Pre-war French cars are stars at RM Sotheby’s $28.5 million sale

Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago sells for $3.78 million | RM Sotheby's photos
Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago sells for $3.78 million | RM Sotheby’s photos

With a pair of pre-war French classics each selling for more than $3 million, RM Sotheby’s fourth Ville Erba sale on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como posted more than $28.5 million in sales Saturday. Forty-one of the 66 cars and motorcycles were sold, for a 62 percent sell-through rate.

“It’s great to see that the demand for special pre-war cars is stronger than ever, and we continue to see rare, low-production supercars with excellent provenance, performing very strongly,” Augustin Sabatie-Garat, RM Sotheby’s car specialist and Villa Erba auction manager, said in a news release. Continue reading

Paul O’Shea tribute Mercedes SLS joins Bonhams’ Chantilly sale

Paul O'Shea's 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS re-created and regularly raced in vintage competition | Bonhams photos
Paul O’Shea’s 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS re-created and regularly raced in vintage competition | Bonhams photos

“Driving his 300SL Gullwing, Paul was virtually unbeatable from coast to coast.”

— motorsports historian Art Evans in The Fabulous Fifties: A Decade of Sports Car Racing in Southern California

Officially, Paul O’Shea was a three-time Sports Car Club of American national racing champion in the mid-1950s, even though he’d quit racing cars for two years after a friend was killed at Le Mans. Continue reading

Father’s Day suggestion: Automotive art

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To the Victor, painting by Jim Dietz | Courtesy Automotive Fine Arts Society

You’ve likely heard the recommendation to “buy art from a living artist because the dead ones don’t need the money.”

The Automotive Fine Arts Society likely agrees with that philosophy, and suggests you consider the work of its member artists when you do your shopping for Father’s Day 2017. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Sunbeam Alpine

1962 Sunbeam Alpine is basis for heralded Sunbeam Tiger
1962 Sunbeam Alpine is basis for heralded Sunbeam Tiger

A few days ago, Bob Golfen’s Pick of the Day was a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger. The choice for today is a 1962 Sunbeam Alpine.

Tiger. Alpine. What’s the difference?

Basically, the Tiger is the souped-up version of the Sunbeam and is empowered by a small-block Ford engine that none other than Carroll Shelby hisownself figured out how to shoehorn under the “bonnet” of a British sports car designed around a four-cylinder powerplant. Continue reading

An automotive treasure chest at Tampa Bay

1929 Tracta A roadster, one of two, finished first in class at Le Mans | Jim McCraw photos,
1929 Tracta A roadster, one of two, finished first in class at Le Mans | Jim McCraw photos,

Back in 2005, Alain Cerf opened the doors of the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum to celebrate the engineering, design and innovation that went into some of the pioneering cars of the Twenties and Thirties from Europe and America.

Since that grand opening, the museum has grown, evolved, and acquired more and more exotic European machinery, almost six dozen cars in all, many with badges that most enthusiasts have never heard of. That’s what makes it so completely wonderful. Continue reading

Flavor of LA: TV Motion Picture Car Club show

Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos
Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos

At the intersection of Gunsmoke Avenue and Gilligan’s Island Road within the CBS Studios, the Television Motion Picture Car Club held its 8th annual car show. This year the show was staged with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and became a joint event with Flavor of LA –- Food, Cars, Libations. Continue reading

Bonhams adds three Ferraris to anniversaries celebration

1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos
1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the docket for Bonhams has announced a trio of “highly sought after” and Ferrari Classiche certified vehicles for its annual August auction at The Quail resort on the Monterey Peninsula

The cars are a 1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico, a 1966 275 GTS and a 1973 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. Continue reading

ACD trio already consigned for Auctions America’s Labor Day sale

The ACD trio headed across the block at Labor Day weekend auction | Auctions America photos by Tyler Allen
The ACD trio headed across the block at Labor Day weekend auction | Auctions America photos by Tyler Allen

Auburn, Indiana, has been the home of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg brands, all of which are celebrated each Labor Day weekend with a massive festival in the northeast Indiana community. That celebration includes a huge collector car auction at Auburn Auction Park and Auctions America already has an ACD triumvirate for its sale docket.

Leading the early consignments for the 750-vehicle auction are an Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton, a Cord 812 Phateon and the only Duesenberg Model J originally fitted with Fleetwood coachwork, the auction house announced. Continue reading

Memorial day weekend at museums and car shows

Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum
Spring Auto Show in 2014 | Photo provided by Owls Head Transportation Museum

On Monday, May 29, the California Automobile Museum holds the 8th Annual Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show. The show is free to the public and honors servicemen and women while paying tribute to the Corvettes and American-made muscle cars.

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Shelby American debuts wide body Mustang concept

2017 Shelby American widebody concept | Nicole James photos
2017 Shelby American wide-body concept | Nicole James photos

For the first time in over a decade, Shelby American has premiered a new concept vehicle –- the wide body Ford Mustang. The concept, unveiled last weekend at the 5th annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in the Los Angeles area, was built on the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake that was revealed in January during Scottsdale Auction Week.

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