Category archives: Auctions

Deere me: This car is not farm implement

This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere's grandson | Premier auction photos
This 1917 Velie was one of the cars produced by John Deere’s grandson | Premier auction photos

Today we know John Deere for its green-and-yellow farm tractors, but more than a century ago, the company from Moline, which forms a quarter of the Quad Cities on either side of the Mississippi River, also was in the motorcar business. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Coys, ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda return to London Olympia

1936 'Razor Edge' Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos
1936 ‘Razor Edge’ Lagonda made its debut 81 years ago at the Olympia | Coys photos

Auction house Coys returns to its birthplace February 18 with a sale of 70 collector vehicles at The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, a new “ultra-luxury and lifestyle event” in the Olympia London. Continue reading

Services set for Branson auction, museum founder Mark Trimble

Mark Trimble has a collection of some 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall
In 2014, Mark Trimble staged an sale of many of his 1,200 outboard motors | Larry Edsall

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday for Mark Trimble, founder of the Branson Auctions and a long-time collector of collector cars, vintage aircraft and historic outboard boat engines. Trimble died February 11 in Hollister, Missouri. He was 85. Continue reading

Artcurial rocks out with $34 million Retromobile auction

A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos
A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos

The team from Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars felt like rock ’n roll stars this past weekend when more than 3,000 people crowded into the auction area in the Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles for the company’s annual Retromobile sale, especially with French rocker Johnny Hallyday’s music playing as two of his vehicles were sold for charity.

The sale generated $34 million in transactions with a 73 percent sell-through rate. And that was just the collector cars that sold on Friday. On Saturday, the auction continued with nearly 450 automotive mascots from the Vincent Saja collection and with an additional sale of art and automobilia. Continue reading

Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale

The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos
The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos

Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry. Continue reading

Bonhams adds nearly $16 million to Paris auction total

1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams' Paris auction | Bonhams photos
1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams’ Paris auction | Bonhams photos

Paris’ magnificent Grand Palais provided the setting Thursday for Bonhams’ sixth annual Grandes Marques du Monde auction during the Retromobile collector car celebration. The event posted total sales of €14,923,100 ($15,869,970) with a 70 percent sell-through rate.

The top sale was a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, registration number CML 719, that went for €2,012,500 ($2,151,765). Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s posts record sales at Paris Retromobile auction

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Rene Dargegen
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Rene Dargegen

The auction action taking place during Paris’ Retromobile collector car celebration got off to be great start Wednesday with RM Sotheby’s posting nearly $29.5 million in sales with a 77.9 percent sell-through rate. The final sales total of $29,451,595 was the most ever for the auction house’s Paris sale. Continue reading

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia sale

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos
The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history. Continue reading