Category archives: Auctions

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos
A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals more Villa Erba auction stars

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

At the recent Retromobile collector car celebration in Paris, RM Sotheby’s displayed the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goute d’Eau” coupe that will star at the auction house’s Villa Erba sale May 27. Now, it has revealed two more star cars for the auction, which takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy. Continue reading

President’s Ferrari, astronaut’s Cadillac likely to draw interest from Auctions America’s ‘Iron-enriched’ bidder pool

Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager
Donald Trump was the original owner of this 2007 Ferrari going to auction | Auctions America photo by Dirk de Jager

Auctions America stages its 15th annual Fort Lauderdale collector car sale March 31-April 2 — and this is no April Fool’s Joke: Expect there to be much more interest in a couple of cars with significant ownership history than might otherwise be expected at such an auction.

The cars are a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe and a 2000 Cadillac Deville DHS sedan, neither of which might normally cause all that much excitement at a classic car auction. However, the Caddy was originally owned by the late astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn and the Ferrari’s original owner was a future U.S. President, Donald “Make America Great Again” (by buying an Italian car?) Trump. Continue reading

Oldest Vespa scooter currently offered in online auction

The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos
The oldest Vespa is a prototype of the iconic scooter built in 1946 | Catawiki photos

The world’s oldest Vespa scooter, the third prototype built by Piaggio in 1946, is currently being auctioned on the online bidding site Catawiki, with an expected result of $250,000 to $300,000.

That might seem like a whole lot for a simple Italian scooter, but consider this example as a historic artifact from the effort to provide cheap, efficient transportation for a nation devastated by World War II. With many millions produced, the Vespa scooter became emblematic of a youthful Neapolitan lifestyle, and were highly popular around the world. Continue reading

Leake lands a 569-mile LaFerrari for its Dallas auction

2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake's Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos
2014 one-owner, ultra-low mileage Ferrari LaFerrari on Leake’s Dallas docket | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company is known for providing a parade of nice and reasonably priced collector cars across the tandem blocks that are a feature at many of its sales. Typically, those cars sell for tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But at the company’s recent Oklahoma City sale, every car among the top 10 in sales sold for six figures. That achievement could be surpassed at Leake’s upcoming spring sale in Dallas, where the docket will be topped by a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a car expected to be the most expensive vehicle ever sold by the company that dates to 1972. Continue reading

Restored or preserved? Bidders will decide when H&H Classics offers 1967 Porsche 911S twins

Same year, same color, same value? We'll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos
Same year, same color, same value? We’ll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos

Which is more valuable? A completely original and very carefully maintained 1967 Porsche 911 S or its seemingly identical twin that has undergone a 1,500-hour restoration back to and perhaps even beyond factory specification?

We’ll find out March 29 when the two cars are offered up for bidding at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. Continue reading

Next up for Mecum, 1,000-collector car auction in Houston

Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos
Mecum will auction the only Chevy Camaro resto mod built by Jeff Hayes | Mecum Auctions photos

Coinciding with the nearby Houston Auto Show, Mecum Auctions gallops into Houston for a collector car auction April 6-8 at the NRG Arena.  An estimated 1,000 vehicles will be offered, highlighted by a pair of exotic late-model Lamborghinis and the no-reserve sale of 50 cars from a private collection. Continue reading

GAA Classic Cars sets records at Greensboro auction

2006 'Heritage Edition' Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos
2006 ‘Heritage Edition’ Ford GT hammered sold for $470,000 | GAA photos

GAA Classic Cars posted more than $12 million in sales with a 76 percent sell-through rate at its three-day March auction in Greensboro, North Carolina, the company reported.

“It was a strong sale, the crowd was into it, the money was there and we had a great time doing it,” Jerry Barker, GAA general manager, said in the news release. Continue reading

Amelia auctions: $120.5 million with 67 percent sell-through

1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sells for $2,227,500 on Amelia Island | Bonhams photo

With the major auction houses issuing their official post-sale press releases, it appears that the five auctions taking place last week on Florida’s Amelia Island combined to produce $120.5 million in sales.

Of more than 550 vehicles crossing the blocks, about 365 sold, an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent. Continue reading

Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading