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YES THAT’S how many Aus­tralian dol­lars were forked over at this year’s Mon­terey Car Week auc­tions with many as­ton­ish­ing ma­chines fetch­ing equally as­ton­ish­ing prices.

Six auc­tion houses put 1376 lots un­der the ham­mer with 841 ve­hi­cles suc­cess­fully sell­ing for an av­er­age of A$594,503 per ve­hi­cle.

Top­ping the list and be­com­ing the most ex­pen­sive car sold at auc­tion was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Scagli­etti SI coupe that achieved an eye-wa­ter­ing A$66 mil­lion, at the RM Sotheby’s auc­tion, shat­ter­ing the pre­vi­ous record by A$10 mil­lion, set by an­other Ferrari 250 GTO in 2014.

Good­ing and Co took the honours for the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive car sold at the event – A$30 mil­lion for a 1935 Due­sen­berg SSJ Road­ster, a world record for an Amer­i­can car and the high­est price paid for a pre-war ve­hi­cle, while a 1963 As­ton Martin DP215 Com­pe­ti­tion Pro­to­type went for more than A$29 mil­lion at RM Sotheby’s auc­tion.

Other no­table re­sults in­clude a 1966 Ford GT40 that placed third at Le Mans, for a cool A$12.1 mil­lion, both a 1948 Tucker and a McLaren P1 went for A$2.4 mil­lion, a 1981 BMW M1 made A$467,500 and a 1967 Toy­ota 2000GT sold for A$550,000.

Demon­strat­ing the strength of the mar­ket, the to­tal amount spent on ve­hi­cles at auc­tion eclipsed last year’s re­sult by A$70 mil­lion and that fig­ure is sure to in­crease with post auc­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions. How­ever, fewer cars un­der one mil­lion sold than in pre­vi­ous years with many not meet­ing their re­serve.

Cars with low mileage, his­tory and prove­nance con­tin­ued to achieve solid prices and this was more no­tice­able this year, with buy­ers will­ing to se­lect and spend more as­tutely.

While mil­lions were be­ing thrown at some cars, at the other end of the scale a few bargains ap­peared. A Model T Ford, the car that ef­fec­tively re­placed the horse, sold for A$10,000 and a 2008 Mercedes SL550 for a mere A$25,000. A ballistic 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 Black edi­tion only man­aged A$102,000.

Mon­terey threw up a few odd­balls as it does each year with a VW Thing sell­ing for A$50,000. Bar­gain base­ment celebrity prove­nance in the form of Hol­ly­wood icon Shirley Tem­ple’s 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300TE wagon went to a new home for just A$30,000.

Mod­ern su­per­cars failed to ig­nite buy­ers with a 2005 Mercedes McLaren SLR passed in at A$382,000 with half a dozen Bu­gatti Vey­rons and a Ch­i­ron up for grabs, but all failed to find new homes. Note­wor­thy is that apart from

the 1998 Mercedes CLK GTR and 1966 Ford GT40, the top ten sell­ers at Mon­terey all hailed from the 1950s.

Top 10 Sales

1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO SI Coupe sold for A$66 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s);

2. 1935 Due­sen­berg SSJ Road­ster sold for A$30 mil­lion (Good­ing & Com­pany);

3. 1963 As­ton Martin DP215 Com­pe­ti­tion Pro­to­type sold for A$29.39 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s);

4. 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Coupe sold for A$12.1 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s);

5. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe sold for $9 mil­lion (Good­ing & Com­pany);

6. 1955 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spi­der sold for $7 mil­lion (Good­ing & Com­pany);

7. 1955 Ferrari 500 Mon­dial SII Spi­der sold for $6.82 mil­lion (Good­ing & Com­pany);

8. 1957 Porsche 550A Spy­der sold for $6.6 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s);

9. 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupe sold for $6.1 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s);

10. 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Za­gato Ber­linetta sold for $6.1 mil­lion (RM Sotheby’s).

Clos­ing Mon­terey Car Week on a high along the 18th fair­way golf links was the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, with the gold Best of Show rib­bon won by a 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Tour­ing Ber­linetta from 209 en­trants from 17 coun­tries and 31 states of the USA. See next page. 1. The most ex­pen­sive car sold at auc­tion - a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Scagli­etti SI coupe.

2. 1966 Ford GT40 that placed third at LeMans 1966. 3. The Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR 4. Shirley Tem­ple's wagon went for a bar­gain price. 5. 1948 Tucker put a cou­ple of mil­lion in its ven­dor's pocket.

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