Monterey Car Week is no ordinary gathering—it's where the world's most discerning car enthusiasts converge, with their eyes set on acquiring rare mechanical marvels for their collections. Set against the backdrop of Northern California's stunning coast, this annual event brings some of the rarest classic supercars out of private collections and into the limelight. Here, you don't just admire these coveted vehicles; you observe where the bids land, who savors victory, and who seizes the unexpected prize of the season.
In this feature, MPH.com provides a detailed look at the exceptional classic supercars set to be auctioned at Monterey Car Week. Highlighting vehicles renowned for their historical significance, engineering prowess, and aesthetic appeal, this carefully curated list provides an insightful perspective on vehicles that represent a fusion of elegance, scarcity, and ingenuity within the automotive industry.
Price Range: $5,500,000 - $7,000,000 USD
This exquisite 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer, chassis number 57512, represents a crowning achievement in pre-war automobile design and engineering. Known for an elegance and luxury often likened to the finest Swiss timepieces, this vehicle stands at the very pinnacle of Bugatti's celebrated legacy.
The Type 57S was introduced in 1936, offering a completely re-engineered chassis with an exceptionally sporting design. Chassis 57512 was delivered new to Maurice Fox-Pitt Lubbock, the future Vice-Chairman of Rolls-Royce, and a close friend of Jean Bugatti. The car was upgraded with a supercharger around 1946, transforming it into a 200-horsepower 57SC variant, capable of reaching 120 mph—a remarkable feat for its time.
Of all the Type 57S models, only two were provided with four-seat open tourer bodies by British coachbuilder Corsica, and 57512 is one of them. The design emphasizes grace and finesse, featuring carefully crafted side-mounts and elongated fenders that conceal the oil tank and lend a dramatic finish to the rear profile.
The car's provenance is equally remarkable, as it has been thoroughly documented in several respected books on the model. It recently emerged from a comprehensive restoration by RM Auto Restoration, clocking nearly 6,000 man-hours and $700,000 in invoices. The restoration meticulously retained its original chassis, engine, gearbox, differential, and body.
Chassis 57512's distinctive styling hallmarks include a single row of elongated louvers on the bonnet sides, oversized “Stephen Grebel” headlamps, and elongated fenders, evoking a hint of Bugatti’s legendary Type 41 “Royale.”
Price Range: $3,500,000 - $4,250,000 USD
One of just 53 genuine Jaguar C-Types ever produced, chassis number XKC 024 stands as an illustrious example of Jaguar's legendary racing heritage. Presented in its factory-correct British Racing Green, this vehicle resonates with both history and prestige.
Chassis XKC 024 was hand-assembled on 3 October 1952 and fine-tuned by Jaguar factory test driver Norman Dewis. The incredibly detailed road test report, prepared by Dewis, is part of the accompanying documentation.
With an exciting race history, XKC 024 was piloted by Phil Hill to a spectacular 2nd overall finish at the Lone Star 200 in Austin, Texas. Later, Pearce "Pete" Woods achieved 1st overall at the six-hour Torrey Pines endurance race in 1955.
XKC 024 underwent a serious crash in 1953 and was restored using a new chassis and other parts. Subsequently, the car emerged victorious in various races, a testament to its enduring appeal and performance.
The car's ownership chain is well-documented, passing through various hands until a full restoration by marque experts in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. Since then, XKC 024 has regularly participated in rallies, events, concours displays, and even served as a daily driver.
The offering of this C-Type marks the first time in nearly three decades that it has been up for sale. Along with the car, the sale includes a generous file of period racing photos and other documentation.
A symbol of Jaguar's dominance in the 1950s and a testament to innovative design and engineering, the 1952 Jaguar C-Type epitomizes the golden era of motorsport. With its streamlined body and advanced mechanical components, the C-Type was a revolutionary model that captured numerous victories on the track. Its lasting influence on automotive design and performance, and the role it played in shaping the motorsport culture of its time, ensures that the C-Type remains not just a collector's dream but an important milestone in the history of the automobile.
Price Range: $2,800,000 - $3,200,000 USD
The 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti stands out as a masterful blend of luxury and performance. This car is the 49th of just 121 examples built, finished in the unique Nero over Beige Scuro color combination.
Known for dethroning the Lamborghini Miura as the world's fastest production car, the Daytona offers crisp handling characteristics with its 352 horsepower engine. This specific vehicle, with chassis number 15417, retains its numbers-matching engine and showcases a comprehensive restoration completed in 2000.
