The best of Monterey Car Week 2022 in photos

The best of Monterey Car Week 2022 in photos

Highlights from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and multi-million dollar auctions. Plus: the return of the DeLorean.

TThe country’s most prestigious auto show returned to action last week, celebrating cars with past, present and even future history.

Monterey Car Week, a ten-day affair on the California coast, is as well-oiled as the attractions it attracts, with over a thousand cars up for auction, hundreds competing – particularly at the 71-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—and a handful more launches at The quail: a motorsport meeting in Carmel.

The festivities conclude on the 18th hole of the famous Pebble Beach golf course, where, in place of those other types of drivers, the green becomes home to 200 antique cars – some more than a century old – competing for the prestigious award of the Competition. Best of the show. Each is suitably judged for elegance, scored on everything from their technical merit to the accuracy of their preservation in categories such as American Classic and Postwar Racing.

This year’s Best in Show was a 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo (above) owned by Lee Anderson of Naples, Florida. His first win and seventh for a Duesenberg, the honor rewards years of work: the car, which originally belonged to a Peruvian sugar heir, was split in two in the 1960s – the body was removed from the chassis and attached to another Model J — and Anderson spent decades looking for the missing half before putting it back together.

“The story behind this car is just amazing,” Anderson said in an interview after the awards ceremony. “There’s only ever been one Figoni Duesenberg, and it’s this one here. It’s like all these things come together to become a real champion.”

As for the win? “It’s overwhelming,” he said.

Auctions held throughout the week were expected to sell $400 million worth of classic cars, up from last year’s total of $351 million. A 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider that grossed $22 million became the week’s most expensive lot: one of only two, it was raced by Carroll Shelby, who won more races behind the wheel than any other car.

Several new rides were also announced, including Bugatti’s latest model with a W16 engine, as well as concept cars from Lincoln, DeLorean and more.

But if you can’t get to Monterey, don’t worry about being left in the dust. Here are the best and most beautiful rides of the event.

cliff hanger: Classic cars in the Tour d’Elegance engine over the iconic Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.

Fortune favors the gold: Arguably the most famous Hispano-Suiza in the world, this 1924 H6C “Tulipwood” Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet, racing driver and heir to Dubonnet’s aperitif fortune. It sold for $9.3 million at the RM Sotheby’s auction.

Rare Beauty: This 1937 $10.4 million Bugatti Type 57SC Atlante was one of the biggest sales of the week and is one of only 17 of its kind.

Roadster Warrior: Bugatti unveiled the Mistral, the latest with a W16 engine, which it hopes will be the fastest roadster in the world. Named after a powerful wind in France, the 1,577 horsepower convertible comes with a $5 million price tag — and all 99 models have already been claimed.

Need for speed: Hennessey, who set records with his 265.6 miles per hour Venom Spyder in 2016, also has hope for the fastest lane. His $3 million Venom F5 roadster targets 300 miles per hour.

On wings: The new 911 GT3 RS, the first production Porsche with a drag reduction system, flies to 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.2 seconds, with a maximum speed of 184 kilometers per hour. Price Tag: $225,250

Screen Gem: The McLaren Solus GT single-seat racing car evolved from virtual reality and was inspired by the automaker’s 2017 Vision Gran Turismo concept.

Great Shot! DeLorean Motor Company returned to the future with the official unveiling of its Alpha5 EV prototype. Four seats—as opposed to the original model’s two—and gull-wing doors define the car, which is estimated to cost about $175,000 and can go from 0 to 88 miles per hour in 4.35 seconds. It still needs roads…for now.