Blending the exotic and the old: Monterey Car Week 2014
Once again, the Monterey Car Week brought out the new, the imaginative and the classic automobiles the event is famous for. But as always, there were a few events during the week that stood out.
Here are some of the highlights from the week:
$38,000,000 for one car
Admittedly, it’s not just any car; it’s a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and one of only 39 built. Chassis number #3851GT also has the dubious distinction of being the only GT ever involved in a fatal crash, but its sale broke the old public auction record of $30 million in 2013. Altogether, over $400 million in cars were sold in Monterey that week.
Jaguar’s new E-type
The British carmaker displayed its new 2014 Lightweight E-type to a lot of fanfare; weighing 114 kg less than a standard E-type, it has a 12-valve V6 good for 335 bhp but instead of a steel engine block uses an aluminum block with steel inserts. Jaguar digitally scanned an original 1960s Lightweight to ensure all the parts would be the same, but all six cars will be hand-built using leftover 1960s chassis numbers. Retro dials and a detachable aluminum roof complete the package. Price? Over one million dollars.
The 1962 Mustang I concept car
For those used to the traditional Mustang configuration from the 1960s, it’s amazing to see the original Mustang concept car not only working, but in such good condition that it won an award in its class. Looking like a wedge with pop-up headlights, the Mustang I bears little resemblance to the classic Mustang design; the Mustang I’s engine was also in the rear of the car, not the front.
Renovo’s 500 hp fully-electric car
Renovo’s new coupe uses a lithium-ion battery pack that generates 500 hp, catapults the car from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 124 mph. Based on the Shelby American CSX9000 chassis, it has a range of 100 miles and can charge at a DC quick charger station in just 30 minutes or 5 hours at a typical station. But it’s not cheap; it will cost $529,000 per car.
For car aficionados, the Monterey Car Week is a chance to get close to vehicles they’ll probably never own—and once again, it didn’t disappoint.