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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State Univeristy.

Eye Candy: American Legends — Hot Rods & Customs at the Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall

Through the end of this year, American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs is a special exhibition at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, where some of the country’s most famous rods and customs are set against a backdrop of artwork by Tom Fritz.

Born and raised in hot rod and custom-crazy Southern California, Fritz has been acclaimed for work that has been displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach and in the U.S. Postal Service’s Muscle Car stamp series.

In one critic’s words, Fritz’ paintings “are a celebration of the memories and observations made since his childhood — a unique and sensitive interpretation of the emotion and beauty of power.”

The emotion, beauty and power of hot rod and custom cars is apparent in the Gilmore’s special exhibition, which had Dennis Lesky of the Ionia Hot Rods Shop serving as guest curator.

Immediately greeting visitors is perhaps the most famous of all hot rods: Clarence “Chili” Catallo’s 1932 Ford three-window coupe, which was featured on the cover of ‘The Beach Boys’ album, “Little Duece Coupe.” Not only is the car famous — before the album it was on the cover of Hot Rod magazine — but it has amazing history, built in Detroit by the famed Alexander Brothers, then modified when Catallo went to the west coast and worked with Barris Kustoms.

Among other stunning vehicles are:

  • Gene Winfield’s (he also created the shuttlecraft for the original Star Trek television series and 25 of the vehicles for the movie Blade Runner) 1941 Ford “Taildragger” coupe, which served as a model for one of Mattel’s first-edition Hot Wheels;
  • The “Big Daddy” Roth-inspired Futurian bubble top;
  • Don Morton’s “Golden Bird,” a highly modified 1955 Ford Thunderbird originally on display in the Rotunda at Ford and later at the Detroit Autorama;
  • The 1951 “Street Bandit” Ford T-bucket by Cotton Worksman and Bob Knaack with a 1951 Mercury V8 modified with hemi heads by Zora Arkus-Duntov, who is best known for his work on the Chevrolet Corvette;
  • A tribute to the famed 1932 Veda Orr Ford roadster (Veda was one of the first women involved in hot rodding and land speed record runs; during World War 2 she sent a hot rod newsletter to servicemen overseas and started publishing her Hot Rod Pictorial two years before Robert Petersen launched Hot Rod magazine);
  • The 1935 Ford “Crown Coupe,” the only car to win the International Championship of the International Championship Auto Shows title three times.

Corvette museum will refill sinkhole, restore three of the eight damaged cars

Visitors survey the damage and take photos of the sinkhole and damaged cars in the Skydome during the National Corvette Museum's 20th anniversary celebration | Larry Edsall photos
Visitors survey the damage and take photos of the sinkhole and damaged cars in the Skydome during the National Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration | Larry Edsall photos

Despite hopes of keeping at least a portion of the sinkhole beneath the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum available for viewing, the museum board decided Saturday that the cavern will be filled. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum

Photos by Larry Edsall

When her husband retired in 1963, Geneieve Gilmore figured Donald might need a project to occupy his time, so she found a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration and gave it to him.

Donald Gilmore hadn’t been a classic car enthusiast. He’d been too busy, first running the department store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that bore his family name, and then becoming chairman of another local and family-related firm, pharmaceuticals producer Upjohn.

Apparently, Donald Gilmore didn’t do anything halfway, and within three years he not only had the Pierce-Arrow that Geneive had given him but he’d acquired nearly three dozen other old cars and bought a 90-acre farm northeast of Kalamazoo to house his growing collection.

One of the first things Donald did on the property was to install an oval track so he and his car-enthusiast friends could exercise and enjoy their vehicles.

Before long, there wasn’t enough room in the farm’s barn for Gilmore’s collection. He bought neighboring property and also started collecting not only classic cars but historic barns, which he’d find, buy, disassemble and then reassemble at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

For example, the Campania Barn, built in 1897, now houses cars from the 1930s on its upper level and cars from the ’40s on its ground floor, which recently added not only a Tucker but a re-creation of Preston Tucker’s office.

