Two of the biggest records were smashed on the first big night of Monterey Car Week auctions when RM-Sothebys sold the 1956 Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar for US$21.78 million and the original 1962 Shelby Cobra prototype for $13.75 million. Both cars, sold just a few lots apart, became the most valuable cars ever made in Great Britain and America respectively. The third big record was $19,800,000 fetched by RM Sotheby’s for the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, adding 50 percent to the record for a pre-WW2 car. All the details and links are in the respective reports for each car further down this page.
We’ll look at an analysis of the marketplace in the next few days when all the numbers are in, though at first glance, the marketplace appears in flux with so many very recent cars (Ferrari La Ferrari and McLaren P1 in particular) selling into the top 30.
These are the 30 most expensive:
$2,035,000 – 2014 McLaren P1
One of four cars from Mecum in the top 30, this 2014 McLaren P1 boasted Serial no. #02 (the earliest P1 serial number offered to the public), and was expected to sell for even more than its final price – the estimate was $2,500,000 to $3,000,000. The original car was sent back to McLaren to be refitted with an exposed carbon fiber body, and the sale included the original painted body as well. The 900 horsepower hybrid had only 576 miles on the clock.
$2,090,000 – 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso
The 29th of 350 examples produced of the GT/L (aka Lusso), this car had a bare metal restoration by Motion Products in 2013 and has since been a Ferrari Club of America and Cavallino Classic Platinum award winner and was the cover car for Cavallino magazine.