This year’s trip to Monterey was very different from years past. Spirits were high, bidding was vigorous, and the fun was never-ending…until we got home of course. There seemed to be an aura of good times in the air as the economy has begun to pick itself out of the doldrums. Someone told me that […]
This year’s trip to Monterey was very different from years past. Spirits were high, bidding was vigorous, and the fun was never-ending…until we got home of course. There seemed to be an aura of good times in the air as the economy has begun to pick itself out of the doldrums. Someone told me that the average person going to Monterey car week for the first time spends over $5,000: I can tell you that there was certainly an uptick in attendance this year more than ever with tens of thousands of people flocking to the Peninsula. We kept ourselves busy from the moment we landed until the 20 minutes we had left to catch our 10:30 red-eye flight home. Everything spanning from meetings to redline driving down the 101 coastal highway.
The first main event for us was offering a scruffy but honest 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe. A solid California car from new, it presented well as a “one-repaint” original driver with matching numbers. It drove very well and at one point, driving through Carmel valley, we found ourselves trying to keep up with a chap in a Bugatti Veyron which was interesting to say the least! It was swiftly purchased by a gentleman from overseas but not until we thoroughly enjoyed it driving around the peninsula. Below are some photos of the breathtaking views with the Porsche:
Next event was Adolfo’s personal favorite; the Legends of the Autobahn Show. Obviously, the focus was Mercedes-Benz and BMW. This small time show is great because of the ability to interact with the owners and talk cars. Polar opposite of the main Pebble Beach Concour. This year the organizers complied an exceptional line up of Mercedes Pagoda’s in celebration of the 50th Anniversary. A show stopper 280SL finished in Anthracite Grey over Red complete with CA Black Plates won our hearts. An E30 BMW M3 is next on the list of must own cars for us, but could not locate any at the show. If you know or own one that you are thinking about selling; please call! We are looking forward to the Legends of the Autobahn east coast show later next month.
The last two days were equally as fun but much more hectic. Sunday was the day everyone was waiting for; Pebble Beach Concours Sunday where some of the most important car in the world all gathered together on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. The gathering of 8C competition Alfa-Romeos and preservation class cars were our favorites. Our good friend had a beautiful pre-war Lincoln sedan formerly owned by the Stetson Hat family with the sister car next to it on the lawn. The same car Adolfo had the pleasure of being on the Pebble Beach tour in cruising the Leguna Seca Race track. Ultimately, the 1934 Packard 1108 Dietrich Convertible owned by Judge Cassini won the Best in Show Award. We concluded our trip with a visit to the Black Hawk Museum which was almost as good as Pebble Beach and a dinner with our friends over at Fantasy Junction.
Take a look at our “Alternative Investments” blog for the Monterey Auction wrap-up with our insights being right in the room when cars such as the Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T Spider sold for 25 Million dollars. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook for more photos!