15 Fun Filled Cars for Under $200,000

Offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey collector car auction 15-17 August 2019

Gregory Duckloe |

While the glamour of the Monterey Peninsula during Car Week is most commonly associated with cars bearing multi-million-dollar estimates, automobiles that are slightly gentler on the checkbook can also be had. These fifteen cars run the gamut from modern supercars, like the Aston Martin Vanquish S, to the diminutive Italian city-cars like the Ferves ranger. No matter your tastes or budget, rest assured there is something for everyone at Monterey.

1967 Ferves Ranger offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1967 Ferves Ranger

 

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

The ultimate Italian microcar oddity, about 50 Ferves Rangers are believed to be left in existence. A wonderful and characterful alternative to a Fiat Jolly or a Mini Moke, it’s sure to be a conversation starter wherever it goes.

 

 

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta T.I. Berlina offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta T.I. Berlina

 

Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Offered from the Swig family collection, this charming Giuletti T.I. Berlina is a highly original example. Retaining its original engine and having traveled just 35,000 km from new, this would be the perfect addition to the stable of a veteran collector, or alternatively, for someone looking for their first collector car with both practicality and Italian flair.

 

 

1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce by Bertone offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce by Bertone

 

Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

One of Alfa Romeo’s most beloved post-war models, no expense was spared in the restoration of this lovely 1750 GT Veloce, undertaken by Coachwerks Restorations of British Columbia, Canada. Beautiful to behold, it is surely equally as stunning when enjoyed on the open road.

 

 

1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe

 

Estimate: $175,000 - $225,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Without doubt the most iconic and beloved series of 911, the small-bumper pre-1973 911s are a staple in the collector car community. This example checks all the right boxes, boasting known ownership from new, a numbers-matching drivetrain, and a recently completed restoration. In its original Polo Red, it needs nothing but a new owner.

 

 

2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S

 

Estimate: $90,000 - $110,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Made famous due to its stunning looks and starring role in James Bond’s Die Another Day alongside Pierce Brosnan, the Vanquish is arguably the most beloved Aston Martin of the early 2000s. While this late-model Vanquish S didn’t appear on the silver screen, it is chassis number “007” and boasts the desirable “2+0” seating configuration. It is one of only 326 Vanquish S imported to the US when new.

 

 

1955 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1955 Austin-Healey 100 BN2

 

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Undoubtedly one of England’s most iconic automobiles of the 1950s, the little Austin-Healey 100 played a vital role in jump-starting the sports-car craze in the US immediately following WWII. Found as a barn find several years ago, this example has received a meticulous concours-quality restoration and begs to be used and enjoyed.

 

 

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel Injected' Split-Window Coupe offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Fuel Injected' Split-Window Coupe

 

Estimate: $120,000 - $160,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Arguably one of America’s most attractive sports cars, the ‘Split-Window’ Corvettes of 1963 are truly a watershed moment in American automotive design. Outfitted with both fuel injection and a four-speed transmission, this is a Corvette to cherish.

 

 

1997 Ferrari F355 Spider offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1997 Ferrari F355 Spider

 

Estimate: $125,000 - $150,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Offered from the Ming Collection, this is perhaps one of the lowest-mileage F355 Spiders in existence, showing just 704 miles from new. Having been recently serviced, this is the perfect opportunity to buy an as-new F355 for the individual who missed out on buying one in 1997.

 

 

1986 Ferrari Testarossa offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1986 Ferrari Testarossa

 

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

No car epitomizes the 1980s as well as the Ferrari Testarossa. A desirable early-production “Monospecchio” Testarossa, this example is finished in quintessential Rosso Corsa over tan leather.

 

 

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

 

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Benefitting from just two long-term owners prior to 2015, this Series 1 4.2-litre E-Type coupe is finished in its original colors and retains its original engine. Opalescent Silver Blue is considered by many to be one of the most stunning colors on an E-Type, and this example does not disappoint.

 

 

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda' offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda'

 

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Fully restored by Mercedes-Benz specialist Mark Passarelli, this 280 SL boasts the desirable four-speed manual transmission and is equipped with a set of fitted luggage. A truly timeless design, the 280 SL ‘Pagoda’ is just as popular now as it was when it was first introduced over fifty years ago.

 

 

1956 Porsche 356 A European Coupe by Reutter offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1956 Porsche 356 A European Coupe by Reutter

 

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

An exceptionally early 356 A, just the 34th 1956 1600 coupe, this car was beautifully restored by marque specialists and was featured in Excellence magazine in May 2017, following a score of 296/300 points in PCA judging. Finished in beautiful Fashion Grey over Red leather, this is an exceptional Porsche in every way.

 

 

1973 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1973 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing

 

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

Beautifully restored in Cream White over Black, the VW “Thing” is Germany’s more practical alternative to Citroën’s Mehari. A perfect warm-weather daily driver, this “Thing” will certainly attract only the most favorable of comments wherever it goes.

 

 

1967 Shelby GT500 offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey live auction 2019

1967 Shelby GT500

 

Estimate: $130,000 - $160,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve

 

A remarkably original, unrestored example, this GT500 has called California home from new and was carefully stored for decades. Fitted with a 428 cu. in. V-8 topped with dual carburetors and mated to a factory four-speed, this is American muscle at its best.


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