Hyper Cars Totalling $390 Million Were Sold During Monterey's Classic Car Week
Last week was Classic Car Week in Monterey California – a massive week-long car show with some of the best cars ever built, and multiple auctions where millions are spent. This year, it looks like at least $390 million changed hands between buyers and sellers, but we are still waiting on an official total. We should receive the official numbers closer to the end of August, once all sales from Rick Cole Auctions are reported, and all sales are finalized, so expect a slightly higher number – probably closer to $400 million.
This year, RM Sotheby’s auction alone pulled in $172 million in sales, and had the highest sale this year – a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe that pulled in a whopping $17.6 million dollars. It is not as high as the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for a record-breaking $38 million last year, but it is noteworthy nonetheless. Between all of the auctions, the average sale price was $497,000 and the median price was just over $96,000.
Total sales are actually down from last year, but that record-breaking sale of the ’62 Ferrari 250 GTO last year had an extra impact on the sales total. Despite the slight decline in overall sales, nobody is really sweating – just 10 years ago, recorded sales were only $79 million. Think about that for a minute. This year, it only took five cars to approach that total. A 1953 Jaguar E-type Lightweight Roadster sold for $13.2 million, a 1998 McLaren P1 LM Coupe went for $13.7, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB coupe went for $16.5 and its slightly older, but topless variant– a 1961 Ferarri 250 GT California SWB Spyder – went for $16.8 million. Add in the $17.6 million from the ’64 Ferrari I mentioned earlier and the five cars collectively brought in $77.8 million dollars. Sure, maybe all of this means little to you. If you are like me, you are lucky just to watch from the sidelines. Keep in mind, however, that there is more to it than some overly wealthy old guys spending a lot of money and trading expensive collectibles.
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