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Charity 4×4 tops Bonhams’ Zoute sale

Led by a million-dollar charity purchase, Bonhams’ fifth annual auction in conjunction with the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium produced €5,514,777 (more than $6.45 million) in sales with an 83 percent sell-through rate.

“The sell-through rate of more than 80 percent illustrates the continued interest both on the continent and further afield for the top examples of beautiful historic motor cars offered by Bonhams,” Philip Kantor, head of Bonhams’ European Motoring division, was quoted in a post-sale news release.

“Such enthusiastic bidding in the room and across the world is always encouraging,” added James Knight, auctioneer and Bonhams’ Group Motoring chairman, “and the prices achieved throughout the sale reflect the palpable excitement in the marquee at Zoute. As an auctioneer, this is one of my favorite sales to conduct as we participate with such an enthusiastic audience. The credit for that must go to the organizers of the Zoute Grand Prix.”

The Zoute Grand Prix serves as sort of a season finale for many European classic car owners. Launched as a season-ending classic car rally, it has grown to include several driving tours through the Flemish countryside, a concours and the auction.

1968 Ferrari 365 GTC sells for nearly $1 million

The highlight of the 2017 Bonhams docket was the offering of the final 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, direct from the factory. Only 99 were produced, and this one was sold to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Bonhams reported “ferocious” bidding among telephone, online and bidders in the auction room before the luxurious 4×4 sold for more than $1.4 million.

A 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC coupe went to a bidder in the room for more than $940,000.

Five of the top-10 prices were paid for cars from German automakers. In addition to the G6509, three Porsches and a BMW were among the top sales, with a 2002 BMW Z8 roadster and 1967 Porsche 911 S “Sunroof” coupe both drawing high bids beyond their pre-sale estimated values. Also exceeding its pre-sale estimate was a 1965 Jaguar E-type roadster.

Top 10 sales, Bonhams at Zoute Grand Prix 2017

  1. 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, $1,404,840
  2. 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC coupe, $942,413
  3. 1957 Porsche 365A 1600 Speedster, $457,743
  4. 1993 Jaguar XJ220, $457,743
  5. 2000 BMW Z8 roadster, $370,233
  6. 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster, $293,494
  7. 1967 Citroen DS21 Decapotable, $255,797
  8. 1967 Porsche 911S ‘Sunroof’ coupe, $249,066
  9. 1999 Aston Martin V8 Volante convertible, $242,334
  10. 1976 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo, $228,871

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Bonhams upcoming motor car auctions are October 28 at Padua, Italy; November 3 in London; and November 11 at Bothwell Ranch, Los Angeles.


Former Peron Packard parade car going to auction

In 1983, Raymond Plaster went to a collector car auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hoping to bring home a V12 Packard that was supposed to be on the docket. When that car didn’t show up for the sale, Plaster bought another Packard, a 1939 Super Eight Derham Phaeton in sorry shape.

Plaster and his wife, Carol, would spend much of the next 19 years restoring the car in their garage in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. During that process, Plaster’s research revealed that the car originally was purchased by the Argentine government and was the parade car that frequently carried Juan and Evita Peron.

Plaster died in 2014. His widow has consigned their car for sale at an auction scheduled for November 7 by SoldASAP, Tasabah & Associates, a company based in Paragould, Arkansas. According to its website, SoldASAP specializes in real estate and farm auctions, primarily in Arkansas and Missouri.

Couple spent 19 years restoring what turned out to be Person parade car | SoldASAP photo
Couple spent 19 years restoring what turned out to be Person parade car | SoldASAP photo

The auction, which includes several other cars, plus automobilia and petroliana from other consignors, will be held in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the Nettleton Baptist Church Community Center.

The Plasters reportedly spent 7,000 hours on the car’s restoration. In a video interview, Carol Plaster notes that she not only helped with the process but probably spent more time beneath the car than did her late husband, a grocer and car collector who enjoyed restoring vehicles.

“The story of this car is almost as remarkable as that of the Perons,” John Malone, auction company president, said in a news release.

“After Peron was turned out of office in 1955, the Packard was sealed in a garage at a dog farm away from Buenos Aires, and ended up in an auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Raymond and Carol Plaster bought it in 1983. They stored it in the garage of their home in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, and began the restoration, which took 19 years and more than 7,000 hours.

