The 18th edition of Top Marques Monaco has been deemed the most successful to date, with 25,000 visitors, multiple sales, and a hugely popular Ferrari auction.
Top Marques Monaco, held from 7th to 11th June, was the most successful and sensational to date, according to exhibitors and visitors.
More than 25,000 visitors attended Monaco’s internationally renowned luxury auto show in the Grimaldi Forum, where around 200 of the most exotic supercars, classic cars, motorbikes, and transport innovations were on display.
“This year’s Top Marques Monaco broke records on every level possible,” said Salim Zeghdar, CEO of Top Marques Monaco. “We have never had so many vehicles in the Grimaldi Forum. The Diaghilev was almost fit to bursting with 80 classic cars and motorbikes, whilst unique models from brands such as Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Porsche and Rolls Royce were nose to nose in the Ravel.”
Multiple sales were confirmed by exhibitors in both the Classic Car and Supercar departments, whilst the first ever Ferrari auction held on the show’s opening day was also heralded a huge success.
Alonso’s Ferrari sells for €5.4 million
The highlight of the L’Astarossa auction of 40 rare Ferraris organised by MonacoCarAuctions was the sale of Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari Enzo – for the sum of €5,400,000.
Another grande dame of the auction was the 1956 Ferrari 250 GTO Boano, which sold for a record breaking €1,512,000.
The auction resulted in the sale of 18 consignments, almost half of those on show.
Other highlights at the 18th edition of the annual supercar show, held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, was the world launch of the Dallara Tribute IR8, represented by Stars MC, and the launch of the QUANTiNO twentyfive, an electric roadster by nanoFlowcell that runs without a battery.
“We were particularly thrilled to have been chosen by Audi France as the launchpad for the world premier of its RS 6 GTO Concept, which was a huge hit with the press and the public, as well as Venturi’s FLEX electric rover, which visitors could see up close for the first time before it heads to the moon in 2026,” said Zeghdar. “I’m very proud of this year’s show. More than 70% of exhibitors have already confirmed their wish to return next year, which is a clear sign of the show’s success.”
GMK’s first motorbike unveiled
Another highlight for supercar fans was the appearance of Top Marques Monaco’s ambassador, automotive influencer GMK, who chose the event to unveil his first ever motorbike, a BMW prepared in full carbon by SSM Motorrad in Nice.
GMK was also present to announce the winners of the first ever Top Marques Monaco Carspotter Awards – Cyril Desforges, Thibaut Mars and Thomas Arnold – as well as the lucky owners of 10 pairs of GMK-inspired trainers designed especially for the show.
Meanwhile, representatives from sponsors ACJ and Dassault Aviation joined Zeghdar and Nunzio La Vecchia, founder of nanoFlowcell, to award prizes to the winners of Top Marques Monaco’s Children’s Art Competition. Dozens of schoolchildren from Monaco took part in the contest to design the transport of tomorrow, with first prizes being awarded to Angelina Claechout, Charlene Barols and Désiree Furst.
Top Marques Monaco will take place next year from 5th to 9th June 2024 at the Grimaldi Forum.
Check out our video below, where we speak to five exhibitors at this year’s show: Cedric Boutsen of Boutsen Classic Cars; Ricky Claus, CEO at Top Classics; Nunzio La Vecchia, CEO at nanoFlowcell Management; and Luigi di Donna, Artistic Director and Concept Founder Signature of Akylone by Genty.
Feature photo by Monaco Life