Another barn houses steam-powered vehicles. The property also includes the re-creation of a 1930s Shell gasoline station and an authentic 1941 Silk City diner (meals served daily) originally parked in Meriden, Connecticut.

The newest buildings on the grounds include the Gilmore Heritage Center with a vehicle display area, meeting room, gift shop and research library (as well as the Franklin, Checker and some recently acquired Pontiac archives).

Even newer is what amounts to a car-dealer row, a series of re-created period new car showrooms sponsored by various classic car clubs. There’s the Model A Ford Museum in a 1929-style building and the Franklin Collection behind a cascade copied from a 1911 dealership in Los Angeles. The new Lincoln Museum opened in August and the Cadillac-LaSalle Museum is going into a circa 1948-style dealership that was under construction when we visited.

So far, seven national car clubs have established museums on the Gilmore grounds. The Classic Car Club of America has its museum on the museum property, which also includes a Pierce-Arrow museum, a pedal car museum, a motorcycle museum, old-time railroad depot and the train switch tower that used to be in downtown Kalamazoo.

Two large gallery linked to the Heritage Center buildings showcase Hudsons, a display of cars built in Kalamazoo — Checker, Michigan, Dort, Barley, Roamer and Handley-Knight among them — a display of Chevrolet Corvette concepts and a large area for temporary exhibitions; when we visited, and through the end of 2014, the featured display was American hot rods.

The museum also has weekly Wednesday night cruise-ins in the summer months, hosts various car shows, offers a Model T driving school and is the site of the Gilmore Garage Works, a twice-a-week auto shop and restoration program for at-risk teenagers from area high schools.

For more information, visit the www.gilmorecarmuseum.org website.

Editor’s note: This is the first of several Eye Candy galleries we’ll be publishing on the Gilmore Car Museum and the vehicles housed there.

 

Jaguar designer updates his classic Mark 2

Ian Callum's idea for his personal Mark 2 | Callum illustration courtesy Classic Motor Cars Ltd.
Ian Callum’s idea for his personal Mark 2 | Callum illustration courtesy Classic Motor Cars Ltd.

A couple of years ago I was among those watching the unveiling of the latest Jaguar automobile and, like pretty much everyone else in the room, was stunned by the car’s beauty.

While the car was stunning, its beauty was no surprise. This Jaguar was merely the most recent work produced by automotive artist Ian Callum.

Ian Callum and his redesigned Jaguar Mark II
Ian Callum and his redesigned Jaguar Mark II

A native of Scotland, Callum had been design director at Ghia when the Italian studio was still going strong. His tenure there included the fabulous Zig, Zag and Via concept cars. Later, Callum became chief designer at Aston Martin, where he put some of the most amazing cars ever seen on the road and gorgeous concepts on the auto show circuit. Since 1999, Jaguar has benefited from Callum’s artistic hand and eye, most recently by the spectacular F-type.

I’ve known Callum for at least a couple of decades and he agreed to step out of the limelight at that Jaguar unveiling to answer a question for me.

“If you tried really hard,” I asked him, “could you design an ugly car?”

Ian was taken aback by the question, but he saw I was serious in its asking. He thought, and then thought some more before answering.

His answer was simple, clear and emphatic.

“No,” he said.

We both smiled.

I bring up such memories, not because of subsequent new Jaguars that Callum has designed — hey, this is ClassicCars.com — but because of the unveiling of his redesign of an old Jaguar, specifically a 1962 Jaguar Mark 2 sedan.

“This is a very personal statement,” Callum said Thursday when the car was unveiled along with the new facilities of Classic Motor Cars Ltd., the British restoration shop where Callum’s drawings were turned into three-dimensional moving metallic forms.

The opening of the new CMC complex, which includes 40,000 square feet of production space and 24,000 square feet of vehicle storage, also featured a visit by John Surtees, former world champion in both motorcycle racing and on the Grand Prix F1 circuit, as well as Norman Dewis, famed Jaguar test driver.

Simplification and clarity was my objective.”

— Ian Callum

 

Callum said that he’s had, “a long-held notion that, although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting in shape and performance. Whilst maintaining the purity of the car’s form, I wanted to add a number of modern twists to the design. Simplification and clarity was my objective.”

Well, part of his objective. The other part was turning the car into something Callum would be proud to drive on a regular basis.

The Mark 2 redesign was an 18-month project for Callum, who did the design work on his home computer, and for the CMC engineering and fabrication crews.

The most obvious changes came from Callum’s design, which included lowering the car’s stance by nearly 1.3 inches and putting the Jaguar on 17-inch split-rim spoked wheels. The bumpers were reworked into the car’s overall design form. Louvers were added to the car’s flanks.

“I have always loved traditional louvers as seen on many older race cars,” Callum said. “Four louvers appear on the side of the car to add to that sense of power and ‘something different.’ Of course they had to work, so they have been designed in a low-pressure area for a better internal airflow from the modified engine.”

Speaking of the engine, the original 3.4-liter unit gave way to a 4.3-liter XK powerplant upgraded to produce even more power, which flows to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

CMC created a bespoke power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system, uprated the front coil springs, roll bar and wishbone bushings, added adjustable shocks and solid subframe mounts, which were repositioned to produce enhanced dynamics. Front brakes also were upgraded.

The engineers devised a unique independent rear suspension set up with uprated coil springs, blade-control wishbones, outboard disc brakes, anti-roll bar and adjustable shocks.

Inside the cabin, filled with red leather, the car has a Clarion multi-media station with flip-out touch screen and hidden speaker housings and wiring done by the same VDC Trading experts who did the sound studio at the Abbey Road studios.

After all, this is going to be Callum’s daily driver.

Mark 2 by Callum is something special.”

— Norman Dewis

 

“The wide-ranging list of modifications in the Mark 2 shows just how much design and engineering development has gone into this venture from the original car,” said Peter Neumark, CMC chairman. “To be chosen by Ian Callum to work with him on his project is a testament to the skills and passion that exist within our business.”

“I have long admired the designs of Ian Callum; to be present at the unveiling of Ian’s personally redesigned and updated Jaguar Mark 2 is a privilege,” said Surtees, one of Britain’s most revered racers.

“I have been associated with Jaguar for more than 60 years and was their chief development test engineer for 33 years,” Dewis said. “I have come to know and respect the work that CMC have carried out restoring Jaguar’s heritage. Mark 2 by Callum is something special and I was delighted when I was asked to unveil the car.”

Callum told The New York Times that the Jaguar Mark 2 joins his personal fleet, which already includes a 1932 Ford Model B “deuce coupe,” a customized 1956 Chevrolet 210 and a souped-up 1990 Mini Cooper.larry-sig

Goodwood Revival salutes Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell 006 | Goodwood photos
Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell 006 | Goodwood photos
Jackie Stewart
Jackie Stewart

The annual Goodwood Revival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Stewart’s “discovery” with a series of special parades during the British festival to honor the three-time World Driving Champion.

After doing well in sports car races, Stewart was invited in 1964 to test a Formula 3 car at the Goodwood circuit. The test for the then-24-year-old racer from Scotland was arranged by track manager Robin Mackay in conjunction with Ken Tyrrell’s team.

The Cooper T72-BMC Stewart drove in that test is one of 24 cars that will comprise a Stewart salute at the Revival.

Also among those cars will be a 1969 Matra MS80-Cosworth, a 1973 Tyrrell 006, the Lola T90-Ford that broke down during the closing stages of the 1966 Indy 500 while Stewart was more than a lap ahead of the field, as well as the 1965 BRM P261 in which Stewart won his first Formula One race at Monza.

Stewart’s sports car career will be featured with two Lola T70 Spyders, Jaguar- and Buick-engined Ecurie Ecosse Tojeiros, a Ferrari 330 P4 and a Ford GT40.

