Category archives: Auctions

Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

‘Painter laureate’ Rolls-Royce on Aussie auction docket

1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos
1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos

A 1936 Rolls-Royce former owned by the artist known as “Britain’s painter laureate” headlines Mossgreen Auctions upcoming sale May 28 in Melbourne, Australia. The auction will include around 20 vehicles.

“The F.O. Salisbury Rolls-Royce, not surprisingly is a work of art in itself,” Mossgreen said in its news release. Continue reading

No-reserve Mustang trio on Leake’s OKC auction docket

1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos
1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos

Not only are they sought-after collector cars, but a trio of 1960s Ford Mustangs will be offered without reserve this week when Leake Auction Company stages its annual Oklahoma City sale, starting Friday.

The cars are a 1966 Shelby GT350H, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR and a 1969 Ford Boss 429. Continue reading

25-year wait might be worth it for this taste of Cappuccino

1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos
1991 Suzuki Cappuccino is on the docket at Fort Lauderdale | Auctions America photos

When I was one of the editors of AutoWeek magazine, we used to do a semi-regular feature called NFUSS, short for Not For U.S. Sale. These were cars we’d have loved to drive, and for our readers to drive as well, if only they had they been available in the United States automotive market instead of being restricted to their Asian or European homelands.

One of the cars we were eager to feature was the Suzuki Cappuccino, launched in 1991 after being teased two years earlier at the Tokyo Motor Show. Continue reading

The Finest does only $2.6 million at Boca Raton sale

1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $197,000 | The Finest photo
1997 Lamborghini Diablo sells for $189,000 | The Finest photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions sale in conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance posted sales of $2.6 million with a 52 percent sell-through rate.

Those figures include the post-block sales that are part of The Finest’s auction format, which includes a 72-hour sales extension after the last hammer drops at the live auction. Nonetheless, only 37 of the 71 lots offered went to new owners. Continue reading

Deere me: This car is not farm implement

This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere's grandson | Premier auction photos
This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere’s grandson | Premier auction photos

Today we know John Deere for its green-and-yellow farm tractors, but more than a century ago, the company from Moline, which forms a quarter of the Quad Cities on either side of the Mississippi River, also was in the motorcar business. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Coys, ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda return to London Olympia

1936 'Razor Edge' Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos
1936 ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos

Auction house Coys returns to its birthplace February 18 with a sale of 70 collector vehicles at The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, a new “ultra-luxury and lifestyle event” in the Olympia London. Continue reading

Services set for Branson auction, museum founder Mark Trimble

Mark Trimble has a collection of some 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall
In 2014, Mark Trimble staged an sale of many of his 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Mark Trimble, founder of the Branson Auctions and a long-time collector of collector cars, vintage aircraft and historic outboard boat engines. Trimble died February 11 in Hollister, Missouri. He was 85. Continue reading