Category archives: News

‘Baby you can drive my car’ — John Lennon’s 230SL headed to Worldwide Scottsdale sale

John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
John Lennon specified the order for this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL will be featured in the docket for Worldwide Auctioneers’ inaugural Scottsdale sale, scheduled for January 18, 2017.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of this historic motorcar to our Scottsdale lineup, once the personal property of one of the most influential and celebrated music icons on the planet,” John Kruse of Worldwide said in a news release. Continue reading

Arizona Concours seminar to focus on famed women in racing

Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo
Anne Rose Itier at the wheel of a 1927 Bugatti Type 37A | archive photo

The history of motorsports usually revolves around men who became heroes behind the wheel. But this year’s Arizona Concours d’Elegance features a panel discussion that looks into the exciting lives of women who raced professionally since the 1920s, and made their marks in a man’s world.

“Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing” is one of three panel discussions that take place Saturday, January 14, on the eve of the Arizona Concours on Sunday. Both the discussions and the fourth annual Arizona Concours will be at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, once again leading off the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s famed Classic Car Week of auctions, parties and events. Continue reading

Confiscated cars sell at Chateau Impney auction

Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos
Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos

Admitting that the docket offered something of a “pre-Christmas garage sale,” H&H Classics wrapped up its 2016 auction calendar this week, selling some 90 collector cars and more than 300 items of automobilia for £2,000,000, slightly more than $2.5 million at the current exchange rate.

The sale, held at Chateau Impney in the British Midlands, featured a group of low-mileage luxury and sports cars seized by the British government from a Middle Eastern sheikh in what H&H termed “a financial dispute.” Continue reading

Registration opens for 13th Going to the Sun rally

Going to the Sun vintage rally includes spectacular mountain scenery | rally photos
Going to the Sun vintage rally includes spectacular mountain scenery | rally photos

‘The Soul of the West’ is the theme for the 13th annual Going to the Sun vintage rally, scheduled for September 4-9, 2017. The route will “travel the West of legend and lore, of heroes and villains,” the organizers promise as they announce the opening of registration for the event. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition
The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition

Interest has been growing in vintage station wagons as fun collector cars, mainly focused on the Detroit behemoths of the 1950s through the ’70s, although smaller, quirkier wagons have their fans, too.

Take, for instance, the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire, which might seem small compared with the domestic wagons of the period. But typical for Studebaker, the Wagonaire offered more for less. Continue reading

Party time! Arizona gets its own jet center event for auction week

The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events
The JetLinx hangar has seen its share of upscale parties | Jet Center Events

For a quarter century, the Gordon McCall Motorsports Revival at the Monterey Jet Center has been the major high-society hoedown of the California peninsula’s famous weeklong late-summer celebration of collector cars.

Starting in January, Arizona Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area will have its own exclusive jet-center party, the Arizona Jet Center Event, to be held Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Jet Hangar of JetLinx Aviation at the Scottsdale Airport. Continue reading

NASCAR racers rally to support Evernham’s ‘Americarna Live’ show

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Ron Malec’s 1967 Ford Mustang | AmeriCarna Live photos

More than 5,000 car enthusiasts attended the fourth annual “AmeriCarna Live” car show, organized again to raise funds for Ignite, a community center for young adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome founded by the show’s host, former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, who also is the star of the Velocity channels AmeriCarna. Continue reading

Classically futuristic, modern fashion are keynote cars for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale

One-off Ralph Roberts' Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby's photo by  Erik Fuller
One-off Ralph Roberts’ Chrysler CG Imperial heading to auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Erik Fuller

A futuristic American classic and perhaps the ultimate in modern automotive fashion highlight the docket for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual Arizona Auction, scheduled for January 19-20 at the Arizona Biltmore resort.

The futuristic American classic is the one-off 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial dual-windshield phaeton that was designed and driven by Ralph Roberts, whose work at Briggs and Le Baron included the design of vehicles for Lincoln, Chrysler and other luxury automakers. Continue reading

1960s Corvettes lead Mecum’s $8 million auction in Kansas City

An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos
An NCRS Top Flight 1967 Corvette 427 coupe led the bidding in Kansas City | Mecum Auctions photos

Corvettes dominated the top sales at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction this past weekend with four 1960s models leading the list of highest selling cars and three others breaking into the top 10.

Mecum reported sales of more than $8 million for the auction at the Kansas City Convention Center in Missouri, with 357 vehicles and 124 pieces of Road Art sold. The auction company reached $10 million during its earlier Kansas City sale in March this year. Continue reading

‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading