Category archives: Auctions

Eclectic sells well for Auctions America at Auburn Spring

The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos
The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos

With a top-10 sales list packed with Ferrari race cars from the Level 5 stable, World War II-era military vehicles, a Cunningham hearse and such standards as a pre-war Packard, a Shelby Mustang and Porsche GT3, Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale featured an eclectic and well-received docket.

Overall, 83 percent of the lots went to new owners last weekend with total sales of $10.2 million, one of the highest figures in the auction’s history. Continue reading

Porsches set pace at Silverstone’s May Sale

1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos
1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions seems quite happy that a 1993 Porsche 911 S Turbo Leichtbau broke the half-million-pound plateau at its May Sale late last week at England’s Silverstone racing circuit. The car was a special-edition Porsche that sold for £556,875 ($717,598).

Overall, the auction, which featured 75 cars crossing the block, generated £3.6 million (nearly $4.64 million) with a 72 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

Worldwide Auctioneers joining Monterey car-week party

This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide's inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo
This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide’s inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo

Worldwide Auctioneers launched its new Scottsdale sale earlier this year and has announced yet another new auction, scheduled for August 17 as part of the Monterey Car Week. The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula is to offer around 70 cars on the oceanside setting of the Pacific Grove Golf Links, the Auburn, Indiana-based auction house announced. Continue reading

Ex-Cunningham E-type headed to Bonhams’ Quail sale

Briggs Cunningham's team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo
Briggs Cunningham’s team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo

The Jaguar E-type Lightweight that Briggs Cunningham’s team raced at Le Mans, Road America and Bridgehampton in 1963 will be offered up for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ 20th anniversary Monterey Peninsula auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California.

“There are rare, interesting cars, and there are cars that have belonged to rare, interesting people,” author Richard Holt is quoted in the Bonhams’ news release. Continue reading

Gary Bennett retiring from Barrett-Jackson auctions

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Gary Bennett attended the inaugural Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in 1971 as a customer. He returned annually to buy and sell, and after leaving his architecture practice and other ventures, he joined Barrett-Jackson as senior auto specialist, the job Craig Jackson held before becoming head of the family firm. This morning, Barrett-Jackson announced Bennett’s retirement from his position as vice president of consignment for the auction company. Continue reading

Three 1920s sports classics offered by Bonhams at Greenwich

The Stutz Model M Dual-Cowl Speedster is a rare sport/luxury car | Bonhams photos
The Stutz Model M Dual-Cowl Speedster is a rare sport/luxury car | Bonhams photos

Three sporty 1920s classics will be among the early automobiles offered during Bonhams’ auction in  Greenwich, Connecticut,  on June 4th at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Continue reading

Historic racers featured at Bonhams’ upcoming Spa sale

Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G among the cars returning to site of Belgian Grand Prix | Bonhams photos
Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G among the cars returning to site of Belgian Grand Prix | Bonhams photos

With the auction being held at the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, it only makes sense that the docket for the Bonhams sale features a starting grid of vintage racing machines. They include everything from a Grand Prix-winning Benetton-Cosworth Ford F1 racer to a 1969 Volvo Amazon 122S Group 2 rally car.

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Considered to be the star of the auction is the 1991 Benetton-Cosworth Ford B191 that won the Canadian Grand Prix and during its racing career was driven by Nelson Piquet, Roberto Moreno and Michael Schumacher. The car also finished fifth in the British Grand Prix and eighth in the French race in 1991. Wearing Benetton colors, Bonhams has assigned the car a pre-sale estimated value of €750,000 to €950,000 ($820,000 to $1.4 million).

Back at Spa for the first time since the 1986 season is another F1 racer, a 1986 Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G originally campaigned by Piercarlo Ghinzani, a European F3 champion who went on to start 77 F1 races.

“Ghinzani privately maintained a number of the cars that he drove during his varied career, and this 1.5-liter turbocharged machine is a highly original and ‘on the button’ example with extensive in-period race history including outings at the legendary Circuit de Spa Francorchamps,” Bonhams said in its pre-auction news release.

The auction house notes that the car has been restored and is powered by a period V8 engine that Ghinzani owned but that was never used in a race. The car’s pre-sale estimated value is €90,000 to €120,000 ($100,000 to $130,000).

Another and significantly more valuable Alfa Romeo with competition history is the former 1969 Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior, a works racer that debuted in the 1969 Tour de Corse with Enrico Pinto driving. Bonhams notes that the car had a long racing history, including class victories at the Nurburgring and Paul Ricard and second overall in the 1972 GR Brno. The pre-sale estimate is €290,000 to €340,000 ($320,000 to $375,000).

The docket also includes another ex-Autodelta 1969 Alfa Romeo GTA Junior valued at €320,000 to €375,000 ($350,000 to $410,000).

VW T1 transporter and Martini-liveried Group 5 Porsche
VW T1 transporter and Martini-liveried Group 5 Porsche

The docket also includes Porsches, among them a 1979-81 911 Type 935 dp35 Group 5 competition coupe valued at €400,000 to €500,000 ($440,000 to $550,000)

“When, after much deliberation, the FIA eventually agreed on its new formula for 1976, the creation of the Group 5 (extensively modified) category gave Porsche the opportunity to let its imagination and engineering expertise shine through,” Bonhams reported. “A stream of exotic prototypes with the very briefest of connections to the production 911 came to the fore, such as the 1979/1981 Porsche 911 Type 935 dp35 Group 5 Competition Coupé.

“One of only three built by dp motorsport, this staggeringly rare competition model has competed extensively in Scandinavia, and is believed to have competed in the 1999/2000 Swedish GTR Championship. Accompanied by a DMSB-Wagenpass attesting that this is a genuine Group 5 car, this machine will undoubtedly be a serious contender on the classic race track.”

Also being offered is a 1976 Porsche 934/5 Kremer Group 4 competition coupé in Martini racing livery. The car raced three times during the 1976-77 seasons and then was retired. Bonhams expects it to sell for €320,000 to €400,000 ($350,000 to $440,000).

Among other vehicles scheduled to cross the block are:

1965 Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight coupe
1965 Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight coupe
  • A 1996 Ferrari F355 Challenge coupe.
  • A 1965 Lotus Elan 26R built to FIA racing specification that already has an impressive vintage racing history.
  • A 1971 Ford Capri RS2600 lightweight competition coupe originally owned by French Formula 3 champion Francois Mazet.
  • A 1969 Volvo Amazon 122S Group 2 factory rally car.
  • A 1965 Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter semi-lightweight competition roadster.
  • The 1989 Belgian Procar championship-winning Audi V8 quattro.
  • The 1986 Belga Stuurwiel-winning BMW 325i Juma Group N comp coupe.
  • An original Volskwagen T2 transporter.

Also on the Spa docket is the so-called Castle Collection of a dozen classic vehicles discovered at a castle in Switzerland. Among them are a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, 1921 and 1934 Rolls-Royce, Maserati Indy America and others.

Gooding moving up Pebble Beach auction to end before concours

Some of the cars at Gooding & Company's 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo
Some of the cars at Gooding & Company’s 2016 Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photo

Gooding & Company is moving its Pebble Beach auction up this summer, with the two-day sale scheduled for Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19.

The auction traditionally has been held on Saturday and Sunday, with the Sunday sale taking place during and after the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Gooding has the only collector car auction staged on the Pebble Beach golf course property, at its Equestrian Center. Other auctions are held at various venues on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Preserved, low-mileage 1967 Corvette 427 convertible at Mecum

The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos
The Corvette convertible boasts a tri-power 427 V8 | Mecum Auctions photos

A pristine, all-original 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 hp four-speed convertible with fewer than 24,000 documented miles, in still-gleaming original black paint with a red hood stinger and Bloomington Gold Benchmark certified.

As Sam Spade said in the Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Only this Vette is real, and it comes up for auction during Mecum’s 30th anniversary Indianapolis sale from May 16 to 21. Continue reading

Barn-found collection joins H&H Classics auction docket

Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

‘Time capsule.” That’s how H&H Classics is describing two car collections of primarily pre-war classics — one of them farm-found — consigned for the docket for its upcoming auction June 2 at the National Motorcycle Museum.

One collection — the Home Farm collection — includes 11 cars and 34 motorcycles, all found dust-covered in barns in Berkshire, U.K.

The other collection — the County Wexford collection — includes 14 cars, among them one of three 1939 Triumph Dolomite 14/60 drophead coups known to still survive. Continue reading