Category archives: Auctions

Hudson museum friends have 3 more months for funding plan

The late Eldon Hostetler assembled nation's best collection of Hudsons | Larry Edsall photo
The late Eldon Hostetler assembled nation’s best collection of Hudsons | Larry Edsall photo

Hostetler’s Hudson Collection has received a 90-day reprieve from the possible auctioning off of what many consider to be the nation’s best collection of cars produced by the historic American automaker.

A group known as the Friends of the Shipshewana Hudson Automobile Museum were granted a 90-day extension last week, town manager Bob Shanahan told ClassicCar News. Continue reading

Queen’s Daimler draws a crowd at H&H auction

2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo
2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo

Although a 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Vanvooren “saloon” produced the highest sales figure of H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England, it was another vehicle on the docket that attracted three television crews to the sale.

The car that attracted so much interest was a 2001 Daimler Majestic 4.0 LWB that sold for £43,700, the equivalent of $57,500. Continue reading

Registration still open for free Monterey auction tours

Andy Reid explains the auction process | Nicole James photo
Andy Reid explains the auction process | Nicole James photo

For the third year in a row, ClassicCars.com offers free tours of three of the auction venues during Monterey Car Week, and there’s still time to register.

Two of the tours will be led by our resident collector car and auction analyst Andy Reid, who has been leading such tours for a dozen years. Continue reading

Coys doing South Africa Concours charity auction

Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos
Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos

British auction house Coys will stage its first classic car and automobilia sale Saturday at the Concours South Africa, with proceeds going to charity.

The only multi-marque concours in South Africa was held for the first time in 2016. It runs for four days, August 3-6 at the Sun City resort complex. Continue reading

Low-mileage muscle highlights Mecum’s Harrisburg auction

A time-warp1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible has been driven just 3,518 miles | Mecum Auctions photos
A time-warp1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible has been driven just 3,518 miles | Mecum Auctions photos

Highlighted by “an unprecedented selection” of American muscle cars, the fourth annual Mecum auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will offer an anticipated 1,000 collector vehicles in a three-day sale August 3-5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

One of the most intriguing cars crossing the block, according to Mecum, is a 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible in special-ordered Tahoe Turquoise with just 3,518 original miles. In original pristine condition, the 390cid V8-powered pony car shows the result of careful climate-controlled storage since new. Continue reading

Jag, Jensen top sellers at Barons auction

1964 Jensen CV8 sold for $64,065 at the auction | Barons photos
1964 Jensen CV8 sold for $64,065 at the auction | Barons photos

No surprise: British classics were bidders’ favorites at Barons recent Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection auction at England’s Sandown Park. A bright-red 1970 Jaguar E-type Series 2 fixed-head coupe topped the sale with a 1964 Jensen CV8 just behind.

The Jag sold for £51,700 ($67,595) while the Jensen brought £49,000 ($64,065). Continue reading

Diverse Mecum auction in Denver hits $11.4 million in sales

A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos

In case you needed evidence that Mecum brings a diverse selection of collector cars to its auctions, just take a look at the five top sellers from the Denver sale last weekend.

The highest sale was that of a modern exotic, a 2016 Ferrari California T convertible sold for $165,000 (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). The Ferrari was followed by a vintage vehicle from the opposite end of the spectrum, a 1960 Volkswagen 23-window Samba microbus that went for $120,000. Continue reading

Vintage tractors do well at Mecum’s Canadian auction

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 tractor brings $75,000 (Canadian dollars) | Mecum Auctions photo
1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 tractor brings $75,000 (Canadian dollars) | Mecum Auctions photo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division crossed the border into Canada for the recent sale of the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers collection auction, a two-day event that generated more than $2 million Canadian (nearly $1.6 million) in sales, not including buyer’s fees.

The top sale was a 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA powerhouse that sold for $75,000 (nearly $60,000).

Nesbitt, who farmed and was in the gravel and stone businesses, filled three buildings with tractors and tractor parts. Most of the tractors were restored and maintained in running condition.

The two-day sale included more than 300 tractors and 200 parts and tires.

The complete top-10 sales list was:

  1. 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA, $75,000
  2. 1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12, $55,000
  3. 1984 Allis-Chalmers 4W-305, $50,000
  4. 1969 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2 turbocharged diesel, $39,000
  5. 1966 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2 industrial, $33,000
  6. 1984 Allis-Chalmers 8070 FWA, $33,000
  7. 1940 Allis-Chalmers WC speed maintainer, $27,500
  8. 1967 Allis-Chalmers D17 Series 4 hi-crop diesel, $27,000
  9. 1989 Allis-Chalmers 220, $27,000
  10. 1967 Allis-Chalmers D21 Series 2, $27,000

(Prices are reported in Canadian dollars and do not include buyer’s fees.)

1920 model 6-12
1920 model 6-12

Some 125 tractors will be offered for bidding August 5 at Gone Farmin’s Summer Showcase at the Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The tractor auction takes place on the final day of Mecum’s Harrisburg auction of classic cars, with 1,000 collector cars expected to be on the docket.

Pocketful of dreams: 5 micro cars you’ll want to collect

Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo
Even James Bond might need the Cygnet for maneuvering through London traffic | Aston Martin photo

The best catalog I’ve ever seen for a classic car auction was the one a pre-Sotheby’s RM did in 2013 for the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale. Not only were the cars small, but so was the catalog. Well, it was small in page size — a nice reflection of the cars on offer — but it was brick-thick in depth and good humor. It was downright delightful and someday will be collectible in its own right. Continue reading

Ex-Fangio Maserati 300 S added to Bonhams’ Quail docket

Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos
Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos

The 1956 Maserati 300 S sports racer that Juan Manual Fangio drove to victory in Portuguese and Brazilian grand prix events has been consigned for sale at Bonhams’ auction scheduled for August 18 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading