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Bonhams adds third auction at Goodwood in 2015

1955 Frazer Nash racing at Le Mans in 1959 | Bonhams
1955 Frazer Nash racing at Le Mans in 1959 | Bonhams

Bonhams will stage a third auction in 2015 at Britain’s historic Goodwood racing circuit with the addition of a sale March 21 during the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting. Bonhams already stages auctions during the Festival of Speed (in late June) and the Goodwood Revival (in mid-September).

“Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting completes our trio of sales at this famous motoring location,” Bonhams’ motoring director James Knight said in a news release announcing the new auction. “The timing is perfect, allowing buyers a full season of recreational or competitive motoring for the year ahead.

Action at the Members' Meeting in 2014 | Goodwood photo
Action at the Members’ Meeting in 2014 | Goodwood photo

“The Members’ Meeting is a fantastically revived re-enactment of Goodwood race meetings from yesteryear and provides the perfect backdrop for a Bonhams auction. Consignments are now being accepted for this newly established sale, and we look forward to presenting our customers with some exceptional entries.”

Bonhams also announced the first major consignment for the sale: the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans coupe, which also was the last Frazer Nash to race in the 24-hour French classic. The car was ordered new by Mrs. Kitty Maurice of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, and went to Le Mans as a support vehicle for the multi-car entry by the AFN (Archibald Frazer-Nash) team. It returned to Le Mans in 1959 wearing racing No. 60 with John Dashwood as its owner and as Bill Wilks as his co-driver, but its brakes failed five hours into the event.

1955 Frazer Nash in street lively | Bonhams
1955 Frazer Nash in street lively | Bonhams

Pre-auction estimates have the car valued at $950,000 to $1.1 million.

Lord March launched the Members’ Meeting to recreate the “atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood Motor Circuit from 1949-1966,” Bonhams said in its news release.

“Bonhams has been a loyal partner of Goodwood ever since the first Festival of Speed in 1993 and the decision to hold an auction at the 73rd Members’ Meeting to complement the annual Festival of Speed and Revival sales is a testament to the value of our association,” said Lord March.

Bonhams will stage the Members’ Meeting auction in the Goodwood circuit’s Chicane Paddock.

Pearl Harbor survivor ’39 Buick comes up for auction

The 1939 Buick Special convertible has been restored to original condition | Woltz & Associates
The 1939 Buick Special convertible has been restored to original condition | Woltz & Associates

On the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, one special survivor will roll onto the collector-car auction block looking as fresh as it did on the “date which will live in infamy.”

The handsome 1939 Buick Special Model 46C convertible was parked at the dock – its Navy officer-owner, Dee Venter of Connecticut, at sea on the USS Pensacola – when the attack was launched in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941. Despite the vast destruction all around it, the Buick was found unscathed when Venter returned from sea six days later.

The Buick wears a 1941 Hawaii license plate | Woltz & Associates
The Buick wears a 1941 Hawaii license plate | Woltz & Associates

Now restored to original condition, the silver-gray Buick Special will be offered Saturday, December 6, by Virginia auction house Woltz & Associates in a sale of some 70 domestic cars, most of them in abandoned condition and scattered around a wooded property in Martinsville, Virginia, where the auction will be held.

Woltz & Associates is mainly a real-estate auctioneer in the Southeast with occasional forays into equipment sales, said Boyd Temple, auctioneer and real-estate broker with the company. “This is the first mainly classic car sale we’ve done,” he said.

The Pearl Harbor Buick survivor is the standout of the auction with just one other car, a 1969 Buick Electra 225 convertible, presented as restored, Temple said, adding that a few of the other cars are in running condition.

The current owner of the ’39 Buick, retired Martinsville quarry owner A.C. Wilson, obtained the car from his cousin, Mary Bullard of Radford, Virginia, who had owned the survivor since the war years when Venter traded it with her and Navy pilot husband, George Bullard, for a Ford Model A.

