classic car auction –

Once again RM Auctions managed to maintain its fame in the auction field by organizing another successful and amazing classic car auction. The audience had the opportunity to see incredible classic cars, rare, elegant and luxurious which took us back in time.

The 2010 Monterey classic car auction was a successful event organized at the Portola Hotel and Spa with total sales of $67 millions and a 95% sale rate. The RM classic car auction offered 221 vehicles for sale and 209 of them managed to find a new owner, statistics which reflect a great classic car auction, well organized, hosting incredible and rare classic cars. Over 1,000 bidders were present from 29 countries around the world such as Brazil, Japan or Monaco. Incredible or not, the price tag of 16 cars auctioned exceeded one million dollars.

The opening night of the 2010 Monterey classic car auction was an all-Ford affair including an exquisite selection of cars from the great Dearborn Company which generated $1 million for charity activities: the money was split between the Children’s Center Michigan and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Classic Car Auction

The star of the 2010 Sports and Classics of Monterey auction was the incredible 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 –C Lago Speciale coupe. This classic car is equipped with a six cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers able to produce 140 horsepower. It also features a Wilson four-speed pre-selector transmission, an independent suspension, a black tobacco leather interior and original wood trim. This car was sold for $4,620,000. The same price was paid for the 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, the fifth of only seven models manufactured.

The list of incredible classic cars auctioned by RM during this classic car auction continued with the amazing 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster. It’s one of the only 51 cars manufactured using the Delahaye chassis and features a Dubonnet coil spring suspension, a six cylinder engine, an astonishing interior which incorporates a stylized eagle’s head on each door panel and an expansive dash panel. This classic car was sold for $3,300,000. Another incredible presence at the 2010 Monterey classic car auction was the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder which convinced its new owner to pay $2,612,500. The modern cars were well represented by the incredible 2007 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione which made it in the top ten Monterey auction best sales. This outstanding car was sold for no more and no less than $1,925,000.

A rare 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan was also displayed at this 2010 Monterey classic car auction and set a new world record for a Tucker model. It impressed with its incredible design and its six-cylinder Franklin engine. It also features a four-speed electric pre-selector transmission, a torsion suspension, the factory AM radio and a set of new old stock luggage. The price paid for this incredible classic car was of $1,127,500.

A small collection of “tinies” was also sold at this amazing event. In the spotlight was the 1963 Goggomobil “Krispy Kreme” TL-400 Transporter van. This “tinie” was sold in the end for $88,000. Unfortunately, the estimated star of the RM auction, the 1958 Ferrari 250 “Pontoon Fender” Testarossa wasn’t sold at this event. Its estimated price was of $10,700,000. What can I say? More luck next time!

All in all, this 2010 Monterey classic car auction was a real success and set new standards for the collector car auctions because of its high quality classic cars, because of its impeccable presentation and because of those who came to buy a collectible car and weren’t afraid to bid and extend their budgets if necessary.

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Car lovers and especially classic car lovers are willing to go the extra mile for their “babies”. And when I say extra mile I refer both to effort invested in restoration processes and deep pockets. This assumption is supported by the many auctions that take place around the world and have as central piece classic cars.

Like any other person, when I look at a classic car I appreciate its beauty and refinement, but in the same time I think of prices. That’s why I wanted to find out which are the most expensive classic cars sold at an auction and I know that many of you will share my curiosity.

That’s why I thought about a top 7 of most expensive cars sold at a classic car auction. So, the last place is occupied by the 1962 Ferrari 400 sold for just $3.7 millions. This beauty comes equipped with a V10 motor of 4.0 liters and 340 horsepower making it possible for drivers to reach 60 miles within 7 seconds.

Next in line we have the 1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer sold for no more than $3.74 millions. This cutie, with an interesting and exciting design is powered by a 300 horsepower engine and can reach 60mph in less than 4.7 seconds. It’s top speed it’s around 162mph, but you must admit that it’s quite a catch.

The fifth place belongs to a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta sold for only $4.62 millions. Although the looks might not be so impressive the hood hides a V12, 4.5 liter, 340 horsepower engine and an interior covered in brown leather. So this little baby knows the ways of inner beauty.

Next on our list, the fourth beauty is a 1937 BMW 328 MM with a price tag of $5.84 millions. This silver “bullet” resembles the design of a racing car being the most appreciated pre-war sports car. This car actually competed in the Le Mans race in 1937 and in 1938 Mille Miglia.

Third on our list, is the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod with a 300 power-horse engine and a funky look. This charming car was sold for $6.11 millions at a classic car auction.

The runner up is the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Brianza Spider which was sold for $6.71 millions.  This is another pre-war sports racing car that won in 1947 the Italian Sports Car Championship and also a prize for elegance in 2008. It appears that as elegant as it may be it also knows how to glide on the track.

The first place is taken by a 1959 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione sold for no more and no less than $7.26 millions. Like always Ferrari rules. Certifications were issued to confirm that this is a genuine car that even 40 years later preserves its original grille, the majority of its original alloy and many other details. Nonetheless its performance was enhanced by its current owner. The makeover included a complete engine and the rebuilding of the drive-train.

Now tell me who can not like these amazing classic cars? Who wouldn’t want to be a bidder in a classic car auction that displays these beauties. Well, at least there’s nothing stopping us from admiring the art of the past, the feeling of simpler days and the wonders of past technology.

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