Stewart will participate in each of the three parades, one each afternoon of the three-day Revival meeting.
Other special features at the Revival, scheduled for September 12-14 are:

  • A life-size replica of Stonehenge.
  • The West Sussex at War parade, featuring more than 600 vehicles and 25 WWII veterans, to mark 75 years of the RAF Westhampnett aerodrome.
  • Pussy Galore’s Goldfinger helicopter as focal point for a “Spirit of Aviation’ display.
  • Fifteen categories of vintage races.
  • A classic car show featuring some 4,500 pre-1974 vehicles.
  • Beneficiary of the 2014 Goodwood Revival will be England’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, which has earmarked funds to make sure one of the country’s iconic grand prix cars, the 1950 BRM V16 Type 15, will remain in running order.

For more information, visit the Goodwood website.


MGs star at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car

Sports cars join Simply Classics gathering | Beaulieu
Sports cars join Simply Classics gathering | Beaulieu
People's Choice among MGs goes to this 1937 VA
People’s Choice among MGs goes to this 1937 VA

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu held its fourth annual Simply Classics car show last weekend, though this time organizers changed the event’s name to Simply Classics & Sports Car. We’re not sure why the word “car” is singular — ah, those witty Brits! — but the idea was that in addition to traditional classic cars, the field this year would be open as well to sports car, and especially sports cars produced by MG, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

More than 200 MGs turned out, ranging from early VAs and TAs to MGBs and Midgets, and even more recent MGT and MG TF models.

Among the awards given were two voted by spectators. The “favorite MG” award went to Mike Short of Holbury, Southampton for his 1937 MG VA drophead coupe wearing British Racing Green colors. Short said he bought his car last year at Bonhams auction at Beaulieu, where it was offered as a non-running project vehicle.

The car had been restored in 1984, but since then was driven only 10 miles and spent nearly 30 years in a home garage. Short spent last winter bringing the car back to life. It recently did a 120-mile drive, though Short says he still has work to do.

Gary Collins accepts People's Choice top honors
Gary Collins accepts People’s Choice top honors

Also honored was the People’s Choice award given to the spectators’ favorite vehicle regardless of marque. That award went to a non-British car, a blue-and-white 1967 Volkswagen camera van owned by Gary Collins of Chichester.

Indiana history park to celebrate Festival of Machines that move us

Greg Dawson's 1931 Marmon 16 | photo courtesy Conner Prairie
Greg Dawson’s 1931 Marmon 16 | photo courtesy Conner Prairie

Want to make your inaugural car show memorable? Offer rides in a two-seat Dallara Indy Car. That’s one of the features for the first Festival of Machines: A Celebration of Transportation to be held September 13-14 at Conner Prairie, an 800-acre interactive history park in Fishers, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.

The park includes five outdoor, historically themed “destinations” as well as indoor, experimental learning spaces that focus on history, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and how they have shaped our society.

Among the classic cars scheduled to be present are a 1914 Stutz Bearcat, one of two surviving 1927 Cadillac dual-cowl phaetons, a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria coupe and many others.

Steam engines, vintage aircraft, boats, military vehicles, vintage fire trucks, construction equipment, helicopters and vintage tractors also will be on the grounds.

Because of the facilities proximity to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two-seat Dallara will give rides. Also taking part in the festival is Indy Car racer Pippa Mann, who will talk about her mission to encourage young women to consider careers in motorsports and other STEM-related (Science, Technology, Enginnering, Mathematics) fields.

The Conner Prairie website says the event is being held not only to celebrate Indiana’s history in the design and production of innovative transportation, but also to honor those who are preserving that heritage through classic vehicles.

One of those people is Greg Dawson, who in his early 30s bought a 1955 Jaguar that he admits he really couldn’t afford.

“I didn’t have any money back then but once something so powerful gets in your system, there’s no turning back,” he is quoted in a Conner Prairie news release.

But the time came when Dawson could afford to collect cars. His collection includes some 30 concourse-quality vehicles, including a 1931 Marmon four-door convertible sedan he restored.

“I’m happy to share what I have and what I’ve learned with people of all ages because it’s important to preserve rare cars for posterity’s sake,” Dawson said.

Unlike some collectors of vintage machines, Dawson is eager to let people climb aboard.

”I don’t mind if anyone touches it,” he said. “It’s a petting zoo as far as I’m concerned. I tell people, ‘Get in it. Have some fun. Start it up. It’s OK because that’s what it was made for.’ ”

For more information on Conner Prairie and its inaugural Festival of Machines, visit the Conner Prairie website.

Mitchell museum’s woodies, concept sell well at auction

Mitchell museum started to honor the man who produced  woodie and station wagon bodies for Detroit automakers | Larry Edsall photos
Mitchell museum honored producer of woodie, wagon bodies for Detroit automakers | Larry Edsall photos

The 27 vehicles disbursed in the recent Mitchell Car Museum auction (see our Eye Candy gallery and story) sold for more than $1.8 million, including $228,800 for the 1954 Dodge Granada concept car.

Mitchell-built Dodge Granada concept brings $228,800
Mitchell-built Dodge Granada concept brings $228,800

A 1949 Buick Roadmaster woodie station wagon and a 1948 Pontiac Streamline woodie wagon each brought $165,000, while a 1904 Mitchell B2 runabout sold for $137,500 and a 1911 Mitchell Model T Touring for $110,000.

 

Breaking news: Completion of pending sales would supercharge Cole’s already-successful Monterey return

Cars on display at Rick Cole Auctions' Monterey return | Rick Cole Auctions photos
Cars on display at Rick Cole Auctions’ Monterey return | Rick Cole Auctions photos

Not only did Rick Cole introduce new bidding technology to the classic car auction world with his bid-by-smart-phone sale on the Monterey Peninsula, he’s also changing the way results are reported.

Here it is, more than a week after bidding ended and we still are unable to report final numbers from the sale.

According to Cole’s website, 24 of the three dozen cars available have sold, and for more than $23.2 million, led by a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti that sold for $12 million. Those numbers boost the overall Monterey auction totals to more than $427 million.

However, and this is a big however, Cole is telling his public relations person that he’s confident all four cars listed as “sales pending” soon will become sales completed. The closure of those four sales would add $34.5 million to the auction’s sales total.

Some of the Cole cars at the Marriott
Some of the Cole cars at the Marriott

Apparently, we’ll have to watch Cole’s website to learn when those sales close because he told his publicist that the negotiations between the car owners, the high bidders and Cole’s staff will not play out in public.

The four cars are a 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport, currently bid to $22.111 million; a 1962 Ferrari 250 short-wheelbase GT, now at $9.65 million; and a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs — a 1956 gullwing coupe at $1.595 million and a 1962 roadster at $1.155 million. Each of those bids has increased since the midnight Sunday close of the auction.

It is typical in the classic car auction world for cars which don’t meet the owner’s reserve price during live bidding to move from the block to “still for sale” status. Such after-the-bidding sales can be very important to an auction house’s bottom line.

For example, among the other auction companies with sales this year on the Monterey Peninsula, at least two enjoyed significant post-block sales: The preliminary figure of $106.5 million at Bonhams turned into $108 million in the final accounting while Russo and Steele’s auction total grew from $9.6 million to more than $12 million.

Cole was the first to conduct a classic and collector car auction on the Monterey Peninsula. That was back in 1986 (he sold rights to that original sale to RM in 1997). Cole returned this year, but with the new auction format. Only some three dozen cars were included in Cole’s new sales format, and bidding on them didn’t take place across a traditional auction block but via smart-phone technology.

A somewhat similar format has been used with success recently for some contemporary art auctions. With the very busy schedule of events — including five live auctions — during Monterey Classic Car Week, Cole thought bidders might like the opportunity not only to see the cars at their leisure — the cars were on display during the week at the Marriott hotel — but also to bid the same way, without having to be present in the room, or even live via phone or internet.

Under the format, bidding was to extend until midnight on the Sunday of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Soon thereafter, Cole’s website indicated that 18 cars had sold, and for more than $20 million, led by the ’65 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Cienti and with four other Ferraris going to new owners in transactions priced between $1.05 and $2.2 million each.

Cole reported that his new auction format attracted 330 bidders.

Through his publicist, Cole said there is a positive public perception. According to an email to ClassicCars.com, “The system was easy to use, fun to use, no hassles, no time limits, time to think and mull things over. We didn’t charge hundreds of dollars to bid, and the room was a great place to network as anybody who was anyone was there including many great international collectors.”

The email reports “that the biggest compliment to all of this is the affirmation that there is a future for this type of auction, as evidenced by rumors that other major auction companies are already planning similar events.”

Even with four sales pending, Cole’s sales-so-far total of more than $23 million, plus the updated figures from Bonhams and the Russo and Steele sales, pushes the Monterey auctions total sales to more than $427.5 million, easily a record for the week and nearly $100 million more than the $352 million figure compiled in 2013. Completion of those four pending sales by Rick Cole Auctions, even for the current bid amounts, would boost that figure to a stunning $461.5 million.

Of course, those pending sales are, well, pending, so we present the following reports of the top-10 sales (so far) at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction and also the top-10 for all of the Monterey auctions. (All figures include buyer’s fees.)

Rick Cole Auctions Monterey top 10:
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti, $12,000,000
1962 Ferrari 250 PF cabriolet, $2,200,000
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, $2,200,000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, $1,980,000
1973 Ferrari 375 GTB/4, $1,155,000
1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder, $715,000
1973 Ferrari 376 GTB/4 Daytona, $688,600
1974 Ferrai 365 BB, $550,000
1974 Ferrari 246 GTS, $447,000
1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th anniversary edition, $346,500

Overall 2014 Monterey top 10:
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO coupe, $38,115,000 (Bonhams)
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale coupe, $26,400,000 (RM)
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder, $15,180,000 (Gooding)
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB competition Clienti, $12,000,000 (Cole)
1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, $11,550,000 (RM)
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $10,175,000 (RM)
1953 Ferrari 250 MM coupe, $7,260,000 (Bonhams)
1965 Ford GT40 prototype roadster, $6,930,000 (RM)
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica coupe, $6,875,000 (Bonhams)
1958 Ferrari 250 SI cabriolet, $6,820,000 (Bonhams)

 

Auburn launches full fall schedule of auction action

Sale of this 1964 Chevrolet Impala will send veterans to Washington, D.C. | Auctions America photo
Sale of this 1964 Chevrolet Impala will send veterans to Washington, D.C. | Auctions America photo

Are classic car buyers and their bank accounts exhausted after the auction action on the Monterey Peninsula? It won’t take long to find out, because the torrent of cars across the block doesn’t dissipate anytime soon.

The Labor Day weekend is no holiday for classic car auction houses. RM’s Auctions America stages its biggest annual event, its Fall Auburn sale, August 27-31 at Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana.

The sale is held during the annual Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, and it’s not the only auction action in town as Worldwide Auctioneers holds its annual hometown event August 30 in the historic Cord L29 assembly plant right behind the ACD Museum.

Meanwhile, Silver Auctions will be at Sun Valley, Idaho, for a sale August 30-31 in conjunction with that community’s Wagon Days festivities.

In early September, the sales spotlight shifts across the Atlantic Ocean in early September with Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive sale on the 4th, Bonhams auction at Beaulieu on the 6th and RM’s annual London auction on the 8th. And just a few days later, Bonhams does its annual auction at the Goodwood Revival (the 9th through the 11th). Oh, and a few days earlier — on August 30 — Historics at Brooklands will stage its largest auction yet with 161 cars crossing the block.

However, don’t forget that Mecum Auctions is at Dallas with a thousand cars from September 3-6 and then goes to suburban Chicago for another thousand-vehicle sale September 9-11.

Also in September, Silverstone, a serious if relatively new player in Europe, has its Autumn auction, Silver Auctions is in Portland, and Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele go head-to-head in Las Vegas.

Ferraris were all the rage on the Monterey Peninsula, but traditional classics get to stage a comeback in early October at Bonhams Preservation sale at the Simeone museum and at RM’s annual auction at Hershey.

Here are some highlights of the Labor Day and early September sales:

In addition to its usual assortment of hundreds of collector cars, Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale will feature some 80 cars from one private collection and 20 from the Disiere Collection, assembled over the past 20 years by Dallas insurance executive David Disiere, whose collection includes several Ford concept cars; the Maggio Mascot and Memorabilia Collection; the MacPhail Collection of classic auto parts, which includes a flock of parts for Duesenbergs; more than three dozen vintage tractors, circa 1930s through the 1950s, from a single collection; as well as the Fred Smith collection of automotive fine art and the 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost used on the Boardwalk Empire television series.

