Sifting the Auctions for Hidden Gems

The old saying of “Can’t see the forest for the trees” also applies to good deals at the Monterey Car Week auctions.

Despite auction houses working to get high-end cars for record-setting sales prices, there are inevitably a few consignments that don’t fare as well as hoped.

Throw in car consignments that are staged to fill in less-desirable time slots — or to lead or follow heavily hyped vehicles — and a screaming deal will appear once in a while.

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1970 Porsche 917 K

The Porsche 917 K was the direct result of years of intense research. Although it employed the most modern concepts in automotive design, the new car was absolutely in keeping with Porsche tradition. The foundation of the new model was an incredibly lightweight aluminum space-frame chassis. Similarly, the suspension systems made extensive use of lightweight materials such as titanium and magnesium.

Glued to this frame was a striking, streamlined body made from thin fiberglass. Covered in NACA ducts and suspension-controlled Read More

1995 McLaren F1

  • Single-owner McLaren F1 Chassis 044, 37th off the assembly line
  • The first fully federalized McLaren F1 to be imported to the U.S.
  • One of seven U.S. F1s.
  • Original Base Silver paint and black/gray Connolly leather

The car was purchased new by the consignor in July 1996. He then embarked on a European road trip covering about half of the 9,600 miles on the car’s odometer. From the factory, 044 was shipped to New York, where it was converted Read More

1968 Porsche 911 Soft-Window Targa

For 1967, Porsche introduced an open-topped variant of the 911.

Named for the company’s successive wins in the famous Sicilian road race, the Targa incorporated a stainless-steel roll bar, removable roof panel and fold-away plastic rear window for an open-air experience. Many buyers opted for the conventional glass rear window offered shortly thereafter, making the soft-window version one of the rarest models of that period.

This car is one of only 268 believed made for the United States in 1968.

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1956 Aston Martin DBR1

Coming from the finest of all Aston Martin collections, owned by a fastidious perfectionist, DBR1/1 is not only the best presented of the five DBR1s produced, it is also without question the most correct, down to the smallest of details, inside and out.

With its impeccable provenance and enviable racing record, during which this Aston Martin was driven by some of the greatest names in motor racing, DBR1/1, the first of the line and an integral team player to the Read More

1952 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia

The last of four Abarth 205 competition chassis to be constructed, the car offered here is the only example to use an engine and transmission developed from the new Fiat 1100-103, as well as the only example bodied by Ghia. Believed to have been designed by Giovanni Michelotti, it was constructed concurrently with the Ghia-bodied Chryslers of the same period. The Abarth echoed the Chryslers’ broad oval grille opening, wide low stance and canopy-like roof element — but with a Read More

1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spyder by Scaglietti

Evolving from one of Ferrari’s earliest 4-cylinder engines, Ferrari’s straight-six project eventually led to the potent 121 LM.

The rather hefty displacement of 4,412 cc provided much more horsepower and torque than its predecessors. Fitted with three side-draft Weber carburetors, the engine produced a hearty 360 bhp. These were not numbers to scoff at, as this engine was over a liter larger in displacement and produced over 100 more horsepower than a Jaguar D-type.

According to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Read More

1953 Cunningham C-3 Coupe by Vignale

  • The personal car of Briggs Cunningham; retained by him and his family for 61 years
  • One of just 25 Vignale-bodied C-3s produced
  • A well-maintained original car, currently registering 10,097 miles
  • Winner of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) National Automotive Heritage Award
  • Researched by Cunningham historians Tom Cotter and Larry Berman
  • The most significant extant C-3, with unbeatable provenance and originality.

A Cheap, Fast, Fun Alfa Romeo

Picture a sunny summer afternoon on the Pacific Coast Highway north of Santa Cruz, CA. It’s the late 1980s, and two new sport sedans are cruising to the spot where a passing lane opens up.

The challenge is to be ahead of the other car by the end of that passing lane. The contestants are a Saab 900 Turbo driven by your humble narrator and a 2.5-liter Alfa Romeo Milano driven by a friend who shall go nameless, even though Read More

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

  • 2,996-cc, SOHC 4-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder
  • Two SU “Sloper” carburetors
  • 70 bhp at 3,500 rpm
  • 4-speed close-ratio gearbox

Offered here is a very handsome, well-presented and highly usable Bentley.

The car is a proper matching-number example (with a most distinctive chassis number) and it is turned out with delightfully sporting coachwork.

Bentley 3-liter cars are wonderful drivers, with lightness and nimbleness not found in their bigger brothers. Today, Vintage Bentley (pre-1932) rallying is more popular Read More

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