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Racing champion’s F40 sets pace at Bonhams’ Zoute auction

Ex-Nigel Mansell tops all sales at Bonhams' Zoute auction | Bonhams
Ex-Nigel Mansell tops all sales at Bonhams’ Zoute auction | Bonhams

Bonhams’ Zoute sale isn’t the most significant — only 38 cars were offered last weekend at the seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute in Belgian — but the auction is held in conjunction with the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and Concours d’Elegance and attracts an active group of classic car collectors and an interesting array of cars.,/p>

With 29 of the 38 lots selling, the auction totaled more than $4.8 million in sales, led by the $872,022 paid for a 1989 Ferrari F40 formerly owned by World Driving Champion Nigel Mansell.

A 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S coupe went for $421,477 and a 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport with Zagato double-bubble bodywork brought $377,876.

“We’ve enjoyed another great sale at Zoute, achieving nearly double last year’s total,” said Philip Kantor, who heads Bonhams’ Continental European Motoring department.

“Offering an eclectic selection from the best of European classic motoring, the Zoute auction attracts international interest with clients from across the globe bidding. (It was) wonderful for a sale in only its second year.”

Child's Alfa sells for multiples of pre-auction estimate
Child’s Alfa sells for multiples of pre-auction estimate

Several of the cars sold for more than their pre-auction estimates, but none reached the heights of the auction’s first lot — a 1978 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza child’s car. The pre-sale estimate was in the $2,500 to $5,000 range, but the little car sold for $39,967.

Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Zoute auction:

  1. 1989 Ferrari F40, $872,022
  2. 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S coupe, $421,477
  3. 1965 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato coupe, $377,876
  4. 1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 Berlinetta, $363,342
  5. 1962 Porsche 356B 1600 Reutter ‘Rijkspolitie’ cabriolet, $297,940
  6. 1969 Maserati Sebring 3700 coupe, $244,166
  7. 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster, $239,806
  8. 1967 Citroen DS21 Decapotable, $225,272
  9. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine, $225,272
  10. 1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super cabriolet, $218,005

(All prices include buyer’s premium.)

‘Family’ cars do very well at RM’s Hershey auction

1930 Cadillac from Moir's A2Z collection sells for $1.1 million at Hershey auction| RM
1930 Cadillac from the A2Z collection sells for $1.1 million at Hershey auction| RM

This being Hershey, not Monterey, the catalog for the annual RM Auction was packed with pre-war classics, not Ferraris and similar multi-million-dollar sports cars. Nonetheless, the sale generated $14,074,250 in transactions and a very strong 93-percent sell-through rate.

“We’re ecstatic about the results,” RM car specialist Gord Duff said in a post-event news release.

The sales total was the best for an RM auction in conjunction with the annual AACA Fall Meet at Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“The incredible prices realized demonstrate RM’s proven success in presenting exceptional single-vendor collections within our catalogue sales, with both the Cars of John Moir and the Jeffrey Day Collection exceeding expectations,” Duff said.

“Overall, the results reflect the incredible quality presented, along with our ability to match the right product to the right venue,” he added. “Hershey has certainly topped off what has been a record-breaking year of catalogue sales for our team.”

It was one of Moir’s alphabet cars — a 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster — that topped all sales at $1.1 million.

“I think the original owner of the V16 Cadillac, my grandfather, John Moir Sr., would be very proud and very happy,” said John Moir, son of John Moir Jr., who assembled and was custodian of the family car collection for many decades.

The Cadillac became the “C” car in Moir Junior’s unique A-to-Z Collection of 26 cars, each car with a name starting with a different letter of the alphabet. Overall, those 26 cars sold for nearly $2.4 million, with prices (all prices reported include buyer’s premium fees) ranging from $4,500 for a 1956 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle to (and we’re excluding the Caddy here) $155,000 for a 1937 Packard Six station wagon.

In addition to Moir’s alphabet cars and a group known as the AC Master Class, the auction featured the expansive 50-car Jeffrey Day Collection of primarily Ford-produced vehicles.

The top sale among the Day cars was a 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Skylner “Glass Top” that sold for $165,000, which RM reported as a new auction-price record for such a vehicle, but another Day vehicle sold for even more, though it wasn’t a motorcar. It was an 1860 Abbott-Downing Stagecoach that brought $330,000.

“Selling a family collection is a large emotional challenge,” said Moir. “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to deal with the people at RM Auctions who understand that and who take the care to be emotionally supportive, responsible, and timely, making it a smooth and gratifying experience.”

