The Daytime Auction drew record crowds to Mecum’s Monterey event, and sales were equally strong over the three-days. When the dust cleared at the Del Monte Golf Course, Mecum sold 297 vehicles and realized an auction total of over $52.1 million. A healthy 12 vehicles traded hands for over $1m during the event.
Fitting for a top-sale during Car Week, Mecum’s leading result was a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Alloy Berlinetta. A winner of several races in the late 1950s and the recipient of Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification, the TdF sold to a new owner for $2,860,000.
Following the Ferrari among all top sales was an American Classic, a 1936 Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible Berline. Selling for $2,695,000, the Model J was the final complete car built by Duesenberg and the company’s final show car, having been displayed at the 1936 New York Auto Show. The imposing convertible berline was first purchased by then Coca-Cola president Conkey Whitehead and later remained in the hands of jazz musician Charles Kyner, who would retain it for some 46 years.
Rounding out the top three was a modern icon. Selling for $2,640,000 was a 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Edition. Designed to emulate the Bugatti Type 57G Tank that won the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans, just three of the Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend Editions were produced and the example sold by Mecum had covered under 2,000 miles.
Other notable sales include two LaFerrari prototypes. The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari Prototype PS1 sold for $2.5m, while the 2012 Ferrari LaFerrari Prototype MP1 traded hands for $1,595,000. A pair of 300SL Roadsters also sold. The first, a red 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold for $1,705,000 and the second was a black 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at $1,485,000.
Mecum’s next auction stop will be in Texas for Dallas 2022 running from September 7-10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The auction will include some 1,500 vehicles.