Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby’s Monterey Auction

In August 2014, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car ever sold at auction when it crossed the block in Monterey, California, for $38 million. That staggering record was shattered in August 2018 by another '60s-era Ferrari with the famed GTO name.

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Patrick Ernzen ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
The storied red Ferrari, estimated to sell for $45 million to $60 million, became the most expensive car ever sold at auction when it went for $48 million.
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Inside the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti, you'll find a racing harness and other elements of speed and performance.
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The V-12 heart of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti, just the third production GTO ever built.
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Coming or going, the Scaglietti bodywork on the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO looks graceful, yet aggressive and built for racing.
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If not for the Ferrari, this is the star of the show. Aston Martin built this one-off design to compete in the world's most celebrated sports car race -- the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. It also has one of the auction's best backstories.
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In a sign of how much has changed in motorsports since the 1960s, a team manager sent specifications for the new car to engineers just two months before the 24-hour endurance race west of Paris. But two months later, it was being driven by Phil Hill and Lucien Bianchi, clocking an astonishing 198.6 along the track's long Mulsanne Straight.
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The car was plagued by gearbox failure during the race and retired after two hours. A good story and all that history adds up to an estimated auction price of $18 million to $22 million.
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Proceeds from the sale of this hybrid hypercar will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.
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Coachbuilder Pininfarina created the design for this 250 MM Berlinetta, one of just 31 250 MMs built. It has a racing history, including road and ice races in Sweden.
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Inside the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina.
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The name might not be as familiar as Ferrari, Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, but the Italian marque has a celebrated history and caught the eye of at least one celebrity of the early 1900s.
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This car was commissioned by film star Rudolph Valentino, who was purportedly deeply involved in its design. Valentino never had chance to drive the stylish roadster -- he died in 1926 at 31.
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Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Best of Show winner at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this 1934 Packard's most striking features are its gracefully flowing fenders that drape over the rear wheels.
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Inside the 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria by Dietrich.
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This Ferrari was introduced at the 1954 Geneva Motor Show, one of only 12 produced and equipped with a monstrous V-12 engine that produced 400 hp.
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Inside the 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale.
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A side view of the sleek, stylish 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale.
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You'll notice the Ferrari theme here. This 250 GT with a short wheelbase (SWB) not only is one of just 42 alloy-bodied models completed in 1960, it also has a well-documented history including build sheets, service records and magazine articles in which it was featured.
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Inside the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Competizione by Scaglietti.
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Karissa Hosek ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Another vintage racing and concours candidate, this 550A was delivered to a Burbank, California dealership. It was entered in several late 1950s races and represents a key piece of Porsche's racing heritage.
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Karissa Hosek ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Fine coachwork is often what sets apart the true stars at high-end auctions. This rare 1956 Maserati bodied by Zagato competed in the 1956 Mille Miglia, an open-road endurace race in Italy.
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Karissa Hosek ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Inside the 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato.
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This long-time California car is an excellent example of Mercedes-Benz style and refinement. Although the Gullwing coupe model is more widely recognized, the roadster offers performance in a classic, under-stated package -- plus, you can open the roof. This lot features a rare black-on-black color combination.
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Inside the 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.
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Robin Adams ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
An important part of Porsche's racing history, the 908s raced in legendary endurance events. This chassis number is one of only five fitted with a short-tail body.
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The Porsche is another potential entry in some of the world's best-known historic racing events.
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A 24 Hours of Le Mans legend that's ready to be raced in historic events -- if its owner is inclined to celebrate the car's racing history on tracks like California's Laguna Seca.
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This Ford GT40 took third overall in the 1966 Le Mans race in France.
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Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Any GTO carries great weight in the world of Ferrari, but this is considered one of the finest 288 GTOs on the market. It was the first of its kind officially delivered to Japan, where it was meticulously maintained and driven only about 8,200 miles.
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Inside the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, you'll find this gorgeous little gated shifter.
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Erik Fuller
This car is the lone Competizione-spec 365 GTB/4 built as a spider. It was entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and competed in the 1978 24 Hours of Dayton in Florida. The car also was featured at the 1975 Geneva Motor Show.
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Erik Fuller
Inside the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spider Competizione by Michelotti.
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Rasy Ran ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Considered one of the most beautiful sports car ever built, the Miura always attracts interest. This one was owned by a former Lamborghini engineer and is fitted with its original engine.
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Inside the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone.
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The FIA GT Championship of the late 1990s required top-class competitors to produce 25 homologated road cars in order to enter. The AMG CLK GTR is what Mercedes-Benz brought to the party.
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This is the ninth of 25 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR models built for the road.
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McLaren's entry into the hybrid hypercars battle, the P1 was the historic marque's stunning response to Ferrari and Porsche.
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This one has been under single-ownership with only 2,200 miles.
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Robin Adams ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Fittingly, we wrap up with a Ferrari -- this stunning coupe offered in a color not often seen on Ferraris. It is considered among the ultimate grand touring cars of the era. This car is one of only 37 Superfasts ever built.
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Robin Adams ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Imagine driving California's Route 1 behind the wheel of this 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina.
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