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See the Incredible, Million-Dollar, Vintage Cars on Auction at Pebble Beach

This weekend in Carmel, Calif., the most expensive cars in the world will converge in a massive celebration of beauty, design, and global wealth. The main event is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Sunday’s garden party on the 18th fairway of the famous links. It’s a unique car show that features dozens of million-dollar Ferraris, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, and Jaguars—each competing for a blue ribbon that will add thousands upon thousands of dollars more to their already considerable value. The best part? For days preceding the Concours, the world’s top auction houses will put their finest wares on the block. More than 140 cars are expected to draw deals of more than six figures. If you go to Pebble Beach, keep an eye out for these models

  1. 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: $1,250,000
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    1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: $1,250,000

    This car was brought to the U.S. by sea, through New York, for a secretive Ford executive. After Beverly Hills Sports Cars bought it in 1965, the roadster remained in California until 1999, when a new owner bought it; later a 347 CI V8 engine was installed. The original 5.5" Shelby wire wheels are included. 

    Photographer: David Newhardt/Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
  2. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: $1.1 Million
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    1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: $1.1 Million

    This is one of the few Corvettes that Chevy designed and marketed to actual racers. It has 430 horsepower, a manual four-speed transmission, and an F41 heavy duty suspension. One of only 116 such Corvettes built that year, it comes with a black vinyl hardtop. 

    Photographer: David Newhardt/Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
  3. 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 ‘Periscopio’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $2 Million
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    1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 ‘Periscopio’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $2 Million

    This 375hp icon placed second in its class during the Pebble Beach show in 2013, so it’s primed for a comeback. The car's incredible lightweight body—only 2,800 pounds—will get it to a top speed of nearly 200 miles per hour. Astounding for its era. 

    Photographer: Robin Adams/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
  4. 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe | RM Sotheby's | Estimate $1.2 Million
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    1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe | RM Sotheby's | Estimate $1.2 Million

    When you see this coupe, you’ll notice the whitewall tires and the bold, smooth body: This is considered the most desirable of any vintage drophead model. The S1 is one of only 31 and will hit a top speed of 120mph.

    Source: RM Sotheby's via Bloomberg
  5. 1976 Porsche 930 | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: TBD
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    1976 Porsche 930 | Mecum Auctions | Estimate: TBD

    This is the last bespoke Porsche Steve McQueen bought. It has a 3.0 Turbo engine with four-speed manual transmission, a special sunroof, and a dashboard switch McQueen added in case he wanted to kill the rear lights while being chased on Mulholland Drive. 

    Photographer: David Newhardt/Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
  6. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta ‘Lusso’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $2.3 million
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    1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta ‘Lusso’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $2.3 million

    Another rarity, as the 21st of 350 made, this Lusso has a massive V12 engine, four-speed manual transmission and an output of 250hp. It was designed by Pininfarina and trimmed by Scaglietti, with a wooden steering wheel and a cabin swathed in leather. 

    Photographer: Erik Fuller/Courtesy RM Sotheby's
  7. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: TBD
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    1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: TBD

    This blue-blooded Ferrari is racing royalty, having won the famous Tour de France auto race when piloted by a Spanish marquis. Its V12 engine gets 260hp, pushed by a four-speed manual transmission. 

    Photographer: Patrick Ernzen/Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
  8. 1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged  | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $5.5 Million
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    1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged | RM Sotheby's | Estimate: $5.5 Million

    This is an extremely rare (one of 50) part of Bentley’s essential history. It’s a “Blower” Bentley with all original coachwork, an aggressive supercharged engine, and 30 years of ownership by the same family. Mint condition. 

    Photographer: Darin Schnabel/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
  9. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider | Gooding & Co. | Estimate: $18,000,000
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    1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider | Gooding & Co. | Estimate: $18,000,000

    This particular 250 was marketed to a very specific segment of Ferrari’s American clientele: “young, well-heeled enthusiasts who wanted a stylish, thoroughbred sports car that was equally at home on road or track,” according to the auction catalog. Its tasteful, swept-back windscreen, minimal interior appointments, lightweight folding top, and bucket seats make it one of the most beautiful models of its time. And its V12 240hp engine with four-speed manual gearbox make it one of the most fun to drive. (Read more about it here.)

    Photographer: Mathieu Heurtault/Courtesy of Gooding & Company
  10. 1960 Porsche RS60 | Gooding & Co. | Estimate: $7,000,000
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    1960 Porsche RS60 | Gooding & Co. | Estimate: $7,000,000

    This is an unusual Porsche to break the Jaguar-Ferrari-Bentley triumvirate that currently dominates the highest price ranges on the auction block. It has a flat four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, and a heritage tied to Porsche’s competition Spyder, a legendary series of sports cars that started with the original Type 550 in 1953. Only 14 of them went to private customers; four were retained for the factory works team.

    Photographer: Mathieu Heurtault/Courtesy of Gooding & Company