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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

Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit. 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

Goodwood to feature Ferraris, game-changing race cars

Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari's 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos
Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary | Goodwood House photos

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary and “game-changing” racing cars of all marques will be the featured themes of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, scheduled for June 29-July 2 at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. 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

Gilmore Museum receives automotive patent collection

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Patent font and rear designes of 1947 Tucker | Gilmore photos

The Gilmore Car Museum in southwestern Michigan has  inherited a collection of over 396,000 automotive patents for both foreign and domestic brands. The collection represents paper duplicates of automotive-related patents from 1790 to 1999, as well as a comprehensive and searchable database.

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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

Pick of the Day: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck

Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo's pickup bed
Chevy added stylish fiberglass rear fenders to the Cameo’s pickup bed

Before there were El Caminos, there were Cameo pickups, Chevrolet’s answer to a persistent question: how to provide farmers, construction workers and the like with a truck for work that also could be driven proudly to church on Sunday.

Chevy was first off the block in 1955 with a refined-looking pickup that applied stylish fiberglass rear fenders and tailgate cover, along with unique taillights, trim and a premium interior, to its newly minted Task Force truck design. Fiberglass was chosen for the ease of design and tooling, and because of Chevrolet’s relationship with the fiberglass company that made Corvette bodies. Continue reading

Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctions

The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America has been repaint its factory Royal Maroon | Auctions America
The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America is a low-mileage survivor | Auctions America

Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are. Continue reading