Recognized with a Platinum Award at the 2013 Cavallino Classic and presented at the 2018 Salon Privé Concours d'Elegance, this Daytona Spider's quality and prominence are well-established. Its preservation is immaculate, having been driven only about 150 total miles over 12 years by one owner.
Offering an unimpeded driving experience with its open-top design, this Daytona Spider combines rarity, beauty, and power. It presents a golden opportunity for collectors, with the purchase price subject to a 2.5% import duty if the buyer resides in the United States.
Price Range: $1,250,000 - $1,650,000 USD
This 2005 Porsche Carrera GT represents Porsche's commitment to performance and innovation. A pinnacle in automotive design, it resonates as a landmark hypercar, revered by enthusiasts worldwide.
One of only 644 US-delivery Carrera GTs, and one of only 1,270 built worldwide, this car is distinguished by a signature from the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Porsche driver Hurley Haywood. Cloaked in the quintessential GT Silver Metallic over Terracotta all-leather trim, the car displays fewer than 5,500 miles at the time of cataloging.
The Carrera GT's origin is intertwined with Porsche's thwarted plans for a new Le Mans prototype for the 1999 racing season. The resulting V-10 engine, with its impressive 605 horsepower output, found its home in a car that could accelerate to 60 mph in just four seconds and reach a top speed of around 200 mph.
Featuring a carbon-fiber monocoque, magnesium-alloy wheels, and eight-piston brake calipers, the car's structure and suspension have been engineered for both strength and agility. A retractable rear wing adds downforce at speeds above 75 mph.
The interior reflects Porsche's commitment to both performance and luxury, boasting power features, an effective climate control system, and a Bose audio system. The beechwood gear knob, a nostalgic nod to the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers, adds a touch of heritage to the modern marvel.
Originally sold in Texas in February 2005, this Carrera GT has enjoyed careful ownership and maintenance, including a full service by Porsche of North Houston in September 2017 and a factory recall service in April 2023.
Born from Porsche's Formula One and Le Mans heritage, the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT stands as a landmark in automotive design. More than just a hypercar, it's an enduring symbol of an era, celebrated as one of the last great true analog creations. Its presence at Monterey 2023 promises to be a significant highlight, offering a unique chance to connect with a piece of Porsche's rich legacy.
Price Range: $3,750,000 - $4,250,000 USD
Last on our list is the 2003 Ferrari Enzo, which stands as a tribute to Ferrari's celebrated history and the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari.
A game-changing hypercar, the Enzo showcases the striking combination of Rosso Corsa over Pelle Rossa. Certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2020, this exquisite piece of engineering is accompanied by its coveted Red Book and has just three owners from new, with only 2,687 miles at the time of cataloging.
Following the Ferrari F50, speculation was rife about what Maranello would craft next. In 2002, the world was introduced to the Enzo, a technological marvel with a foundational chassis tub made of carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb, weighing just 200 pounds. It was the epitome of a race car, aerodynamically perfected in Pininfarina’s wind tunnel and powered by a newly-built 65-degree Tipo F140B V-12 engine, the largest since the 712 Can-Am race car of the 1970s.
The engine, boasting 651 horsepower and 485 pound-feet of torque, is complemented by a six-speed dual-clutch transaxle, enabling the Enzo to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 218 mph. A limited production of 498 cars ensures the model’s rarity and appeal, with the Enzo serving as a genetic link between the F50 and the LaFerrari.
This US-spec Enzo was sold new through Al-Tayer Motors LLC in Dubai and later found its way to Utah. It spent 14 years with its most recent owner, receiving its Ferrari Classiche Certification Red Book in 2020.
With recent servicing by Ferrari-Maserati of Las Vegas, this Enzo is complete with original owner’s manuals, warranty book, tools, tire inflator, battery charger, service records, and the Classiche Red Book.
Having covered just 2,687 miles and recently coming out of 14 years of continuous ownership, this 2003 Ferrari Enzo offers an extraordinary opportunity to own a piece of Ferrari's legacy. Its blend of Formula One-inspired engineering, unparalleled performance, and Pininfarina-designed aerodynamics make it a landmark model. Its striking presence at the Monterey 2023 event represents a rare chance to acquire one of Maranello’s defining millennial hypercars.
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