Monterey, 18th of August, 2022
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Ferrari. So it was not a surprise to see a lot of the cars from
Maranello in the first spots as this ensures that one is not stuck behind pre-war cars on the way out on
Following the trend of this year’s auctions, Bonhams has more cars on offer than ever. With almost 140 cars
in a one-day sale this will be a marathon session tomorrow; the goal is to pass 20 cars over the block per
hour. Highlight of the sale is the ex-Briggs Cunningham Jaguar E-Type Lightweight that was sold by Bonhams
a few years ago. The car did not see much usage in-between, apart from a visit at Amelia Island, and is now
back to the auction block. Another great car is the little Ferrari 166 Inter with body by Stabilimenti Farina, a
wonderful Stutz, as well as an Alfa Romeo T33.
The locations at the ocean are really spectacular and a lot of spectators made their way down to look at the
cars, as in the last minutes before the start the few parking spots filled. After watching the second group we
made our way out, just to be stuck in the usual Monterey Car Week traffic jam that seemed to be ever-worse
this year. With no way to shortcut and no additional stop, there was only one chance to see the cars a
second time; but the traffic delayed the way to Highway 1, so the first cars were already on their way back by
the time one arrived there.
After a few more shots we went to the famous Bixby Bridge to be astonished by the lack of people there
compared to the last years. Obviously the route along 17-Miles Drive drew a lot of spectators away from the
usual spots. Highway 1 is still very much under construction, so all the bridges were basically single lanes
delaying both the way out and back into Camel.
After visiting the preview, one could visit the first auctions of the major auction houses. The new Broad Arrow
had its first sale as well as RM Sotheby´s first of three auction days. Today was the Masterworks of Design
Collection on the block with mostly pre-war coach-built cars including several Mercedes Straight-Eight. Quite
a few were worried that this might be too much for one occasion, but RM sold well including 9 million
hammers for the unrestored Special Roadster, as well as 8.4 million for the Hispano-Suiza H6C Tulipwood
Tomorrow we will head towards the Quail for the Motorsport Gathering and the Bonhams Auction, in the
evening there are several options, given that both RM and Gooding start their sale.