Red highlights were part of the original look | Woltz & Associates
Red highlights were part of the original look | Woltz & Associates

With the war in progress and her husband fighting from the sky, Bullard returned to the United States and brought the Buick back with her. She met her mother-in-law, Pamela Bullard, in California, and the two women drove the convertible cross-country to Pulaski County, Virginia, a trip that took 11 days and included many flat tires.

During the war, George Bullard was shot down, survived without water on a desert island, and was captured by Japanese soldiers. Mary Bullard, who thought her husband had died in the crash, was joyously reunited with him when the conflict ended. After they returned home to Virginia, the Buick was used extensively for transportation and road trips.

In an article about the Pearl Harbor Buick in the November 2007 edition of the Buick Bugle, the magazine of the Buick Club of America, the writer notes, “She has traveled from sea to shining sea in this country. She has crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains, shuttled passengers to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and sailed the Pacific Ocean on a boat.”

The Art Deco interior is beautifully detailed | Woltz & Associates
The Art Deco interior is beautifully detailed | Woltz & Associates

Mary Bullard was widowed in 1966 when her husband died of a heart attack while working on their farm. A short time later, she retired the aging Buick to the barn. When A.C. Wilson – a Buick enthusiast and collector – visited his cousin, he’d ask about the Pearl Harbor survivor out in the barn. In 1973, she finally agreed to sell the dingy relic to him.

Wilson kept the car for a number of years until he treated it to a total restoration, which was completed in 1993, reportedly at a cost of $100,000. The car has been driven less than 1,000 since the restoration, Temple said.

“This car has really had a charmed existence,” said Jim Woltz, president of the auction company. “First, it survived Pearl Harbor, then returned to the United States, where it was finally restored with great care and attention to detail. In all that time, it has had only three owners.”

The property in Martinsville where the auction is being held is owned by Wilson, who collected the cars and parked them there.

For more information about the December 6 sale and the Pearl Harbor Buick, see The auction company has included several videos about the rich history of the car on its website at

1934 Bugatti racer on the block Saturday at Leake’s Dallas sale

1934 Bugatti once in Mullin collection up for bids in Dallas | Leake Auction photo
1934 Bugatti once in Mullin collection up for bids in Dallas | Leake Auction photo

A 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix racer known as “The Nuttle T-51” will cross the block Saturday at Leake Auction Company’s sale in Dallas Market Hall. The auction begins today and runs through Sunday.

The Bugatti (serial number 51153) is one of 40 Type 51s produced between 1931 and 1934 and was originally invoiced to Giovanni Alloati on April 12, 1934. It was imported to England by Jack Lemmon Burton late in 1936. With a new lightweight, two-piece body, it ran successfully in British club events as the Allan Arnold Special.

The car was imported to the United States in 1955, went through a couple of owners in California before being sold, wearing a “strange” Grand Prix-style body with a UK registration of “GP 1000” on its bobtail, to Raymond Jones of Michigan. Jones removed the body but did little else to the car until he sold it three years later to his neighbor and customer Jack Nuttle, who wanted a Bugatti better than the T-37A that he already owned.

The car needed restoration and Nuttle wanted to return it to its original condition.

Over time, the car’s engine had been broken and rewelded. Rather than undertake another repair, Nuttle simply replaced the lower half of the supercharged powerplant with one from chassis No. 51127. When it was discovered that the transmission needed new gears, Nuttle opted to replace the unit with a restored T-51 gearbox, just as the Bugatti factory reportedly had done when it finished racing the car and sold it for the first time.

The restoration consumed seven years. Tuttle raced the car for several years thereafter and sold it in 1983. Eventually it became part of Peter Mullin’s collection and was raced at the Monterey historic races at Laguna Seca. Mullin sold the car in 2012 to John Ridings Lee, whose collection is the consignor to the Leake sale.

Among the extensive documentation that comes with the car is a FIVA identity card qualifying it for vintage races around the world.

