Record Monterey Auctions... Again. The preliminary results are in and haven’t disappointed. So far, auction house Russo and Steele are estimated to have reached a total result of $8.6 million, although the company has released no figures officially.
Gooding & Co. has reported a preliminary sale record of $115 million with only 108 cars sold. You do the math. This year’s result surpassed so far last year’s $78 million total. It becomes the second automobile auction in history to top $100m. Helping this record was the highly sought after 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, which reached the plump sum of $11.8m.
If you’ve read our previous article on the other surprise, the 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Lightweight Racing Car used as a camera vehicle in the film "Le Mans," you’ll know it set a new world record for an American automobile sold at auction, $10 million. See our
Pebble Beach Continues To Attract Top Notch Cars This alone should have helped RM's total sales reach at least $95 million, if not more.
Mecum fared very well also with George Follmer’s ex-Can-Am championship victory car, the 1972 Porsche 917 that no less than $5.5 million. This sent Mecum to lead the weekend's volume sales figures with 344 cars sold.
Bonhams sold the much anticipated ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR "Longtail" FIA GT Endurance Racing Coupe, the 1966 Ford GT40 which raked in no less than $2.2 millions, sending the total estimates exceeding $13 million.
Finally, the Best of Show went to the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S bodied by Saoutchik Torpedo.
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So what is the Infiniti Emerg-e Concept doing there? Pebble Beach often attracts new cars aiming to strike a powerful response within the public. In 2005, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione fascinated a crowd and this year, the Infiniti Emerg-e Concept might show these veteran classic car collectors that a newer technology, which, in this case happens to have stunning lines can also be part of a distant future that will one day, perhaps also become a collector’s item.
The first few Tesla Roadsters, as well as the last ones of the series have already reached the collector status, albeit in a different way than those mentioned above. But with electric cars and plug-in hybrids, a new problem arises. What do you do with a depleted battery pack? Replacing it would make the car lose its originality, so maybe keep its first one, and forgo the next ones?
Nonetheless, electric cars and plug-in hybrids might never reach the stratospheric heights an Alfa Romeo 2900 might but could be relegated to the start of a new era. After all, the first gasoline powered cars don’t fetch nearly as much as those made fifty years later.