The room was full and the bidding was 'spirited] | RM
The room was full and the bidding was ‘spirited] | RM

RM reported not only a full-house audience but “spirited contests both in the room and over the phones.”

Bids came from 17 countries, with more than 25 percent of those bidders being newcomers to RM auctions. A total of 157 vehicles were sold.

Among the auction highlights were the sale for $825,000 of a 1905 Fiat 60 HP Five-Passenger Tourer originally owned by August Anheuser Busch Sr., and, for $522,500, a 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton.

Top-10 sales, RM Auction at Hershey

  1. 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster, $1,100,000
  2. 1905 Fiat 60 HP Five-Passenger Tourer, $825,000
  3. 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton, $522,500
  4. 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaegon, $412,500
  5. 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 53 convertible roadster, $407,000
  6. 1958 AC Ace-Bristol, $351,000
  7. 1860 Abbott-Downing Stagecoach, $330,000
  8. 1941 Chris-Craft 27′ Model 115 Custom Runabout “Runaway Jane,” $258,500
  9. 1930 Cadillac V16 Madame X sedan cabriolet, $242,000
  10. 1935 Auburn Eight supercharged cabriolet, $220,000

(Prices include buyer’s premium.)

RM concludes its 2014 auction calendar November 14-15 with the Sam Pack Collection sale in Dallas.

‘Movie Night in Paris’ is theme of Artcurial auction

Gerard Depardieu drove this Morgan in a movie |Artcurial Motorcars
Gerard Depardieu drove this Morgan in a movie |Artcurial Motorcars

Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Automobiles sur les Champs auction is being subtitled “Movie Night in Paris” this year. The sale, to be held November 2, will feature 80 cars, including the 1969 Morgan 4/4 driven by Gerard Depardieu in the 1974 film Les Valseuses and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 much like the one Bond, James Bond drove in several of his movies.

Also being offered in the automobilia section of the auction will be photos of James Dean and two media books from the movie Le Mans starring Steve McQueen.

The ’69 Morgan is expected to sell for $25,000 to $35,000 while the DB5 has a pre-auction estimate of between $900,000 and $1.1 million. The Aston is a left-hand drive model sold new in France and housed there ever since, the auction house said.

Also on the docket is a 1989 Ferrari F40 ($940,000 to $1.04 million) and the 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B car that won the Argentine Rally in 1986 ($820,000 to $920,000).

One of the Panhard Junior Roadsters
One of the Panhard Junior Roadsters

The sale also will include a collection of 1950s Panhards, among them a pair of Panhard Junior Roadsters, as well as a six-car collection from Germany that includes a 2009 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 S, 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 L cabriolet and a 2008 Maybach 62.

The auction also will feature the sale of two special-edition Citroen Ines de la Fressange DS3 models to benefit a charity that provides children born with heart defects to travel from disadvantaged countries to France for surgery.

Circa 1910 bobsleigh is part of automobilia section
Circa 1910 bobsleigh is part of automobilia section

For more information, visit the Artcurial  website.

Preservationists reign at Bonhams’ Simeone sale

America's first sports car? 1907 American Underslug | Bonhams
America’s first sports car? 1907 American Underslug | Bonhams

What some consider to be America’s first sports car, a 1907 American Underslung 50HP Roadster, sold for an auction-record price at Bonhams’ third-annual “Preserving the Automobile” sale, again held at and in conjunction with the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

The museum has been in the forefront of the movement to preserve rather than restore classic vehicles.

Although Harry Stutz designed the first cars produced in 1906 by the American Motors Co. of Indianapolis, he had left the company when Fred Tone created the Underslung model. Tone reportedly was inspired to build such a vehicle when he saw one of the company’s usual vehicle frames being carried upside down through the factory.

(After working for several Indy-area automakers, Stutz would launch his own motor car company in 1910.)

Tone’s design placed the car’s axles above rather than below the frame rails. To provide sufficient ride height for the period’s less-than-smooth roads, the Underslung was mounted on larger wheels. Overall, the center of gravity was reduced and the car’s dynamic capabilities were improved.

The ’07 American Underslung offered at the Simeone sale sold for $1.43 million (including the buyer’s premium).

“We’re delighted with the results of our auction,” Rupert Banner, Bonhams vice president of business development, said in a news release.

