Monterey Car Week 2019 Preview

Automotive enthusiasts are getting ready for what is shaping up to be another exciting year in Monterey, California. Monterey Car Week traces its origins back to 1950 when a small car show and road race event were held on the peninsula. Here we are 69 years later, and this small, one-day gathering of collector car enthusiasts has grown into a week-long celebration of collector vehicles and the automotive lifestyle.

Monterey Car Week today is a multi-day spectacle of many different events including a tour d’elegance, vintage racing at Laguna Seca, multiple collector car auction events, road rallies, and of course, the Pebble Beach Concours itself, where one car takes home the prestigious “Best of Show” award each year.

Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect to see if you are planning to attend Monterey Car Week in 2019.

The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering

The Featured Themes for 2019
  • 100 Years of Bentley Motors
  • 25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1
  • A Tribute to the Electric Car Movement

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the signature event of Monterey Car Week. Now in its 69th year, the competition will feature the usual classes of pre-war, post-war, unrestored, and other collector automobiles. However, there will be four special classes this year:

  • Bentley Centennial
  • Zagato Centennial
  • Bugatti¬†Race & Touring Cars
  • Historic Hot Rod “Cover Cars”

The 100th anniversary of both Bentley and of Italian design house Zagato are sure to draw out the rarely seen and unique examples from both of these manufacturers. The Hot Rod “Cover Cars” class will offer some excitement for fans of American cars, similar to the American Dream Cars of the 1960s special class that was seen at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours event.

Exotics on Cannery Row is now Exotics on Broadway (Aug 17, 2019)

This free show was one of the most widely-attended events with more than 35,000 attendees in 2018. The popularity of this event featuring the world’s prestige hypercars and megacars has outgrown its previous space on Cannery Row. For 2019, the show has been renamed Exotics on Broadway and is moving a short drive north to Seaside, CA.

Koenigsegg Jesko

Swedish hypercar manufacturer made world headlines earlier this year when they unveiled their latest car at the Geneva Auto Show. The Jesko replaces the Koenigsegg Agera and features a 1,600 hp engine. There is speculation that the Jesko could potentially be the first production car to break 300 mph. The Jesko is currently on a world press tour and will appear at The Quail on August 16th and Exotics on Broadway on August 17th. This is a chance to see what is easily the most exciting hypercar to be unveiled in 2019.

Monterey 2019 Car Auction Events

Monterey Car Week is a very popular time for collector cars to change hands – often for record setting prices. Here is a very brief summary of catalog highlights from some of this year’s auction houses:

Gooding & Co. (Aug 16-17, 2019)

  • 1990 Ferrari F40 (chassis no. 84944)
  • 1997 Ferrari F50 (chassis no. 106765)
  • 1962 Citroen ID19 Le Dandy Coupe with coachwork by Chapron
  • 2014 Pininfarina/Ferrari Sergio (1 of 6)
  • 1988 Porsche 959 Sport

Russo and Steele (Aug 15-17, 2019)

  • 2005 Ford GT Camilo Pardo edition (1 of 8)
  • 2005 Noble M12 Coupe
  • 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe

Mecum Auctions (Aug 15-17, 2019)

  • 1965 Ford GT Competition Prototype Roadster
  • 1947 Delahaye 135MS Narval Cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette (serial no. 300)
  • 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra¬† (CSX2588)
  • 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari (chassis no. 207602)

RM Sotheby’s (Aug 15-17, 2019)

  • 1939 Porsche Type 64
  • The Ming Collection (7 Ferrari vehicles)
    • 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi (chassis no. 50965)
    • 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole (chassis no. 55969)
    • 1991 Ferrari F40 (chassis no. 87568)
    • 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider (chassis no. 107584)
    • 2006 Ferrari FXX (chassis no. 146355)
    • 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider (chassis no. 156806)
    • 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider (chassis no. 193700)
  • 1965 Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Car” (1 of 3)
  • 2014 Pagani Huayra Tempesta “Scozia” (chassis no. 76097)
  • 1967 Jaguar Pirana by Bertone (1 of 1)
  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220 (chassis no. 789)
  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220 (chassis no. 701)
  • 1961 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe by Ghia
  • 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo (chassis no. 62)
  • 1996 Vector M12 (1 of 14)

Bonhams @ Quail Lodge (Aug 15-16, 2019)

  • 1965 Shelby / DeTomaso P70 Can-Am Sports Racer
  • 1981 BMW M1 by Giugiaro (1 of 453)
  • 1952 Siata 8V Berlinetta by Bertone

Pacific Grove Auction by Worldwide Auctioneers (Aug 15, 2019)

  • 1898 Riker Electric Car
  • 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS
  • 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster
  • 1947 Cisitalia D46 Single-Seater Monoposto

We look forward to bringing you more coverage of Monterey Car Week during and after the events next month.