Mecum does $15 million sale in Southern California

Ferrari brings $2.15 million at Mecum's Anaheim sale | Mecum Auctions photos
Ferrari brings $2.15 million at Mecum’s Anaheim sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Southern California has been a difficult nut to crack for classic car auction companies, but Mecum Auctions’ just-concluded sale in Anaheim posted sales of $15,238,429, a record for the sale held annually since 2012.

To demonstrate Anaheim’s acceptance of the Mecum sale, Anaheim Ducks pro hockey team captain Ryan Getzlaf presented Dana and Frank Mecum with official team jerseys with “Dealmakers” embroidered on the back. Dealmakers is the name of NBCSN’s Mecum-centric television show.

“As the world’s largest collector-car auction company, along with our unprecedented television exposure, has allowed us big success in all of the markets,” Mecum consignment director John Kraman told in an email. “Our ability to obtain great cars as consignments plus lots of advance promotion draws buyers as well.”

The high-dollar sale of the auction was the $2.15 million paid for a short-nose 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. The car’s ownership history was complete since its original sale, and Mecum reported that the car was restored in 1999 to as-original specifications.

Ford GTs continued to be strong sellers
Ford GTs continued to be strong sellers

Ford’s latter-day supercar, the Ford GT, continued its surge at collector-car auctions with 2005 and 2006 models taking the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 spots on the Top 10 sales list for the Anaheim auction.

A 2006 Ford GT in Heritage Edition colors sold for $375,000 while 2005 GTs brought $340,000 and $250,000. (Prices are hammer prices and do not include buyer’s premium.)

The remainder of the top-10 was an eclectic mix: a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, a 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a 1963 23-window Volkswagen microbus and a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR convertible.

Mecum reported that 18 of the 758 cars crossing the block sold for six-figure hammer prices. The sell-through rate was just less than 60 percent, the auction house added.

Mecum’s next sale is December 4-6 at Kansas City, where some 750 vehicles will be offered. Mecum concludes its 2014 sales calendar December 12-13 with a new auction at Austin, Texas, where it expects to have 600 vehicles cross the block.

Mecum Auctions at Anaheim, Top 10 sales:

1 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Short Nose (Lot S166.1) at $2,150,000
2 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot S155.1) at $375,000
3 2005 Ford GT (Lot S101.1) at $340,000
4 2005 Ford GT (Lot S106.1) at $250,000
5 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Lot S137) at $210,000
6 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster (Lot S117.1) at $175,000
7 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S117) at $132,500
8 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot S96) at $127,500
9 1963 Volkswagen 23-Window Microbus (Lot S180.1) at $125,000
10 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Convertible (Lot S126) at $122,500

Brand-new 34-year-old hatchback brings $79K at Silverstone auction

1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam doubles pre-auction estimate | Silvertone Auctions
1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam doubles pre-auction estimate | Silvertone Auctions

Ever wonder what a “brand new” 34-year-old car might be worth?

Well, just such a car sold last week at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale in England, and it sold for twice its pre-auction estimate.

The car was a 1980 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, sort of the British version of the Dodge Omni Shelby GLH of the mid-‘80s on this side of the pond.

Chrysler owned Talbot and commissioned Lotus to get the Sunbeam hatchback ready for Group 4 rallying, where the Ford Escort RS was the dominant vehicle. Lotus replaced the standard 1.6-liter engine with its own 16-valve, 2.2-liter unit linked to a five-speed ZF transmission.

The rally version came with a two-tone, black-and-silver paint scheme with Marchal lights mounted atop the front bumper and riding “double four-spoke” cast-alloy wheels.

The car offered at the Silverstone Auction was never registered, simply put away for future use, though it was driven nearly 200 miles. It was found in a collection in Italy and earlier this year got fresh belts, fluids and filters.

