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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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