Category archives: Auctions

LaFerrari helps Leake post $10.3 million at Dallas auction

LaFerrari sells for a Leake Auction-record $3.7 million | Leake photos
LaFerrari sells for a Leake Auction-record $3.7 million | Leake photos

Highlighted by what is believed to be only the fifth public sale of a Ferrari LaFerrari, Leake Auction Company’s Dallas spring event posted $10.3 million in sales with a 66 percent sell-through rate last weekend in Dallas Market Hall.

The sale of a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million was the obviously highlight of an event that concluded with a party for bidders and consignors at the Gas Monkey Live bar and grill. Continue reading

Carlisle Spring fling: Cars, parts and even an auction

An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos
An aerial view of the Carlisle Spring classic car gathering in Pennsylvania | Carlisle Events photos

More than 100,000 people ventured through the gates last weekend for the opening event of the car show/swap meet season in the Northeast, the annual Spring Carlisle, staged by Carlisle Events at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

“America’s Automotive Hometown came to life with an international audience, all focused on one thing: the classic and collector car hobby,” the organizers said in their latest news release. Continue reading

Rally car star on H&H Classics auction docket

Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos
Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 (chassis No. 001) that helped the automaker win its third consecutive World Rally manufacturers’ championship in 1997, will drive onto the block at H&H Classics Sports & GT cars auction, scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in England.

The sale is being conducted in conjunction with Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame program at the same location. Continue reading

Oh Deere: Huge collection fills Gone Farmin’ auction docket

Ron Drosselmeyer's collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos
Ron Drosselmeyer’s collection of more than 175 vintage John Deere tractors going to auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Like so many youngsters who grew up on family farms, Ron Drosselmeyer was sitting up atop a tractor from the time he could keep from falling out of the metal seat. But not everyone who grew up on a family farm is still there, nor have they made a hobby of collecting vintage tractors as Drosselmeyer has. Continue reading

Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike sale

Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos
Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos

With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees. Continue reading

Bonhams mounts 18th annual Aston Martin auction

The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos
The Bonhams sale is led by a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante | Bonhams photos

For the 18th year, Bonhams holds its all-Aston Martin auction at the legendary British automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, with the sale taking place on May 13 and offering vehicles spanning more than six decades of the exclusive and very valuable motorcars.

The Aston Martin sale, which includes the associated Lagonda marque, is highlighted by a rare 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a drophead (British for convertible) with a pre-auction estimated value between £700,000 and £900,000 ($896,000 to $1,152,000). Continue reading

Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos
The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos

Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so the LaFerrari was quite a deviation from the company’s usual fare. Just 500 LaFerraris were produced, and this one-owner car was in brand-new condition, having been driven fewer than 600 miles. Continue reading

Mecum readies for 30th anniversary Original Spring Classic sale

Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction's annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo
Indiana State Fairgrounds buildings host Mecum Auction’s annual spring sale | Larry Edsall photo

‘My Dad sold his first car collection to start the company,” Frank Mecum said. “He sold his second collection to keep it going.”

And Mecum Auctions, now in its 30th year, is going very well.

“Now,” Frank added of his father, “he’s working on his third collection.” Continue reading

TV series will follow RM Sotheby’s search for consignments

Series will show how RM Sotheby's staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo
Series will show how RM Sotheby’s staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo

From late in 2015 and into the fall of 2016, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions allowed a “fly on the wall” to travel with its staff as it ventured around the world seeking cars to fill the dockets for its auctions. The result is a 10-part television series, Million Dollar Car Hunters.

The hour-long programs are produced by Waddell Media under commission from BBC Worldwide and Britain’s Channel 4, although U.S. distribution has yet to be announced. However, the television production company based near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has a well-established relationship with the Discovery, National Geographic and A&E cable networks in the U.S. The programs also will be seen on BBC Canada. Continue reading

One-off Tojeiro Climax coupe headed across auction block

John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos
John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos

Yet another of John Tojeiro’s remarkable automobiles is heading to auction, the one-of-a-kind 1958 Tojeiro Climax coupe joining the docket for H&H Classics Sports & GT Cars sale scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in Surrey, England. Continue reading