sale to three days with the addition of a private collection referred to as “The Pinnacle Portfolio” (pictured). Cars in the collection range from a matching-numbers 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing to a 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. RM’s sale takes place August 13–15. View all the current RM consignments here.

Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction takes place August 15–16. Significant lots include a 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort in special-ordered “paint-to-sample” triple-black (Gooding estimate: $1.6m–$1.8m) and a 1933 Delage D8 S cabriolet ($1.5m–$1.8m). View all the current Gooding & Company consignments here.

Bonhams has consigned a 1949 BMW Veritas Scorpion cabriolet with coachwork by Spohn and a Ghia-bodied 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic for their Carmel sale, taking place August 14. View all the current Bonhams consignments here.

A 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso leads the early headliners at Russo and Steele’s August 13–15 Monterey auction. Visit www.russoandsteele.com for more details.

A 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo special-ordered by Steve McQueen crosses the block at Mecum’s August 13–15 Monterey sale. View all Mecum’s featured Monterey consignments here.

Rick Cole Auctions offers a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at Monterey this year. Bidding is open August 13–15, and you can bid from your smart phone.  Visit www.rickcole.com for more details.

The JR Cannery Row Car & Yacht auction takes place August 12–15. A one-off 1995 Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000 is the early star car (JR estimate: $750k–$1m). View all the current JR consignments here.

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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