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The best of the Monterey auctions

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No, we probably don’t have the dough necessary for the Voisin, but who cares? Lust is free!

There are six big auctions going on during the Monterey Car Week Aug. 15-21, and they all have websites listing all the cars they’re selling. So all you have to do is go to the websites and pick your favorites. What did we find attractive? Read on and see.

RM Sotheby’s, Aug. 19-20, Portola Hotel and Spa

Lot 227: 1935 Avions Voisin C28 Aerosport

Unless you’re Peter Mullin or Ken Gross, you, like us, maybe hadn’t known about Voisin until it won Best of Show at Pebble in 2011. This is not that exact car, but it is a product of Freres Voisin, the eclectic airplane and automobile manufacturer with unique tastes and rods holding the fenders in place. Voisins are all things of beauty (except maybe that Biscuter, but even that is kind of cute), and this one is a giant among them all. The frame is original and many parts are original Voisin parts, but the ravages of time and WWII took their toll on the original body. For a while it had a Hispano-Suiza body on it. The current owner began a restoration in 2006 that took eight years, finishing the body in “elegant silver metallic.” The result, just looking at the pictures, is superb automobilia.

Runners-up from RM: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta (Lot 232), 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B (Lot 234), 1962 Ferrari 268 SP by Fantuzzi (Lot 240)

Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

It's Lambo lust over at Gooding & Co.

Gooding & Co., Aug. 20-21, Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

Lot 002: 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

Gooding lists 160 lots at this year’s Pebble Beach auctions, from a perfectly splendid Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder that could go for $20 million to a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza that could fetch $15 million. So why were we drawn to this well-used, well-driven, unrestored “barn find” Lamborghini? Who can explain love (or lust, anyway)? The Jaeger odometer on the dash reads 79,195 miles, and the “Pirelli” lettering has all been curbed off the front tires. But it has the original black California plates and even the original “Estes-Zipper Motors” license plate frame. It is calling to us. The estimate is between $300,000 and $400,000, but we optimistically note that it is being offered “without reserve,” so you never know.

Runners-up: 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder (Lot 042), 1961 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe (Lot 048), 1956 Lincoln MkII (Lot 037)

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