The Pebble Beach Concours is always a spectacle of the well-heeled celebrating the well-known in the fancy-pants car show circuit. To go along with the car show wine is the cheese, also known as the Monterey Auctions, put on every year by the house of RM Auctions. There are always hit lists of the most desirable and historical cars crossing the blocks for huge sums of money; to wit, Edmunds Inside Line just did their "10 Best Cars at the 2008 Monterey Auctions" piece today. But we tire of such endeavors. That's why we dug around and found out what's at the bottom of the list. Below the fold: The ten crappiest cars at the 2008 Monterey Auctions.
1) 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring CarExpected haul - $350,000-$450,000
2) 1941 Willys Coupe Street RodExpected haul - $100,000-$140,000
3) 1951 Nash Rambler Custom Landau "Roll-Top" ConvertibleExpected haul - $40,000-$80,000
4) 1967 Porsche 912 Soft Window TargaExpected haul - $50,000-$70,000
5) 1957 Volkswagen BeetleExpected haul - $8,000-$12,000
6) 1974 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Race CarExpected haul - $100,000-$135,000
7) 1974 De Tomaso Pantera LExpected haul - $125,000-$150,000
8) 1958 GMC Series 101 PickupExpected haul - $75,000-$125,000
9) 1966 Amphicar 770Expected haul - $40,000-$60,000
10) 1959 Fiat Jolly 600Expected haul - $50,000-$60,000
So there you have it, our picks for the crappiest cars up for sale at this year's 2008 Monterey Auctions. We know some of you will think we're heretics for picking a few of these, but by and large these rides just don't cut the mustard when masterpieces like the 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atalante are on the same block. So what do you think? What's the crappiest car of this years auctions? Feel free to fight it out in the space below.
Post publish commentary: Since some of you seem to have checked your sense of humor at the door and consider everything a serious offense to the senses now, I'll go out of my way to make it clear the term "Crappy" is being used in the jocular sense. Perhaps I didn't lay it on thick enough, but the main beef is with the culture of auctioneering driving the prices up on relatively normal cars. I don't think these are crappy, but the multi-million-dollar classic car gold rush is forcing the prices up and the prestige down on otherwise neat, but normal cars.