Memories Of Monterey, Part Two

First…many thanks to all of those who read the blog yesterday, which had the highest number of daily views in the last month. Maybe you did miss my writing, after all.





“Smitten” is not a strong enough word to describe my reaction to this car, one with which I was not previously familiar. To many, it’s just another coupe. To me, it’s perfection. Do you really want to know the engine specs, to break a butterfly upon a wheel? OK…according to this site, the 3-liter/179 cubic inch V-12 produced 276 HP/203 LB-FT of torque.

The bottom photo is near the end of this car being on the block and it did not sell at a high bid of $425,000. I said to my wonderful wife that it would be fitting if we had won the Mega Millions the previous Tuesday, but didn’t know it because the ticket was at home so I couldn’t bid on this car. I would have “kicked” the Cadillac ATS out of the garage to make room for this, which would easily fit at just 163 inches in length.

I just stare at the many photos I took of this car and shake my head in amazement. Discovering a car like this is a key reason why I want to attend as many car events as possible.

Here is a picture of another car with which I was not previously familiar, a 1967 Austin-Healey GT coupe:



This is basically a “big” Healey with a different body, but what a body! The car hammered sold at $62,000 or $68,200 all in. Remembering my “roots” in defunct American car companies:



This is a beautiful 1955 Studebaker President, the immediate descendant of the Loewy coupes of 1953-54. The Hawk series introduced in 1956 was the next iteration of this design. This car hammered sold at $16,000, or $17,600 all in.

I have many more photos I could share, but I’ll save them for later (or not). If you are a car enthusiast, I highly recommend that you attend at least one auction in your life. You don’t have to register as a bidder, either, in case you’re worried about losing control and buying something you don’t want to buy. An auction is a car show where someone else parades the cars for you to see.






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12 thoughts on “Memories Of Monterey, Part Two

  1. Why YES of course you can add the Ferrari to to your Ultimate Garage 3.0. When you win the lottery please buy two, one for you ya’all and one for me. Thank you very much.


  2. So I sent you a picture of the V12 in the Ferrari 250. You are welcome. It’s as glorious as I would have imagined.
    When I saw the third car before I saw the text, I said, “That’s a nice looking Studebaker…” Your blog is rubbing off.


  3. “in case you’re worried about losing control and buying something you don’t want to buy”

    I always set a dollar limit and try hard to keep to that. I HAVE gone over it slightly in the past, maybe a few hundred dollars but never more than that. If it’s something I really want, I’ll try a “big bump” just to weed out some folks and see where it goes. If it’s something that I like and it’s going for lower than expected I’ll throw in a bid or 2 just to see if the other bidder is more serious than me. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I do this not just on cars/trucks/motorcycles, but also on equipment, either for our company or my personal use. A lot of the equipment in my shops was bought that way, some for deals, some for a fair market value.


    1. Thanks, DDM. I have mentioned this before, but I really admire your chutzpah–audacity in Yiddish.

      When I bid seriously on two cars at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in 2019, I also set a limit and that’s why I didn’t end up with either car. In the long run, things worked out better, though.


      1. I might have had an advantage because of what I saw as a child. My maternal grandfather, who we lived next door to from the time I was 7 years old, was a part time auctioneer. As I was also the oldest grandchild, he “hired” me to help out as a “runner”, merchandise mover, basically anything that he needed done (for what I later figured out was $.02 above slave wages). So I got to see the way “auction fever” hits some folks, and the regret later set in. Back then, 60’s-early 70’s, it was long before you had to register with bank/credit card info and there was more than one occasion where a bidder snuck away before having to pay up. These auctions were usually “estate sale” auctions, and typically didn’t have many high dollar items, But $5 here, $10 dollars there or in one case about $250, in 1970 dollars, of non payers would add up at the end of the day.


  4. I’d think a Ferrari Exception (TM) is a given, especially when discussing a 250. As I said in a recent review, I love Ferrari, probably my favourite of the exotics.
    It’s not nearly on the same scale (in number or quality) but I used to go with friends to the Toronto Classic Car Auction every spring and fall. I never go with any intention to buy. I always buy something like a book or original sales material for one of my own cars. I always find a car that I realize was a good car at a good price I could have afforded. Ah well.


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