“It’s particularly appropriate that Pennsylvanian F.C. Deemer’s American Underslung “Honeymoon Roadster” should make its record price in the state in which it was delivered and spent most of its life.

“We’re very grateful to the seller of the car,” he added, “who generously agreed to donate a portion of their sale proceeds to the (Simeone museum) Foundation.”

Overall, 80 percent of the 62 automobiles sold for a total just shy of $4 million. The sales total was a 20-percent more than achieved at the same sale in 2013.

Barn-found Lancia sells for $62,700
Barn-found Lancia sells for $62,700

The Underslung was the only car in the sale with a pre-auction estimate that reached into seven figures.

True to form, many cars sold right at their pre-auction estimates, although a 1958 Lancia Aurelia B20S sixth-series coupe by Pinin Farina went for $62,700 in barn-found condition.

Top-10 sales, Bonhams Preservation auction at the Simeone Museum

  1. 1907 American Underslung 50hp roadster, $1.43 million
  2. 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom Piccadilly roadster, $220,000
  3. 1932 Cadillac V16 452-B 5-passenger sedan, $181,500
  4. 1925 Cunningham Series V-6 Phaeton, $162,250
  5. 1961 Porsche 356B T5 cabriolet, $134,750
  6. 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Berline, $126,500
  7. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, $123,200
  8. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 “saloon project,” $110,000
  9. 1949 Tatra T87, $104,500
  10. 1959 Austin-Healey 100/6 roadster, $85,800

(All prices include buyer’s fees.)

Bonhams and Simeone focus on preservation at auction Monday

1938 Cord 810 Westchester sedan is 'generally straight' | Bonhams photos
1938 Cord 810 Westchester sedan is ‘generally straight’ | Bonhams photos

With one exception, you won’t find seven-figure cars or even very many gleaming classics at Bonhams’ third-annual Preserving the Automobile sale Monday at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

Yes, Bonhams is a high-end auction house and, yes, the Simeone is the home to some of the most amazing vehicles in the world.

But the point of this auction is to present classics in need of preservation, or perhaps even restoration, as well as many of the parts needed for those tasks, and to match them with new owner-custodians willing to keep them from rusting to dust.

The hope and dream is that people will maintain the historical connection to the past and keep it looking old,”

— Eric Minoff

 

“An unpreserved car doesn’t mean it needs restoration,” said Bonhams car specialist Eric Minoff, who said the car may need nothing done to it all, or perhaps only some mechanical work to get it running again.

“The hope and dream is that people will maintain the historical connection to the past and keep it looking old,” he added. “Restored cars are beautiful, but they don’t look old. If we all looked as good as the cars on the field at Pebble Beach,  it could be nice, but the reality that we all age. People like to buy cars that are from their youth, but those people don’t look like they did in their youth by the time they have the money to buy them.”

Only one of the cars being offered carries a pre-auction estimate that reaches seven figures: a 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster being billed as the “oldest existing sports car in America” and expected to sell for between $900,000 and $1.3 million.

Only another 15 of the lots have pre-auction estimates that reach six figures, and none of those estimates exceeds $250,000.

More typical (and if not truly typical, at least cars that caught our eye) are vehicles such as:

1918 National Highway Six Touring
1918 National Highway Six Touring
  • A 1938 Cord 810 Westchester sedan ($70,000 to $90,000) formerly owned and driven “thousand of miles” by Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg expert Jim O’Brien. The catalog notes “the body work is generally straight” though the paint “shows a few signs of age here and there.”
  • A 1918 National Highway Six Touring ($30,000 to $50,000) that “has survived in nice order. A largely original car that has seen some restoration along the way, it runs well…”

    1948 Tatra T87
    1948 Tatra T87
  • A 1948 Tatra T87 sedan ($90,000 to $110,000) that’s been owned by the same family since 1975. The car was painted white (including the wheels) with red pinstriping when it arrived in the U.S. The car “has been continually driven and serviced.”
  • Or even a 1953 Nash Healey Le Mans Coupe ($20,000 to $30,000), “largely complete and generally sound the engine is reported to turn freely,” bucket seats are incorrect but much of the interior and the carpets “appear original,” and while the exterior is heavily patinaed, it’s also “solid and rust free.”

    1953 Nash Healey Le Mans
    1953 Nash Healey Le Mans

The auction is Monday, with preview viewing Saturday and Sunday at the museum. For details, see the website.

