Category archives: Auctions

Castle-found collection scores at Spa sale for Bonhams

300 SL roadster tops Bonhams' Spa Classic auction | Bonhams photos
300 SL roadster tops Bonhams’ Spa Classic auction | Bonhams photos

The sounds of Ferrari 250 GTOs, Mercedes-Benz 300SL and McLaren F1s roaring around the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps weren’t the only sounds heard Sunday at the historic Belgian racing circuit. Punctuating that mechanical symphony was the knock of the auction hammer indicating another vehicle had been sold at the Bonhams’ fourth Spa Classic auction.

The boutique sale featured an 80 percent sell-through rate with collector cars from Germany and wearing Mercedes-Benz or Porsche badging. Total sales exceeded $5.35 million. Continue reading

Mecum goes international with vintage tractors in Canada

1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos
1920 Allis-Chalmers 6-12 is among oldest examples from the brand | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division is adding a sale to its 2017 calendar, offering more than 300 vintage tractors July 14-15 at its first international on-site event, selling the George Nesbitt Allis-Chalmers Collection in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada.

In its news release, Mecum said Nesbitt’s is “one of the world’s most comprehensive vintage Allis-Chalmers tractor collections” and includes “nearly ever model Allis-Chalmers has ever produced from the early teens up through the 1980s.” Continue reading

Bonhams to host Surtees foundation auction

Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every
Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every

In 2009, 18-year-old Henry Surtees died from injuries sustained in a crash in a Formula 2 race at the Brands Hatch circuit in England. In the aftermath, Surtees’ father, the only person to win world motorcycle and Formula 1 racing championships, established the Henry Surtees Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is “to assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities.” Continue reading

James Bond and barn finds: Aston Martin sale hits $6.46 million

An Aston Martin DB5, the favored ride of 007, was the auction's highest seller | Bonhams photos
An Aston Martin DB5, the favored ride of 007, was the auction’s highest seller | Bonhams photos

James Bond magic lifted the sale of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, the same model driven by the fictional British spy, to £561,500 ($725,600) to top Bonhams 18th annual Aston Martin auction, held Saturday at the automaker’s ancestral home at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, UK.

The sale achieved more than £5 million ($6.46 million), with all reported results including auction fees. The overall results include 25 Astons sold of the 42 cars offered, plus nearly all of a huge selection of Aston Martin- and Lagonda-related automobilia, parts, artworks, clothing and literature. Continue reading

Eclectic sells well for Auctions America at Auburn Spring

The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos
The docket was varied for the annual Auburn Spring sale | Auctions America photos

With a top-10 sales list packed with Ferrari race cars from the Level 5 stable, World War II-era military vehicles, a Cunningham hearse and such standards as a pre-war Packard, a Shelby Mustang and Porsche GT3, Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale featured an eclectic and well-received docket.

Overall, 83 percent of the lots went to new owners last weekend with total sales of $10.2 million, one of the highest figures in the auction’s history. Continue reading

Porsches set pace at Silverstone’s May Sale

1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos
1993 Leichtbau breaks barrier at auction | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions seems quite happy that a 1993 Porsche 911 S Turbo Leichtbau broke the half-million-pound plateau at its May Sale late last week at England’s Silverstone racing circuit. The car was a special-edition Porsche that sold for £556,875 ($717,598).

Overall, the auction, which featured 75 cars crossing the block, generated £3.6 million (nearly $4.64 million) with a 72 percent sell-through rate. Continue reading

Worldwide Auctioneers joining Monterey car-week party

This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide's inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo
This 1937 SS 100 s.5-liter open tourer among early consignments for Worldwide’s inaugural Monterey sale | Worldwide Auctions photo

Worldwide Auctioneers launched its new Scottsdale sale earlier this year and has announced yet another new auction, scheduled for August 17 as part of the Monterey Car Week. The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula is to offer around 70 cars on the oceanside setting of the Pacific Grove Golf Links, the Auburn, Indiana-based auction house announced. Continue reading

Ex-Cunningham E-type headed to Bonhams’ Quail sale

Briggs Cunningham's team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo
Briggs Cunningham’s team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo

The Jaguar E-type Lightweight that Briggs Cunningham’s team raced at Le Mans, Road America and Bridgehampton in 1963 will be offered up for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ 20th anniversary Monterey Peninsula auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California.

“There are rare, interesting cars, and there are cars that have belonged to rare, interesting people,” author Richard Holt is quoted in the Bonhams’ news release. Continue reading

Gary Bennett retiring from Barrett-Jackson auctions

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Gary Bennett attended the inaugural Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in 1971 as a customer. He returned annually to buy and sell, and after leaving his architecture practice and other ventures, he joined Barrett-Jackson as senior auto specialist, the job Craig Jackson held before becoming head of the family firm. This morning, Barrett-Jackson announced Bennett’s retirement from his position as vice president of consignment for the auction company. Continue reading

Three 1920s sports classics offered by Bonhams at Greenwich

The Stutz Model M Dual-Cowl Speedster is a rare sport/luxury car | Bonhams photos
The Stutz Model M Dual-Cowl Speedster is a rare sport/luxury car | Bonhams photos

Three sporty 1920s classics will be among the early automobiles offered during Bonhams’ auction in  Greenwich, Connecticut,  on June 4th at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Continue reading