Thunder banged and rain poured Sunday on Amelia Island, Florida. Good thing Bill Warner decided mid-week to move the concours d’elegance up to Saturday. But not necessarily a great thing for the collector car auctions taking place in and around that event. Not only was there confusion, but unexpected competition as the concours and accompanying cars and coffee car show competed for attention. Continue reading
Motostalgia goes into its second year of auctioneering at Amelia Island with an improved selection of collector cars and a bit of a lucky break. The luck comes in the form of timing and the vagaries of Florida weather.
With the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance moving to Saturday because of the weatherman’s certainly of a major rainstorm Sunday, the Motostalgia people feel that their Saturday evening sale could benefit because of the added influx of people on the island for the concours earlier in the day. Continue reading
The collector car auction action on Amelia Island opened Thursday with Bonhams’ sale, where preliminary results reported by Hagerty show total sales of $10 million with an 83 percent sell-through rate. The collector car insurer and vehicle value tracker noted that while the sell-through rate improved by nearly 15 percent compared to the same sale a year ago, the dollar total was off by nearly 64 percent compared to $27.7 million in sales generated at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia auction. Continue reading
Gooding & Company has brought another primo squad of collector cars for its Amelia Island auction, highlighted by great European sports cars that include a heathy dose of Porsches. With the soaring popularity of Porsches of every ilk, Gooding has populated its sale with 25 of them, more than a quarter of the total offerings and most of them exceptional examples. Continue reading
Barrett-Jackson, which held its first auction in the Northeast U.S. in June 2016, has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, to be held June 18 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut.
The new concours, and its road tour the following day, take place just prior to Barrett-Jackson’s second collector car auction, set for June 20-24 and also at the Mohegan Sun facility. Continue reading
The 1948 Velocette 348cc KTT MkVIII that carried Freddie Frith to the 1949 world motorcycle racing championship headlines a Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale auction, scheduled for April 23 at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in England.
Also featured at the auction are several barn-found bikes and still-crated 1990s superbikes, as well as what Bonhams terms “affordable classics for every taste and budget.” Continue reading
What else would you call a John Deere Wheeled Feller Buncher designed by BMW? Obviously, it’s the Ultimate Forestry Machine.
Although it hasn’t been widely publicized, Designworks, the California-based BMW design studio, has been doing more than helping to create some of the world’s best automobiles. For more than 20 years, the studio also has been working under contract with John Deere’s construction and forestry machinery division, not only on the looks but the ease of operation of bulldozers and specialized forestry equipment. Continue reading
Six Armstrong Siddeleys from the collection of the late Colin Hope, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders and a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Duxford Auction scheduled for March 29 at the Imperial War Museum. Continue reading
More than 400 vintage tractors and 300 signs and farm relics will be offered for bidding when Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division opens its 2017 sales calendar with its Spring Classic, scheduled for March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading
McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction toped $5.8 million in sales with 304 vehicles sold during the company’s 62nd auction February 24-26 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.