Category archives: Auctions

Auctions America’s Auburn auction grows with new attractions

16,000-mile 'time-capsule'  1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos
16,000-mile ‘time-capsule’ 1970 Ford Mustang Moss 429 among featured cars | Auctions America photos

Each Labor Day weekend, Auctions America stages a huge collector car sale in conjunction with the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival in northeastern Indiana. This spring, Auctions America is staging its own classic car festival at its Auburn Auction Park.

In addition to the auctioning of some 450 collector cars — around 200 of them at no reserve — the weekend will include a “retro swap” meet, a Saturday morning “Cars & Coffee,” and an automotive midway. Continue reading

Iowa barn find of VW cars and parts coming to auction

The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneers
The 25 Volkswagens and hundreds of parts were stored for decades | Hoge Auctioneering

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or so we’ve been told. For certain Volkswagen fanatics, the recently uncovered cache of 25 forlorn VW carcasses and several tons of musty parts in Iowa might seem like a trove of possibilities.

Some of the cars could be salvageable and provide a way to get into a VW restoration project on the cheap. Or the multitude of parts could include some necessary fodder for that VW project already started, or even for supplying a VW restoration business.

A rusty VW beetle after being removed from the building | Hoge
Crusty VW beetles after being removed from the building | Hoge

The mishmash of VW cars and parts, oddly found packed together on the second floor of a lumberyard building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be auctioned June 10 and 11 by Hoge Auctioneering, a business that specializes in farm and estate sales. Continue reading

Bonhams claims record for British motorcycle sold at auction

A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos
A Brough Superior sold at Bonhams for more than $481,000 | Bonhams photos

Bonhams claims a world auction-record price for a British-built motorcycle with a 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 selling for £331,900 ($481,520) at its Stafford Sale earlier this week. The sale was held in conjunction with the annual Stafford International Motorcycle show in England.

Only 10 BS4 (Brough Superior four-cylinder) bikes were built, and three of them no longer survive. The bikes feature an engine and gearbox from an Austin 7 car. Continue reading

Mecum’s May sale in Indy ripped with GM muscle

A rare high-performance 1969 Corvette L88 leads the GM offerings at Mecum's Indy auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A rare high-performance 1969 Corvette L88 leads the GM offerings at Mecum’s Indy auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Loads of General Motors muscle cars from Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick and Pontiac will be featured among some 2,000 collector cars set to run over the block during Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic from May 17 to 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

By the numbers, Mecum said it so far has consigned 96 Corvettes, 56 Camaros, 41 Chevelles, 26 Pontiac GTOs, 13 Oldsmobile 442s and eight Buick GSs. Continue reading

Mecum’s Houston auction reaches nearly $20 million

A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum's sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum’s sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions

Nearly $20 million worth of collector cars were sold by Mecum Auctions during its fifth annual auction last week in Houston, with 543 vehicles selling out of 820 that crossed the block. That number is off from the 2015 Houston sale with more than $25 million for 645 cars sold out of around 900 offered. Continue reading

Leake does $4.1 million on busy auction weekend

Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos
Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos

Sandwiched geographically between the big Mecum Auction in Houston and the semi-annual Branson Auction in Missouri, Leake Auction Company’s spring Dallas sale posted $4.1 million in business last weekend with 59 percent of the 497 lots selling.

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Star power helps two cars sell for record prices at H&H

Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos
Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos

A car with royal history and one seen several decades ago on British television set world auction price records for their respective makes and models Wednesday at H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Continue reading

Victoria’s Secret owner finally gets his $18.3 million Ferrari

The 'Fearsome Forty-Nine' was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo
The ‘Fearsome Forty-Nine’ was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo

The bidder who paid then-record $18.3 million at a Bonhams auction two years ago finally has won the right to possess his 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, a car known as the “Fearsome Four-Nine.” Continue reading