The auction coincides with the annual AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet at nearby Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Fall Meet begins Tuesday (weather permitting) with the opening of the flea market. The swap meet officially starts Wednesday, when the car corral also opens. The AACA Night at the Museum (the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum) is Wednsday evening. The meet runs through Saturday, with vehicle judging Sunday and an awards banquet Sunday evening at the Hershey Lodge.

“It’s entirely because of Hershey,” Minoff confirmed of the auction. “Having the sale on Monday is quirky, but doing it on Monday means people can arrive over the weekend, see the cars and the museum as well, and they they can do their bidding — literally and figuratively — on Monday, and arrive in Herhsey so they’re on the field (at the swap meet) bright and early to buy more stuff.”

For details, visit the fall meet website.

 

 

‘Last’ Duesenberg heads to Leake auction in Dallas

The recreation of the classic Duesenberg Model J was completed in 1978 | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions
The recreation of the classic Duesenberg Model J was completed in 1978 | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions

Production of the Duesenberg Model J halted in the 1930s, its over-the-top opulence thwarted by the Great Depression. But the legendary luxury car was revived for one last hurrah in 1978 by a passionate proponent of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg company.

Glenn Pray, an Oklahoma industrial arts teacher and Cord restorer who had acquired the trademarks and all the remaining parts inventory of the defunct ACD business, decided to recreate an accurate depiction of the Duesenberg using period-correct components.

The gleaming Duesenberg was hand-built in Oklahoma | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions
The Duesenberg was hand-built in Oklahoma | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions

The result is a magnificent homage to the great Model J, hand-built in the Le Grande style on an authentic Duesenberg chassis, and accurate enough to receive the last sequential serial number from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg factory after a production gap of more than four decades.

This final Duesenberg Model J goes to auction in Dallas as part of the Leake Auction Company’s new Platinum Series of premium collector cars. The three-day auction of about 500 vehicles takes place November 21-23  at Dallas Market Hall.

The Duesenberg is expected to cross the block November 22 during prime-time Saturday bidding.

Pray is well-known among ACD enthusiasts for his earlier efforts to recreate the glory of Cords and Auburns. In the mid-1960s, he pioneered the notion of reviving true classics with the Cord 8/10 – so-named because it was an eight-tenths scale version of the famous Cord 810. Next, he created the Auburn 866 Speedster in the style of the automaker’s memorable roadster of the 1930s.

Model J creator Glenn Pray emphasized period-correct details | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions
The Model J boasts period-correct details | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions

The Model J was a different kind of revival, though. Rather than build a consumer product that evoked the originals, as he did with the Cord and Auburn recreations, Pray set out to create an authentic Duesenberg that could have been built by the Indiana automaker in the 1930s.

According to the lot description in Leake’s auction catalog, Pray designed the body by pulling molds off an original Duesenberg Model J Durham Tourister. The final configuration is of a dual-cowl phaeton.

“A sweep panel was added to the Tourister body to combine Pray’s idea of a modern-day recreation in the Le Grande style,” the description says.

In attempting to stay true to his “what-might-have-been” concept for the Duesenberg, Pray installed an Auburn-designed V12 engine, which he sourced from a fire truck. The V12 is backed by a period-correct, three-speed manual transmission.

The Auburn-designed V12 was authentically accessorized | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions
The Auburn-designed V12 was authentically accessorized | Christi Schultz/Leake Auctions

“One of the many innovations of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg empire had been the superbly engineered V12 engine for the Auburn line,” Leake says in its catalog description. “Even after the Auburn brand was discontinued, this basic engine design was kept alive and used for decades in fire engines produced by the American-LaFrance company.

“A V12 was acquired from one of these fire rigs for Pray’s Duesenberg project. He replaced and added all-original 1930s V12 accessories from his large parts inventory to recreate the classic Auburn V12 engine.”

The Duesenberg was built in Pray’s own Auburn Cord Duesenberg factory in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where the custom body was fitted with the famous Duesenberg grille, headlights and fenders originally created by industrial designer Gordon Buehrig, Pray’s longtime friend and colleague, the description says. The car stands on a set of chrome-plated Buffalo wire wheels, plus a pair of side-mount spares.

The Duesenberg is fully road ready, the seller says, having toured extensively over the years and appearing a number of times in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana.

“Finished in gleaming red with deep burgundy sweep-panels, the lines of this car exude speed, elegance and luxury all rolled into one package,” Leake says. “From the dual side-mounted spare tires and outside exhaust to the front driving lights and luxurious leather interior, this Sport Phaeton paints a picture of grandeur not seen since the golden age of classic cars.”