“The authenticity of the Packard is well established by the body modifications, the presidential seal marks at the rear doors and the motor number,” he added, citing a 2004 article in The Packard Cormorant.

Pre-war classics dominate RM Sotheby’s Hershey Fall sale

With a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow selling for $2.31 million and a Model J Duesenberg also topping the million-dollar plateau, RM Sotheby’s annual Hershey Fall sale again proved to be a good place to sell pre-war classic vehicles.

Overall, the auction posted $15.9 million in sales with 129 of 136 vehicles going to new owners, a 94.85 percent sell-through. All 24 lots of automobilia also sold, contributing more than $213,000 to the auction total.

“The RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction remains one of the premier destinations for die-hard classic and brass-era enthusiasts,” Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s global head of auctions, said in a post-sale news release.

Cars from the Thomas F. Derro and Ralph Whitworth estate collections headlined the sale, with Duff saying the auction house was honored to have been entrusted with such vehicles.

Hot rod the beat the horse

Among the cars from the Whitworth collection was the hot rod that beat the race horse, the 1932 Pete Henderson Ford roadster, which brought $192,500 (prices include buyer’s fees).

Another ’32 Ford hot rod, a three-window coupe, sold for $90,750, nearly double its pre-sale estimate.

RM Sotheby’s also noted that “novelty” vehicles tend to do well at Hershey; the auction is held in conjunction with the huge AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meeting swap meet, car corral and concours.

For example, a 1937 White Model 706 Yellowstone Park tour bus, now updated to serve as a party bus, drew bids from nearly 20 people before selling for $165,000, four times its high pre-sale estimate. A 1961 Nash Metropolitan 1500 convertible originally delivered in Canada brought $74,250, double its pre-sale expectation.

Updated Yellowstone park tour bus

A 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 convertible Victoria featured in the 1970s NBC television series Banacek brought $407,000

Overall, Duff said, “The mix between cars with outstanding provenance against the backdrop of our annual Hershey sale continues to provide the recipe for sweet success.”

 Top 10 sales, RM Sotheby’s at Hershey Fall Meet 2017

  1. 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, $2,310,000
  2. 1935 Duesenberg Model J cabriolet, $1,485,000
  3. 1936 Cadillac V-16 convertible sedan, $715,000
  4. 1932 Duesenberg Model J town car, $594,000
  5. 1935 Packard Twelve sport phaeton, $495,000
  6. 1937 Cord 812 supercharged cabriolet, $412,500
  7. 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 convertible, $407,000
  8. 1933 Packard Twelve convertible Victoria, $390,500
  9. 1957 Dual-Ghia convertible, $341,000
  10. 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A ‘Flying Star’ re-creation, $302,500

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Bidders galore

RM Sotheby’s next auction is the “Icons” sale scheduled for December 6 at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City.



Atlanta concours’ winning formula: Southern hospitality and classic cars

It’s only two years old, but the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance held on the grounds of automotive entrepreneur and racer Don Panoz’s Chateau Elan resort, acts like a seasoned veteran of the car show circuit.

The concours presented an informal car show this past Saturday, kind of an all-day cars and coffee, as well as a road tour that climbed the hills and dales of suburban Atlanta and toured the famous Road Atlanta race track just a few miles up the road.

The crop of more than 180 vehicles was as deep and as broad as you would expect at a senior concours, with special attractions like Fabulous Fins Of The Fifties, vintage motorcycles, a display of nearly all of the surviving Lozier automobiles — and members of the Lozier family. There were special presentations by the Evergreen Collection of Lebanon, Missouri, circles of cars from collectors Jim Gebhardt and Ray Morgan, and a Russian astronaut-recovery airboat. Brass, classic, sports, prewar, muscle, oddballs.

In short, something for everybody.

With the vehicles arranged in a giant U-shape behind the resort’s golf club, the spectators had plenty of room to wander through the various classes of cars and enjoy the special presentations arrayed in the center of the fairway.

On Sunday, masters of ceremonies Keith Martin of TV’s What’s My Car Worth and motorsports broadcaster Bob Varsha, this year’s special honoree, made sure that all the class winners were recognized, and then they were parked together on a long slope so that spectators could have a final look at each one.

Concours founder Harry Krix then presented the Karen L. Krix commemorative trophy to the automobile that best exemplified the spirit of the Atlanta Concours. It went to Rob Adams, the owner of the 1956 Arnott Sports Climax 1100, the first car designed and built by a woman. Mrs. Krix died of cancer in July.

