The collector car auction action on Amelia Island opened Thursday with Bonhams’ sale, where preliminary results reported by Hagerty show total sales of $10 million with an 83 percent sell-through rate. The collector car insurer and vehicle value tracker noted that while the sell-through rate improved by nearly 15 percent compared to the same sale a year ago, the dollar total was off by nearly 64 percent compared to $27.7 million in sales generated at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia auction. Continue reading
It was “a nearly religious war waged in dealerships and race tracks,” noted Cycle World magazine editor Mark Hoyer. And now, “Harley vs. Indian” is being waged again, and not only at their respective dealerships and on race tracks across the country but in a new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Continue reading
The 1948 Velocette 348cc KTT MkVIII that carried Freddie Frith to the 1949 world motorcycle racing championship headlines a Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale auction, scheduled for April 23 at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in England.
Also featured at the auction are several barn-found bikes and still-crated 1990s superbikes, as well as what Bonhams terms “affordable classics for every taste and budget.” Continue reading
What else would you call a John Deere Wheeled Feller Buncher designed by BMW? Obviously, it’s the Ultimate Forestry Machine.
Although it hasn’t been widely publicized, Designworks, the California-based BMW design studio, has been doing more than helping to create some of the world’s best automobiles. For more than 20 years, the studio also has been working under contract with John Deere’s construction and forestry machinery division, not only on the looks but the ease of operation of bulldozers and specialized forestry equipment. Continue reading
Six Armstrong Siddeleys from the collection of the late Colin Hope, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders and a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Duxford Auction scheduled for March 29 at the Imperial War Museum. Continue reading
More than 400 vintage tractors and 300 signs and farm relics will be offered for bidding when Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opens its 2017 sales calendar with its Spring Classic, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading
Ollie is considered “the little old lady from Pasadena” in Cobble Hill, a community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The Pick of the Day, a 1926 Essex hot rod, has been her car for 13 years, ever since her son and car-builder Richard died.
Richard designed and did most of the work to restore and modify the car. But part way through the process he learned he had an advanced cancer, so his friends from Foothills Kruizin joined in to help him get the car completed in time for the World of Wheels international car show in Calgary, Alberta, in February 2003. Continue reading
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has produced the smallest vehicle in its history, but for very big reasons. The car, the Rolls-Royce SRH, has been presented to the St Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit, a hospital in Chichester, West Susses, England, the automaker’s home city. The car was designed so children can drive themselves to the operating theater, and do so through corridors lined with traffic signs. Continue reading
Leake Auction Company opened its 2017 sales calendar last week, posting more than $10.4 million in sales with a 79 percent sell-through in the new Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
“We could not have asked for a better start to 2017,” Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, said in a news release after the auction that launched Leake’s 45th year in the collector car auction business. Continue reading
A specially commissioned 2015 McLaren P1, the British supercar-maker’s hybrid technology showpiece, will be sold without reserve at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction to benefit the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. If the car sells for its pre-auction estimated value, it will mean somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million to $2.3 million for the Terre Haute, Indiana-based college.
Such generosity among collector car owners is to be praised, and is not all that unusual. Many auctions feature cars sold for charities — Barrett-Jackson alone does several million a year in such sales — though not often to benefit colleges. Continue reading