For the first time in the history of Mecums Auctions, the final consignment of the day posted the high sale of the day Tuesday when a 1995 Porsche 933 cabriolet sold for $81,000 at the Mecum sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading
So, I was away from home for a few days — attending the vintage motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas — and when I returned home the neighbors texted that a package had come while I was gone and they’d bring it over. The package contained the catalogs for RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona Auction — one for the Thursday sale and the other with the Friday docket.
Armed with a supply of Post-it Flags, I paged through some 525 pages of photos and descriptions of the cars and now share with you those that captured my flags. Continue reading
As we head into Arizona Auction Week, the Hagerty Market Rating reports a marketplace that is down for the second consecutive and for the seventh time in the past eight months. The January rating is 70.63, down from 71.00 in December. Continue reading
It’s easy to consider what Craig Jackson has — his name on the country’s best-known collector car auction company, the house on the mountain with the muscle car collection and the turntable in the garage, etc. — but we overlook what he has lost — his father, his brother and more recently, his mother.
Jackson was host to Monday Media Morning yesterday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Barrett-Jackson celebrates its 45th anniversary, starting this weekend. The focus of media morning was the arrival at WestWorld of two special vehicles — the Bumblebee Camaro and the Optimus Prime semi tractor stunt truck from the Transformers movie. Continue reading
While Nicole James focused on the star cars — Optimus Prime and the Bumblebee Camaro from the Transformers movies — I chatted with Craig Jackson and then wandered around under the big tent at WestWorld of Scottsdale to see some of the other cars that already had arrived for the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction scheduled January 23-31. Below is just a sampling of the more than 1,500 vehicles scheduled to cross the block. Continue reading
Here at ClassicCars.com and Classic Car News, our business cards include the usual information: corporate logo, individual’s name and job title, business address, telephone numbers, email address. But there’s one more line on our cards. It reads: “My dream car is a …”
I’d imagine that Bob Golfen’s dream car is some sort of Porsche, that Andy Reid’s is a car driven by “Bond, James Bond,” that the object of Nicole James’ desire is a Nissan Skyline originally available only in the Japanese Domestic Market, and that Dawn Antestenis, our own import from Scotland, wants some obscure but oh-so-practical vehicle, perhaps a Morris Minor, produced on the British Isles. Continue reading
There’s a secret that some automakers — and a lot of buff-book automotive writers — don’t want you to know: Horsepower is overrated.
Oh, it’s not that the automakers are cheating when they report on the output of their engines, it’s just that you don’t need 500 horsepower, or even 400 or even 300, for your car to be fun to drive. In fact, a mere 155 horsepower is plenty sufficient if your car is small and light and nimble. For example, if your car is the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 (aka Miata). Continue reading
You read that headline correctly. Our Pick of the Day is a 1949 Plymouth Suburban. Not a Chevy Suburban. Not a GMC Suburban. Not a Studebaker Suburban. Not a Nash Suburban. Not even a DeSoto Suburban. But a Plymouth Suburban.
The Suburban is best-known as Chevrolet’s full-size sport utility vehicle. However, the Suburban nomenclature has been used by various automakers on haulers based on car or truck underpinnings. In Plymouth’s case, as early as the 1936 model year there was a Suburban verison in the company’s “commercial sedan” lineup. Continue reading
We didn’t really make a big deal about it last year when the record for the most-expensive vehicle ever sold at an Arizona classic car auction was broken. Even though, actually, it was broken twice within a few hours. Continue reading
Coys will stage two auctions Saturday, one at the Autosport racing car show in Birmingham, England and the other at Interclassics in the Netherlands. Continue reading