Here’s some free car-shopping advice:
If it’s good enough for the Pope, it’s good enough for you.
That’s not the official motto behind The Pinnacle Portfolio, the ridiculous vintage/supercar auction taking place this week and now open for registration.
But it works.
Officially, RM Sotheby’s is positioning Pinnacle — a standalone event at the three-day 2015 Monterey sale — as “the most valuable private automobile collection ever presented for a single-day sale.”
Quite a mouthful.
In simpler terms: Pinnacle will feature 25 exceedingly rare European sports/racing cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as a bevy of contemporary supercars.
They’re of a higher power, surely.
We went ahead and compiled a primer for you featuring some of the most decadent rides from the collection.
A 1998 McLaren F1, a grand prix supercar upgraded to feature an LM-spec engine and the “Extra High Downforce Package”
A 2008 Lamborghini Reventón (one of 20 ever built) modeled after a modern fighter jet
And, for Pope-mobile fans: the final Enzo built by Ferrari, once gifted to the late Pope John Paul II (starting price: $4 million)*
The auction takes place this Thursday in Monterey, CA, but interested bidders can also bid by phone or via the Interwebs.
Start your engines.
* It’s not like the Pope went joy riding. The car was auctioned on JPII’s behalf, with proceeds supporting the relief of tsunami victims.
Images: Patrick Ernzen © 2015 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s. McLaren F1 images: Darin Schnabel © 2015 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s