With half a dozen high-end auctions scheduled and something in the region of 2,000 lots crossing the block, there should be no shortage of bidding opportunities during Monterey Car Week.
Among the “traditional” houses, Gooding & Company will resume the role of official auctioneer it has held since 2005, organizing its sale on the two days of the weekend of the competition; Bonhams will be at its usual location Quail Lodge and RM Sotheby’s at the Monterey Conference Centre.
Those looking for a bit more pizzazz, meanwhile, might want to research what are usually the most flamboyant performances given by hammer swingers to Mecum and Russo and Steele.
Probably the most scrutinized event of all, however, is the first sale by Broad Arrow Auctions, part of the Broad Arrow group set up by a team of former RM Sotheby’s executives late last year.
The words ‘cat’ and ‘pigeons’ come to mind, especially given the fact that there will likely be a large amount of pent-up, post-Covid money earmarked for the first ‘normal’ Monterey Car Week since 2019. .
Will records be set? And, if so, by whom? Let the bidding battles begin…
Monterey Jet Center, 300 Sky Park Drive, Monterey, August 18.
In view August 17/18. Admission Viewing – Free and open to the public; Sale – Bidders and Guests Only
This is the first live auction organized by the fledgling Broad Arrow Group, the one-stop-shop collector car service set up last year by a group of former RM Sotheby’s executives. But being the new kid on the block didn’t stop Broad Arrow from lining up heavy metal at this inaugural auction.
The star of the show will be a stunning 1957 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ long wheelbase by Scaglietti, above, which could reach up to £5.5million.
Left in poor condition after being involved in a series of minor road accidents, it was discovered and returned to service by former NART mechanic Wayne Spurling in 1975 before being acquired by the current owner over 40 years later.
Other seven-figure deals include a few ‘moderns’ in the form of a LaFerrari (£2.4m-£2.6m), above, and a Porsche 918 Spyder (£1.2m-£1 ,3m), both from 2015.
But the car most likely to far exceed his estimate is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in Snow Shadow Grey, above which belonged to the late James Bond star Sir Sean Connery. Conservatively forecast to fetch £1.1-1.4million, the aluminium-bodied saloon is the only Aston ever owned by Sir Sean – and the sale will include the option to drive with the friend of the actor and fellow Scot, Sir Jackie Stewart. broadarrowauctions.com
Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, August 19-20.
In view August 17-20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sale 5:30 p.m. both days
Admission $40 (£32)
Super-rich Mercedes fans who yearn to own the ultimate 300SL Gullwing car – an alloy – have a rare chance to own one when the 14th of 29 built falls under the hammer. Restored to perfection, it is finished in the ultimate metallic silver grey. RM Sotheby’s sold an almost identical example in January for £5.4million.
This sale also includes 22 cars from the estate of the late pool parts tycoon Oscar Davis, including no less than five Bugattis. rmsothebys.com
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, August 18-20
In view From August 16 to 18, from 8 a.m.
Admission $30 (£24); $20 (£16) in advance
It’s one of Mecum’s smaller events, so it will only offer 600 cars over three days of fast-paced action. With so many lots, variety is guaranteed, and the cars on offer range from a 1911 Kissel Kar once owned by the curator of Reno’s legendary Harrah’s automobile collection to a 2019 Vanderhall Venice Speedster, a crazy trike powered by a turbocharged engine from 1.4 liters.
Interesting is a McLaren M6B Can-Am car owned by Oscar Koveleski in the 1969 series. mecum.com
Russo and Steele
The Old Station, 290 Figueroa Street, Monterey, August 18-20.
In view August 17, 10am-5pm; August 18, 9am-3pm
Admission $30 (£24)
If you’re the type of bidder who tends to get carried away, it might be best to avoid Russo and Steele’s 300-lot sale. Its “auction in the round” format – in which lots are scoured in a frantic display of high-octane action – is a dangerous place for the impulsive.
A wide variety of cars and motorcycles will be on offer, ranging from ‘brass era’ pioneers to 21st century supercars. Sales take place each evening on the verge of 6 p.m. russoandsteele.com
Gooding & Company
Pebble Beach Concours Parc, Stevenson Drive/Portola Road, Pebble Beach, August 20-21.
In view From August 18 to 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catalog $100 (£80), admits two.
Entrance only $40 (£32) for one person
Returning as official auctioneer of Pebble Beach for the 18th occasion, Gooding & Company is the only house authorized to organize its sale within the confines of the Pebble Beach Golf Club where the famous Concours d’Élégance takes place.
In typical Gooding style, the catalog features an eclectic mix of cars that have one thing in common: they are all of exceptional quality. So whether you’re up for a humble offering like a 1967 VW Beetle, a competitive historic race car in the form of a 1971 Chevron B19, above, or a ’67 Lamborghini 400 ‘gentleman’s express’, it is likely to be among the best of its type available. Our bet is on a Lola Mk1, BR2 chassis, while fans of vintage-hued classics will be drawn to a 1989 911 Club Sport in rare lime metallic. goodingco.com