Monterey Car Week is one of central
California’s best annual car events. The week brings forth races,
auctions, shows, exclusive viewings, and car companies releasing their upcoming concepts. It is one of the places to be for car fans, whether you love history or futuristic vehicles.
The best cars auctioned at Monterey Car Week
Every year cars are auctioned at Monterey Car week via Sotheby’s Auction and for various charities. There are several that tend to catch people’s eyes.
Like the “Sally Special” Porsche 911 that, according to
Sotheby’s, sold for $3,600,000 (making it the most expensive Porsche ever sold), the proceeds of this Pixar Cars-inspired vehicle went to Girls Inc. and USA for UNHCR.
This vehicle is Sally Blue Metallic and is based on a 911 Carrera GTS with a 473 horsepower twin-turbo flat-six engine and seven-speed manual transmission. Along with the vehicle, the new owner got:
A book charting the design and development of the car
Original sketches by Suichi Yamashita and Bob Pauley
One of a kind Porsche Design timepiece
Exclusive wheels and a wheel rack
Despite breaking records for Porsche, the 911 “Sally Special” was not the most expensive auctioned car by Sotheby's at the Monterey Car Week. That was instead the 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti, which was sold at $22,005,000.
The 1955 Ferrari, beyond being a beautiful classic, is also an ex-motorsport star. It was driven by Bruce Kessler,
Carroll Shelby, Chuck Daigh, Eugenio Castellotti, Jim Rathmann, Joakim Bonnier, Masten Gregory, Phil Hill, and Richie Ginther.
This Ferrari won 11 victories and received 19 podium finishes out of the 40 races it was in. The buyer received along with the vehicle:
The first trophy from 1956 won by Carroll Shelby
The last trophy from 1958 Carrol Shelby won
The 1957 Nassau racing license plate that’s the original
This auction broke records, as
“RM Sotheby’s auctions totaled $239,258,340, more than all other Monterey auctions combined, and broke a world record for the highest grossing automotive auction ever.”
The concept cars of Monterey Car Week
Monterey Car Week is when many car manufacturers unveil their designs for future projects. For many, at this point, this is when companies show more details and designs for their upcoming EV projects not due for the next couple of years, according to
Kia brought its speedy 576 horsepower EV6 GT to take on megacars. This EV can charge 80% in 18 minutes and reach 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds, topping out at 161. It’ll hit the roads in late 2022 and is expected to be an affordable challenger to the expensive Italian motorsports cars.
Acura’s released their
EV with autonomous capabilities. Acura currently does not have an EV, so this would be their first. They’ve decided to shoot for the moon by including dual driving modes.
One is race car-inspired, and the other is a chill, serene passenger atmosphere for autonomous driving. The car is expected to appear in 2024 and caught attention with its particle glitch grill lights to replace the actual grill. (Something EVs don’t need.)
Aston Martin released two concepts. One for the future is the DBR22, which marries 3D printing and carbon fiber for lightweight structural integrity, and the already sold-out limited edition V12 Vantage Roadster. All 249 vehicles have been pre-ordered, before the unveiling.
Another limited edition vehicle not available for the overall public was the Caramel edition of the Range Rover SV. These were exclusive for 17 guests at the Range Rover House who paid a starting price of $345,000 for the Satin Bronze SUV.
Bentley released the concept for their Mulliner Batur coupe, named after a crater lake found in Bali. This vehicle, due out in 2025, is expected to be one of the last of its kind before the company switches to EVs and hybrids. Only 18 will be made and sold for about $2 million.
DeLorean, yes, that iconic Back to the Future gulf wing vehicle, brought a concept to Monterey Car Week as well.
The Alpha5 premiered and is a four-seater EV that can reach 60 mph in 2.99 seconds, hopefully getting you to the future, in this dark orange blast from the past in a hurry.
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