One of the premises behind our auction picks stories is that we don’t care about the prices or even necessarily the provenance of the collector vehicles on display. What matters here is purely personal taste: We give our reporters and editors the freedom to wander around an auction house’s offerings and then share what they liked the best.
The only requirement is that a reporter or editor select at least six vehicles for what we refer to as a “Pick 6” feature display.
Sometimes the cars selected and shared are, indeed, the most desirable, the most expensive on the docket. But like people who collect anything, price and even rarity aren’t always the key criteria.
“Buy what you like,” is perhaps the best advice anyone can hear, and that’s we’re trying to do here, to share with you what we or – in this specific case — what I liked best as I strolled the preview for Bonhams’ big auction Friday at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley on the Monterey Peninsula.
Oh, and it says something about the quality of the Bonhams’ docket that I couldn’t restrict myself to only six vehicles but instead am sharing a full delightful dozen (at least to my eyes).