Monterey Car Week is fast approaching, which likely means another round of record setting auctions. Some say the collector car market is experiencing somewhat of a bubble in its current state, but going by what’s on offer this week and how much it’s projected to go for, it’s not a bubble that won’t be bursting anytime soon.
Here are the 10 cars you should keep an eye on.
10. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am
Estimated price: $1,000,000 – $1,300,000
Why it’s cool: The Trans Am series of the late 60s and early 70s provided some of the best racing ever seen, and the Kar Kraft Mustangs were consistently at the pointy end of the field. Plus, this one ready to go should you get the itch to go vintage racing.
9. 1990 Ferrari F40
Estimated price: $1,200,000 – $1,400,000
Why it’s cool: Widely considered one of the best Ferraris ever built, we probably don’t need to sell you on the Ferrari F40. But, this particularly well kept example has just 1,490 miles on the clock and recently had a full service.
8. 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO
Estimated price: $1,250,000 – $1,750,000
Why it’s cool: Porsche only built 11 911 GT2 Evos, so it’s not often that one comes up for sale. Factory rated at 600 horsepower and race ready, it’s as fast as it is rare. Who needs water cooling?
7. 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV
Estimated price: $1,900,000 – $2,200,000
Why it’s cool: Lamborghini only built 10 examples of the race-inspired Miura SV, making it one of the most sought-after Lambos in the world. This spectacular example was originally purchased in South Africa by legendary RAF pilot and WWII veteran, Captain Arthur Mechin.
6. 1932 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Estimated price: $2,500,000 – $3,000,000
Why it’s cool: This is what supercars looked like in 1938. This beast sports the same Vanden Plas coachwork of the Bentley racers that were so successful at Le Mans, and it’s massive 8.0-liter, six-cylinder engine produces a health 220 horsepower.
5. 1966 Ford GT40
Estimated price: $3,750,000 – $4,250,000
Why it’s cool: This is one of only 31 original Mk 1 Ford GT40s built for road use. This particular example spent most of its early years as a Ford promotional vehicle, but a private owner later bored out the V8 from 302-cubic inches to 351. The larger engine now produces around 450 horsepower.
4. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’
Estimated price: $7,000,000 – $9,000,000
Why it’s cool: Ferrari 250 GTOs are so passé. With only nine examples built, this 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ is even more exclusive, and is arguably just as pretty. It has a decent competition history too, having competed at the 1956 Mille Miglia and the 1959 Tour de France.
3. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000
Estimated price: A lot
Why it’s cool: The Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 is so rare (this is the only one) that no one is all that sure how much it will sell for. This is the car that started it all for Shelby — take a big American V8 and shoehorn it into the chassis of a British-built A.C. Ace. It was capable of doing 0-60 in 4.2 seconds in 1962, which is still utterly bonkers in 2016.
2. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider
Estimated price: $20,000,000 – $25,000,000
Why it’s cool: Aficionados refer to the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 as the Bugatti Atlantic of Italy, but this example might eclipse its French counterpart car in terms value and exclusivity. It’s believed to be one of only 12 8C 2900s still in existence with Touring Spider bodywork.
1. 1955 Jaguar D-Type
Estimated price: $20,000,000 – $25,000,000
Why it’s cool: Jaguar D-Types won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, but this is the only example that has survived intact since its win. Run by the legendary Ecurie Ecosse team, it was the first of five D-Types to finish the 1956 race in the top six. A must-have for any top-tier car collection.
Jaguar D-Type image by Patrick Ernzen courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Ferrari 250 GT Competizione, Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000 and Bentley 8-Litre Tourer images by Darin Schnabel courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Lamborghini Miura SV image by Ryan Merrill courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Ferrari F40 image by Brian Buchard courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Ford Mustang Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am and Ford GT40 images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Porsche 911 GT2 EVO image courtesy of Mecum Auctions