Royal family's Jaguar tops sales at Silverstone auction
Royal family’s Jaguar tops sales at Silverstone auction

The pre-auction estimate was in the 24,000 to 28,000 (pounds) price range, or $37,500 to $44,000. It sold for $79,225.

Overall, the auction did more than $7 million in sales, with an 81 percent sell through.

The top sale of the event was a 1994 Jaguar XJ220 formerly owned by the Royal Family of Brunei. The buyer, from Singapore, paid $387,000 (prices include buyer’s premium).

Next generation of collectors helps push auction action past $1 billion in one-year period

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for auction-record $28.5 million at Bonhams' Quail sale | Bob Golfen photo
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sells for auction-record $28.5 million at Bonhams’ Quail sale |Bob Golfen photo
The Classic Car Bookshelf

Classic Car Auction Yearbook: 2013-2014
By Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi

PublisherHistorica Selecta

In the past year — and for the first time — the sale of classic cars at major auctions around the world exceeded $1 billion — yes, that’s -llion with a b — and with nearly double the number of cars selling for $1 million or more compared with the previous 12-month period.

And the classic car market was more “Ferrari-centric” than ever, with 48 of the highest 100 prices paid for cars branded with the prancing horse from Maranello.

Those facts and figures are just some of the news being generated by the publication of the 19th edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, this latest volume covering the period from September 2013 through September 2014, which means the facts and figures in the book are so up to date that they include transactions that occurred on the Monterey Peninsula just a few short months ago.

The yearbook, its publication sponsored by Credit Suisse, is the work of Adolfo Orsi Jr., grandson and son of the Orsis of Maserati fame, and Raffaele Gazzi, banker-turned-auto historian and co-owner with Orsi Jr. of Historica Selecta, which has been generating these yearbooks for nearly two decades and now has some 60,000 vehicle auction-sales transactions in its database.

Speaking of that database, the authors note that the classic and collector car market has produced a 2,100-percent gain since they started collecting data on those transactions.

And here’s perhaps the other major news coming out of this newest volume:

“After more than 20 years of market analysis, we’re seeing the bigger picture of generational evolution among collectors,” Orsi Jr. says in the news release announcing the book’s publication, “with more interest among younger ages, and a shift in what is considered blue chip, which leaves us with the continuing need to better understand the data of what is selling and why.”

Certainly, what is selling is Ferraris. But not just Ferraris.

“What can we say about Ferrari 275s that go up by 500,000 Euros a year? Countach Periscopio that have risen by a million Euros in two years, or Ghiblis that have more than doubled in value in six months!” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars writes in one of the essays that comprise the “market analysis” section of the yearbook.

Interest in the 1970s and 1980s is growing. The clientele is getting younger.”

— Matthieu Lamoure


“The market is entering a period of change in which the clientele’s tastes are evolving at a furious rate,” Lamoure continues, suggesting that even concours judges are picking up on this evolution as evidenced by the selection of a post-war sports car – a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti coupe – as best of show in August at Pebble Beach, ending decades of domination by pre-war classics.

“Interest in the 1970s and 1980s is growing,” Lamoure writes. “The clientele is getting younger. A few years ago, the average age of people buying cars for over 150,000 euro was around 60 years. Today a number of buyers start to spend their money closer to 40.”

Lamoure notes that it is young entrepreneurs who are fueling this generational shift. How else to explain the prices paid for vehicles such as a 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 rally car or Porsche 993s?

“Who would have thought that motorcars from the 1990s, even rare ones, were going to experience such a sudden increase in prices…” Lemoure asks. “There is a sense that these cars are becoming as collectible as art objects, as part of an industrial heritage…”

On the other hand, Lemoure wonders, for how much longer pre-war cars will command peak prices: “But who will still be driving Delahaye 135 MS cabriolets, Talbot T150s or Duesenberg coupe chauffeurs in 10 years time?”

“An interesting observation is that we are also beginning to see values rise for the previously unloved supercars of the 1970s, 80s and 90s,” writes Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe. “As the cars of the 60s rise beyond the reach of many buyers, cars like the Lamborghini Countach, the Ferrari Testarossa and 512 BB and the Maserati Bora — all poster cars of their respective eras — are finding willing new buyers, happy to spend significant sums on the best examples.”

And this from Rupert Banner, vice-president of Bonhams: “In this era of ‘eight figure’ cars, it seems fair to report that collectible automobiles are finally commanding the status that Impressionist and Contemporary art have long been held in, and that those who are equally passionate about their hobby most will say, ’it’s about time’.”

For the record, the yearbook reports that total auction sales in the most recent year totaled $1.163 billion dollars, up from $779 million in just one year, and from $46 million in 1994-95.

And those figures are just for the highest levels of the classic car auction marketplace. U.S. auction houses included are Auctions America, Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Company, Mecum, RM, and the Russo and Steele sales at Scottsdale and Monterey. Also included are Artcurial, Bonhams, Coy, Silverstone, H&H, Historics at Brooklands and the British Cheffins sale at Cambridge, as well as Automobilia Auktion of Germany, Osenat of France and the Theodore Bruce sale in Australia.

The authors note that 245 cars commanded hammer prices of $1 million or more compared with 136 the previous year.

Of that billion-plus that was spent, $338 million was invested on Ferraris, $102 on Mercedes-Benz, and $102 on Porsches, with Aston Martin next at $58 million.

Three pages of particular fascination in the yearbook are those tracking prices of cars that sold in the 2013-14 time frame after previously selling at another auction within the past 20 years. A few were selling for the third time during that time frame. Consider:

  • A 1956 Bentley Continental S1 fastback with Mulliner bodywork (chassis BC11BG) sold in 2003-4 for $112,000, in 2005-6 for $135,000 and within the past year for $478,000;
  • A 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV (chassis 4818) sold in 2002-3 for $123,000, in 2010-11 for $1.107 million and recently for $1.456 million;
  • A 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 (CSX2423) brought $247,000 in 2005-6, $453,000 in 2006-7 and $1.185 million in the past year.

On the other hand, a couple of pre-war classics — a 1911 Mercedes 38/70 PS Tourenwagen and a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost tourer — both dropped in value compared with their earlier sales.

So, what should we make of these 292 pages of facts and figures?

“Are we at the crest of a wave with some of these high prices?” the authors ask.

“Of course, we would be more at ease if we encountered, for a certain period, a ‘normal’ market in order to allow for a consolidation of quotes and to digest the strong gains of the past seasons.

“We recall, once again, that ‘collector cars cannot be considered by the same standards as commodities. While share certificates of a public company are all the same, this is not the case for classic cars, because, as we always say, there are no two identical classic cars in the world.’

“Regardless, we can’t be anything other than happy in observing further signs of growth and improvement in quality in our industry… and increasing recognition of the car as a significant element of social and economic history within our society.”


Auctions America readies ‘virtual live’ all-Internet sale

A 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is described as “like-new” | Auctions America
A 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe described as “like-new” will be part of the online auction | Auctions America

Auctions America launches a new kind of collector-car auction Friday with a live sale that takes place entirely online.

The one-day, BidAnywhere auction starts at 1 p.m. ET with 65 vehicles for sale. There will be a live auctioneer calling the bids, but potential buyers will place their bids remotely, from anywhere in the world, through an exclusive platform created by Proxibid, the online marketplace that specializes in high-value merchandise.

The auction vehicles will not be available for inspection before or during the “live virtual” auction. However, each of them appear on the Auctions America website with descriptions and extensive photos, plus first-person condition reports from Auction America specialists who have inspected the cars and trucks and who will be available to answer questions.

A 1960 AC Bristol roadster is a 'barn-find' offering | Auctions America
A 1960 AC Bristol roadster is a ‘barn-find’ offering | Auctions America

“Bidders can participate confidently, knowing vehicles have been reviewed by qualified experts,” according to Auctions America.

