Smelling pre-war classic cars burn oil at single-digit mile-per-gallon rates, hearing the near-deafening sound of classic Aston Martins roar, and seeing millions of dollars of vehicles sit side-by-side in a single tent made me realize one thing: Gooding & Company’s Monterey Auction is an event like no other.
Located in the heart of Car Week, along 17 Mile Drive and within walking distance of Pebble Beach Golf Links, Gooding’s auctions prove to be by far one of the finest events in the area. It’s easy to understand why.
As I walked in it was hard not to notice the sheer quantity of some of the rarest, most prestigious automobiles ever produced. It’s as if I was stumbling over them. Porsche RS Spyder — one of Porsche’s most successful prototype endurance racers? Check. Bugatti EB110 Super Sport — one of the most iconic vehicles of its era? Present. And the crown jewel of the event, none other than Bugatti’s sinister Type 57 SC Atalante? Yes, it was there as well.
Gooding & Company says this year’s Pebble Beach auction hosts “the world’s foremost car collectors, buyers, and sellers at the esteemed venue in Pebble Beach, California at the 71st Pebble Beach Concours…This year, the auction house will continue to showcase its prominence for selling the world’s most prized and valuable collector cars.”
But keep in mind this is just skimming the surface of what the event entails. While I’d probably be able to describe each vehicle in great length, I thought I’d rather let the photos do the talking.
Special thanks to Pauline Pechakjian and her staff at Gooding & Company for hosting me once again this year.