Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey saleYou’d struggle to find a bedroom wall large enough to display posters for the supercars on offer at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale. Quite simply, it reads like a who’s who of the supercar world, as our list of star lots demonstrates. Sadly, none of these beauties are available on a PCP deal.

Aston Martin VulcanSupercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$2,300,000 – $3,300,000 (£1,770,000 – £2,540,000)

If, like us, you were disappointed to miss out on the Aston Martin Vulcan, we bring good news. Build number 11 of the 24 built is available at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale, although you might need to drop more than the original £1.8m asking price to secure this track-only supercar. Still, it’s not everyday an 820 hp, 7.0-litre V12 engine Vulcan is offered for sale.

Maserati MC12Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$1,800,000 – $2,200,000 (£1,385,000 – £1,700,000)

For a number of reasons, you might find this Maserati MC12 more appealing than the Aston Martin Vulcan. Firstly, it’s significantly cheaper. Secondly, it’s road legal. Thirdly, it features the 6.0-litre V12 beating heart of a Ferrari Enzo. One of only 50 produced, with a mere 1,200 kilometres on the clock.

Ferrari EnzoSupercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$2,500,000 – $3,500,000 (£1,925,000 – £2,700,000)

Speaking of the Ferrari Enzo… The ‘F1 car for the road’ is a much overused cliche, but it’s perfectly acceptable when describing this legend from the turn of the millennium. From the nose that echoed that of Michael Schumacher’s F1 car, to the use of composite materials and the F1-esque 660 hp, the Enzo took its driver closer to the action than a Martin Brundle grid walk.

Porsche 918 Spyder WeissachSupercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$1,900,000 – $2,300,000 (£1,460,000 – £1,770,000)

Do not adjust your set: this is indeed an unpainted Porsche 918 Spyder. It’s the only US car to leave factory without a lick of paint, meaning this is very much a naked 918 Spyder. Only the exposed carbon fibre and matte-black plastic wrap are able to protect its modesty, while a Weissach Package gives it Nurburgring-taming potential.

Ferrari 288 GTOSupercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$2,000,000 – $3,000,000 (£1,540,000 – £2,300,000)

Launched at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 288 GTO was sold out even before production had started. By the time it went out of production in 1985, its place at the top table of the Ferrari elite had already been secured. Prices have been rising ever since, as reflected by Mecum’s pre-auction estimate. This European-spec 288 GTO was delivered new in Pennsylvania and has travelled just 11,980 kilometers.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$1,200,000 – $1,500,000 (£925,000 – £1,150,000)

While we’re not suggesting £1m isn’t a significant sum, it does seem like good value compared with some of the aforementioned exotica. Let’s remember it’s one of the most famous cars on the planet and the card every child wants when playing Top Trumps. That is, until the Bugatti Chiron turns up at the school playground.

Ferrari EnzoSupercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$2,500,000 – $3,500,000 (£1,925,000 – £2,700,000)

The Ferrari Enzo is a rare and expensive beast. It was built to pay tribute to Enzo Ferrari and as such was fitted with the very latest technologies at Ferrari’s disposal. A mere 399 units rolled off the production line, but only four left Maranello painted black. Mick Jagger would be a fan. Probably.

Ford GT40Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$4,000,000 – $5,000,000 (£3,000,000 – £3,850,000)

Ford: giving Ferrari a bloody nose since 1966. Check out the price of this Ford GT40 Mk1 – the first road car delivered to North America. Yep, that puts it above and beyond the Ferrari auction lots featured in this gallery. This was Ford’s test and evaluation car and is the only GT40 delivered new with air conditioning, leather trim, luggage boxes, under-sealed chassis and special paint finish. As we know, Ford upset the establishment by winning four consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ferrari F40Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$2,000,000 – $2,300,000 (£1,540,000 – £1,770,000)

For approximately half the price, you could own one of the most iconic cars of the 20th century. The Ferrari F40 adorned more bedroom walls than Cindy Crawford and that tennis poster combined and was built to commemorate 40 years of the company. With 557 miles on the clock, this is believed to be one of the lowest-mileage F40s in the world.

Lamborghini Miura P400Supercar showdown at the Mecum Auctions Monterey sale

$750,000 – $900,000 (£577,000 – £690,000)

For best results, serve with a dressing of a certain Matt Monro song, sprinkle on an Alpine pass, and go easy on tunnels and bulldozers. Forget ‘life begins at 40’, because on the evidence of the Lamborghini Miura — launched at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show — being 50 is where it’s at. This 1968 P400 is simply stunning and there’s not a hint of botox.