Category archives: Auctions

Vintage motorcycles hit jackpot for Mecum in Vegas

Terry Gambill and Clara Baker examine a 1950 Harley-Davidson | Bob Golfen photos
Terry Gambill and Clara Baker examine a 1950 Harley-Davidson | Bob Golfen photos

The Mecum motorcycle auction rolled into Las Vegas last weekend for the second time this year, adding the sale of about 400 vintage bikes to the nearly 1,000 that crossed the block in January. This was the first spring Vegas motorcycle auction for Mecum, and with $4.4 million in sales (not including auction fees) and an 80 percent sell-through rate, it most likely won’t be the last.

“Once again, Las Vegas proves itself as the premier vintage-motorcycle enthusiast gathering place,” said Ron Christenson, president of the Mecum motorcycle division. Continue reading

Bonhams does $7.38 million at 10th Greenwich auction

1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams' Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos
1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams’ Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos

Bonhams celebrated its 10th anniversary as the auction house for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance with a sale this past weekend that posted a 92-percent sell-through rate and total results of $7.38 million.

“We are very pleased with today’s results,” Eric Minoff, Bonhams’ head of sale for the Greenwich event, said in a news release. “We had an excellent selection of unique collectors’ cars with sensible estimates and a beautiful and convenient venue. Continue reading

Barn-found vehicles score at H&H sale at motorcycle museum

1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos
1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos

Highlighted by several barn-found vehicles, many from “time-capsule” collections, H&H Classics inaugural auction late last week at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum produced sales of £872,000 ($983,590).

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, said of the Home Farm Collection in a news release. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading

All in the family: Leake Auctions celebrates 45 years (and more)

Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives
Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks and company founder James Leake | Leake Auctions archives

In the early 1960s, Nancy Leake’s mother discovered that her husband (Nancy’s father), James, had been hiding his growing car collection in some of the family’s grocery warehouses.

“We had warehouses all over the state,” Nancy (Leake) Sevenoaks recalled. But as roads in Oklahoma improved and deliveries to stores could be made from a centralized location, all those tertiary warehouses were not needed and were put up for sale.

“Daddy had been hiding cars in them and my mother took a puff of her cigarette and said, ‘Jimmy, you have to get rid of some of those damn cars!’ ” Continue reading

What Bob would ride from the Mecum motorcycle auction

An antique Thor single greets guest entering the South Point Resort and Casino | Bob Golfen photos
An antique Thor single greets guest entering the South Point Resort and Casino | Bob Golfen photos

Triumph motorcycles from Great Britain are my longtime favorites, especially the 650cc Bonnevilles that pretty much defined sport bikes in the ‘60s. And never have I seen such a vast array of great Triumphs as there are this weekend at Mecum’s motorcycle auction in Las Vegas.

This is Mecum Auctions’ second Vegas motorcycle sale this year, and the first time the company is holding one in June. There are around 600 bikes crowding the floor of a huge meeting hall at the South Point Resort and Casino, where Mecum also holds its January motorcycle sales. Continue reading

Stolen Shelby GT500 headed to Hot August Nights auction

Mustang savvy police officer spotted GT500 stolen 41 years earlier | MAG photos
Mustang savvy police officer spotted GT500 stolen 41 years earlier | MAG photos

On February 9, 1970, Robert Lanyon discovered that his 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 had been stolen. Even though the car remained in the same vicinity, Lanyon would never drive it again.

Forty-one years after Lanyon’s car was stolen, Tim Sullivan, a San Mateo, California, police sergeant and Mustang enthusiast, was following a ’68 GT500 and, out of curiosity, ran its registration. The report came back that the car wasn’t registered as a ’68, but as a 1965 model. Continue reading

Family-owned since new, pair of 300SLs going to auction

A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs in the garage | Gooding & Company photos by Brian Henniker
A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs in the garage | Gooding & Company photos by Brian Henniker

A pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, a 1955 Gullwing coupe and a 1957 roadster purchased by the same man and family-owned ever since, will be offered for sale at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in August, the auction company announced.

The cars have been in long-term garage storage and are being offered in unrestored condition and with low mileage. The Gullwing is the only one produced in British Racing Green paint. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s sets sale at Ferrari factory

Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby's photos
Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby’s photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and part of those festivities will be what RM Sotheby’s terms the “most significant single-marque sale in auction history,” a single-marque auction September 8 at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The auction, RM Sotheby’s promises, will “feature some of the most valuable and sought-after Ferraris on the planet.” Continue reading

Six-pack of E-types — including barn find — in Hall of Fame sale

1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos
1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos

Britain’s Motor Sport magazine stages its Hall of Fame awards June 6 at the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park in Surrey, and H&H Classics will stage a collector car auction as part of the event. The auction will include six E-type Jaguars — perhaps England’s most iconic car.

Among those Jags will be a recent barn-found 1962 3.8 Coupe discovered after long-term storage in North Devonshire. Continue reading