Money well spent: 5 great car buys at Monterey
The final hammer has fallen, the transport trucks have rolled away, and (in some cases) the checks have already cleared. This year’s Monterey auctions were better than expected in terms of overall sales. Which is not to say there weren’t deals to be had. Here are a few great cars bought for good money. (For more information on our condition ratings, click here.)
Our analysis: This is an exquisitely and freshly over-restored E-type in concours condition that will mellow nicely. It is entirely possible that the restoration cost more than the amount it took to acquire the car.
Our analysis: A tribute to the 1967 Monte Carlo rally winner, expertly performed. Sure it isn’t stock, but it looks the part and would be a blast to tour in, especially at a significant discount compared to the $185,000–$229,000 value we’d give it based on our price guide.
Our analysis: The red/black color combo feels a little dated today, but it’s tough to find a non-Sprite Austin-Healey in good condition for less than this.
Our analysis: A #3 condition car at less than half its value. Even if there is a surprising story tied to this car, it’s worth well over $6,600 in parts value alone.
Our analysis: The Z8 has been creeping up in price and Gooding sold a standard version for an amazing $440,000 the same weekend. The Alpina, even with the mandatory automatic transmission, is much rarer and valued more by enthusiasts. This Z8 looked like a high #2 condition car, but went for less than our $235,000 value for that rating.