For the world’s leading marque’s, automotive auction houses, and collectors alike, Northern California’s Monterey Car Week is the undisputed center stage to showcase the most important automobiles, whether it be bygone-era benchmarks on the concours lawn, icons crossing the block, or debuts of the latest exotics. And much like the always daunting assignments that launched every Mission Impossible installment, our admittedly self-imposed task, which we chose to accept, was to pick the 10 top cars from all of the nearly 50 different events during the recent eight days in August.

Among the hunting grounds were the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, and the headline lots presented by the likes of Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, and Broad Arrow. Of course, nothing on the list could be finalized until after the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As for our highly subjective selections? Mission accomplished.