Among the “usual assemblage” Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale comprises more than one thousand cars, including a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, an F-code 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and a 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria.

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ by LaGrande | Auctions America
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ by LaGrande | Auctions America

Since this is the A-C-D Festival weekend, the auction also features cars from the local automakers, including a 1937 Cord 812 supercharged convertible, a 1935 Auburn 851 supercharged speedster and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual cowl phaeton with body by LaGrande.

“Auburn has always been the place where people bring their cars home to sell them,” said Auctions America car specialist Megan Boyd.

This will be the 58th annual A-C-D Festival. It includes a downtown Auburn cruise-in that starts at 1 p.m. Friday and runs well into the night, the ACD Club car show on Saturday and the A-C-D Parade of Classics on Saturday afternoon, as well as many other events.

Worthy of special mention at Auction America’s sale is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible that will be auctioned to benefit the honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. The car is donated by Jerry Rathburn, a Vietnam era veteran and founder of Rathburn Tool and Manufacturing, who hopes the car raises enough money to fly 70 Northeast Indiana veterans, especially aging WWII veterans, to Washington, D.C., to visit the various memorials.

The activity at Auburn Auction Park includes more than the auction, which is conducted on two side-by-side blocks. It also includes a swap meet, car sales corral, celebrity appearances and this year ATV and dirt bike exhibitions, as well as helicopter and monster truck rides.

The idea, said Boyd, is to keep the entire family involved and entertained.

Worldwide’s Auburn sale includes a Figonii et Falaschi-designed 1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 sport cabriolet, 1949 Mercury and 1952 Buick woodie wagons, a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, a 1938 Cadillac V16 limousine, a 1929 Cord L-29 town car, various versions of Ford Models T and A, a 1955 Hudson Italia, a pair of Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadsters, a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible, and 18 Packards, including a 1929 645 roadster, 1934 Twelve 1108 convertible, 1938 1604 Super Eight coupe, a 1942 U.S. Army staff car, a 1947 Clipper taxi, a 1953 Henney ambulance and a 1958 hardtop coupe.

Featured lots of Mecum’s Dallas sale include the first 1967 Chevrolet Camaro delivered to the Yenko Chevrolet dealership, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that earned Bloomington Gold Benchmark honors, a 1969 Corvette L88 convertible ordered new by racer Tony DeLorenzo, and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda.

Featured lots for Mecum’s Chicago sale include a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro that was Nickey Chevrolet’s last Stage III conversion, the first 2010 Nickey Camaro Stage II SE offered for public sale, a 1967 COPO Corvette convertible with Bloomington Gold Survivor status, and a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A originally sold by Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge dealership.

'Tour de France' Ferrari | RM
‘Tour de France’ Ferrari | RM

The star car for RM’s London auction, held in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, is a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competitionze ‘Tour de France’ and the eighth of the nine such cars built. Pre-auction estimate is $7 million to $9 million.

Also on the docket are a 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio, and a dozen Ferraris from a single collection, among them an alloy-bodied 1966 275 GTB.

'Kohlod' flying laboratory up for bidding at RM London | RM
‘Kohlod’ flying laboratory up for bidding at RM London | RM

However, the highlight of the sale could be the very first lot, a CIAM-NASA Hypersonic Flying Laboratory “Kohlod,” basically a rocket capable of traveling at nearly 5,000 miles per hour, though presented for sale as “a static technical aerospace artifact.”

Silverstone’s Salon Prive sale features cars from The “Stradale” Collection while Bonhams auction at England’s National Motor Museum includes the estate sale of a collection of vintage motorcycles and a bevy of barn- or garage-found automobiles that are candidates for restoration or preservation.

The featured lot for Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction is the 1938 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports-racing two-seater known as “Epe 97” and with racing history both before and after World War II.