The 10 Most-Exciting Dream Machines at This Year’s Top Marques Monaco

Top Marques Monaco

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From an 1,124 hp Bertone to a watch winder made from a V-12 engine, here are our picks from the Principality’s latest automotive exhibition.

A fortnight after the latest edition of Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix, the Principality again was the showcase for exotic machines, this time in the form of the 19th edition of Top Marques Monaco. The 150-vehicle exhibition, which ran from June 5 through 9, featured everything from the newest hypercars, supercars, and high-performance tuner sedans and SUVs to rarified classics to wild motorcycles—all available for purchase. There were also rows of vendors selling rare timepieces, an auction dedicated to Ferraris, and even a lineup of luxury powerboats.

Held inside the glass-lined Grimaldi Forum, close to the iconic Monte-Carlo harbor, Top Marques Monaco presented more world debuts than ever this year, emphasizing the show’s growing importance in the supercar world. After walking the display floor, we selected the following for our fantasy garage.

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Bertone GB110

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Storied Italian coachbuilder Bertone marked its return to the world stage with the unveiling of its GB110 hypercar. Powered by a modified 5.2-liter Lamborghini V-10 packing 1,124 hp, this all-carbon two-door is predicted to rocket from standstill to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph. Bertone plans to build just 33 examples, priced from about €2 million, with production kicking off in 2025.

The GB110’s designer, Andrea Mocellin, told Robb Report that the car’s striking lines pay tribute to Bertone’s landmark concepts, such as the 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo and 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. Bertone was all but shuttered until brothers Jean-Franck and Mauro Ricci acquired the company in 2022. According to Jean-Franck, “the GB110 marks the rebirth of Bertone.” By the looks of it, the nascent model has inherited some impressive automotive genes.

EyeLights Rocket One

An EyeLights Rocket One electric superbike.
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With an aesthetic that channels the film Top Gun, the Rocket One is an electric superbike from Toulouse-based EyeLights. Making its debut in Monaco, the futuristic two-wheeler—with its distinctive headlights seemingly inspired by a fighter jet’s afterburner—is powered by an electric drivetrain from Italy’s Energica that lets fly 885 ft lbs of torque.

That output is claimed to be enough to thrust the bike from zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds while giving it a range of around 250 miles. Yet the Rocket One’s standout feature is arguably its lack of instruments. That’s because information is projected on to the visor of the EyeLights-developed matching helmet. The company plans to offer 50 examples of the Rocket One, each priced at roughly €100,000.

Laffite LM1

A Laffite LM1 hypercar.

If you’ve always wanted a Le Mans racer that can also motor through town, French builder Laffite Automobili is aiming to make your day. Its new 1,000 hp, street-legal hypercar is said to be inspired by the current generation of LMP1 prototype racers.

Introduced at Top Marques Monaco, this all-carbon monster features a 3.9-liter, twin-turbo hybrid V-8—likely sourced from Ferrari—that should give the model a 220 mph top speed. The dramatic styling is from Italy’s GFG Studio, founded by design luminary Giorgetto Giugiaro, with Turin-based race-car builder L.M. Gianetti earmarked for the task of assembly. Just 25 examples are being offered, each costing around €2 million.

Car Off-Shore Fiat 500 Abarth

The Fiat 500 Off-Shore Abarth.
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Italy’s boutique manufacturer Car Off-Shore has been building these too-cute waterborne Fiat 500s since 2023, but it used Top Marques Monaco to unveil its zippiest variant yet, the 500 Abarth. While Car Off-Shore’s original versions used an 80 hp Mercury outboard for power, the Abarth switches to an inboard 230 hp Rotax engine that reportedly allows the conveyance to reach a wave-crushing top speed of 67 mph. It also gets anti-shock seats, a Fiat 500 Abarth steering wheel and hull graphics, and a hardtop with opening sunroof. The plan is to offer it in the U.S. later this year for around €185,000.

Klassen V-Class VIP Limousine

A Klassen V-Class VIP Limousine.
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Think of it as the Mercedes-Maybach of minivans. Germany’s Klassen Automobile is known for its luxury transformations of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Sprinter vans. At the Monaco exhibition, it launched its new two-tone, Maybach-inspired conversion featuring a completely redesigned front end. The latter includes a hugely oversized Maybach-style chrome grille and Maybach S600 LED headlights.

