The 100 most valuable cars for sale at Monterey Car Week
Our regular Monterey Car Week auction preview lists no less than 113 cars with estimates exceeding US$1 million. Read on for pictures, links to auction descriptions and all the key info.
1956 Aston Martin DBR1
Estimate: No official estimate but likely to sell for $20 million plus.
The RM Sotheby's press release calls it "the most important Aston Martin ever produced." Only five were made, and between them they won the 24 Hour of Le Mans and the World Sportscar Championship in 1959. The Aston Martin DBR1 is headed for auction at Monterey and expectations are of a sale price in excess of $20 million. See our extensive feature on this car.
Official Auction Description: RM-SothebysLot 148
1995 McLaren F1
No Official Estimate but expect a price between $15 million and $20 million.
The McLaren F1 already began trashing established auction norms early in its life, and the price at auction has already climbed past the $10 million mark even though the car is just over 20 years old.
Only 64 road-legal F1s were ever built and this car is one of just seven F1s federalized by Ameritech for legal road use in the United States. Hence, it is expected to push the sale price beyond $15 million and maybe even past $20 million. If it goes beyond that price, it will threaten the auction record for the most expensive British car at auction (a Le-Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type that fetched $21,780,000).
The car is also expected to become the most expensive modern car at auction, beating the $13,750,000 paid for a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification" achieved during Monterey Car Week in 2015.
Official Auction Description: BonhamsLot 73
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A
No Official Estimate
Given the rise of the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster, it seems likely that the Cabriolet A, B and C versions will follow a similar price trajectory to the much rarer Spezial Roadster.
Official Auction Description: RM-SothebysLot 257