Mecum has long been a premier name in high-end car auctions, and few events have better illustrated that fact than the recently completed Mecum Monterey 2016 Collector and Classic Car Auction. With a collection of 704 cars ranging from the classic to the ultra-modern, the auction finished with total combined sales exceeding a staggering $50 million. An impressive six vehicles registered million-dollar bids, with the five cars below earning the highest winning bids from buyers.
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
One of the most meticulously designed and constructed cars ever to hit the road, it isn’t hyperbole to say that the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari represents the pinnacle of automotive technology. Bearing the rather appropriate moniker “Cavallo Infernale” – roughly translated as “Horse from Hell” – the LaFerrari is built from an ultra-light carbon fiber structure and fitted with an advanced double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension that employs a magnetorheological damper system. Under the hood, the LaFerrari matches a massive 6.3-liter, 788-horsepower V-12 engine with an efficient 161-horsepower electric motor, creating a combined power output of 949 peak horsepower.
This Horse from Hell is particularly unique, being one of just three LaFerraris to feature the matte black Nero DS Opaco paint scheme. Inside, this Ferrari is wrapped in black leather and Alcantara and set off with red stitching and accents. A set of 6-to-1 headers and specially tuned exhaust provide the characteristic Ferrari note, while an adjustable spoiler and diffuser flaps lend added stability and control at high speeds. With just 211 original miles, it should come as no surprise that this fine auto topped the sales list at a staggering $4.7 million.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk I
Amid a sea of modern, exotic supercars, the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I immediately stands out from the crowd. Devised as an endurance racer for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT40 was built at the Ford Advanced Vehicles factory in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England, at the urging of Henry Ford II. The GT40 Mk I features the same 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine that powered many of the era’s Mustangs, while its long, sweeping lines provide excellent aerodynamics and a striking body style that was truly ahead of its time.
This Mk I, which earned a $4.4 million final selling price, is the first road car to be delivered to American soil. It served briefly as a test car at Ford’s testing grounds in Dearborn, Michigan, before making the rounds for public relations at racing events, car shows and dealerships. After being painted a distinctive blue and orange for a Gulf Oil promotion in the 1980s, the car underwent extensive four-year restorations to restore the original metallic chrome silver paint and fit the car with fully correct parts. Considering its unique history, full documentation and striking looks, it’s no wonder this GT40 brought home such a tremendous sale price.
2003 Ferrari Enzo
Often named as one of the greatest Ferraris ever built, the Enzo is a tremendous example of F1 racing technology applied to a street-legal supercar. The Enzo is named after founder Enzo Ferrari, and its extraordinary blend of power and style would surely have made the former racecar driver and carmaker proud. It features a light, high-strength carbon fiber body with sophisticated technologies that include active aerodynamics, an electrohydraulic shift F1 gearbox and a skyhook suspension that actively keeps the car level under load.
This fine example is an original, one-owner car with just 2,050 total miles. It features extensive documentation that includes a certificate of origin, all original books, tools and invoices and Ferrari Classiche authentication. Under the hood, this Enzo is powered by an aggressive 6.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 660 horsepower. Advanced carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic composite disc brakes bring the speedy supercar to a surprisingly quick stop. The Enzo sports an eye-catching Corsa Red finish that contrasts well with the deep black of its Nero interior. A supercar this attractive and powerful doesn’t come cheap, as the Enzo ultimately earned an impressive $3 million final bid.
2014 McLaren P1
The McLaren P1 offers a unique driving experience even among supercars, employing a series of sophisticated systems and high-end features to deliver an unparalleled blend of power, control and comfort. It begins with the body, which is among the lightest monocoque frames ever used in a production car. Its design produces an exceptional amount of downforce, which is aided further by a driver-controlled rear spoiler. Power is generated by a hybrid setup that combines a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin turbo V-8 and a powerful electric motor. With an output of 727 horsepower for the gasoline engine and 177 horsepower for the electric motor, the P1 is capable of putting out a total of 903 horsepower and more than 700 pound-feet of torque.
With a final sale price of $1.85 million, this McLaren P1 is among the most valuable on the road. Its value derives, in part, from the fact that its 000002 serial number is the earliest ever made available to the public. Its original painted body was switched out for an exposed carbon fiber body with green lacquer tint, though the original body is included as part of the sale. This P1 also features several driving modes, ranging from a low-power option that uses only the electric motor to a fully-fledged race mode that employs all its F1-inspired performance systems. As a one-owner car with just 576 original miles, this McLaren P1 is a rare beauty worth every cent of its final price.
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta
Designed and built to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Italian design house Pininfarina, the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is among the most exclusive Ferraris ever to hit the open market. Just 80 examples were ever produced, making this exceptional vehicle a highly sought-after performance machine. The 599 SA Aperta is the convertible version of the highly regarded 599 GTO, making it the fastest open-topped car ever produced by the illustrious Italian automaker. Featuring heavy use of carbon fiber and a body style meticulously designed for maximum aerodynamic effect, the 599 SA Aperta wears its F1-inspired styling proudly.
Under the hood, this convertible packs quite a punch with its 661-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The front apron displays a small personal touch, with autographs from each of the personnel involved in the supercar’s production. A carefully tuned magnetorheological suspension system provides sharp, responsive handling while massive carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes bring the SA Aperta to an incredibly quick stop. Power is transferred through a six-speed F1 Superfast gearbox with paddle shifters, helping accelerate the convertible to 60 mph in a sizzling 3.35 seconds. At $1.05 million, the Ferrari 599 SA Aperta rounds out the top five highest sellers in style.
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