Second-hand ownership awaits them.
It's not often that rare cars like these come up for auction, let alone ones that have only had one owner since new. This Friday, August 18, begins the annual Quail Lodge Auction at Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, California. You know, the place where many of the world’s most exclusive cars are displayed. But when it comes to the auctions, you’d better have deep pockets. Nothing is cheap. These 10 cars are now looking for their second owners, who may soon find themselves in a bidding war. All photos courtesy of Bonhams.
We’ve already discovered this very special McLaren F1, the very first one imported to the US. For many, this is the original, all-analog hypercar at the top of their collection list. With its BMW-built V12 and six-speed manual, you’ll be free of all of those fancy schmancy computer aids that adorn today’s hypercars. The McLaren F1 was all about the driving experience in a purist way. Number 044 was actually the thirty-seventh F1 to come off the assembly line. It went straight to the US and has remained with its original owner for 22 years. Will you be its next caretaker? Don’t even bother showing up to the auction without at least $10 million in the bank.
We’ve always loved the Ferrari Daytona, from its design to its V12 engine. Many consider the front-engined V12 setup to be the quintessential Ferrari, hence this Daytona Berlinetta’s appeal. This is a 1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 with coachwork by Scaglietti. It’s powered by an all-alloy, four-cam 4.4-liter V12 which is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. With its 50/50 weight distribution, the 365GTB/4 is an absolute pleasure to drive, but only one owner has had that pleasure so far. It’s been stored in a climate-controlled room and has just 29,000 miles on the clock. It’s valued up to $1 million in change.
Of course there’s a Ferrari F40 on this list because, honestly, who would want to give up owning an F40? Certainly not us, but its current owner bought it new in 1990, which wasn’t an easy task; US-specific F40s were very rare, and all 213 of them were immediately spoken for, many selling for more than double their list prices. Fortunately, its one and only owner happened to also have a 288 GTO in their collection, which was good enough to get on Ferrari’s short list. The guy even went to Modena, Italy, with his family to pick it up from the factory. But after 27 years, it’s time to pass this F40 on to someone else, and it could sell for as much as $1.3 million.
Okay, time to shift to something American. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe might sound like a bargain with its $150,000 or so estimate value, but we can assure you it has a cool story behind it. According to the records, it was won in a raffle in the late ‘50s and remained with the same family ever since. It is completely unrestored and original, with just under 20,000 miles on its clock. Fortunately, it's a Southern California car, hence its remarkable condition.
Back to Italy now. This 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale just screams rally. That’s because it is a rare Group B homologation car that’s in highly original condition. It even comes with the original purchase documentation and owner’s manual. Powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 1.6-liter inline-four, total output is 274 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque, with power directed to all four wheels through a five-speed manual. The interior is adorned with Alcantara upholstery, sound deadening, suede steering wheel, and even a trip computer. Bought brand new in 1987, this rare Delta S4 has been thoroughly maintained by its enthusiast owner. Interested? It’ll likely end up going for over $400,000.
Speaking of homologated rally cars, check out this stunning 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1, the so-called Holy Grail of Group B rallying. It’s also the first all-wheel drive rally car, and it helped define Audi as the brand we know today. Only 200 Sport Quattro S1 road cars were built, and buyers had to wait two years for delivery. Bonhams Auction house claims this car is in largely original condition, including the interior and most of the paint. It has only 11,500 miles and comes with a complete maintenance history and other relevant records. Its expected price? Probably over $500,000.
No, this isn’t one of Carroll Shelby’s heavily modified, Ford V8-equipped Cobras, but it certainly looks like one. That’s because this is an AC ACE-Bristol. Built in 1959, this little roadster represents the truest sports car for many. This one has had a complete body-off restoration and everything is numbers matching. Its original owner bought it for $6,495, which was a lot of dough back in ’59. But he wasn’t just a weekend driver. No, he bought this for racing, and he did just that. After several decades of joyful use, its restoration was done in 1999. He wanted to bring the car back to its original condition. It may not be a Shelby, but it does have an estimated value of $300,000 - $350,000.
There was a time when Maserati was truly exotic, thanks to cars like the Khamsin. With coachwork by Bertone, this particular Maserati Khamsin is a 1976 model, and is powered by a 4.9-liter V8 with 320 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual sends power to its rear wheels. For the record, finding a Khamsin is pretty rare, especially one with a single owner. He paid $19,000 for it in ’76, but it’s estimated to go for over $200,000 today. Look closely and you’ll notice the lack of ugly plastic bumpers front and rear. Well, that’s because this one is a European market spec, complete with slim bumpers and metric gauges.
The BMW Z8, one of James Bond’s rides of choice, is already a rare car, but finding an Alpina Z8 is extra special. Only 555 examples were built, and this one is number 280. It was bought new by its current owner in 2003 and has been meticulously maintained ever since. Powered by a 4.8-liter V8 producing 375 hp and paired to a five-speed Steptronic transmission, this Z8 Alpina has had a recent cosmetic freshening, specifically with the wheels being refurbished and the front and rear bumpers painted. It even comes with a silver hard top. With only 16,800 miles on the odo, this Z8 Alpina will surely only increase in value in the years ahead, but today it’s estimated to bring in around $250,000.
Lastly, there’s this 987 Ferrari Testarossa. Only 315 examples were imported to the US that year. This one cost $121,150 back in the day. It could turn out to be sort of a bargain because Bonhams estimates it’ll go for somewhere in the neighborhood of $125,000 - $175,000. And yes, it will continue to increase in value. All Ferraris do. With its flat-12 engine and distinctive side air vents, the Ferrari Testarossa was the supercar that adorned many bedroom walls. This one has been stored in a climate-controlled facility and has just over 4,000 miles. It’s been pampered its entire life, and even comes with a complete set of bespoke Schedoni luggage, a set of tools, and a European-spec exhaust system, which its second owner can install if so desired.