Monterey Car Week is truly a “kid in a candy store” experience for automobile enthusiasts. Whether your tastes veer toward luxurious motor coaches from the early 20th century, race cars from the 70s, modern supercars or futuristic concepts, you are sure to find something that will make you wish you had a spare million lying around to drop on a new ride.
Practicality is not the name of the game here. Some of the cars are tempermental and many lack the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect from our vehicles (good luck finding a cup holder). What these represent is a testament to engineering, design, and art. They are cars that make you feel some type of way.
That emotion, after all, is what driving should be about. And after combing through endless amounts of #carporn, we found the 10 most drool-worthy cars from Monterey Car Week that are guaranteed to make your pulse quicken.
10. CADILLAC ESCADA
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Cadillac is doing everything it can to show that its cars aren’t just for old, rich dudes—and it’s paying off. At Pebble Beach, Caddy unveiled its newest concept vehicle, the Escada, as a statement of the brand’s future design intentions. The Escada is a sporty four-door sedan backed up by a twin-turbo V8 that wants to do a lot more than just piddle its way to the country club.
9. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
There are not many LaFerraris in the world. Only 499 of the supercars were built. Of that limited number, only three came in this matte black color that is officially named “Nero DS Opaco.” The LaFerrari cost more than $1 million new, but the cars have only appreciated in value since then. Which means that whoever purchased this 2014 version, with just 211 original miles on it—for more than $5 million—may have actually followed the “buy low, sell high” maxim.
8. 1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura being released, so it’s fitting that one of the finest examples of the model was sold in Monterey. Only 150 SVs were made and this one belonged for a time to Lamborghini engineer Claudio Zampolli, who oversaw a complete restoration of the vehicle in the late 1980s.
7. VISION MERCEDES-MAYBACH 6
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The Maybach has historically been a car that you are chauffeured around in, not one that you drive yourself. But the new Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept that was revealed in Monterey is every bit a driver’s car. It is an all-electric sports coupe stretched to improbable proportions, with an imposing grill is all Maybach and gullwing doors that are all Mercedes. It is designed to go 0-62 in under four seconds, but also to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge.
6. 1979 PORSCHE 935
Paul Newman is pretty much the coolest man that ever lived. Not only was he an impeccable actor with exquisite style, he was also a badass race car driver. Newman’s butt sat in this Porsche 935, a racing version of the iconic 911. He was one of the drivers who piloted the 935 to second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.
5. 1955 FERRARI 750 MONZA SPIDER BY SCAGLIETTI
It’s pointless trying to resist the charms of this rare Ferrari 750 Monza with its striking blue-and-white livery, especially when you consider that it was the same one raced by legendary drivers Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall, who held onto the car after its racing days were over.
4. 1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE CONTINENTAL FASTBACK SPORTS SALOON
You don’t necessarily think of midcentury Bentleys looking this fast, but the R-type Continental marries speed and luxury in equal measure. Its body was crafted by legendary coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner and is one of only nine left-hand drive versions of the car with an automatic gearbox. The R-Type Continental was once owned by Nicolas Cage, which is a plus or a minus depending on your opinion of Con Air.
3. 1966 Ford GT40 Mark I Road Coupe
The new Ford GT that people applied for the privilege of purchasing takes many of its design cues from this silver bullet. It was the first Ford GT40 ever delivered to America and was put into service as a public relations vehicle so it had amenities (air condtioning, leather interior) that you wouldn’t typically associate with a race car.
2. 1962 SHELBY 260 COBRA CSX 2000
The name Carroll Shelby rings out because the Texan made some of the finest American sports cars of all time, and this is his very first Cobra. It started off as an A.C. Ace and then Shelby added a Ford V-8. The CSX 2000 remained in Shelby’s possession throughout his lifetime and was auctioned off by his family trust, setting a record for the most expensive American car ever sold at auction.
1. 1955 JAGUAR D-TYPE
This Jaguar was the most expensive car sold during Monterey car week and set a record for the highest price of a British car sold at auction by more than $8 million. One reason for the exceptional price tag is the roadster’s storied racing past. It was the overall winner at the 1956 24 Hours Of Le Mans and has had just two owners (now three) since that time.