Barrett-Jackson hits record $33.3 million sale in Vegas

A 2013 Lamborghini Aventador sold for $440,000, the highest non-charity sale for Las Vegas | Barrett-Jackson
A 2013 Lamborghini Aventador sold for $440,000, the highest non-charity sale for Las Vegas | Barrett-Jackson

A pair of modern supercars – one domestic, one Italian, each boasting horsepower exceeding 700 – were the top sellers at Barrett-Jackson’s seventh annual Las Vegas auction, which upped its ante with total sales of more than $33.3 million, the most ever, including $1,642,500 raised to benefit local and national charities.

As expected, the charity sale of the first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat went into orbit with a high bid of $825,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Opportunity Village Foundation for people with intellectual disabilities. An additional private donation doubled the amount for Opportunity Village.

The next highest sale was for an ultra-exotic orange-and-black 2013 Lamborghini Aventador, which sold for $440,000, including auction fee, to become the highest non-charity sale at the auction.

Total proceeds from the charity sale of the first 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat set a Barrett-Jackson record | Barrett-Jackson
Total proceeds from the charity sale of the first 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat set a Barrett-Jackson record | Barrett-Jackson

More than 700 cars crossed the block at the Mandalay Bay Event Center, about 50 more than at last year’s auction, which topped $32 million. Sales percentage was more than 99 percent for Barrett-Jackson’s customary overwhelmingly no-reserve auction.

This weekend’s sale was also the final Barrett-Jackson event telecast by the Fox family of networks, formerly the SPEED Channel, as televising switches over to Velocity and the Discovery Channel starting with the Scottsdale auction in January 2015.

Other top non-charity sales, a mixture of modern and classic, included:

 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda – $385,000
• 2006 Ford GT – $291,500
 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 – $220,000
 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo – $220,000
 1936 Packard Eight Phaeton – $176,000
 2011 Bentley GTC Supersports – $176,000
 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro – $172,700
• 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster – $165,000
 1968 Ford Shelby GT500 Fastback – $165,000

All non-charity sales include auction fees.

The reserve sale of a famous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe race car, best-known for its role in the movie “Viva Las Vegas” starring Elvis Presley, was unclear Sunday night. While the car was not included in a Barrett-Jackson media release among the top auction sales, it is listed on the auction website as having made reserve and sold for $363,000.

A classic 1936 Packard Eight Phaeton a top seller | Barrett-Jackson
A classic 1936 Packard Eight Phaeton was a top seller | Barrett-Jackson

The other Elvis car at the auction, a 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville known as the “Honeymoon Car” because the star and his newlywed wife Priscilla drove it when they were in Nashville, sold for $88,000. The celebrity connection was apparently not a huge draw for this piece of Elvis Presley history.

Another star car, a 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow formerly owned by Johnny Cash, also sold for $88,000, including fee.

The sale of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a one-of-one example of the 707-horsepower muscle car, was made all the more remarkable by the additional donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation that matched the $825,000 hammer bid. Including that amount, the Hellcat raised more money for charity than any other car in Barrett-Jackson history. The Engelstad donation is not reflected in the $1,642,000 charity sales total for the Vegas auction.

A rare 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro reached $172,700 | Barrett-Jackson
A rare 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro reached $172,700 | Barrett-Jackson

For the charity sales, Ford and Chevrolet joined Chrysler in donating top examples of their latest muscle cars to benefit worthy causes. From Chevy, a 2015 first-edition Corvette Stingray sold for $400,000, benefitting the CARE House of Oakland County, while Ford’s 2015 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang raised $170,000 for Get Your Heart Racing.

Other charity sales included a 2014 Z/28 Camaro that benefitted the YMCA of Southern Nevada, for $147,500, and a 2012 Ford Fusion Race Car, which sold for $100,000 to aid Paralyzed Veterans of America.

“Our Las Vegas auction continues to grow in popularity as a world-class destination experience, offering a truly electric atmosphere only found in the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “From a 2013 Aventador Lamborghini to a ’28 Model A Ford and the first Dodge Hellcat, there was something for everyone on this year’s docket. And virtually all of our vehicles were sold at no reserve, indicating the true market value of the collector car hobby.”

Auctions America readies all-Internet collector-car sale

An all-original low-mileage 1991 Ferrari Testarossa will be up for online bidding | Auctions America
An all-original low-mileage 1991 Ferrari Testarossa will be up for online bidding | Auctions America

Auctions America enters a new realm of collector-car sales in November when it launches its “Live Virtual” online auction that takes place exclusively on the Internet.

Called BidAnywhere, the sale will be a one-day event with an actual auctioneer calling the bids online but with the potential buyers placing bids remotely through a special platform created by Proxibid, the online marketplace that specializes in high-value merchandise.

The online auction, which takes place November 21, will feature about 75 collector cars.  Although the vehicles are not available for physical inspection, each one will be accompanied by descriptions and photos, plus extensive first-person reports from Auction America specialists, who will also be available to answer questions.

This 1937 Cadillac V16 was movie-star transport | Auctions America
This 1937 Cadillac V16 was a movie-star transporter | Auctions America

Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America, a division of RM Auctions, said the specialist reports are designed to provide assurance that the collector car being auctioned is as advertised.

“As we worked to overcome concerns associated with online sales and buying sight unseen, the availability of professional condition reports for each lot has received great early feedback,” Gould said.  “These reports are completed by our own expert team of specialists, who have over 180 combined years’ experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles – meaning bidders can participate confidently, knowing the vehicles have been reviewed by qualified experts.”

The BidAnywhere auction comes on the heels of the unprecedented virtual auction held in Monterey, California, in August by Rick Cole.  In that sale, the cars were displayed in a hotel ballroom, but all the bidding was done via smart phone and a special auction app.  Bolstered by a number of multi-million Ferrari sales, the Cole auction reached more than $58.9 million.

Auction industry watchers say that virtual online sales could be the wave of the future, becoming as common as bids placed by phone or website are at today’s actual live auctions.

Among the early highlights of the Auctions America BidAnywhere sale are a low-mileage 1991 Ferrari Testarossa with factory manuals and tools, and a well-documented 1987 Buick GNX that shows fewer than 100 miles.

A classic beauty with Hollywood provenance also will cross the block: an award-winning 1937 Cadillac V16 Custom Imperial, one of two built and reportedly used as the MGM Studios car for many of the era’s movie stars, including Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh during the filming of Gone with the Wind.

For more information on the BidAnywhere auction, see auctionsamerica.com.

Ferrari 308s climb in value at British auction

The top-selling car at Silverstone was a low-mileage Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalve | Silverstone Auctions
The top-selling car at Silverstone was a low-mileage Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalve | Silverstone Auctions

A rising tide lifts all boats, they say, which apparently holds true for Ferraris as well.

While stunning multi-million prices for rare, early and competition Ferraris have become the norm in the past few years, values for the lesser production cars from Maranello are following suit, though perhaps not in such a spectacular way.

This recent collector-car auction at England’s famed Silverstone Circuit proved the point with the sale of five “entry-level” Ferrari 308 sports cars, which have been gaining greater traction after years in the bargain basement.

The 308s are powered by mid-mounted V8 engines | Silverstone Auctions
The 308s are powered by mid-mounted V8 engines | Silverstone Auctions

One of those cars, a desirable 1985 308 GTS Quattrovalve with just more than 10,000 miles on its odometer, was the top-selling car at the auction at £88,550 (nearly $145,000), including auction fee. That’s quite a hike compared with the $50,000 top value listed in the latest Sports Car Market price guide.

The four other 308s also fared well. A well-preserved original dry-sump 1978 308 GTB reached £58,075 ($95,000); a 1978 308 GTS steel-bodied “carburetor car” went for £53,475 ($87,500); a 1979 308 GTS sold for £52,900 ($86,550); and the only non-red 308 of the bunch, a glossy-black 1978 308 GTS, sold for £38,525 ($63,000).

Ferrari 308s, famously known in the U.S. as the borrowed Ferrari driven by Tom Selleck in the 1975-85 TV show Magnum PI (there were actually three successive 308s during the life of the series), the mid-engine V8-powered cars with their distinctive Pininfarina styling and targa tops have been rediscovered recently as nimble, fun driving cars with a panache that has grown over the years.

The Silverstone Auctions sale offered more than 60 cars with a 63 percent sell-through rate and a total exceeding £1million ($1.64 million), including auction fees.

Other notable sales included a pair of musty barn-find Aston Martins, a 1978 V8 Series III for £22,425 ($36,400) and a 1970 DBS for £33,350 ($54,570). A piece of Americana that might have seemed out of place in Great Britain, a well-restored 1951 GMC pickup truck, also did well, selling at £22,080 ($36,000), which was well over the pre-sale estimate.

Barrett-Jackson auction in Vegas boasts celebrity cars

 The ’63 Corvette was a notable, purpose-built race car even before its role in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ | Barrett-Jackson
The ’63 Corvette was a notable, purpose-built race car even before its role in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ | Barrett-Jackson

The Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction in Las Vegas, the epicenter of celebrity entertainment, will feature luxury cars once owned by two true icons of American music, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as a historic Corvette race car made famous in the movie “Viva Las Vegas.”

The seventh-annual Vegas auction, from September 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Resort, will offer more than 700 cars, with Barrett-Jackson recently announcing that it has filled all available consignment spots for the primarily no-reserve sale.

The Scottsdale-based auction house touts its wide-ranging selection of sports cars, American muscle, classics, customs, exotics, specialty vehicles and charity sales for its fourth and final auction of 2014. As ever, Shelby Mustangs and Cobras, as well as Corvettes, will have strong presence at auction.

This ’70 Coupe de Ville is known as the Elvis ‘Honeymoon Car’ | Barrett-Jackson
This ’70 Coupe de Ville is known as the Elvis ‘Honeymoon Car’ | Barrett-Jackson

The towering image of Elvis Presley is connected with two of the signature celebrity cars:

• A bright-red 1967 Cadillac Coupe De Ville, which became known as the “Honeymoon Cadillac” because he and Priscilla drove it around the Memphis area shortly after they were married, should be of special interest to Elvis fanatics. Fully documented, the Caddy was on display for years in the Elvis Presley Museum in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee.

• The other Elvis car is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe race car that was used in the climactic spinout scene in “Viva Las Vegas,” which starred Presley. The Corvette, famous in its own right after a unique racing history, was hidden away until being rediscovered in 2011.

After being found, the coupe was treated to a no-expense-spared restoration by specialist Mike Scott and restorer Gary Nabers, which qualified it for the National Corvette Restorers Society American Heritage Award.

Johnny Cash was given this Rolls-Royce by ABC-TV | Barrett-Jackson
Johnny Cash was given this Rolls-Royce by ABC-TV | Barrett-Jackson

The third celebrity car has both the flavor of American country music and British royalty. Few people realize that Johnny Cash, troubadour of the working man and the downtrodden, had a thing for Rolls-Royce motorcars. The 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow offered by Barrett-Jackson was given to Cash by the ABC Television Network in recognition for his successful TV show. The car includes such “built-to-order” specifications as factory-provided “JRC” initials in gold on the rear doors.

“Las Vegas has a deep connection to many of the most celebrated rock ‘n roll legends of our time,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, in a media release. “It’s only fitting that we have a few of the cars from the biggest names in the music industry represented on our Vegas auction block.”

Some other highlights of Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction:

A rare restored-original 1969 Camaro COPO | Barrett-Jackson
A rare restored-original 1969 Camaro COPO | Barrett-Jackson

• 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, restored to original and recertified with 427 cid 425 horsepower L72 V8, said to be totally correct. Sold with reserve.

• Matching numbers 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 fastback said to be in excellent condition, fully documented and with SAAC certification.

• 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger convertible, rotisserie restoration, in Viper Red with a Hensley performance Hemi 426, 727 transmission, Legendary interior, power top, factory gauges, correct hood with Go-Wing.

• 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Custom with 427 cid aluminum head Tri-Power V8, Wilwood brakes, aluminum radiator and four-speed transmission.

• 1979 Lamborghini Countach, thoroughly restored by a certified technician.

• A modern exotic 2013 Lamborghini Aventador in orange with matte-black and driven only 1,358 miles. The 6.5-liter V12 generates 700 horsepower and more than 500 pounds-feet of torque.

The first-production Dodge SRT Hellcat will sell for charity | Barrett-Jackson
The first-production Dodge SRT Hellcat will sell for charity | Barrett-Jackson

Speaking of huge horsepower, among the charity car sales that have become a hallmark of Barrett-Jackson auctions will be that of the No. 1 production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat donated by Dodge and SRT, which will be sold to benefit Opportunity Village of Las Vegas.

The one-of-one Challenger SRT Hellcat, boasting 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, features Viper-exclusive Stryker Red paint, special Hellcat badging, specific VIN0001 documentation build package and additional one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

For more information about the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale, see www.Barrett-Jackson.com.