Category archives: Auctions

Mecum to flex muscle-car offerings at Chicago auction

The 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight is a piece of drag-racing history | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Lightweight is a piece of drag-racing history | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum returns to the Midwest next week for its annual Chicago-area auction, with collector cars ranging from early flivvers to modern supercars, although classic American muscle cars will take center stage during the sale running October 6-8. Continue reading

Normandy museum sale far exceeds pre-auction estimates

Some of the items sold during the Normandy Tank Museum auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Some of the items sold during the Normandy Tank Museum auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos

More than 1,000 people attended Artcurial Motorcars D-Day Sale this month in Catz, Normandy, where all lots offered by the Normandy Tank Museum Collection sold for a total of $4,160,436, a figure that more than doubled the highest pre-auction estimate. Continue reading

Aspen/Snowmass results endorse new auction house’s mission

Balloon festival vantage of The Finest's Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | The Finest auction photos
Drone provides overhead vantage of The Finest’s Aspen/Snowmass auction venue | Aerial photos by Kyle Blaney of Proxibid

One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.

Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment. Continue reading

Barn-find recovery of Jaguar E-type recorded in photos

The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos
The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos

The extraction of an early Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter coupe from a sodden wooden barn in the English countryside, where it had languished for four decades, was captured beautifully in photographs taken by H&H Classics, which will auction the car next month in England. Continue reading

Bonhams’ White sale generates nearly $4 million for charity

1930 Bentley brings $411,472 at single-consignor auction for charity in England | Bonhams photos
1930 Bentley brings $411,472 at single-consignor auction for charity in England | Bonhams photos

Cars, motorcycles, watches, cameras and automobilia were among the several hundred items sold Monday at a single-owner collection auction in England, where the former possessions of Robert White generated nearly $4 million at a Bonhams auction for cancer-fighting charities on the south coast of England.

Robert White founded one of England’s largest photographic retailers and had become close friends with Jay Leno after selling the American entertainer and car collector a Brough Superior motorcycle. White died last year of cancer and instructed that his collection be sold to benefit the cancer centers at two British hospitals. Continue reading

Dragone readies for inaugural Boston Cup auction

Fuel-injected 1957 Pontiac Bonneville among cars on Boston Cup auction docket | Dragone Auctions photos
Fuel-injected 1957 Pontiac Bonneville among cars on Boston Cup auction docket | Dragone Auctions photos

The Dragone family has been selling classic cars at its dealership in Westport, Connecticut, for decades. It began when Peter Dragone returned from World War II and with his three brothers starting buying and selling used cars and restoring and selling classics.

A few years ago, the Dragones added auctions to their sales menu. Saturday, they stage their first auction away from home with the inaugural Boston Cup Auction, being held at the Revere Hotel the day before the annual Boston Cup concours on the Boston Common.
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Leake likes Detroit, but may change date for 2017 auction

1936 Hudson Terraplane reaches the block at Leake's inaugural Motor City auction | Larry Edsall photos
1936 Hudson Terraplane reaches the block at Leake’s inaugural Motor City auction | Larry Edsall photos

‘This was our first year in Detroit and we do believe that Detroit will be a prosperous market for us,” Richard Sevenoaks, president of Lakes Auction Company, said in the aftermath of the family firm’s inaugural Motor City collector car auction.

However, the auction wasn’t very prosperous in its first year, with total sales of $1.5 million and a sub-50 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

At auction today: One collector’s Cadillacs, and more

Water spots the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston's collection | Larry Edsall photos
Leak in roof left water streaks on the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston’s collection | Larry Edsall photos

The notice caught my eye: An estate auction of classic cars, including nine Cadillacs ranging from a 1938 60 Special sedan to a 1970 DeVille convertible, and two of them with V16 engines beneath their hoods. I needed to know more. Continue reading

Super Chevys, fast Fords, custom cars headline Branson Auction

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1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery | Branson Auctions Photo

Super Chevys, fast Fords, and dozens of classic, collector, and custom cars are set to cross the block during Branson Auctions 38th annual Fall auction October 14-15 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

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Mecum hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auction

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading