Pick of the Day: 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible

He bought this Mustang twice for his wife
He bought this Mustang twice for his wife

Ask the experts about still-affordable cars that are moving at a pretty good clip toward becoming more expensive collectible cars, and a consistent response is Fox-bodied Mustangs.

Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and it is still quite affordable, advertised on ClassicCars.com for $9,500 or best offer. Continue reading

Weathering the storm: Amelia auctions total $121.3 million

1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos
1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos

Thunder banged and rain poured Sunday on Amelia Island, Florida. Good thing Bill Warner decided mid-week to move the concours d’elegance up to Saturday. But not necessarily a great thing for the collector car auctions taking place in and around that event. Not only was there confusion, but unexpected competition as the concours and accompanying cars and coffee car show competed for attention. Continue reading

Mullin museum explores the man, marque, mystique of Citroen

A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos
A 1991 Citroen 2CV6 is among the nearly four dozen cars from the French automaker on display at the Mullin museum | Larry Edsall photos

Peter Mullin admitted that for 35 years, he collected the finest of French cars, starting with Delahayes and then Talbot Lagos, Delages, Hispano-Suizas, Voisins and, at last, the “king of French marques,” Bugattis.

“I walked by Citroens for 35 years without stopping to learn about the history of one of the great marques of France,” Mullin said at the press preview of the newest exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum — “Citroen: The Man, the Marque, The Mystique.” Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Smith collection does well, XKSS a no sale at Amelia auctions

1957 Jaguar XKSS stalls at $11.9 million at Gooding & Company auction | Bob Golfen photos
1957 Jaguar XKSS stalls at $11.9 million at Gooding & Company auction | Bob Golfen photos

RM Sotheby’s sale of 63 cars from the Orin Smith collection generated $31 million Friday on Amelia Island, where the auction house opened its two-day stand in conjunction with the re-scheduled Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

And RM Sotheby’s wasn’t alone Friday as Gooding & Company staged its one-day auction and Hollywood Wheels started its two-day auction on the island with a Porsche-only Friday docket. RM Sotheby’s concludes its sale today with Motostalgia also sending vehicles across its block. Continue reading

Motostalgia’s second year, and the cars that spin Bob’s wheels

The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos
The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos

Motostalgia goes into its second year of auctioneering at Amelia Island with an improved selection of collector cars and a bit of a lucky break.   The luck comes in the form of timing and the vagaries of Florida weather.

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moving to Saturday because of the weatherman’s certainly of a major rainstorm Sunday, the Motostalgia people feel that their Saturday evening sale could benefit because of the added influx of people on the island for the concours earlier in the day. Continue reading

It’s nitro madness at the nostalgic March Meet

Sabrina Capps' 'The Heart Breaker' Ford dragster competes in the 2017 March Meet | Howard Koby photos
Sabrina Capps’ ‘The Heart Breaker’ Ford dragster competes in the 2017 March Meet | Howard Koby photos

Mother Nature sings a song in Kern County, California, during March when the beautiful peach blossoms signal the start of NHRA’s Hot Rod Heritage series and the 59th annual Good Vibrations Motorsports March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway just 10 miles north of Bakersfield.

The March Meet has become a four-day speed fest of nostalgic drag racing that fans call “the jewel of nostalgic racing.” Continue reading

What’s Andy likes at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy's picks at RM Sotheby's auction | Andy Reid photos
Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s auction | Andy Reid photos

Due to mechanical issues with the collector car I drove down the East Coast to attend the activities at Amelia Island this weekend, I’m a little late in sharing my favorites among the cars available at RM Sotheby’s auction, which begins today with the selling of the Orin Smith collection. Continue reading

Bonhams does $10 million in sales as Amelia auction action starts

The 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa is an ultra-rare alloy-bodied car | Bonhams
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sell for more than $2.2 million on Amelia Island | Bonhams photocar | Bonhams

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