Category archives: Auctions

Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctioned

Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos
Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos

It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim. Continue reading

Carlisle does nearly $3 million at Winter AutoFest sale

1967 Chevrolet C10 on the block | Nicole James photos

Carlisle Auctions did nearly $3 million in sales at its first event of the year, held last week as part of the Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Florida. The two-day auction sent more than 400 collector cars cross the block, as well as merchandise and memorabilia. Continue reading

Pre-auction values soar for star cars at Amelia Island sales

The 1957 Jaguar XKSS roadster looks to be the most valuable auction car at Amelia Island | Gooding & Company
The 1957 Jaguar XKSS roadster looks to be the most valuable auction car at Amelia Island | Gooding & Company

After the Academy Awards, we have the collector car celebrities of the Amelia Island auctions, the top-ranked automobiles that are just as unapproachable as the stars of Hollywood for the common man or woman (i.e. those not having a limitless stash of funds).

Each of the prominent car sales that take place during the four Florida days that culminate in the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, Bonhams and Motostalgia – has its own best-of-the-best automotive treasure. Continue reading

Evocative race cars set for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

This 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, the second one built, was raced by David Hobbs | Bonhams photos
This 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, the second one built, was raced by David Hobbs | Bonhams photos

Race cars representing more than 100 years of motorsports, and connected with some of the biggest names in racing, will be offered March 19 when Bonhams stages its annual Members’ Meeting Sale at Goodwood in Chichester, UK. Continue reading

Leake tops $10.4 million at Oklahoma City auction

The new Bennett Event Center provided much more room, but it was still SRO on Saturday | Leake Auction photos
The new Bennett Event Center provided much more room, but it was still SRO on Saturday | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company opened its 2017 sales calendar last week, posting more than $10.4 million in sales with a 79 percent sell-through in the new Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

“We could not have asked for a better start to 2017,” Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, said in a news release after the auction that launched Leake’s 45th year in the collector car auction business. Continue reading

Seven-figure McLaren P1 crossing block to benefit a college

McLaren P1 being sold to underwrite an academic chair at Rose-Hulman technical college | Gooding & Co. photos by Mark Hardymon
McLaren P1 being sold to underwrite an academic chair at Rose-Hulman technical college | Gooding & Co. photos by Mark Hardymon

A specially commissioned 2015 McLaren P1, the British supercar-maker’s hybrid technology showpiece, will be sold without reserve at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction to benefit the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. If the car sells for its pre-auction estimated value, it will mean somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million to $2.3 million for the Terre Haute, Indiana-based college.

Such generosity among collector car owners is to be praised, and is not all that unusual. Many auctions feature cars sold for charities — Barrett-Jackson alone does several million a year in such sales —  though not often to benefit colleges. Continue reading

Pristine, 1,500-mile 1980 MGB-GT going to auction

1980 MGB-GT going to auction with only 1,500 miles on its odometer | CCA photos
1980 MGB-GT going to auction with only 1,500 miles on its odometer | CCA photos

Each week, The Daily News @ ClassicCars.com staff gets together for a meeting. Last week someone mentioned that while you may not be able to buy an Aston Martin “shooting brake,” a well-cared-for MGB-GT might be an affordable alternative.

Meeting ends and a few minutes later, a news release arrives from England’s Classic Car Auctions, letting us know of an exceptionally well-preserved 1980 MGB-GT that will be offered for sale at CCA auction April 1-2 in conjunction with the Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Continue reading

Amelia founder offers ultimate insider’s tour of LA car collections

Just one of the many collector car troves that will be included on the tour | RM Sotheby's photos
Just one of the many collector car troves that will be included on the tour | RM Sotheby’s photos

What would you pay for a private guided tour for you and your guest of the car collections of Jay Leno, Adam Carolla and Bruce Meyer, plus visits to the Lyon and Malloy collections, and to the Petersen, Mullin, Nethercutt and Malamut museums? Continue reading

Silverstone Auctions does $7 million in sales at Race Retro

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT sells for nearly $550,000 | Silverstone Auctions photos
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT sells for nearly $550,000 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions reports sales of £5.7million ($7.09 million) for its recent sale at the Race Retro show in Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, England. Silverstone notes that the sales total was more than £1 million ($1.24 million) more than the same sale last year and represented a record total for the event.

The  2017 sale also posted a 76 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading