Monterey Car Auction 2019 Sales

$245m of Sales at 2019 Monterey Car Auction

Despite being a 34% drop on the $317m worth of sales at the 2018 event, there were plenty of smiles on show at the 2019 Monterey Car auction.

A Le-Mans spec McLaren F1 was sold in auction along with Niki Lauda's championship-winning Ferrari 312T!

With total sales accounting for $245m, which cars stole the show? Check out some of our top picks!

Kicking off our countdown is the 1975 Ferrari F1 challenger, the 312T.

5 - 1975 Ferrari 312T - $6m

1975 Ferrari 312T sells for $6m at 2019 Monterey Car auctionImage Via - Grand Prix History

What a sale!

1975 was the year Ferrari was on the top step of the podium as Niki Lauda triumphed with the Ferrari 312T scoring 5 wins.

The '75 championship was a special one for Lauda as it was here where he secured his first of 3 championships.

That title-winning car went under the hammer and sold for a massive $6m!

One of the most distinctive features of this car was the triangle-shaped air intake and it's aerodynamically-inspired styling.

Formula 1 cars have been hitting the auction block recently. Check out the title winning FW14B when it went under the hammer at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Nigel Mansell's F1 Car up for Auction!

4 - 1965 Ford GT40 Prototype Roadster - $7.65m

1965 Ford GT40 Prototype Roadster sells for $7.65m at Monterey Car auctionsImage Via - RM Sotheby's

Moving from Formula 1, we land on the Ford GT40. 

An iconic car series but this car is quite special. Why?

The GT40 was created to relinquish Ferrari's stranglehold at Le Mans and it did just that by starting their own era of domination. 

A lot of that success can be attributed to their extensive research and development program which is where this car comes in.

Acting as one of the development cars for their championship campaign, it's been largely kept in its original form.

One of 12 prototypes, this rare car sold for over $7.6m!

3 - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB - $8.1m

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB sells for $8.1m at Monterey Car auctionImage Via - RM Sotheby's

Ferrari are back in the countdown with the stunning 250 GT.

Finished in a stunning Grigio Argento, it's been complimented with Rosso Vaumol leather. This all comes together to create an extremely popular Ferrari with collectors and it's difficult to argue with it!

What makes this car significant is not that fact that it's restoration was supervised by the Ferrari Classiche department but what's under the hood!

When Ferrari created this car, it was nearly as powerful as the race-going car but built for the road. 

The car didn't disappoint in auction. An $8.1m sale made this one of the most expensive cars sold during the whole event.

2 - 1958 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spider - $9.9m

1958 Ferrari 250 California LWB Spider sells for $9.9m at Monterey Car auctionImage Via - RM Sotheby's

Just shy of the $10m mark, the 1958 Ferrari 250 California Spider has set pulses racing since its beginning.

What's remarkable about the California Spider is how it came about. 

It was Ferrari's US distributors who recognised a need for the convertible 250 GT Berlinetta.

Essentially, the American market wanted all the performance of the 250 Berlinetta but a roof, so they could drive top down along the cost of sunny California and race it hard when necessary. 

Number 11 of only 50 created, the V12-powered car produced just over 222bhp from a 2.9L engine.  

1 - 1994 McLaren F1 “LM-spec” - $19.8m  

1994 McLaren F1 “LM-spec” sells for $19.8m at Monterey Car auction Image Via - RM Sotheby's

The biggest seller of the whole weekend was a McLaren F1 but this one is different because it's the Le Mans spec!

A game-changer when it was first introduced, Gordon Murray was tasked by Ron Dennis to build a 'perfect car, without limitations' and what a job!

One of the key areas looked at were aerodynamics and this is illustrated in its shape and also speed. 

McLaren took the F1 to Le Mans and secured victory but they upped the ante and brought the LM-spec.

The difference is a GTR racing engine capable of 680 hp and a high downforce kit (front vents, new rear wing and revised nose) which created a potent challenger.

This car sold in auction for $19.8m and became one of the stories of the weekend along with our number 1 spot!

Final Words

What was your favourite sale? Hit the comments and let us know!

Our favourite sale was the Ferrari 250 California Spider.

A glorious mix of performance and beauty, if I had the choice to drive around the Amalfi coast with a car, it would probably be that!

The McLaren F1 sale is quite significant and illustrates how much it's revered by the car community.

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