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Put the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on your bucket list. It’s only the most prestigious classic car competition on Earth: not just a single auction but many, turning this lavish part of California into a kind of Auto Heaven. Here are the most expensive cars sold this year.
1968 Maserati Ghibli Coupe
This is a gorgeous classic, but at Pebble Beach they notice it when a car is a bit beat up, and it brought an appropriately beat up sum: $132,000, disappointing given its $160,000 to $200,000 presale estimate. Oh – that sound expensive to you? Hang onto your hat.
Jaguar D-Type Racecar
The 1956 Le Mans champion won again, costing some anonymous bidder $21.8 million.
1937 Talbo-Lago T-150-C SS
Pebble Beach Week is ritzy everywhere. The Quail motor sports affair is super-ritzy. We still don’t know how Jay Leno got in. Be that as it may, a 1937 Talbo-Lago T-150-C SS won the Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Meanwhile, at the nearby Monterey auctions, a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet won Best of Show.
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K
$3.1 million bought a gorgeous 540K – only 42 built with a closed roof, and this one in the photo isn’t one of them (but don’t you love this convertible’s baby blue!)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider
Price paid: Sporting a 3.0-liter V12 engine (vroom vroom!) this dusky jewel set its new owner back $3.4 million – comparable to a year’s service from an NFL backup quarterback, but much, much cooler.
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta
Only three 340 Mexico Berlinettas were ever made, each of them custom-built for the infamously dangerous Carrera Panamericana road race. Top speed, 174 mph. Price? Only $3.7 million.
1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type
This classic, designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, is packing a huge, supercharged 6.8-liter 6-cylinder engine. Sold! – for $5.8 million.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540k
The 540k’s $9.7 million price makes it the most expensive Benz ever sold. Even in 1937, its $12,000 sticker price made it fantastically expensive for its day. Just one look at this beauty, though, and you get an idea why.
1960 Ferrari 250 GT
When an antique Ferrari is restored by Ferrari in its factory workshops, that adds serious value. A 3.0-liter V-12 engine doesn’t hurt. This baby brought $5.3 million.
1931 Duesenberg Model J
Remember the ‘This car was only driven by a little old lady to church’ line? This classic only had 12,500 miles on it – since 1931. That’s part of why it yielded $10.3 million at Pebble Beach.
1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa
Ka-Ching! At $16.4 million, this Testa Rossa brought the steepest price paid for any car at any auction, ever. At least till next year!