Category archives: Auctions

Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Rare and spectacular, 1913 Rolls-Royce going to Bonhams sale

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos

A rare “colonial spec” 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer will highlight Bonhams’ autumn sale in Philadelphia.

The grand luxury Silver Ghost was specially configured as a London-to-Edinburgh car, differing from other models with larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. As a colonial-specification car, the Rolls is fitted with an enlarged radiator and fuel tank for traveling in remote areas. Continue reading

Gooding lists Italian star cars for Pebble Beach auction

1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Calling them the “Quintessential Gentleman’s Lineup of Italian Sports Cars,” Gooding & Company has announced seven classic Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat automobiles for the Pebble Beach auction scheduled for August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Combined, the vehicles have a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $25 million, according to Gooding & Company. Continue reading

Elton John-owned Ferrari Daytona in Silverstone auction

The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos
The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos

British pop star Elton John, fresh off the success of his breakthrough album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, went right out and bought a Ferrari Daytona. Or so the story goes.

What is documented it that the singer of Rocketman zoomed around in his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona from 1973 to 1975, no doubt enjoying the music of its 352-horsepower V12 engine. Continue reading

Bugatti that served as target practice now headed to auction

Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos
Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos

A 1929 Bugatti Type 44, now wearing restored Vanvooren bodywork from a car formerly owned by the Peugeot family and used for target practice by invading Nazi troops who occupied the family’s chateau, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics auction July 26 at Britain’s Imperial War Museum, the auction house has announced.

Unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1927, Bugatti’s Type 44 was reported by Motorsport magazine to be the company’s “first serious attempt at a touring car.” The chassis was basically that of the Type 38 but with the axles and manual transmission from the Type 40/43 models. Continue reading

Artcurial to stage Mercedes-only auction in Paris

The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo
The Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris |Mercedes-Benz France photo

Artcurial Motorcars and Mercedes-Benz France have announced a single-marque auction this fall that will include 20 vehicles from the collection of Mercedes-Benz France. Around 40 other cars wearing three-pointed stars will be on the docket. Continue reading

Historic De Havilland ‘Dragon’ aircraft on Bonhams’ docket

De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos
De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos

A De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five such historic aircraft still surviving, will be offered at public auction for the first time September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale in England.

“The DH 84 was the executive jet of its day,” James Knight, group motoring director for Bonhams, said in a news release.

“Its ability to cover great distances with at least six passengers and land almost anywhere ensured it was the must-have aircraft of the period – for personal, commercial and military use.” Continue reading

Porsche race car tops Artcurial’s $9.1 million Monaco auction

1974 Porsche RSR claims top sales price at Monaco auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Philippe Louzon
1974 Porsche RSR claims top sales price at Monaco auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Philippe Louzon

Artcurial Motorcars biennial Monaco auction posted $11.4 million in sales Sunday. On-the-block sales totaled $9.1 million for an auction that ran for five hours, but post-block transactions boosted the final figure.

The top sale of the auction was a 3-liter 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR that was purchased for slightly more than $2 million, including buyer’s fees. The car’ had a strong racing history in the United States, competing eight times in the 12-hour race at Sebring and seven times in the 24-hour at Daytona. Its pre-sale estimated value was $1.6 million to $1.8 million. Continue reading

Bonhams celebrates 25 years at Goodwood with $13.1 million sale

'Rolls from Rajputana' is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos
‘Rolls from Rajputana’ is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ 25th annual collector car auction, held Friday in conjunction with the Goodwood Festival of Speed has reported more than $13.165 million in sales with a 62.5 percent sell-through rate.

A 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a 1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight and a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Sedanca de Ville each sold for more than $1 million. Continue reading

Registration opens for free Monterey auction tours

Andy Reid leads on of the ClassicCars.com auction tours | Nicole James photos
Andy Reid leads one of the ClassicCars.com auction tours | Nicole James photos

Going to Monterey Car Week? Curious about how to buy a car at one of the many collector car auctions? Or maybe you’re a veteran collector but are simply looking for some fresh insight about cars you’re considering.

Regardless, ClassicCars.com has a deal for you — and it’s free! Continue reading