The annual Red Barns Spectacular is sensory overload when it comes to classic, custom and collector cars. Staged the first Saturday of August and presented by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, the event features some 1,200 vehicles and special displays spread across the extensive grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Continue reading
Mecum Auctions returned to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for its second annual classic and collector car auction last weekend and reported $20,566,598 in sales of classic cars, motorcycles, farm tractors and items of road art.
Hagerty, the classic car insurer and valuation tracker, forecasts $415 million in sales at the various auctions scheduled next week in on the Monterey Peninsula. That figure falls short of the record $428 million in sales posted on the peninsula in auctions last year, but again far exceeds the $306 million in sales in 2013.
And while Hagerty expects total sales to slip, it predicts there will be “a signifiant increase” in the number of million-dollar — and multi-million-dollar — sales. Continue reading
Stirling Moss called the short-wheelbase version of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “the greatest Ferrari road car, perhaps the greatest road car of any make.” Only 103 such cars were produced, and the very last of them to roll out of the Ferrari factory will be offered for sale at Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale early next year in Paris.
First, the seller of this 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible starts the advertisement on ClassisCars.com by thanking you for just looking at the ad. Then, after a long paragraph of describing the vehicle, comes the note that while the current curator is the third owner, he or she has knowledge of the car since it was brand new.
Eddie Belfour is one of the very few ice hockey players whose teams have won the national collegiate championship (University of North Dakota), an Olympic gold medal (for his native Canada) and the Stanley Cup (Dallas Stars).
A member of hockey’s Hall of Fame and nicknamed “the Eagle” because of the design on his goalie’s helmet, Belfour also is a long-time classic car guy who has his own restoration shop — Carman Customs — which is located in Michigan but takes its name not only from Belfour’s interest in cars, but from his hometown of Carman, Manitoba, Canada. Continue reading
Ah, the things we collect and save. You never know what they’ll be worth someday. Well, not unless you offer them up for sale at an event such as the recent and inaugural Mecum Road Art auction, where 90 percent of the more than 950 consignments sold for a total of $1,369,752. Continue reading
Bonhams has announced the consignment of two Scarab Grand Prix racing cars and the Reventlow Automobiles Inc.’s (RAI) Fiat-Bartoletti transporter for its Goodwood Revival Sale, scheduled for September 12.
With only six non-domestic cars in the auction catalog, and not a Ferrari among them, it figured that American vehicles would dominate the results of RM Sotheby’s 21st annual Motor City sale, which is held each year in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. And, indeed, only two imports cracked the top 10 in the final results, and then only barely.
The person selling this 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air notes that, “It’s like riding in a time machine,” albeit a time machine that “cruises at 70 without a problem.” Continue reading