There is no doubt the world is enamored by the supercar. They are the objects of daydreams for children and adults alike. The supercar is undeniably thrilling, whether at a standstill or in motion, and is certain to draw a crowd wherever it may be. Even the most jaded automotive enthusiast is helpless when faced with the allure of the supercar and will surely stop at the sight of one to examine its lines and features.
The world was introduced to the term “supercar” in mid-November 1920, when an advertisement in the London-based newspaper The Times used the phrase to describe the Ensign Six. A British 6 was a high-performance car similar to the Bentley Speed Six and featured a massively powerful 6.7-liter engine. Since then, the term has been used to describe cars which exemplify the highest levels of performance and technology capable of the automobile. The supercar is a rare opportunity for a manufacturer to create a tangible demonstration of their most complex engineering potential and most audacious styling while incorporating cutting-edge materials and processes. They often draw technology directly from motorsport—often from Formula 1 and Le Mans prototype racing cars, at times directly including components derived from them. Production supercars demonstrate awe-inspiring levels of power paired to lightweight chassis construction for maximal power-to-weight ratios, setting the precedent for the upper echelon of performance. Despite the extreme price tags that supercars carry, manufacturers rarely profit from the sales of supercars due to their own costs incurred from constructing these incredible machines. Production numbers are typically nominal, adding to the exclusivity of the segment and making them highly sought after by collectors.
RM Sotheby’s is proud to offer a number of outstanding automobiles that define the supercar segment at our annual Monterey collector car auction held 15–17 August 2019 in beautiful Monterey, California. Click ahead to explore 10 examples of the supercar sure to excite collectors and enthusiasts alike.