August, 2015 -- We just arrived in Monterey for Car Week. Where to start! There are more than 50 automotive events scheduled in Monterey and the surrounding area, all leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday. The heritage of this weeklong car fest can be traced back to 1950, when a group of sports car owners decided to start a road race and Concours at Pebble Beach. Apparently, their enthusiasm for cars was contagious, because over the next 60+ years, the number of events has grown in number and diversity.
The average temperature for the next several days is 75 degrees, with no rain in sight. Fantastic weather, the Monterey coastline, and classic cars everywhere you look. It's defintely going to be a banner week. Here are some of the events we plan to attend.
First off, we we stopped by "The Little Car Show." This year, the show featured Japanese vehicles, but any vehicle 1975 or older, under 1,601cc and all electric vehicles were included. Here are a few of the little cars.
Next stop, Mecum in Monterey. Their auction began on Thursday, and will continue through Saturday. One of the stars of the show, which was auctioned on Friday, is a rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible. Only 14 of these were built, and only 9 of them had automatic transmissions. We were part of the excitement as the bidding for this rare Cuda continued to escalate. It hammered down at $2,250,000.
Some of the other top sellers at Mecum.
RM/Sothebys', Gooding & Company's, and Bonhams' auctions are well underway, and although Ferraris are always popular, particularly in the Monterey sales, other marques have also fared pretty well this year. Last year, all of the highest selling cars from the 3 auction houses were Ferraris, and Ferraris ruled again this year.
Here are the top three sellers of RM/Sothebys' auction. Prices include sales commission.
This 1953 Jaguar and 1956 Ferrari Berlinetta tied for third highest sale of the RM/Sotheby's auction.
Here are the top four sellers of Goodings & Company's auction. Prices include sales commission.
This 1961 Ferrari 260 California Spider was the highest sale of Goodings auction.
Here are the top four sellers of Bonhams' auction. Prices include sales commission.
This 1951 Ferrari 212 was the 4th highest seller at Bonhams.
The Tour d'Elegance, which is held in Carmel, is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and spectators are invited to view the Tour at key points along the route. It is important to note that the Tour and the Concours are directly linked. If two vehicles tie in class competition at the Concours, the vehicle that has successfully completed the Tour gets the nod. Here's are some of the cars that stopped in after their trek along 17 Mile Drive.
|For our video of the 2014 Tour d'Elegance, click here.|
|For our coverage of the 2015 Concours d'Elegance, click here.|