Mecum Auctions Monterey 2014 is featuring incredibly rare Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz models along with hundreds of other rare automobiles.
Many of the cars at Mecum Auctions Monterey are offered at No Reserve.
The event takes place August 14 to 16, 2014.
One of the most recognized auction firms in the nation, Mecum Auctions, will set the block for some of the finest classic and vintage cars in the world later this month. The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, California 93940 will play host to a multitude of rare and valuable automobiles including a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM known for being one of the most successful endurance racers of the 1950s, both in Europe and the U.S.
The rare Ferrari is expected to draw bids of well over $1 million, as collectors look to drive away with this prestigious piece of history. Built by famed Italian coachmaker Pinin Farina, this car has a past that is as exciting off the track as on.
Allegedly, its most successful owner was to be convicted of tax evasion only days before he disappeared forever, leaving this car and many others to be seized by the IRS and resold.
It is powered by a 4.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 340-horsepower, which is a heap of power for the 1950s. When it first appeared for competition in the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans it weighed in at only 2,000 pounds.
This car won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans despite disparaging reports right up to the checkered flag.
After fresh regulations prompted a mass exodus from Porsche factory sponsored cars, privately owned and financed Kremer Racing went out and won against all odds and at an average speed of over 102 mph for nearly 2,500 miles.
The race car is of an open design, powered by a twin-turbocharged 2994cc engine mated to a 5-speed Porsche transmission.
It is bright or canary yellow with a red and black Alcantara accented interior. This car is expected to draw bids between $900,000 and $1.5 million.
This classic Mercedes-Benz has been restored to a condition that surpasses that of when it was new.
In a 2012 no expense spared, frame off restoration the interior and exterior of this 300SL was treated to some exacting body and paint work, indeed.
Additional sound deadening and heat reflective materials were strategically placed near the firewall to reduce the blow-back of engine heat and noise typically experienced by occupants of these vehicles.
To this end, the radiator core was also upgraded using a racing core that has the appearance of a stock unit. The car can now be driven in comfort on a hot day without worrying over a blown head gasket.
On the exterior, the cumbersome bumper guards and sideview mirrors were removed and the normally asymmetrical right front fender was altered to perfectly mirror the left fender making this one of the most beautiful examples of a 300SL ever produced.
If you don’t believe it just check out these stats: At the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance this car won the Mercedes Star of Elegance and was in the running for Best In Show.