Category archives: Auctions

Turns out, losing your car keys can be a good thing

Car's owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos
Car’s owner lost her keys after driving only 80 miles so car sat in underground garage | Coys photos

More than 20 years ago, a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 was purchased at the Normand of Mayfair dealership as a birthday present for a woman in England. After driving the car only 80 miles, the new owner lost her keys — and never drove the car again!

After being stored in an underground garage in the upscale Knightsbridge area of London, the car was rediscovered (underground garage find?) and was offered up for bidding this week at Coys’ Spring Classics auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Continue reading

Britain’s motorcycle museum to host three auctions a year

Some of the 1,000 motorcycles in the museum collection | NMM photo
Some of the 1,000 motorcycles in the museum collection | NMM photo

Britain’s H&H Classics and the National Motorcycle Museum of England have struck an agreement for the auction house to stage three sales a year at the museum, beginning June 1-2, 2017.

“We have decided to raise the bar on our motorcycle sales by holding them at the most prestigious bike venue in the country,” Dominic Lyncker, chief executive of H&H Classics, said in a news release. “The museum is ‘Bike Central’ for anyone who loves motorcycling. Continue reading

Another VW microbus shocker at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach

The 1961 Volkswagen 23-window microbus sold for more than $250,000 | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1961 Volkswagen 23-window microbus sold for more than $290,000 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Aside from Barrett-Jackson’s customary collector car offerings of muscle cars, cruisers, customs and exotics that were sold during the 15th annual Palm Beach, Florida, auction this past weekend, it was another eye-popping, record-setting sale of a Volkswagen microbus that had auction watchers shaking their heads and VW enthusiasts doing high fives all around.

An impeccably restored 1961 23-window VW Deluxe Microbus sold for a stunning $291,500, including the 10 percent auction fee, during bidding Saturday, selling far and away above the expected result. Hagerty’s Price Guide pegs the value of a No. 1 concours-condition ’61 23-window VW Deluxe bus at $134,000. Continue reading

Bicester Heritage’s first classic auction generates $1.24 million

Cars are maneuvered into place for the auction | Bicester Heritage photos
Cars are maneuvered into place for the auction | Bicester Heritage photos

Bicester Heritage, the former British RAF military base turned into a 348-acre business campus focused on the restoration, storage, maintenance and enjoyment of vintage vehicles, generated more than £1 million ($1.24 million) at its inaugural collector car auction last week.

The auction, featuring a docket of 60 vehicles, was conducted in conjunction with Brightwells Auctioneers & Valuers and featured the sale of a 1923 Vauxhall OD 23/60 Kington Tourer for £71,500 ($88,767). Prices reported include the buyer’s fee. Continue reading

Unusual Alvis duo crossing Mossgreen’s auction block

1953 Alvis Graber TA21G coupe was found in garage of coachbuilder's widow | Mossgreen photos
1953 Alvis Graber TA21G coupe was found in garage of coachbuilder’s widow | Mossgreen photos

A Graber-bodied Alvis discovered in Madame Graber’s garage and a barn-found 1953 Alvis Healey with movie-star history but not seen in public for nearly 30 years figure to be the highlights of Mossgreen’s collector car auction scheduled for May 28 at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia.

According to the auction house, the 1954 Alvis Graber TA21G coupe was delivered as a rolling chassis to Swiss coachbuilder Herman Graber and was displayed at the 1954 Geneva Motor Show in white with disc wheels. The car was sold to a Swiss businessman. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals star car for upcoming auction at Lake Como

1938 Mercedes on the road in Pebble Beach tour | RM Sotheby's photo by Pawel Litwinski
1938 Mercedes on the road in Pebble Beach tour | RM Sotheby’s photo by Pawel Litwinski

RM Sotheby’s has revealed two more star cars for its Villa Erba auction May 27 on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como — a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde, the only survivor of the three built, and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet, one of only three with coachwork by Franay.

Previously announced for the official auction of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS coupe by Figoni et Falaschi as well as a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th series and a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atlante Prototype. Continue reading

George W. Bush’s pickup in another Barrett-Jackson charity sale

The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura BUsh to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos
The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura Bush to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos

The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew pickup truck that former President George W. Bush purchased after leaving the White House makes its third trip to a Barrett-Jackson auction this week. Once again, it will be sold to benefit a charitable cause.

The big white-and-tan pickup, which Bush drove on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, Florida, which takes place today through Saturday. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County, Tennessee. Continue reading

Mecum plows up $3.7 million at first 2017 Gone Farmin’ auction

A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at Gone Farmin' auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at the Gone Farmin’ auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division generated nearly $3.7 million in sales with a 93 percent sell-through rate at its first auction of the season, the Spring Classic at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading

McDorman collection headed to Mecum’s Indy auction

1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos
1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Forty-two cars, a Wells Fargo stagecoach, three customized golf carts and an amazing assortment of Road Art from the Bob McDorman collection will be offered at Dana Mecum’s 30th annual Original Spring Classic auction scheduled for May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

McDorman was well-known in central Ohio and beyond for his long-time Chevrolet dealership ownership and for his collection of primarily Chevrolet vehicles, especially Corvettes. He had been enshrined in both the Bloomington Gold Great Hall and the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame. Continue reading