Category archives: Auctions

‘Time warp’ Jaguar XJ220 at Russo and Steele auction in Monterey

The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world's fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos
The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world’s fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos

Rarely seen but well-known among supercar enthusiasts, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 in “time warp” condition will be offered in August at Russo and Steele’s auction during classic car week in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Mecum ups the game for its motorcycle auction in Monterey

A rarely seen 1938 Crocker, a U.S. bike with a V-twin engine, is the star of the auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A rarely seen 1938 Crocker, a U.S. bike with a V-twin engine, is the star of the auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Ron Christenson speaks with fervor about classic motorcycles, his stock and trade as president of Mecum MidAmerica Motorcycle Auctions. He’s a lucky man who has parlayed his passion into a fun and lucrative business.

Christenson started MidAmerica motorcycle auctions in 1989, he said, after several years selling collector cars. In no time, it became obvious that the collector motorcycle market was a valuable niche he found more enjoyable than auctioning automobiles. It eventually become his company’s full-time endeavor. Continue reading

Mile-a-day 1963 ‘Green Goddess’ Cortina headed to auction

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1963 Ford Cortina has been driven an average of 1 mile per day since new | Historics at Brooklands photos

Ford produced somewhere north of one million Cortina Mk. I models, and among the rarest of that massive lot must be the 1963 1500 GT that’s going up for bids at the Historics at Brooklands auction August 20 near Weybridge, England.

So what makes this particular Cortina so rare? Well, since it rolled off the line at Ford’s Dagenham assembly plant, it has been driven an average of only one mile a day. After 53 years, the car shows only 19,244 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Mathis emerges from WW2 hiding and heads to auction

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1931 Mathis was hidden from Nazi Army during World War II | Silverstone Auctions photos

Sometime in the 1940s, a 1931 Mathis was hidden away from an invading (and looting) Axis army by being locked away atop blocks within a chateau in northern France. Seventy-two years later, the car was discovered, purchased along with two others, and now will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions’s Silverstone Classic sale July 29-31 in England. Continue reading

Laliques among mascots headed to Bonhams’ charity auction

Hibou by Lalique expected to bring as much as $85,300 for charity | Bonhams photos
Hibou by Lalique expected to bring as much as $85,300 for charity | Bonhams photos

We’ve already reported that Bonhams will do a single-vendor auction September 19 when the Robert White Collection  will be sold for charity. Tuesday, Bonhams announced that more than 300 hood ornaments from White’s collection will be included in the sale, and that 37 of them are by René Lalique. Continue reading

Mecum does $16.7 million at third annual Harrisburg sale

The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos
The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 427 fastback hammered sold for $220,000 to top all sales at Mecum Auctions’ third annual auction last weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

While the sell-through rate remained strong at 70 percent, sales totaled $16.7 million, down from $21 million in 2014 and $20.5 million a years ago. Sales totals do not include buyer’s fees, which figure to bump all those numbers by some 10 percent. Continue reading

Paul Newman Porsche race car offered at Cole’s Monterey auction

The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Pail Newman's entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions
The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Paul Newman’s entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions photos

A 1974 Porsche 911S competition car once owned and raced by Hollywood film legend Paul Newman will be among the pack of Porsches offered by Rick Cole Auctions next month in Monterey, California.

Driven by Newman and Bill Freeman in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche marked the start of the Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. The late actor’s racing career continued through his participation at Daytona in 2005. Continue reading

Normandy Tank Museum collection headed to auction

Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In the 1980s, Patrick Nerrant began collecting and restoring tanks and other vehicles used in World War II. His sons Stephane and Olivier joined him in the effort, and in 2013 they opened the Normandy Tank Museum at the A10 Airfield in Catz, France, just a few kilometers west of the Omaha Beach D-Day Monument.

Patrick Nerrant is retiring after 35 years of collecting and with his sons has decided to sell his collection at what Artcurial Motorcars is calling The D-Day Sale, scheduled for September 18 at the museum. Continue reading

Star power: John Lennon’s limo going to auction

John Lennon owned and customized this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby's photos by Stephen Kim
John Lennon owned and customized the interior of this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby’s photos by Stephen Kim

John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess, which carried The Beatles to performances in England and also appeared in the movie Imagine, is among the collector cars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s London sale, September 7 at Battersea Park. Another celebrity car, a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE cabriolet owned since new by actor James Mason and his family, also will be auctioned. Continue reading

Rob Myers getting award for contributions to classic car hobby

Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby's photos
Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby’s photos

From restoring old cars in a one-stall garage to building a full-service restoration business with 30 expert craftsmen, Rob Myers has propelled classic cars to best of show honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And in his spare time, he also has built a pretty decent side business, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions.

For all of his contributions to the collector car hobby, Myers will be presented this week with the Nicola Bulgari Award from America’s Automotive Trust during the Buick Nationals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading