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The 10 Most Drool-Worthy Cars Being Auctioned at Pebble Beach

The 10 Most Drool-Worthy Cars Being Auctioned at Pebble Beach: courtesy rm auctions

courtesy rm auctions

That headline isn’t really fair because just about every car at Pebble Beach this week invites a little bit of saliva to dribble forth. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is one of the finest automobile events in the world and attracts a truly remarkable group of cars in a variety of different categories. The Concours d'Elegance itself takes place on the 18th fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links and cars are judged on their historical accuracy, technical merit, and style.

But the event has grown to be about much more than the Concours. It is probably the biggest collectible automobile event in the United States, and a number of auctions now take place where these prized cars change hands.

So if you’ve got a spare million lying around, we browsed through all the car porn in the auction lots to find the vehicles you might want to spend it on. If you do decide to pick one up, we call shotgun the next time you’re in the neighborhood.


courtesy gooding & co.

courtesy gooding & co.

10. 1956 FIAT EDEN ROC
Estimate unavailable
It’s completely impractical and completely awesome. Former Fiat chairman and all-around cool guy Gianni Agnelli ordered legendary auto design studio Pininfarina to create a car that could shuttle guests from his estate in Nice down to the ocean, and this is what they came up with. Only two such versions of the Eden Roc are known to exist.

courtesy mecum auctions

courtesy mecum auctions

9. 1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA
Estimate unavailable
This isn’t just a Testarossa, this is the Testarossa. Used as the hero car in the 1980s series Miami Vice, the white Ferrari (it was originally black, but director Michael Mann had it repainted so it would show up better in night scenes) has a firm place in popular culture. It went into storage after the series wrapped and has only 16,124 miles on it.

courtesy gooding & co.

courtesy gooding & co.

8. 1967 TOYOTA 2000 GT
Estimate: $800,000-1 million
A Toyota? Damn right, a Toyota. The 2000 GT is what the Japanese automaker developed when it entered the sports car market. Inspired by the Jaguar E-type, the 2000 GT even appeared in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, although as a convertible because Sean Connery couldn’t fit in the hard top.

courtesy mecum

courtesy mecum

7. 1976 PORSCHE 930 TURBO CARRERA
Estimate unavailable
Steve McQueen amassed an impressive collection of cars and racing results during his 50 years on earth. The Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera is the last car that McQueen special-ordered. He requested that Porsche be delivered with sunroof, dual mirrors, limited-slip differential and black sport seats. The code for McQueen’s paint color of choice is still riveted to the door jam.

courtesy rm auctions

courtesy rm auctions

6. 2012 BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4 SUPER SPORT
Estimate: $2.5-3 million
If the Bugatti Veyron is in a class of its own, then the Veyron Super Sport is at the head of that class. This is number 300 of 300 Veyron Coupe chassis produced, and one of only eight built to U.S. specs. The car has 1,200 horsepower and an electronically-limited top speed of 258 miles per hour. Yes, 258.

courtesy rm auctions

courtesy rm auctions

5. 1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV BY BERTONE
Estimate: $2.2-2.6 million
The Miura is widely considered to be the first supercar, and only 148 of the limited edition SV model were produced. Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and Rod Stewart were Miura owners, because as the auction catalog states, “If you owned a Miura, you were someone, you were going places, and you were cool.”

courtesy gooding & co.

courtesy gooding & co.

4. 1962 FERRARI 250 GT SWB BERLINETTA SPECIALE
Estimate: $14-16 million
Legendary coachbuilder Nuccio Bertone ordered a 250 GT SWB from Ferrari and then set about making it his own by adding the signature “shark nose” and a number of other custom refinements like luxurious leather seats. This is the result–and it’s truly a piece of automotive and design history.

courtesy gooding & co.

courtesy gooding & co.

3. 1964 PORSCHE 904 CARRERA GTS
Estimate: $2.25-2.75 million
1964 was the year that the 911 debuted as a production car and the 904 dominated the track. This is one of only nine 904s that the company used in its factory racing campaign, and it finished 10th overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.

courtesy rm auctions

courtesy rm auctions

2. 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ALLOY GULLWING
Estimate: $5.5-6.5 million
Any Mercedes Gullwing (so nicknamed because of doors that open up, instead of out) is special, but car collectors and historians recognize that it is more than just the doors that make them unique. The 300 SL is one of only 29 aluminum-bodied versions, whose lighter frame was designed to keep up with the British and Italian sports cars of its day.

courtesy rm auctions

courtesy rm auctions

1. 2005 FERRARI ENZO
Estimate: $4-6 million
Not only is this an Enzo, one of the finest supercars ever assembled and named after Ferrari’s founder: This is the 400th and final Enzo ever produced. And it’s original owner wasn’t your average rich guy. It was Pope John Paul II. The car, which was donated to charity at the Pope’s request, has unique features like the Scuderia Red paint job normally reserved for Ferrari’s F1 cars and an inscription on the trunk that reads, “This Enzo, unique in the history of Ferrari, as a sign of solidarity for those suffering, inspired by a Great Pope, John Paul II.”


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada.

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