Category archives: Auctions

Barrett-Jackson sees trends at its $23.5 million Northeast sale

A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
A 1966 Shelby GT350-H sells for $220,000 at the second Northeast auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Younger buyers, and sellers. A growing demand for collector pickup trucks, and for top-tier custom vehicles professionally restored or modified. An ever-increasing total of vehicles sold to benefit charities. Those were trends that pleased Craig Jackson at Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast auction, held last weekend at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Overall, the auction sold 603 vehicles for $23.5 million and nearly 700 items of automobilia for another $819,000. Total sales for the four-day auction were more than $24.3 million. The sales rate for collector vehicles was nearly 96 percent. Continue reading

Surf’s up for RM Sotheby’s in $9.3 million Santa Monica sale

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL during bidding, with the Ferrari F40 on deck | RM Sotheby's photos
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL during bidding, with the Ferrari F40 on deck | RM Sotheby’s photos

With a diverse lineup of cars spanning the Southern California collector car hobby, RM Sotheby’s held its fifth annual Santa Monica auction for the first time in partnership with sister company Auctions America, reaching more than $9.3 million in total sales.

The one-day “boutique” auction offered 175 cars and an array of automobilia, with 111 cars sold for a 63 percent sell through, and 80 percent of the 68 automobilia pieces selling. The auction was held Saturday at the historic Barker Hangar. Continue reading

Historic Porsche 917K, a ‘Le Mans’ film star, offered by Gooding

The restored Porsche 917K was once a 'barn find' | Gooding & Company
The restored Porsche 917K was once a remarkable ‘barn find’ | Gooding & Company

As well as being one of the most-formidable sports-prototype cars from a fascinating era of Le Mans endurance racing, the 1970 Porsche 917K to be offered at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August boasts a colorful history of motorsports-celebrity ownership and barn-find splendor.

The Porsche also possesses that most-magical ingredient of Hollywood stardom, having appeared in Steve McQueen’s epic 1971 film, Le Mans. Not only did it serve as a camera car in the making of the film, the Porsche stars on screen at speed as car No. 22 in the action sequences. Continue reading

Aston Martin racing stars going to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale

DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tim Scott

Calling it “the most significant group of Aston Martin competition cars to ever come to auction,” RM Sotheby’s has announced its Monterey sale scheduled for August 18-19 will feature among other racing Astons the 1956 DBR1, chassis No. 1, the prototype for the car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959.

Also on the docket will be: Continue reading

Garage-found Mercedes 190SL going to auction in UK

Specialist went to evaluate vintage motorcycles, but found this 190 SL in the garage | H&H photos
Specialist went to evaluate vintage motorcycles, but found this 190 SL in the garage | H&H photos

Mark Bryan works in the motorcycle department of England’s H&H Classics and was called on to evaluate a group of bikes for possible sale. The bikes were in an old garage in Solihull, home of Land Rover.

But the old garage held more than motorcycles. In it, Bryan discovered a long-stored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL that will go to H&H’s July 26 auction at the Imperial War Museum as a barn-found restoration project. The car has an estimated pre-sale value of £50,000 (more than $63,300). Continue reading

More on that stolen Shelby Mustang headed to auction

1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos
1968 Shelby GT500 was stolen in 1970 but has clear title for Reno auction | MAG photos

On June 1, we shared the tale of a 1968 Shelby GT500 Ford Mustang that had been stolen in 1970, was impounded 41 years later by a Mustang-savvy police officer, eventually went to court to have its ownership determined, and now would be offered up for bidding at the Motorsports Auction Group’s Hot August Nights sale August 10-12 in Reno, Nevada.

As they used to say, the switchboard lit up. The story drew massive interest among visitors to the Daily News at ClassicCars.com, and many of you left comments about the car’s post-recovery ownership status. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction

The Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction in Connecticut is in its second year and offers a docket of more than 600 cars. I have picked 6 very different cars from among them that I would gladly raise my hand for and like to have in my garage.

The best part about this list is that, with one exception, all these picks are what I would consider to be on the more affordable side of the hobby and any would make a good car for the first-time collector. Continue reading

Yenko Camaro races to top of Mecum’s Portland results

Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos
Mecum had a good crowd of bidders and spectators in Portland | Mecum photos

An intense-looking 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, documented as originally sold by Yenko Chevrolet, roared away with the top spot at Mecum’s collector car auction last weekend in Portland, Oregon, selling for three times the result of the N0. 2 car.

The 427/425-horsepower coupe, one of 64 Camaros performance-enhanced by the legendary Don Yenko in a behind-the-scenes deal with Chevrolet, hammered sold for $395,000, not including auction fee, to lead the sale at the Portland Expo center. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Italian coachbuilt trio for Quail sale

Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos
Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has consignment a trio of coachbuilt cars by Italian designers for its auction in August at the Quail on the Monterey Peninsula. They are:

  • A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider by Frua.
  • A 1957 BMW 503 cabriolet by Bertone.
  • A 1953 Chrysler Special by Ghia.

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British royalty assembled for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos
The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos

The 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville is a palace among motorcars, a royal barge powered by a massive 488-cubic-inch inline-6 that could transport its pampered occupants at more than 100 mph despite its heavy formal coachwork.

The Bentley, the sole remaining example of six Sedanca-bodied limousines built that year, will roll majestically across the auction block June 30 during Bonhams’ collector car and automobilia auction held at Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading