the summer of all records

While the 2022 edition of Pebble Beach was held, here are the most expensive models that have been sold at auction this year.

It’s the annual meeting enthusiasts of old sports mechanics. Every year, the small town of Pebble Beach, located not far from San José, California, welcomes most people the world’s rich car collectors. If luxury manufacturers take this opportunity to present their latest models, such as the Bugatti Mistral, auction houses also animate the event. The most legendary models in automotive history can be purchased, sometimes at exorbitant prices.

Pebble Beach 2022, record auctions

Again this year, the 2022 edition of Pebble Beach was marked by numerous extraordinary auctions. Appointments that the extremely wealthy collectors tried to afford their dream cars. Main auction house present at this event, RM Sotheby’s. The auction house especially took care of them sale of the 27 vehicles that belonged to American billionaire Oscar Davis, who died this year. Among the models that were in Davis’s collection and came up for sale was an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS. But also one Ferrari 375MM Spyder Pininfarina (chassis 0366 AM) and a 1954 Talbot Lago Grand Sport T150 C-SS.

Two other auction houses also hosted the auctions. It is Bonhmans and Gooding&Company (the event’s official auction house). The latter especially took care of the sale of one Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans frame number 0066.

Overall, sales figures are estimated to have been exceeded 450 million dollars during this 2022 edition. Including 109 million dollars to the auction house Gooding&Co. The average price for the purchase of a car this year was 583,000 dollars.

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Top 6 of the most expensive cars in the 2022 edition

Here are the six most expensive models of this 2022 edition of Pebble Beach:

#6: Ferrari 275 GTB/C Coupé 1966 sold for $7,595,000

Party for just under $8 million, this Ferrari was at the time the successor to the legendary 250 GTO. It stands out with two major technological advances at the time. A body made of aluminum and the presence of a transaxle, a mechanical component that performs the functions of a gearbox and differential.

#5: 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider Sold for $7,815,000

Second Ferrari present in this Top 6, the 500 TRC Spider. Produced in just 19 examples, this model took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957. The 500 had to meet the new regulations of Appendix C of the International Sporting Code, which came into force at the beginning of 1957, hence the C in the model name. The body has been lowered. It is also more refined and more seductive. Only customers of the brand have driven this model, which has not won any prestigious race. However, it triumphed in its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring.

No. 4: Hispano-Suiza H6C “Tulipwood” Torpedo 1924 sold for $9,245,000

The Hispano-Suiza H6C was released in 1924 with the presence of a new 6-cylinder engine. Directly derived from aeronautical technologies, the engine is entirely aluminum. It is quiet and very flexible. The model is also characterized by a remarkable interior in mahogany wood. A model that quickly seduced the collectors present on the spot.

#3: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sindelfingen roadster sold for $9,905,000

Formerly owned by King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, this Mercedes has only had five owners in its history. The 540K was the longest car in the world at the time. Equipped with an incredible 8-cylinder in-line engine, it develops an output of 180 hp. A previous model had already been sold during the 2012 edition of Pebble Beach for an amount of 11 million dollars.

N°2: Coupé Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante 1937 sold for $10,345,000

Impossible to conjure up the mythical vehicles of the time without mentioning Bugatti. Second in the Concours d’Élégance of this 2022 edition, the Type 57 Atalante is an important vehicle in the brand’s history. Equipped with a sublime bodywork, the Type 57 allowed Bugatti to distinguish itself from other manufacturers for its elegant, sporty and powerful models.

#1: 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider sold for $22,005,000

It was her that all the collectors present wanted to recover. This Ferrari 410 Sport Spider is one of two 410s equipped with Ferrari’s 4.9-liter V12 engine. The model sold at auction was notably driven by Carroll Shelby and Juan Manuel Fangio. The 410 Sport Spider was the racing car par excellence of the 1950s. So much so that Enzo Ferrari considered it “like the best Ferrari he ever built”.

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