Category archives: Auctions

What Larry likes at Gooding’s 2017 Monterey auction

A 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads a line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. sale | Larry Edsall photos
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. | Larry Edsall photos

When my father was a child, his mother took in a pair of young immigrant brothers who needed a home. Sure, my dad’s family already was large, but his mom figured there was always room for one — or two — more, so the young Greeks were enfolded.

At some point, the brothers either opened or bought a soda fountain and candy store. Continue reading

Monterey auctions expected to shift into higher gear today

Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there's much more to come | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there’s much more to come | Larry Edsall photos

The annual August angst of collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula have begun, albeit to a very slow start.

Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, supplies us with daily reports on the auction action. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Worldwide’s 2017 Pacific Grove auction

George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos
George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos

The northernmost point on the Monterey Peninsula provide a spectacular vantage and includes the United States Coast Guard’s Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links and, during Monterey Car Week 2017, the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers’ classic car sale. Continue reading

Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos
1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition. Continue reading

Shropshire Lad’s motorcycles, sidecars headed to auction

Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos
Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos

Bill Ward was an apprentice at Sentinel Works in Shrewsbury, England, when he, his wife and baby daughter rode his motorcycle and sidecar to visit relatives over the holidays in London.

“Bill says he preferred motorbike and sidecar combinations,” H&H Classics notes in a news release announcing the sale of Ward’s “Shropshire Lad” collection of motorcycle/sidecar combinations at its auction September 2 at Britain’s National Motorbike Museum. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s releases partial Maranello auction list

Long-wheelbase California Spyder has pre-sale estimate of $8.8 million -- or more | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Long-wheelbase California Spyder has pre-sale estimate of $8.8 million — or more | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

At the end of May, RM Sotheby’s announced that it would stage an all-Ferrari auction as part of the Italian sports car maker’s 70th anniversary celebration, and that the sale would take place at the historic Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. Continue reading

Canadian brothers selling their car collection at auction

The Ewert and two of the cars heading to auction | Ritchie Bros. photo
The Ewert and two of the cars heading to auction | Ritchie Bros. photo

Brothers Jim and Bill Ewert, both semi-retired farmers in their mid-70s, bought their first Ford Model T when they were teenagers. Now, decades later, they are selling their vintage car collection. The sale, handled by Ritchie Bros., is scheduled for August 19 at the Ewert’s farm in Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Continue reading

Ex-Mayweather supercar on the docket at Mecum Monterey

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos

So the sports world is abuzz about the upcoming fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed-martial arts specialist Colin McGregor. The fight is scheduled to take place August 26.

It will be interesting to see if there’s nearly so much excitement on the Monterey Peninsula, where an extremely rare supercar formerly owned by Mayweather, a collector of high-speed exotic vehicles, will be offered for bidding at Mecum Auction’s “Daytime” sale. Continue reading

Pricey but dicey: Dr. Andy checks pulse of Monterey marketplace

Andy's Monterey favorite is this 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
Andy’s Monterey favorite is this 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tim Scott

It’s less than a week before the first hammer drops at the six collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula and everyone is anxious about what’s going to happen — what will sell, what will not sell, and at what price?

First, a few data points: Last year by my count, there were 88 cars offered at Monterey auctions with pre-sale estimated values of more than $1 million. This year, I count 72 of them. Continue reading

Silver sells Arizona auctions to classic car dealer Emmett Rice

Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo
Mitch Silver (left) sells more than classic cars; Silver Auctions Arizona has been purchased by Emmett Rice | Larry Edsall photo

Over the course of the past 20 years, Mitch Silver’s trio of annual collector car auctions on the Fort McDowell reservation in Arizona have provided both vintage vehicles for sale and a respite from the sales extravaganzas taking place not far to the west in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Those auctions will continue, but with new ownership. Continue reading