Then it was time to present Best of Show American to the 1930 Packard 745 SP Phaeton owner by the Cofer Collection of Tucker, Georgia, and Best Of Show European to the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K shown by Evergreen Historic Automobiles, the 600-car collection from Missouri.

Cool, breezy Atlanta fall weather, 180 wonderful cars, a dozen vintage motorcycles, and Southern hospitality adds up to we are coming back next year.

Barrett-Jackson to auction Shelby Super Snake Mustang to benefit Vegas first responders

A 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake 40th anniversary Mustang from the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis will be auctioned to support a special fund that supports first responders to the recent shooting in Las Vegas, Barrett-Jackson announced Thursday.

“All of us at Barrett-Jackson are heartbroken over the tragic event in Las Vegas Sunday night,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of the auction company, said in a news release.

“Like many people around the country, this event hit close to home. We are returning to Las Vegas for our 10th annual auction to stand by our partners. We had many friends in attendance at the concert, and were deeply saddened to learn the son of one of our valued customers tragically lost his life.

“There are no words to express our sorrow as we all try and cope with what happened and, like many around the country, our focus immediately turned to what we could do to help. This car will sell during our live broadcast on Discovery Channel on Saturday, and is one of the many steps we are taking to stand with Las Vegas at this difficult time.”

The auction is scheduled for October 19-21 at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Car originally owned by Ford executive Mark Fields
Car originally owned by Ford executive Mark Field

The car being offered by Davis originally was owned by Ford’s then-chief executive Mark Fields and was the seventh Shelby GT500 built that year. The car’s conversion to Super Snake specification was overseen by Carroll Shelby, who signed a special book documenting the car, which was the 11th Super Snake conversion for that model year.

The car has more than 600 horsepower as well as the 40th anniversary option with commemorative badges, upgraded brakes, revised suspension and other enhancements, Barrett Jackson noted.

“All of us at Barrett-Jackson are overwhelmed with grief and sorrow for the victims and their families,” Davis said. “As stories continue to unfold, we’re in awe of the first responders and the miraculous effort they put forth to illustrate once again what makes our country and our people special. We truly feel that we’re part of the Las Vegas community, and I couldn’t think of a better way to show support than giving something from my personal collection, which is also so close to my heart.

“This is really an incredible car with a great story behind it, and I’m honored to sell it at Barrett-Jackson to help the great men and women who risked their lives to help save others.”

“This generous donation from Barrett-Jackson is greatly appreciated,” added Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International. “We’ve enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the Barrett-Jackson organization and their customers. We are sincerely grateful for their care and support of the Las Vegas community during this difficult time.”

Barrett-Jackson also plans to support first responders by offering two tickets to the auction to those with proper identification, and with an on-site donation program for those wishing to add to the fund.

“Our country has always been resilient, and we know the collector car community will join together at this Barrett-Jackson event to help at this difficult time,” Jackson said. “During the auction, we will also work with our numerous partners to find additional ways to help those affected by this tragedy. We can never do enough to thank and honor those who serve our country and the first responders who risk their lives to save others during these awful events.”

RM Sotheby’s joins Ferrari to celebrate 70th anniversary year in New York

Some of the most significant Ferraris that have ever worn the Prancing Horse emblem will be on display in Manhattan, New York, this weekend as RM Sotheby’s auction house partners with Ferrari to celebrate the fabled Italian marque’s 70th anniversary.

On Saturday and Sunday, 10 iconic models showcasing the seven decades of Ferrari will be shown on the 10th floor gallery of RM Sotheby’s global headquarters in Manhattan. Other Ferrari sports and racing cars will be shown at key locations, including Ferrari’s New York showroom and the Hublot Flagship Store. The displays are open to the public.

“We’re honored to partner with Ferrari once again during their milestone anniversary year,” said Ian Kelleher, Chief Marketing Officer, RM Sotheby’s. “Our global team of specialists has their finger on the pulse when it comes to the location of some of the world’s most significant Ferraris, and we’re thrilled to bring them to New York City for display – allowing all Ferrari fans to participate in the celebrations.”

Michael Schumacher leads the pack during the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning Ferrari F2001, considered to be the most-important modern Formula 1 car, will be on view at Rockefeller Plaza.

