We expect to see the full fruits of the business partnership between RM and Sotheby’s when they stage the “Driven by Disruption” auction December 10 in Sotheby’s showroom on York Avenue, between 71st and 72nd streets and between Central Park and the East River in New York City. Continue reading
The Thanksgiving holiday and a weekend flood back in Tulsa delayed until Monday the news that the Leake Auction Company’s recent Dallas sale did $9 million in business and achieved a 67 percent sell-through rate.
A highlight of the auction was the offering of 120 cars at no reserve on Sunday. Continue reading
I’d never attended one of Leake Auction Company’s sales before, and excluding the night my flight itinerary included changing planes at DFW International, I’d only been to Dallas once before, and that was to cover a college football bowl game back in the mid-1970s. Yet I felt amazingly at home at Leake’s recent auction at Dallas Market Hall. Continue reading
Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark convertible that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.
The Skylark, or Series 4300 in Buick terminology, was launched as a 1962 model and available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. It was little changed for the ’63 model year, when it gained full-length body-side moldings with Buick logos on the grille and on the rear between the tail lamps. Convertibles, which comprised about one quarter of Skylark production, came with vinyl interior, which was optional on the hardtop. Continue reading
The story goes that Frank and Louise Hagerty had a small insurance agency on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, where so many of their clients had antique wooden boats that insuring such craft became the Hagertys’ specialty. But it didn’t take very long for the couple to realize that many of their clients also owned vintage automobiles and needed to insure them, and it was all hands on deck, so to speak. They called their son, McKeel, back from seminary to help and Hagerty grew into the world’s largest insurer of classic cars.
I suggested to a Hagerty staffer recently that perhaps the company should consider insuring vintage aircraft as well as old boats and classic cars. The response again showed that Hagerty does its homework. As it turned out, many of those who own vehicles designed not for water or land but for air don’t insure them, instead taking a more fatalistic approach because the chances are that should you fall from the sky, the damage will be well beyond the fender-bender category. Continue reading
We feel “forced” into sharing the news that a couple of Star Wars Storm Troopers and a 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S that looks like it should be their ride showed up at the headquarters of British auction house Coys to promote the upcoming “True Greats” sale.
The auction on December 1 at the Royal Horticultural Society in London includes more than classic and collectible cars, such as the Countach and an ex-Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen Mini Cooper S. Also being offered up for bids is “rare film memorabilia” including vintage Star Wars posters, among them one of only 28 bus-stop posters produced in Mylar and featuring Yoda in Episode II, Attack of the Clones. Continue reading
David Madeira admits he and Rod Alberts were sharing cocktails when they hatched the idea of driving classic cars more than across the country in the middle of winter…
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the 50th anniversaries of the launch of the Can-Am Challenge Cup and Jack Brabham becoming the only driver to win the Formula 1 title in a car bearing his own name, and the 40th anniversary of James Hunt’s World Driving Championship will be featured in 2016 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival in England.
The inaugural Classic & Sports Car — The London Show drew more than 15,000 visitors to Alexandra Palace last weekend to see more than 300 classic vehicles on display, including a celebration of Aston Martin and a gath single-seater cars raced by Stirling Moss.
Only 20 of the 40 cars on offer sold, yet Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions reports $8.3 million in sales from its inaugural Rolling Sculpture sale held late last week in New York City. The average sales price, including buyer’s premium, was an impressive $415,000. Continue reading