Perhaps the most unusual item on a collector car auction docket, at least since Barrett-Jackson drew national news coverage when it sold Robosaurus, is Wendell the mechanical elephant, which carries a pre-auction estimated value of $250,000 to $400,000 as it walks into Auction America’s Auburn Fall sale this weekend. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit a local charity. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, Volkswagen’s Beetle begat a motorsports effort that is being showcased in a special exhibition from September 5 through October 30 at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Germany.
Eight vehicles from across the VW motorsports spectrum will be featured in interactive modules, including video, audio and photographic installations. Continue reading
With a few post-block sales still pending, the five auction companies conducting live in-person bidding last week on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California officially have reported total sales of $343.4 million.
That figure is a few million more than previously reported by observers from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company, but Hagerty notes that its observers are not immediately privy to transactions that can occur when a vehicle that doesn’t sell on the block moves to post-sale negotiation, which at some auctions can account for as much as 10 percent of all sales revenue. Continue reading
Exhibitions of automobiles at art museums don’t happen every day and the ones that draw the most attention are those at the big-city museums — Phoenix, Portland, Atlanta, Houston, Nashville, etc. But another if smaller exhibit that figures to be worth the visit opens August 30 at the Snite Museum of Art on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. Continue reading
Here’s a vehicle that comes with a story: Pick of the Day is a 1974 Land Rover Series III sport utility vehicle formerly used by NATO forces, the private seller in White Marsh, Maryland, notes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading
In 1956, 14 cars — aging Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, and not one of them having going through what we now recognize as a restoration — were driven to Auburn, Indiana, for a homecoming-style “Parade of Classics” get-together hosted by Delmar and Doris Johnson.
A few years later, and to help raise money to save the old Auburn Automobile Company headquarters building from demolition and later to turn it into a car museum, Johnson and others convinced the local Kruse farm and real estate auction company to stage a sale of classic cars. Continue reading
Yes, the row of 16 Ford GT40s along the show of Stillwater Cove was amazing and awesome, as was the adjacent array of Delahayes. But what really revved my engine last Sunday at the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was the Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937 class. Continue reading
So I get home from Monterey Car Week and I sit down to share my memories and I reduce a couple thousand photos down to 72, which is still too many for one of our Eye Candy galleries, so I need to eliminate a few more. But in the meantime, I’m taking a break from that task to put some of my memories into writing.
When it comes down to it, what we write about here at Classic Car News is not cars, but people, because they are the ones who know and who share the stories of the cars. Continue reading
Restoring a pre-war Mercedes-Benz just got a little easier as Daimler AG has announced that its Mercedes-Benz Classic department will reproduce original-quality spare parts for such pre-war classics as the S, SS, SSK and SSKL. Continue reading
In keeping with its mission of being an educational institution as well as a car museum, officials of the Petersen Automotive Museum shared details at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of upcoming exhibitions and of the museum’s five-year plan. Continue reading