The Schumacher race car, which has been on a weeklong display during Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales, will be offered for sale during Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on November 6 in New York City, the first collector car ever to be auctioned at a Sotheby’s fine-art sale.

“We’re able to bring one of the most important Ferrari competition cars — the Ferrari F2001, chassis 211 — to another international audience, exposing attendees to the pinnacle of modern car collecting, a car which is sure to increase in both historical significance and value with generations to come,” Kelleher added.

“Beyond its place in motorsport history, which ties it to the greatest driver and the most prestigious race track, the F2001 is a stunning work of design, and is in fact a model that several discerning collectors have chosen to display as three-dimensional art in their homes.”

The New York celebration caps off a year of special events that honor Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari joined for the marque’s special anniversary celebration September 9 at the automaker’s home base in Maranello, Italy, where the auction house held a single-marque Ferrari sale on the Fiorano Test Track.

For information about the Ferrari celebration and Schumacher racecar auction, visit RM Sotheby’s website.

Woodies, Corvettes and the Blackhawks reign at Mecum’s Chicago auction

Collector cars from a host of private collections will be among the offerings starting today when Mecum Auctions rolls into the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Chicago for a three-day sale.

An expected 1,000 vehicles are expected to cross the block, headlined by American muscle cars, customs and classics.

A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe from the Mercurio collection

The Chicago-based Klairmont Kollection features a strong array of post-war woodies, including two Chrysler Town & Country convertibles from 1947 and 1948 (Lot No. S24 and S26, respectively), two 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newports (Lots S25 and S27) and a 1948 Packard Eight station wagon (Lot S23).

Another notable collection is that of Bill and Elaine Mercurio, who will bring all of their 20 Chevrolet Corvettes, most of them to be sold at no reserve. Among them are several pace car editions and some with ultra-low mileage.

Buick Skylark has gone just 300 miles since restoration

A few other significant cars include a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster (Lot F145) that is No. 91 of 300 hand built that first model year, still in great condition after a 1997 restoration; a triple-black, one-owner 1967 Oldsmobile 442 convertible (Lot S102) with matching-numbers engine; and a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible (Lot S106) that is one of 1,690 produced and has been driven fewer than 300 miles since a frame-off restoration.

During the sale Friday, special offers on admission and bidder registration will be available to attendees sporting Illinois State University or Chicago Blackhawks apparel.

For more information, visit Mecum’s website.

Maine museum considers a better mouse trap, and then some

Folks spending October in Maine can take part in what will serve “as booth classroom and catalyst” as the Owls Head Transportation Museum offers a three-week workshop, “More Than a Better Mouse Trap: An Interactive Tour of Human Innovation,” with the first session Tuesday, October 3.

The museum said its collection “will be woven into a story that analyzes how technology and science have influenced the structure of our society” through a journey “of achievements and accidents that have prodoundly altered our culture and communities.”

The opening session is “Foundation,” followed on October 10 by Speed, and on October 17 by Flight and Future.

Sessions run from 10 a.m. until noon at the museum in Owls Head, Maine.

To register, contact Niki Janczura at

Model by Arizona sculptor Clyde Morgan captures spirit of upcoming seminar   | Owls Head photo
Model by Arizona sculptor Clyde Morgan captures spirit of upcoming seminar | Owls Head photo

Derek Bell to receive Simeone’s Spirit of Competition award

The Simeone Foundation Auto Museum in Philadelphia has announced that its Spirit of Competition award for 2017 will be presented to Derek Bell. The 10th annual award presentation is scheduled for November 15 at the museum.

The museum honors someone from motorsports with “a specific inspirational message.”

Bell is a five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona 24 winner and two-time World Sports Car Champion.

Special events this weekend

The Seal Cove Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society will explore the paranormal at History Happy Hour: Ghost Hunters, not this weekend but on Wednesday, October 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jessup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like Seal Cove, the Simeone has a special event early next week — the sixth annual Bonhams collectors motorcars and automobilia takes place at the museum on Monday, October 2.

America On Wheels museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hosts a Coffee & Corvettes event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum will offer a “Meet and Greet the Model T Ford” event Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Visitors will hear from owners of various Model T vehicles and learn such things as hand cranking and how to turn on gas-powered headlamps.

The F1rst Sunday Cars & Coffee will be held Sunday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California.

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu turns the clock back September 30 and October 1 for a British Military weekend family experience. The museum staged as WW1 Family Weekend in 2016 and it was so successful that the program is being expanded this year with living history displays and camping on the museum grounds.

Mark your calendars

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has set special hours during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. October 1-3, from 9 a.m. until noon on October4, and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on October 5-6. The Night at the Museum gala begins at 5 p.m. on October 4. The museum also offers some overnight parking for cars, trailers or RVs during the week, though advance reservations are required and can be made through the museum’s website.

The California Automobile Museum in Sacramento will feature Charles Phoenix and his Addicted to Americana “comedy slide show” of space-age style, landmarks, roadside attractions and crazy car culture on November 4.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, has announced the date for its 2018 Wheels & Heels gala; the annual event is scheduled for September 8, 2018.

Like the LeMay, the AACA Museum is looking into the future; it’s Spring 2nd Chance Auction/Flea Market/Car Corral is scheduled for April 7, 2018.

Porsche Turbo that sparked a rock album to be auctioned at Silverstone

A Porsche Turbo that inspired a platinum-selling record album will be offered by Silverstone Auctions during its annual Porsche Sale on October 21 at the famed Silverstone Circuit race track in the UK.

The 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo SE is owned by Judas Priest lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, who wrote the 1986 heavy-metal album Turbo, with the best-selling single Turbo Lover, in homage to  the Chiffon White coupe. The album went platinum, selling more than a million copies.

The right-hand-drive Porsche has white-leather seats and trim

The Porsche boasts a 300-horsepower turbocharged flat-6 engine and manual transmission, and came with the SE enhancements of vented rear wheel arches, sill extensions and leather interior trim. Silverstone estimates its value from £180,000 to £220,000 ($242,000 to $296,000).

Tipton obtained the Porsche while on a European band tour in 1985. Because of the rock star’s demanding schedule over the years, the car has been driven just 14,100 miles, according to a Silverstone news release.

“We had a tour of the factory at Stuttgart and I was so impressed with the engineering and how meticulous they were when building cars, and I just had to have one,” Tipton said in the news release. “But I live out in the sticks, and it has to be nice weather to take the Porsche out, so I hardly ever use it.

“It’s time for it to go to someone who will get some use of it, but it’s going to be very hard to let it go.”

For information about the Porsche Sale, visit the Silverstone website.

Le Mans-winning 1964 Ferrari 275 P to headline Artcurial’s Retromobile sale

The Ferrari 275 P that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 will headline Artcurial Motorcars’ annual collector car auction during Paris Retromobile week in 2018, the French auction house announced. The sale is scheduled for February 9, 2018.

The car, chassis No. 0816, was the last Ferrari factory team entry to win at Le Mans. Wearing racing No. 20, the car was driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella, covering 4,695.3 kilometers in 24 hours at an average speed of 196.638 km/h (122.161 mph) to post Ferrari’s eighth overall victory in the world’s most important round-the-clock motor race.

After that race, the car was sold and was raced for five years in the United States.

It was acquired by Pierre Bardinon, whose collection included 50 Ferrari factory cars, including four Le Mans winners, which he showcased on his private racing circuit — the industrialists called it his “speed garden” — at Mas du Clos, Artcurial noted in its news release.

The 275 P on the Ferrari factory racing transporter

“This Ferrari 275 P represents the ultimate and the truly exceptional,” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, said in a news release. “It has reached the summit in sports car racing worldwide. To look at this automotive masterpiece, is to see the best and most prestigious racing provenance. It radiates the DNA of success.”

The 275 P won the 1964 Le Mans race by five laps over a privately entered Ferrari 330 P driven by Graham Hill and Jo Bonnier. Another Ferrari factory car, a 330 P, took third with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini driving. Fourth in that race was a Shelby Cobra couple driven by Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant.

Artcurial notes that the 275 P’s display at the Paris auction will be its first public appearance since it was acquired by Bardinon.

Bardinon, an industrialist who died in 2012, began his car collecting with Bugattis, and then forcused on Jaguars before turning his devotion to Ferrari.

Last year, Artcurial sold a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Bardinon collection for €32.1 million ($35.79 million), a euro record for any car sold at public auction.

Artcurial has yet to set a pre-sale estimate on the 275 P. In fact, the consignment is so new the auction house has not had time to take current photographs of the car.