After a weekend of terrific Ferrari sales in Monterey, RM Sotheby’s comes back with two more thoroughbred stallions for its London auction on September 7.
The Steve McQueen magic strikes again, this time at Mecum’s auction last week in Monterey, where a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera that was the last special-order car owned by the late film icon raised the roof with an incredible sale price of $1.95 million.
The 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance returned to the classics Sunday with its best of show winner, a spectacular 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet that stood apart from among more than 200 of the world’s greatest vintage cars.
Richard Molke Jr. was walking around his 1965 Lamborghini 350GT with a book in his hand, stopping passersby to show off the history of his most-excellent “barn find.”
“This is my first rodeo with this thing,” said Molke, who traveled to Concorso Italiano from his home in Short Hills, New Jersey. And he wanted to make a good first impression. Continue reading
German car fans have something to cheer about during Monterey Classic Car Week: Two enjoyably relaxed events on Friday that celebrate the solid, innovative automobiles from Deutschland.
For the second year, Porsche has its own standalone car show, the Porsche Werks Reunion, organized by the Porsche Club of America along with a gaggle of vintage-Porsche clubs. Previously, PCA teamed up with the other Germanic show, Legends of the Autobahn, but split away to hold the all-Porsche event last year. Continue reading
It was standing room only Thursday on Ocean Avenue as thousands of people descended on Carmel-by-the-Sea to witness the spectacle of about 200 glorious Pebble Beach Concours show cars rolling into town and parking on the main street. And instead of paying $300-$350 for the concours on Sunday, folks in Carmel could view the cars for free.
Of all the little cars at The Little Car Show on Wednesday in Pacific Grove, Dick Tuttle’s Peel Trident bubble car was the littlest. How little is it? So little that Tuttle easily lifted one side of it to show its undercarriage.
“It weighs 200 pounds,” Tuttle said with a shrug. Continue reading
The vehicles were still arriving Wednesday at the Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey for Mecum’s “Daytime Auction,” so my prowl around the fairways was lacking some of the collector cars that will be crossing the block Thursday through Saturday.
But still, there were plenty of cars, trucks and motorcycles that already were parked on the grass to pique my interest, and I was able to pick out eight that I would like to take home with me. I steered away from the exotic and pricey numbers from Ferrari and such, which seemed like too much of a no brainer, as well as the terrific Porsche 911 Turbo that was the last car ordered by the late movie star Steve McQueen. Continue reading
The laid-back Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue once again led off the events of Monterey Classic Car Week with 18 blocks of the California coastal town closed off for all but the most-wonderful old cars.
Two very different sorts of Volkswagens parked in my driveway recently, one for pleasure and one for practicality. But what they had in common was that each demonstrated how much VW has upped its game and raised its latest generation of cars to a new level of refinement.