Category archives: Auctions

Worldwide helps shift Monterey auction sales into higher gear

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos

Things certainly picked up Thursday at the collector car auctions that are a big part of Monterey Car Week, and the sales should shift into high gear Friday with Bonhams staging its auction and RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company starting their two-day sales.

The auctions are monitored by personnel from Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, which reports that sell-through rate, average price and media price are all up compared with 2017 totals. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Gooding’s 2017 Monterey auction

A 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads a line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. sale | Larry Edsall photos
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. | Larry Edsall photos

When my father was a child, his mother took in a pair of young immigrant brothers who needed a home. Sure, my dad’s family already was large, but his mom figured there was always room for one — or two — more, so the young Greeks were enfolded.

At some point, the brothers either opened or bought a soda fountain and candy store. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey auction

The Ferrari Daytona known as the 'Harrah Hot Rod' is among Andy's favorites at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos
The Ferrari Daytona known as the ‘Harrah Hot Rod’ is among Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos

RM Sotheby’s auction consistently has been the place to buy the finest cars on offer during Monterey car week and this year is no exception. There are so many extraordinary cars at the Portolo hotel & spa in downtown Monterey that it is difficult to even take it all in. Continue reading

Monterey auctions expected to shift into higher gear today

Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there's much more to come | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there’s much more to come | Larry Edsall photos

The annual August angst of collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula have begun, albeit to a very slow start.

Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, supplies us with daily reports on the auction action. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Worldwide’s 2017 Pacific Grove auction

George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos
George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos

The northernmost point on the Monterey Peninsula provide a spectacular vantage and includes the United States Coast Guard’s Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links and, during Monterey Car Week 2017, the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers’ classic car sale. Continue reading

Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos
1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition. Continue reading

Shropshire Lad’s motorcycles, sidecars headed to auction

Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos
Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos

Bill Ward was an apprentice at Sentinel Works in Shrewsbury, England, when he, his wife and baby daughter rode his motorcycle and sidecar to visit relatives over the holidays in London.

“Bill says he preferred motorbike and sidecar combinations,” H&H Classics notes in a news release announcing the sale of Ward’s “Shropshire Lad” collection of motorcycle/sidecar combinations at its auction September 2 at Britain’s National Motorbike Museum. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s releases partial Maranello auction list

Long-wheelbase California Spyder has pre-sale estimate of $8.8 million -- or more | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Long-wheelbase California Spyder has pre-sale estimate of $8.8 million — or more | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

At the end of May, RM Sotheby’s announced that it would stage an all-Ferrari auction as part of the Italian sports car maker’s 70th anniversary celebration, and that the sale would take place at the historic Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. Continue reading

Canadian brothers selling their car collection at auction

The Ewert and two of the cars heading to auction | Ritchie Bros. photo
The Ewert and two of the cars heading to auction | Ritchie Bros. photo

Brothers Jim and Bill Ewert, both semi-retired farmers in their mid-70s, bought their first Ford Model T when they were teenagers. Now, decades later, they are selling their vintage car collection. The sale, handled by Ritchie Bros., is scheduled for August 19 at the Ewert’s farm in Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada. Continue reading

Ex-Mayweather supercar on the docket at Mecum Monterey

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos

So the sports world is abuzz about the upcoming fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed-martial arts specialist Colin McGregor. The fight is scheduled to take place August 26.

It will be interesting to see if there’s nearly so much excitement on the Monterey Peninsula, where an extremely rare supercar formerly owned by Mayweather, a collector of high-speed exotic vehicles, will be offered for bidding at Mecum Auction’s “Daytime” sale. Continue reading