A pair of 250 GT Ferraris and a more recent F40 topped the sales chart at RM Sotheby’s London auction Monday. Led by a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione “Tour de France” that sold for more than $7.6 million, the four-hour auction in Battersea Park generated more than $25.4 million in sales.
More than 37,000 people from the British Isles and far beyond attended the 49th International Autojumble, held in the parkland of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, England. More than 2,300 venders took part in what Americans would recognize as a swap meet. Continue reading
Silverstone Auctions’ second Salon Prive sale produced $7.69 million in sales, led by the $1.3845 million paid for a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante (prices include buyer’s premium). Continue reading
The “Royal” Concours of Elegance is different from other concours on several levels. For one, it is held each year at a different royal palace on the British Isles. For another, instead of a panel of “expert” judges, the best of show award is decided by collecting ballots from the owners of the 60 cars invited to the event.
The 2015 concours was held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the best of show award went to a 1903 Mercedes Simplex 60HP owned by Anke Ruckwarth. Continue reading
A 1929 Bentley 4½-liter sports saloon owned by the same family since 1935 and recently unearthed after 30 years in a barn sold at Bonhams’ Beaulieu International Autojumble auction for $1.059 million.
French auction house Artcurial will include a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster in the “From Paris to Hong Kong” art auction it has scheduled October 5-6 in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Spink & sons, a British auction company that dates to 1666. Continue reading
A few years ago, New York University professor and Guggenheim fellow Greg Grandin documented the history of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, and his work was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award.
And the community in the Amazon forest wasn’t the only city Henry Ford created. There was Alberta in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, his proposal for Muscle Shoals in Tennessee, and of course, River Rouge, the manufacturing hub in Michigan where raw materials arrived at one end and completed cars rolled out the other.
But Henry Ford wasn’t the only American automotive pioneer who established a city, and unlike Ford’s settlement in the Amazon, Ransom E. Olds’ town in Florida has flourished, in many ways exceeding even his expectations. Continue reading
Yes, I wish the person selling this 1982 Fiat Spider provided more information in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com’s marketplace site. Yes, I wish the seller had included a photo of the engine and even a shot showing the condition of the chassis.
But despite what’s not there, I love what is there: Continue reading
To drive from my daughter’s house near Lansing to the Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan, I take a two-lane rural highway, State Route 43. The road makes a right turn at a stoplight at the edge of downtown Hastings, a city I’d previously known only as the hometown of two-time Indianapolis 500 race-winner Gordon Johncock.
The oldest-surviving Aston Martin, the A3, will be featured at the inaugural Classic & Sports Car — The London Show scheduled October 30-November 1 at Britain’s Alexandra Palace.