What $36 million Buys You at Monterey


Words by: Jared Paul Stern

This month the annual automotive orgy known as Pebble Beach gets underway

with an armada of McLarens, Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Maseratis and more descending on the bucolic burg of in Monterey, CA. The real heavy hitters however come not to gawk but to buy – it’s also the setting for some of the world’s most exclusive vintage car auctions, headed up by RM Sotheby’s. This year they’re going all out, with scores of collectible classics set to cross the auction block. Mostly it’s down to the single-owner offering of the Pinnacle Collection, which RM says is the “most significant and valuable private automobile collection ever presented at auction.”


The 25 Pinnacle cars are so eye-popping that RM is devoting a whole day to them, having extended its efforts to three days to cover all the mouth water machines it’s bringing to “The Beach” this year. And just three of the cars from the collection – a trio of extremely rare competition Ferraris – are slated to bring in a cool $36 million or so combined. And only one of the them is red. While RM doesn’t release estimates on its elite lots to the general public, DQ can reveal the details to our clients and readers. The king of the hill is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, set to bring in excess of $17 million. The yellow devil is one of just 45 alloy-bodied SWB Competizione versions built in 1960, made even rare by the fact that it was prepared as a North American Race Team (N.A.R.T.) car.

Hot on its heels is another of the most important Ferrari competition cars of all time, a bright blue 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, set to fetch upwards of $11 million. That’s because it is the actual car that instituted the ‘Tour de France’ nomenclature following its overall victory at that race in 1956, driven by its original owner, the legendary Marquis Alfonso de Portago. And last but as the saying goes not least is a 1950 Ferrari 275S/340 America that began life as one of only two 275S Barchettas built, campaigned by the Factory at the hands of legendary Italian racing driver Alberto Ascari in the 1950 Mille Miglia. A relative steal you might say at around $8 million. So get busy with the paddle my friends. And we’ll see you in Monterey.



Words by Jared Paul Stern