For classic car enthusiasts there can be few finer places to be in the middle of August than California. This is the time of the Monterey Classic Car Week when, depending on your particular area of interest, you can attend the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance or the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile auction – or, if you have the time and inclination, all three.

The auction, which unusually takes place in a central space surrounded by the viewers rather than in front of them, is being held near the waterfront at 290 Figueroa Street in Monterey on August 17-19 and will feature over 250 cars of many different types. Here’s a selection of the ones we like best.

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