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Monterey Car Week wrapped up with a record-breaking year. In total, the week saw $399 million in sales across all auctions, with many individual record-breakers counting toward that tally.

Among the key events during the week are the exclusive Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, vintage racing at the Monterey Historics and car auctions by RM, Russo & Steele and Barrett-Jackson. Here, we picked a few highlights of our own to get your engines purring.

Ferrari 250 GTO 1962/63
The Ferrari 250 GTO is now the most valuable and sought-after car in the world. This price broke the previously held highest-price paid for another Ferrari, the 1967 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider, which sold for $27.5 million last year. This stunning classic sold for $38,115,000; the most ever paid at auction for a car.

Ferrari 375 MM 1954 Model
The Best of Show award typically goes to a car built before 1939, but this year Ferrari took home the prize for its 1954 375 MM. Gentle restoration aside, this winner is relatively unchanged.

Shelby Daytona Coupe
Introducing the Shelby Daytona Coupe. With its electric power and vintage style, this revolutionary car is quite the showstopper (sticker shock included: $529,000). Renovo Motors graced the Concept Car Lawn with this impressive coupe that hits 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of over 120 mph.

Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse 1 of 1 Veyron
Bugatti, the high-performance French manufacturer, revealed its Grand Sport Vitesse 1 of 1 Veyron at Pebble Beach. That name may be a mouthful, but it’s accurate nonetheless as this handsome devil was commissioned (for $2.67 million) by a private client in Singapore who will rest easy knowing that the yellow-on-black color scheme will never be duplicated. But, perhaps the car’s most unique feature is the front grill, which was designed to feature the owner’s initials (PL) and took more than 200 hours to complete.

2015 BMW i8
Car enthusiast and comedian Jay Leno never misses a car event. And this year he got right into the action when he presented the one-of-a-kind 2015 BMW i8—and sold it for $825,000. If you want one of your own, just wait till this fall when the hybrid will be for sale.

McLaren P1 GTR
Some cars are not just rare, they decide who their owners will be. Well, sort of. McLaren’s super-limited-production P1 GTR track-only edition is said to go into production, but there’s no confirmation as to when or if a mere mortal like yourself will be able to get on the waitlist for it.

 

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