If you’re a high roller in the collector car world, the annual pilgrimage to Monterey is a way of staying involved in the hobby, networking, and moving chess pieces on the board of your collection. Still, even for the the rest of us who watch the bidding from the sidelines, witnessing sensational vehicles change hands for big bucks is a summer tradition. Although we’ll have to do it this year online and from the comfort of our own homes, we’d rather miss out on the titter of the audience and the occasional applause than go a year without August auctions altogether.
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Bid? I can't even afford to sit in the audience and watch. The sad thing about all of these cars is that they were meant to be driven, and driven hard, but their value is so high that they can't be. If the hood on any one of them got a rock chip it would lower the value of the car by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. And speaking for myself, if I paid two or three million for a car I'm going to drive that little puppy till there's nothing left but smoke and ash.
Sorry, but I for one will never celebrate a German car (the MB here) manufactured in the middle of the Nazi era for the very affluent. It's none of my business if someone chooses to own it despite its questionable heritage, but another thing to glorify it in shows and articles.
I'll take the 1750 Alfa please. BTW, I know that RSK. I saw it in 1960 at the first race I ever attended, the Thompson (CT) National. Holbert rolled up to our hotel in a new Pontiac wagon, the RSK in tow, a spare motor in the back, and his son, Al, as crew. Later it was owned by Bernie Veihl and was maintained by Hans Zereis in NJ. I had a hillclimb prepped Speedster at the time with some work done at the same shop. As I recall it had the body modified with a longer nose and Kamm style rea end. That's obviously been repaired now. Years later I owned RSK #32, sadly it was a bitsa and beyond my means to restore. I believe it later passed through Ralph Lauren's hands. Love to have a "K", but oh that Alfa!
Im in the process of buying a $1.2M home this week with a 6 car garage, it might be fun to do the 9 least valuable cars headed to auction, as that is what I could afford if the sale goes through. Thanks!
Wow! If these are representative of the most valuable cars at Monterey this year this shows how COVID-19 has ruined Monterey this year. No car shows. No hype. No amazing gatherings and no $15 plus million dollars cars up for auction? :(((((((