Category archives: Auctions

Weathering the storm: Amelia auctions total $121.3 million

1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos
1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet tops all Amelia Island sales at $7.7 million | Bob Golfen photos

Thunder banged and rain poured Sunday on Amelia Island, Florida. Good thing Bill Warner decided mid-week to move the concours d’elegance up to Saturday. But not necessarily a great thing for the collector car auctions taking place in and around that event. Not only was there confusion, but unexpected competition as the concours and accompanying cars and coffee car show competed for attention. Continue reading

Motostalgia’s second year, and the cars that spin Bob’s wheels

The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos
The history-laden 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa stands at the entrance to Motostalgia | Bob Golfen photos

Motostalgia goes into its second year of auctioneering at Amelia Island with an improved selection of collector cars and a bit of a lucky break.   The luck comes in the form of timing and the vagaries of Florida weather.

With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moving to Saturday because of the weatherman’s certainly of a major rainstorm Sunday, the Motostalgia people feel that their Saturday evening sale could benefit because of the added influx of people on the island for the concours earlier in the day. Continue reading

Bonhams does $10 million in sales as Amelia auction action starts

The 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa is an ultra-rare alloy-bodied car | Bonhams
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sell for more than $2.2 million on Amelia Island | Bonhams photocar | Bonhams

The collector car auction action on Amelia Island opened Thursday with Bonhams’ sale, where preliminary results reported by Hagerty show total sales of $10 million with an 83 percent sell-through rate. The collector car insurer and vehicle value tracker noted that while the sell-through rate improved by nearly 15 percent compared to the same sale a year ago, the dollar total was off by nearly 64 percent compared to $27.7 million in sales generated at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia auction. Continue reading

What caught Bob’s eye at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction

Gooding's auction is packed with desirable Porsches, such as this 1954 356 Pre-A Cabriolet | Bob Golfen photos
Gooding’s auction is packed with desirable Porsches, such as this 1954 356 Pre-A Cabriolet | Bob Golfen photos

Gooding & Company has brought another primo squad of collector cars for its Amelia Island auction, highlighted by great European sports cars that include a heathy dose of Porsches.  With the soaring popularity of Porsches of every ilk, Gooding has populated its sale with 25 of them, more than a quarter of the total offerings and most of them exceptional examples. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson to sponsor inaugural New England Concours

Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016
Barrett-Jackson held its first Northeast auction in June 2016

Barrett-Jackson, which held its first auction in the Northeast U.S. in June 2016, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, to be held June 18 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

The new concours, and its road tour the following day, take place just prior to Barrett-Jackson’s second collector car auction, set for June 20-24 and also at the Mohegan Sun facility. Continue reading

Rare Velocette, White Shadow featured at Bonhams bike auction

Velocette carried Freddie Frith to world championship in 1949 | Bonhams photos
Velocette carried Freddie Frith to world championship in 1949 | Bonhams photos

The 1948 Velocette 348cc KTT MkVIII that carried Freddie Frith to the 1949 world motorcycle racing championship headlines a Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale auction, scheduled for April 23 at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in England.

Also featured at the auction are several barn-found bikes and still-crated 1990s superbikes, as well as what Bonhams terms “affordable classics for every taste and budget.” Continue reading

The Ultimate Forestry Machine, and other news updates

BMW Designworks styled this wheeled feller muncher for John Deere | Designworks photos
BMW Designworks styled this wheeled feller muncher for John Deere | Designworks photos

What else would you call a John Deere Wheeled Feller Buncher designed by BMW? Obviously, it’s the Ultimate Forestry Machine.

Although it hasn’t been widely publicized, Designworks, the California-based BMW design studio, has been doing more than helping to create some of the world’s best automobiles. For more than 20 years, the studio also has been working under contract with John Deere’s construction and forestry machinery division, not only on the looks but the ease of operation of bulldozers and specialized forestry equipment. Continue reading

Six pack of Armstrong Siddeleys featured at War Museum sale

Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among  Colin Hope's collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among Colin Hope’s collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

Six Armstrong Siddeleys from the collection of the late Colin Hope, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders and a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Duxford Auction scheduled for March 29 at the Imperial War Museum. Continue reading

Vintage tractors, farmobilia on the docket at Davenport

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' photos
1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX could work in orchards, then be driven into town | Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ photos

More than 400 vintage tractors and 300 signs and farm relics will be offered for bidding when Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opens its 2017 sales calendar with its Spring Classic, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading