2014 McLaren P1

The million-dollar motors of RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2018 sale

2014 McLaren P1It wouldn’t be Monterey Car Week if there wasn’t a jaw-dropping set of auction results to round it off. This year, RM Sotheby’s knocked it out the park, with a near-$158 million record-smattered sale.

We’ve rounded up the coolest mega-bucks sellers for your perusal – including a Ferrari that sets a new auction record by which all others must now be judged…

1989 RUF CTR ‘Yellow Bird’

Sale price: $1,022,500 (£792,780)

1989 RUF CTR Yellow Bird

Just pipping the million-dollar mark by $22,500 comes this gorgeous black example of the legendary RUF CTR Yellow Bird. This subtle incarnation of the infamous Porsche 911-derived German speed machine is one of just 29 originals built.

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe

Sale price: $1,655,000 (£1,283,179)

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe

You can’t have a big-bucks sale without a nice stately old Bentley and this 1956 S1 Continental Drophead does the business. It’s the best of the breed, having been recently restored.

1990 Ferrari F40

Sale price: $1,710,000 (£1,325,822)

1990 Ferrari F40

The original hypercar? Though built in relative high numbers, the F40 was born to be a classic. A 1990 example of the original 200 mph supercar hit the block with RM, fetching $1.7 million – even at that price, surely worth every penny?

1948 Tucker 48

Sale price: $1,820,000 (£1,411,109)

1948 Tucker 48

Sat in a twin-turbo hypercar sandwich is this monstrous old slice of (just) post-war American bravado. Tipped as “the most legendary post-war American automobile” in the listing, it’s just undergone a concours-level restoration. Result: a $1.8 million sale price.

2014 McLaren P1

Sale price: $1,820,000 (£1,411,109)

2014 McLaren P1

There’s rarely a high-rolling car auction these days without a prong or two of holy hybrid hypercar trident. The first on our list (hint hint) is this 2014 McLaren P1 – one of just two examples finished in MSO Liquid Silver.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

Sale price: $1,930,000 (£1,496,396)

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

This 300 SL was one of a few in this auction to pip the million-dollar mark. This late model comes in the most desirable black-on-black specification, complete with alloy engine block and disc brakes.

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

Sale price: $2,177,500 (£1,688,291)

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

The first of the inimitable mid-engine V12 Lamborghinis and, as such, the world’s first supercar – there’s little one can say to overstate the coolness of the Miura. This late red P400 SV was once owned by the man that, in (unlikely) partnership with record producer Giorgio Moroder, founded 80s supercar firm Cizeta.

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

Sale price: $3,305,000 (£2,562,482)

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

Ah, the second prong. This stunning LaFerrari comes virtually as-new, with only test mileage recorded since delivery. All of the proceeds are to benefit the College for Creative Studies, Detroit – school of many prominent car designers.

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria

Sale price: $3,745,000 (£2,903,629)

1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria

Quite unlike a LaFerrari, this unique Packard is a stately concours-winning staple of the U.S. Vintage scene, taking Best of Show honours at 2013’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR

Sale price: $4,515,000 (£3,500,637)

1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR

One of the legendary road-faring refugees of GT1, the CLK GTR is a token reminder of a golden age of sportscar racing when motorsport madness spilled over onto the road. This example is number 9 of just 25 built.

1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato

Sale price: $4,515,000 (£3,500,637)

1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta Zagato

The Maserati A6G helped fortify the mythos and reputation of the Italian trident and this Mille Miglia-competing Zagato-bodied example is one of the finest of the lot. Recently restored, it’s a regular concours competitor and winner.

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder

Sale price: $4,900,000 (£3,799,141)

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder

A pertinent buy in this, Porsche’s 70th anniversary year. The 550 Spyder is perhaps Stuttgart’s most famous model in US motorsport. Not surprising, then, that it nearly topped $5 million.

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II

Sale price: $9,795,000 (£7,594,406)

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II

One of those cars you’d think would simply be beyond valuation. Priceless, in a very real sense. As it turns out, this Ford GT40 – one of the three in that legendary 1966 1-2-3 Le Mans finish – clocks in at just under $10 million.

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

Sale price: $21,455,000 (£16,634,812)

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype

Aston’s GTO never quite had its time to shine in period, but the DP prototype GT racers demonstrated Aston’s competition resolve. This DP215 clocked 198 mph at Le Mans in 1963 and was the final David Brown Aston racer.

Ordinarily, a sale price of over $21 million would be a colossal sum. But then along came a Ferrari…

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti

Sale price: $48,405,000 (£37,530,090)

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti

RM sum it up best, really. The world’s most important, desirable and legendary motor car. That’s it, in a nutshell.

This Scaglietti-bodied Series II GTO/64 has a Targa Florio win to its name, topping the list of 15 class and overall victories in period. It’s now once again a winner: it’s the world’s most expensive car ever auctioned, with a jaw-dropping sale price of $48,405,000.

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