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Spanky Assiter starts up new collector car auction in Texas

Spanky Assiter, the former lead auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson, is at it again, this time heading an auction of more than 150 collector cars in Amarillo, Texas. As an added bonus for the Texas crowd, Assiter’s wife Amy, a veteran auctioneer in her own right, will also be working the sale.

Spanky Assiter's reading glasses make him easily  recognizable
Spanky Assiter’s reading glasses make him easily recognizable | Assiter Auctioneers

The new Amarillo Collector Car Auction takes place October 8 at the Amarillo Tri-State Exposition Fairgrounds, with the team from Assiter Auctioneers running the show in partnership with Vintage Autohaus & Imports of Amarillo. Continue reading

Russo and Steele switching locations for Scottsdale auction

The marquee at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick promotes the Russo and Steels auction | Russo and Steele photos
The marquee at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick promotes the Russo and Steels auction | Russo and Steele photos

Russo and Steele announced Thursday that its home-base Scottsdale collector car auction is changing venues for 2017. After 16 years at Scottsdale Road and Loop 101, the event will move to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, famed locally for its baseball stadium where major-league spring-training games are played. Continue reading

Bonhams has diverse selection ready for Philadelphia auction

A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos
A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia hosts Bonhams’ fifth annual Preserving the Automobile Auction on Monday with about 50 automobiles that represent a wide range of values and interests. Continue reading

‘Affordable’ luxury cars doing well in the market, says Hagerty

1973 Buick Riviera: It's value is outpacing the typical car in the collector car marketplace
1973 Buick Riviera: It’s value is outpacing the typical car in the collector car marketplace

This summer, Hagerty introduced a new tool for those interesting in the classic car marketplace, launching the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, which the insurance and vehicle value-tracking company designed to show if specific vehicles are keeping pace with the market or are falling behind. Higher scores indicate a vehicle’s value is moving ahead of the market.

In the initial bimonthly report in July, “modern classics” were the strongest segment. But for September, “affordable luxury” has emerged, and Hagerty notes that most of the highest-scoring cars listed can be found for less than $20,000. Continue reading

Museums: Cars and coffees — and memories

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August Cars and Coffee at Blackhawk museum | Blackhawk photos

The Blackhawk Museum’s Cars and Coffee from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. this Sunday will honor the memory of Craig Andrews, a regular Cars and Coffee participant with his black 2014 Corvette and supporter of the museum’s children’s education programs. In his memory, the museum in Danville, California, will extend complimentary tickets to all participating car owners. The museum opens at 9 a.m.

The AACA Museum opens a newly renovated Route 66 exhibit in the main gallery on October 5 during its “Night at the Museum” event. Food and cocktails are available with a Route 66 flair along with a silent auction, entertainment and automotive artist gallery. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, presents “A Collector Car Conversation” with car collector Ralph Marano and moderator Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island concours.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Continental Mark II

The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles
The Continental Mark II is a remarkable survivor driven just over 26,000 miles

Although the Pick of the Day is described as a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, this elegant hardtop was marketed by Ford just as the Continental, a standalone division created to compete with the world’s greatest luxury cars.

The Continental Mark II was sold at Lincoln dealerships, but was nonetheless not a Lincoln for the 1956 and ’57 model years. Only later would Continental become a brand within the Lincoln division. Continue reading

RM Southeby’s reveals ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ collection for Italian sale

Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby's photos
Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels,  which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.

The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading

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

Mazda’s one-millionth Miata nears end of its world tour

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(From left) 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, one-millionth Miata,1990 No. 15 Miata | Photos by Matthew Fink

Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Miata in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. The car was designed to fill a void left by the lightweight British and Italian sports cars of the 1950s and ’60s. Nearly 36,000 units were sold in the first year of production as the car put smiles on the faces of drivers from various countries, cultures and age groups.

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Gilmore exhibit celebrates ‘Golden Age of Sports Cars’

Janis Joplin and her Porsche
Janis Joplin and her Porsche

Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356, Nicholas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz “gullwing” 300SL and a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 are among some two dozen vehicles to be showcased in “The Golden Age of Sports Cars, 1949-1967,” a special exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

The exhibit opens October 1 and runs until April 2017. Continue reading