The mostly mid-level collector cars include a number of pre-war entries, such as the highest-valued car of the auction, an award-winning 1937 Cadillac V16 Custom Imperial that was used by the MGM Studios car to transport movie stars of the era, including Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh during the filming of Gone with the Wind. The Cadillac is valued between $200,000 and $250,000.

Another pre-war car of interest is an early production 1928 Ford Model A “AR” rumble-seat roadster that’s described as restored to original condition.

Sports car highlights include a 1971 Porsche 911E coupe, a “like-new” 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, a 1964 Jaguar E-Type convertible, and a 1976 Triumph TR6.

American muscle and performance cars feature a “highly original” 1987 Buick GNX, a 1968 AMC AMX, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, a 1966 Corvette roadster, a 1968 Shelby GT350 fastback and a 1970 Pontiac GTO 455 HO Ram Air coupe.

The 1970 Pontiac GTO 455 HO Ram Air coupe is fully optioned | Auctions America
The 1970 Pontiac GTO 455 HO Ram Air coupe is fully optioned | Auctions America

A number of intriguing “barn find” cars are on the docket, such as a 1960 AC Ace Bristol roadster offered at no reserve, a 1953 Aston Martin DB2 coupe, a 1969 Intermeccannica Omega sports coupe and a 1964 Buick Riviera.

There are also such unusual items as a 1935 Gar Wood 16-Foot speed boat, a lavishly built Slot Mods slot-car track and a 1943 Borward cargo truck.

All-Internet collector-car auctions are seen as a possible wave of the future by collector-car experts, who note the highly successful virtual sale by auction veteran Rick Cole during Monterey’s classic car week in August. In that auction, the cars were presented for inspection in a hotel ballroom but all the bidding took place remotely.

A German art-auction house, Auctionata, will stage its first sale of classic cars via an online auction November 28 from its headquarters in Berlin.

Online auctions might be a new thing for collector cars, but highly valued items such as exclusive jewelry and fine-art objects are often auctioned by Internet events, and now the collector car marketplace is following suit.

For more information about Auction America’s BidAnywhere auction, and to read the condition reports of the auction vehicles, see

Sam Pack Five Star Collection sale totals $11.5 million

Sam Pack poses with 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra that sold for $1.29 million |Andrew Olson photo for  RM/Auctions America
Sam Pack poses with ’67 Shelby 427 Cobra that sold for $1.29 million |Andrew Olson for RM/Auctions America

With a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra leading the way at $1,292,500, the RM and Auctions America sale of the Sam Pack Five Star classic car collection generated more than $11.5 million at an auction staged over the weekend at Dallas.

Pack, a Ford executive turned Ford (and other automotive brands) megadealer, has spent more than a decade assembling his collection of some 500 vehicles, predominantly Fords. The auction included more than 130 of his cars, all sold with no reserve.

In addition to the 427 Cobra, a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $880,000 (prices include buyer’s premium) and a 2006 Ford GT with only 13 miles on its odometer that brought $418,000, continuing the strong recent showing of the late-model Ford supercars at auction.

A 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial roadster sold for $351,000. Also topping a quarter-million dollars were a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible Mustang at $280,500 and a 600-horsepower 1939 Lincoln Zephyr custom coupe at $253,000. An F-Code 1957 Ford Thunderbird brought $247,500.

A 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, raced during the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR seasons by Jeff Gordon, brought $165,000. The 2005 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin concept car, unveiled at the 2005 New York Auto Show, tripled its pre-auction estimate by selling for more than $173,000.

The $126,500 that bought a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 benefited Holy Angels, a residential and training campus in Shreveport, Louisiana, for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. A portion of the auction admission fees also went to Holy Angels.

“We were incredibly honored to have been entrusted by Mr. Pack to handle this sale, and thrilled to continue our strong track record in Texas,” Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Auctions’ and Auctions America’s West Coast Division, said in a post-auction news release.

“The results reflect not only a great group of motor cars, but an appreciation for the passion of a true gentleman and collector. Mr. Pack’s unwavering commitment to quality was industry-known and wonderfully represented by the offering this weekend. As an owner, he instilled confidence in many of the first-time bidders and veteran collectors in attendance, who were more than happy to take home a car of excellent presentation and condition. All in all, it was a fantastic sale with plenty of spirited bidding and numerous lots exceeding expectations.”

The auction concluded RM’s 2014 sales calendar. Auctions America has one event left, its BidAnywhere sale “virtual live” auction held entirely via the Internet on November 21.


Germany’s Auctionata enters classic car marketplace

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport is among the classics offered at new auction | Auctionata photos
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport is among the classics offered at new auction | Auctionata photos

We have another new entry in the classic car auction business: Auctionata, established early in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, and primarily as an art auction house, will stage its first sale of classic cars via an online event November 28.

Those cars range from a 1966 Volvo Amazon and 1968 Triumph Spitfire, each estimated to be in the $6,200 to $13,000 range, to a 1919 Rolls Royce Silver Ghose Alpine Eagle ($186,000 to $375,000), a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport ($225,000 to $450,000), and a 1997 Porsche 911 Gemballa Extremo Speedster ($375,000 to $750,000).

“Auctionata is an auction house that sells not only works of art such as paintings and sculptures, but also successfully auctions luxury items and collectables, such as watches, jewelry and wine,” said Wolfgang Jochum, Auctionata’s director of new business.

“Classic cars is an obvious addition to our portfolio,” he added. “Hence we see the upcoming auction as a great opportunity to tap into this category in the future. However, we are aware that we still have to make a name for ourselves in this field and gauge how this type of auction is received by our customers.”

23-window 1955 'brander' Volkswagen Samba
23-window 1955 ‘brander’ Volkswagen Samba

Auctionata was founded in February 2012 by Alexander Zacke and Georg Untersalmberger in a building on Berlin’s historic Kurfurstendamm. Since then, the company has added offices in Rome, Zurich, London and recently in New York.

The company’s website says it has a global network of more than 250 experts in various collecting disciplines, and has staged some 90 auctions, with an online catalog of some 14,000 works of art.

Jochum said the company is building its classic car department within the Berlin office.

“However, we work very closely with our American colleagues and we will not rule out the possibility of a classic cars auction in the USA next year,” he added.

1934 Riley TT Sprite Special
1934 Riley TT Sprite Special

The company’s initial classic car sale will include 40 lots, including a 1928 Riley Brooklands, 1955 Volkswagen T1 “Barndoor” 23-window Samba, 1967 21-window VW Samba double door, 1926 Nash 233 Special Six, 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 “Adenauer” convertible conversion and a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

A preview of all of the cars will be available in Berlin on November 27 and 28.


Farmer knows best? Mecum’s vintage tractor sale tops $2 million

Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos
Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos

Should your classic car collection include a vintage farm tractor?

You see such vehicles offered for sale from time to time at some classic car auctions, but Mecum Auctions has an entire Gone Farmin’ division that focuses on vintage farm equipment. Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ just held its Iowa Premier sale in Davenport, Iowa, where 234 of 287 tractors sold (an impressive 82 percent sell-through) for a total of more than $2 million ($2,073,653 to be precise).

1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000
1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000

The top-dollar sale was $68,500 (hammer price) for a 1959 John Deere 730 LPG Hi-Crop unit, one of only 28 produced and this one formerly displayed in the John Deere Museum.

A 1974 John Deere 6030 went for $44,000, with a 1983 Deere 4050 bringing $42,500.

The top nine sales in terms of dollars bid were John Deere units. Next — 10th overall at the sale — was an Allis Chalmers D21 Series II that sold for $25,000.

Mecum’s next Gone Farmin’ auction is April 10-11, 2015, also at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport.