Category archives: Auctions

Ferrari collection headed to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby's photos by Theodore W. Pieper
Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby’s photos by Theodore W. Pieper

A baker’s dozen of Ferraris, all from a single owner, most offered without reserve, has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey auction, scheduled for August 18-19 at Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, California.

The “Ferrari Performance Collection” comprises 13 cars spanning 50 years of Ferrari history and includes a 1961 250 GT SWB and a 1967 275 GTB/4. Also included are a 1991 F40, a 2011 599 GTO that has been driven only 481 miles and a 1984 512 BBi showing only 533 miles since new. Continue reading

Finest schedules online auction for late September

Bradley Farrell in the Finest's headquarters/showroom | Finest photo
Bradley Farrell in the Finest’s headquarters/showroom | Finest photo

The Finest Automobile Auctions Company is undergoing a management reorganization and says its inaugural online sale will take place in late September.

Faced with ongoing and major health issues, Bradley Farrell, Finest founder and chief executive, will take a leave of absence. Meanwhile, the company’s board of directors is pursuing a new executive to run the auction house, which recently was sued by vendors who say they were not paid for their work at the company’s live auctions. Continue reading

Worldwide adds to diversity of its Monterey auction docket

Dubos-bodied Delahaye will be offered for sale at inaugural Pacific Grove Auction | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
Dubos-bodied Delahaye will be offered for sale at inaugural Pacific Grove Auction | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

With vehicles as diverse as a 1937 Delahaye 135M coupe bodied by Dubos and a 1968 L-88 Chevrolet Corvette Sunray-DX built to race by Don Yenko, Worldwide Auctioneers is filling out the docket for its inaugural Pacific Grove Auction, its first venture as part of Monterey Car Week.

The auction, which Worldwide says will include around 70 collector vehicles, is scheduled for August 17 on the Pacific Grove Golf Links, located at the northern tip of the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Infamous Marples Mini headed to the auction block

Alfred Marples' had a very special Mini Cooper S for carrying golf clubs, wine | H&H Classics photos
Alfred Marples had a very special Mini Cooper S for carrying golf clubs, wine | H&H Classics photos24

Alfred Marples not only gave England its motorways — and, reportedly, double-yellow lines and traffic wardens — but also plenty about which to gossip in his years as Transport Minister.

He became so disliked that “Marples Must Go” signs were painted across motorway bridges. He finally left the country, though not because of his shenanigans, which reportedly included regular visits with prostitutes, but because of tax evasion.

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Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Rare and spectacular, 1913 Rolls-Royce going to Bonhams sale

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos

A rare “colonial spec” 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer will highlight Bonhams’ autumn sale in Philadelphia.

The grand luxury Silver Ghost was specially configured as a London-to-Edinburgh car, differing from other models with larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. As a colonial-specification car, the Rolls is fitted with an enlarged radiator and fuel tank for traveling in remote areas. Continue reading

Gooding lists Italian star cars for Pebble Beach auction

1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Calling them the “Quintessential Gentleman’s Lineup of Italian Sports Cars,” Gooding & Company has announced seven classic Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat automobiles for the Pebble Beach auction scheduled for August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Combined, the vehicles have a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $25 million, according to Gooding & Company. Continue reading

Elton John-owned Ferrari Daytona in Silverstone auction

The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos
The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos

British pop star Elton John, fresh off the success of his breakthrough album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, went right out and bought a Ferrari Daytona. Or so the story goes.

What is documented it that the singer of Rocketman zoomed around in his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona from 1973 to 1975, no doubt enjoying the music of its 352-horsepower V12 engine. Continue reading

Bugatti that served as target practice now headed to auction

Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos
Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos

A 1929 Bugatti Type 44, now wearing restored Vanvooren bodywork from a car formerly owned by the Peugeot family and used for target practice by invading Nazi troops who occupied the family’s chateau, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics auction July 26 at Britain’s Imperial War Museum, the auction house has announced.

Unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1927, Bugatti’s Type 44 was reported by Motorsport magazine to be the company’s “first serious attempt at a touring car.” The chassis was basically that of the Type 38 but with the axles and manual transmission from the Type 40/43 models. Continue reading

Artcurial to stage Mercedes-only auction in Paris

The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo
The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo

Artcurial Motorcars and Mercedes-Benz France have announced a single-marque auction this fall that will include 20 vehicles from the collection of Mercedes-Benz France. Around 40 other cars wearing three-pointed stars will be on the docket. Continue reading