Monterey Car Week in California, ending with the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, sees some of the world’s most desirable historic cars cross the auctioneer’s block – and 2019 saw more cars on sale than ever.
The ‘Big Three’ auctions alone – Bonhams, Gooding & Co. and RM Sotheby’s – offered a staggering 543 cars between them, more than a hundred up on last year. While the vast majority of them sold (with 41 changing hands for more than $1m), there were still 141 very special motor cars looking for a new owner when the sales ended.
Among those still available (and it’s hard to choose…), there are Aston Martins from DB5 and DB6 to V8 Vantage and Vanquish Zagato, alongside Bentley 3 Litre, 4½ Litre – and a Speed Six.
As for Ferrari, while huge numbers did sell, those still looking for a buyer include a 196 SP, 225 Sport Spider by Vignale, 250 GT California Spider SWB, 275 GTB Alloy, 288 GTO and Daytona, while relatively modern red muscle included F40 and F50. Meanwhile, from even more recent times, there’s a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale, 2011 599 GTO and 2014 LaFerrari.
Forgive us for jumping around from pre-War to post-War to current times, but (speaking alphabetically) there’s also a Jaguar E-type Roadster, Lagonda V12, Lancia Delta S4 Stradale, Lister ‘Knobbly’, Lotus Elan, Maserati 5000 GT Coupé by Michelotti, 2019 McLaren Senna, Mercedes 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ and, of course, Porsches galore – from 356 to 911.
Altogether, a veritable feast of glorious motor cars unsold at auction – and these are just a select few. For buyers, there are some really great opportunities to snap up the car of your dreams after the auction halls have emptied.
All these fantastic motor cars that have remained unsold at auction are exactly why LastBid exists. While we won’t be featuring any unsold auction lots from Monterey Car Week (we hope to do so next year), we will be bringing you some great collectable motor cars, unsold at auction, very soon. Watch this space and if this is your specific area of collecting interest, please let us know.