Cars designed and owned by French automaker Gabriel Voisin and Edsel Ford highlight the early consignments for RM Sotheby’s 18th annual auction at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The one-day sale featuring 100 vehicles is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on the island on Florida’s northeast coast. Continue reading
Steve McQueen’s Triumph “desert sled,” the only red Vincent White Shadow, a factory Harley-Davidson oval-track racer and Evel Knievel’s screen bike from Viva Knievel highlight the docket for Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, scheduled for January 7 at Bally’s Hotel & Cassino. Continue reading
Readers attending the annual collector car week in Arizona next month have three opportunities to catch up with auction analyst, sports car expert and ClassicCars.com East Coast editor Andy Reid during any of three exclusive free auction tours.
Andy has been attending these events for more than 20 years and knows his way around the auction block. Continue reading
The National Corvette Museum opens its 2016 exhibition schedule with American Muscle, featuring hot rods and street rods, running from January 15 to March 25, 2016. On display will be a 1932 Black Coupe, 1934 Ford Coupe, 1934 Ford High Boy Coupe, and 1941 Willis.
Morris Minor was the little car that put Great Britain back on wheels after World War II. Created under the leadership of visionary British designer Alec Issigonis (later responsible for the Mini), the pert Minor was both durable and stylish, and well over a million were sold between 1948 and 1972.
Many Morris Minors were exported to North America, and the enduring favorite of those was the little two-door, wood-trimmed wagon. The Pick of the Day is one of these woodies, a 1957 Morris Minor Traveler, which the classic car dealer in Marina Del Rey, California, says is in fine original condition after only two owners. Continue reading
Today, the Mercedes-Benz Museum opens a new exhibit featuring the major championship trophies from the 2015 season. Also on display at the German museum are two more cars in the Races and Records area at the museum. One of them is the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 WO5 hybrid that Lewis Hamilton used to win the 2014 World Championship Formula 1 Series.
Gooding & Company has announced the consignment of four coachbuilt cars — a pair of Ferraris, an Alfa Romeo and a Bugatti Type 49 — for its January 29-30 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars are a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans by Touring, a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale by Pininfarina, a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe Speciale by Boano and a 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Grand Sport with coachwork by A.P. Compton & Co. Continue reading
Call them whatever you like – “modern collectibles” or the “emerging segment” or even “later-model performance cars” – the supercars built from the 1980s through the Ford GT of the early years of this century certainly had the pedal to the metal in terms of rising values in the classic car marketplace during 2015. Continue reading
Mecum Auctions wrapped up its 2015 sales calendar last weekend by posting a near-70 percent sell-through with total two-day sales of $10,876,142 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. Continue reading
The Academy Award-winning film Rain Man is celebrated for its two vibrant leading characters: yuppie car dealer Charlie Babbitt, played by Tom Cruise, and his recently discovered autistic older brother, Raymond, with Dustin Hoffman winning an Oscar for his portrayal.
But really, there were three major roles: the Babbitt brothers and the yellow 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible that took them on a life-changing cross-country tour.
One of the two memorable Buicks used in the filming will make its concours debut at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March, after its restoration by Connecticut car guy Wayne Carini of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, who performed the work for the car’s owner, Rain Man director Barry Levinson. Continue reading