Auctionitus Maximus

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring sold $19,800,000

Monterey CA, Aug 18-21 2016 - The massive collection of automobiles available at Monterey Car Week auction houses is hard to describe other than stupendous. We see how stupid smart people get about cars - how is it otherwise possible for so many thousands of cars be prepared to such a high degree of build and presentation? If you make a favorites list, do your homework, get around and you might find everything you could imagine here.

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1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille sold $34,100

The auction houses work all year to get customers in to this point and place - the annual honey/jackpot where everyone that matters greets and gears up for. If you're selling with so many big names to choose from - RM Sotheby'sMecumRusso & SteeleBonhamsRick ColeGooding & Company - one must do a little research to see what types of automobiles they specialize in. Pairing up the right buyers for the right cars is a bigger challenge the higher the price.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione sold $13,500,000

The total sales crown this year went to Gooding Auctions, which executed increased transactions in the face of an overall slight drop in sales from last year. While the annual jockeying for total dollar sales (he who has the best friends and customers) is the prime marketing focus, sales conversion rates may be a better  indicator of the best auctioneer. At this level all can do well even if the crazy market expectations aren't met.

1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder

1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder value at $900,000 - $1,200,000

Professionally built cars ain't cheap - and this game is not for the faint of heart or the light of wallet. For those in need, Monterey Car Week is like a giant classic car dealership town, where you can take your time to shop for something or anything that tickles your fancy. It's the best car window shopping in the world for people that love the beauty, quality and workmanship that exists an persists in this time and place. See you next year Aug 11 - 20 2017.

1956 Volvo Sport P1900 Convertible

1956 Volvo Sport P1900 Convertible Sold $59,400

1974 Porsche 911S Paul Newman race car

 1974 Porsche 911S Paul Newman race car

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 1907 Packard Model 30 Touring (28th Oldest Packard) Sold $305,000

1950 166 Inter Barchetta

1950 166 Inter Barchetta offered at Rick Cole Auction

1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint

 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Sold $77,000

1983 Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan at Bonhams Auction Quail Lodge 2016

 1983 Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan sold $90,200

1954 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Saoutchik

 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Berlinetta Series II by Saoutchik sold $880,000

Mecum Flickr Slideshow (click <409>) or Flickr Album

Bonhams Flickr Slideshow (click <165>) or Flickr Album

Russo and Steele Flickr Slideshow (click <187>) or Flickr Album

RM Sotheby's Flickr Slideshow (click <144>) or Flickr Album

Rick Cole Flickr Slideshow (click <58>) or Flickr Album

Gooding & Company Flickr Slideshow (click <19>) or Flickr Album

by Randy Berg

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