The interior features fully reclining rear seats, top-tier leather and wood trim, and a 32-inch TV. There’s also a Champagne chiller between the power-folding, rear-facing jump seats, which is to be expected of a vehicle that starts at approximately €420,000.

Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Art Installation Presented by Racing Partners

A Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Art Installation Presented by Racing Partners.
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If you find that a 610 hp, V-10-powered Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato doesn’t already offer enough visual excitement, then how about this version presented by Racing Partners. The Monaco-based outfit showed off an off-road-capable Raging Bull with a trio of faux Stinger-like missiles mounted on roof rails. It’s the attention-grabbing work of French artist Remy Aillaud, noted for his wild, missile-carrying-robot creations.

To complement his first automotive effort, Aillaud has also designed a matching Lamborghini bulletproof vest complete with four faux sticks of dynamite, a couple of pretend hand grenades, and a fake machine gun—all painted bright orange. Says Audrey Polizzi of Racing Partners, “It’s really a one-off piece of mobile art, though I’m sure someone in Monaco will ask to buy it.”

Engler V12

An example of the Engler V12.
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In the category of answering a question no one ever asked, the Engler V12 is what happens when you cross a 12-cylinder supercar with a quadbike. The 1,200 hp, tandem two-seater, with its shark-like nose and stretched wheelbase, will supposedly take you and a brave passenger from standstill to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. As for its top speed, that’s claimed to be targeted at 250 mph.

“The aerodynamics and the integrated windscreen are designed to deflect the wind over the riders,” says designer Peter Glova. Croatia-based Engler showed a concept powered by an Audi V-10 back in 2019. This latest iteration, unveiled in Monaco, is intended to use a Bentley 12-cylinder mill. Production is scheduled for 2025, with pricing starting at about €630,000.

Tedson Daydream Porsche 911 Targa

An example of the Tedson Daydream Porsche 911 Targa.
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Monaco’s Prince Albert II himself helped pull the covers off the first Tedson Daydream Porsche 911—a hardtop coupe—in 2022. Unfortunately, he wasn’t around at this year’s show to help unveil the newest Targa project. Croatia-based Tedson Motors is fast becoming what some would consider the European equivalent to Singer Vehicle Design in the world of highly customized restorations of the air-cooled 964 or 993 generations of the 911 model.

The added twist is that Tedson is also offering both hybrid and fully electric options, as well as 3.6-liter, 3.8-liter, and 4.0-liter versions of the famous flat-six engine. Interestingly, this new Targa starts life as a 911 convertible, with Tedson crafting a carbon-fiber roll hoop and a carbon-fiber roof panel. Pricing starts in the neighborhood of €550,000, including the donor car.

Quant Quantino twentyfive

An example of the Quant Quantino twentyfive electric vehicle.
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Certainly not a household name as of yet, Quant is seeking to make all-electric vehicles that run on no-battery Nano Flowcell power. In Monaco, Quant unveiled its Quantino twentyfive, a targa-roofed 2+2 sportster, plus showed renderings of its four-door sedan and Quant-Up pickup truck that are in the works.

The blue-sky technology uses electrolyte fluids, as in sea water, to generate electricity. The tech has been around for years, but Quant claims to have developed the first application small enough to be used in electric cars. Nunzio La Vecchia, Quant’s founder and CEO, told Robb Report that the Quantino—aimed to be priced under €28,000—would have a range of 600 miles and the ability to sprint from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. As of now, though, these are just claims, as the vehicle is still in the concept category.

Lamborghini V12 Watch Winder

A Lamborghini V12 Watch Winder.
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Top Marques Monaco is not only about supercars, it’s also about high-end watches and accompanying accessories. One of our favorite pieces was this watch winder from Jean-Marc Desclaux of Watch-in-Motion. Desclaux tracks down broken V-12 engines from such marques as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, and BMW. At this past week’s exhibition, he was showcasing his newest creation based on the 6.5-liter V-12 from a Lamborghini Aventador.

“These are real engines, not copies,” says Desclaux, “this V-12 had a major mechanical failure and couldn’t be repaired.” Investing over 400 hours, he strips the engine to the basic block, uses the pistons and cam covers for stylish supports, repaints the mill, and adds tiny electric motors to each cylinder to wind up to 12 timepieces. This one goes for around €55,000.

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