The million-dollar cars of RM Auctions
Posted on: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 7:43 AM by Nicole Gustas
It wasn't just Pebble Beach that had million-dollar cars at Monterey Auto Week. RM Auctions at the Portola Hotel and Spa sold a number of cars that went for over $1 million. We got photos of several of them before they went on the block. 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop This one-of-a-kind 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop finished first in class in the 1948 24 Hours of Spa. At the time, it cost 165,000 French francs, about $98,600 in today's dollars, and was the most expensive car sold in 1938. This weekend, the classic car sold for $4,620,000. 1948 Tucker 4 Door Sedan Tuckers have a history of setting record-breaking prices at RM's Monterey auction. In August 2008, a Tucker sold for $1,017,500, the most ever paid for a Tucker. That is, until this past weekend, when the Tucker pictured above sold for $1,127,500. (RM had estimated it would sell for $550,000-$750,000.) 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta If you'd had a spare $1,567,500, you could have bought this 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta. It's one of only two in existence. 1949 Delahaye Type 175S Roadster This 1949 Delahaye Type 175S Roadster might not have gone for the most money at $3,300,000, but it was certainly one of the most buzzed-about vehicles at the event. According to records, this car was the 1949 Paris and 1950 New York Show Car. It was originally owned by Sir John Gaul, who sold it to Hollywood starlet and socialite Diana Dors. For those of more moderate pocketbook, there was a vehicle in the same color as the Delahaye roadster (if not the same size): 1963 Messerschmitt KR-200 Kabinenroller This 1963 Messerschmitt KR-200 Kabinenroller was a steal at $50,000 — and we can almost guarantee that it would attract as many stares as the Delahaye! For more photos of RM Auctions cars, see our RM Auctions 2010 Flickr set. For more coverage of the other events leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, click here to see all our posts on Monterey Auto Week. For information on all events during Monterey Auto Week, see our Monterey Auto Week and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance page.