In the world of automotive enthusiasts, there are Car Guys -- a gender-neutral designation these days -- and then there are Extremely Wealthy Car Guys. When those in the latter group get an itch to buy something old, expensive and fast, they turn to the venerable British auction house Bonhams. In the spirit of virtual window shopping, we look at some glamorous "motorcars" -- the preferred nomenclature -- from the recent Bonhams auction held August 19 at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. Get your credit cards ready!
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The star of this year's auction, this 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Racer was the first in a series of only 40 cars that were built. It raced in the Monaco Grand Prix four times. Winning bid: $4 million.
The Quail Lodge Auction featured 115 motorcars in total, paraded before a large crowd of international bidders. This 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO is one of the most sought-after "supercar" models in the world. (Double Secret Bonus Trivia: GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato.) Winning bid: $2.1 million.
Most of the cars sold at auction come with their extensive pedigree stories, including glamorous details on former owners. This 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Coupe was first owned by Mme. María Paz Yangco de Ossorio of the Philippines -- owner of Asia's largest sugar refinery. Winning bid: $605,000.
Several international auction price records were set this year by Bonhams, for cars from Ferrari, Hudson, Maserati, Renault and Stutz. This 1930 Duesenberg also set a record, and comes from the luxury car company that, according to legend, inspired the phrase "It's a doozy." Really. Winning bid: $1,254,000.
Wait, a Lamborghini tractor? You got that right, pal. The Italian manufacturer still produces specialized equipment for orchards, vineyards and other specialist farms around the world. This 1955 DL25 model established another sales record. Winning bid: $110,000.
Not of all the Bonham auction items can be termed antiques. This 2014 McLaren P1 goes 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph. Winning bid: $2,090,000.
Among the oldest vehicles in this year's auction, this custom-built Mercedes Simplex was initially commissioned by British timber baron Richard Bayly in 1904. Don't worry -- we're assured that Mercedes Simplex is not communicable. Winning bid: $2,805,000
This year's Quail Lodge Auction was a tremendous success, by all accounts, with $34.8 million having changed hands by the end of the weekend. Commerce! We leave you with this handsome example of that most iconic of American sportscars -- the immortal Stutz Bearcat. Winning bid: $594,000.