Category archives: Auctions

‘Baby you can drive my car’ — John Lennon’s 230SL headed to Worldwide Scottsdale sale

John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL will be featured in the docket for Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale sale, scheduled for January 18, 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of this historic motorcar to our Scottsdale lineup, once the personal property of one of the most influential and celebrated music icons on the planet,” John Kruse of Worldwide said in a news release. Continue reading

Confiscated cars sell at Chateau Impney auction

Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos
Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos

Admitting that the docket offered something of a “pre-Christmas garage sale,” H&H Classics wrapped up its 2016 auction calendar this week, selling some 90 collector cars and more than 300 items of automobilia for £2,000,000, slightly more than $2.5 million at the current exchange rate.

The sale, held at Chateau Impney in the British Midlands, featured a group of low-mileage luxury and sports cars seized by the British government from a Middle Eastern sheikh in what H&H termed “a financial dispute.” Continue reading

Party time! Arizona gets its own jet center event for auction week

The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events
The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events

For a quarter century, the Gordon McCall Motorsports Revival at the Monterey Jet Center has been the major high-society hoedown of the California peninsula’s famous weeklong late-summer celebration of collector cars.

Starting in January, Arizona Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area will have its own exclusive jet-center party, the Arizona Jet Center Event, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Jet Hangar of JetLinx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airport. Continue reading

Classically futuristic, modern fashion are keynote cars for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale

One-off Ralph Roberts' Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby's photo by  Erik Fuller
One-off Ralph Roberts’ Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Erik Fuller

A futuristic American classic and perhaps the ultimate in modern automotive fashion highlight the docket for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual Arizona Auction, scheduled for January 19-20 at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

The futuristic American classic is the one-off 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial dual-windshield phaeton that was designed and driven by Ralph Roberts, whose work at Briggs and Le Baron included the design of vehicles for Lincoln, Chrysler and other luxury automakers. Continue reading

1960s Corvettes lead Mecum’s $8 million auction in Kansas City

An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos
An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos

Corvettes dominated the top sales at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction this past weekend with four 1960s models leading the list of highest selling cars and three others breaking into the top 10.

Mecum reported sales of more than $8 million for the auction at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri, with 357 vehicles and 124 pieces of Road Art sold. The auction company reached $10 million during its earlier Kansas City sale in March this year. Continue reading

‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading

Final LaFerrari brings $7 million for charity

Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby's chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos
Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby’s chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos

The 500th and last LaFerrari produced sold for $7 million at a special RM Sotheby’s charity auction Saturday in Florida to raise money for the reconstruction of central Italy, after that region was devastated this year by a series of earthquakes. RM Sotheby’s staged the sale in partnership with Ferrari and as part of the Ferrari Finale Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

1968 Corvette L88 coupe to be auctioned by Russo and Steele

The Corvette L88 was designed to be ready for competition | Russo and Steele
The Corvette L88 was designed to be ready for competition | Russo and Steele photos

Only 80 Corvettes with the high-performance L88 package were built for 1968, part of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s surreptitious way of getting all-out competition Corvettes into the hands of customers despite General Motors’ ban on corporate racing participation.

Ostensibly big-horsepower Vettes built for the street, the L88 cars were packed with track gear, notably the tweaked 427 cid engine rated conservatively at 430 horsepower but with output actually reaching 560 with the stock exhaust system. Along with that were a Muncie M22 four-speed manual transmission, special heavy-duty suspension, Positraction rear end and heavy-duty power brakes. Continue reading

Artcurial secures Ogliastro collection for its Retromobile auction

The Ogliastro collection vehicles  headed to Artcurial's 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos
The Ogliastro collection vehicles headed to Artcurial’s 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In 2015, it was the barn-found Baillon Collection which drew people to spend more than $52.2 million at Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Retromobile sale in Paris.

Earlier this year, a world-auction record (in euros) was spent at Artcurial’s Retromobile auction on a single vehicle, the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon collection. (That the sale, which converted to $35.7 million, wasn’t a record in U.S. dollars was a factor of fluxuating international currency exchange rates.) Continue reading

Busy Bonhams: From Bond Street to London Olympia

'Phantom of Love' Rolls-Royce brings $708,810 | Bonhams photo
‘Phantom of Love’ Rolls-Royce brings $708,810 | Bonhams photos

Bonhams boutique Bond Street Sale held Sunday generated some $5 million, although only 16 cars sold on the block with two others done in post-block transactions. The sales of motorcars — ranging from a 1914 Vauxhall to a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT — was part of an auction day that included a significant jewelry sale. Continue reading