Mecum’s Monterey auction tends to bring in a wide ranging group of consignments — and typically in larger numbers than some of the other boutique auction houses also operating on the peninsula during Monterey Car Week. It’s also one of the few daytime auctions in the area, which helps make it easy to attend, as the week’s other auctions and events tend to bookend it each day.
If that’s not enough reason to go check it out, maybe the recently announced consignment list will make up your mind for you. Here are some highlights:
Lot S95 is a 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. It’s said to be on of 30 built, and the only 135 with headlamps integrated between the front fenders. It was the last of six short-wheelbase examples built by the Figoni et Falaschi and one of three that remains. This car spent time as a demonstrator in-period, and in more recent times has won class awards at Pebble Beach as well as Best of Show at the 2003 Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours. Mecum estimates the car at $5m to $6m.
Lot S102 is a 1965 Shelby GT350R known as the “Winningest Shelby Ever.” This car, SFM5R538, took 17 straight wins from 1968 to 1969 when raced by Charlie Kemp. Prior to that, it won the SCCA Southeast Divisional Championship with its first owner, Roger West. It’s had a two-year concours restoration to as-delivered spec by John Brown of Throroughbred Restorations, and it won a Division 2 Gold award at the regional SAAC event in French Lick — reportedly with only 14 points deducted. John Brown was then commissioned to correct all the deductions. It’s estimated at $1.25m to $1.5m.
Lot S112 is said to be the only 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast delivered new in Nero. It was delivered new to Milanese Ferrari dealer Crepaldi S.p.A. and bought new by Count Guido Monzino. it has its original matching-numbers engine and comes with a Ferrari Classiche Certification Red Book, Ansa exhaust, power windows and a factory-fitted 5-speed manual. Estimate is $2m to $2.5m.
Mecum’s Monterey auction runs from August 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. See the compete catalog and learn more here.