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Mecum does $16.7 million at third annual Harrisburg sale

The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos
The scene at the sale in Harrisburg | Mecum Auctions photos

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 427 fastback hammered sold for $220,000 to top all sales at Mecum Auctions’ third annual auction last weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

While the sell-through rate remained strong at 70 percent, sales totaled $16.7 million, down from $21 million in 2014 and $20.5 million a years ago. Sales totals do not include buyer’s fees, which figure to bump all those numbers by some 10 percent. Continue reading

Paul Newman Porsche race car offered at Cole’s Monterey auction

The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Pail Newman's entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions
The 1974 Porsche 911S race car was Paul Newman’s entry into the big leagues of motorsports | Rick Cole Auctions photos

A 1974 Porsche 911S competition car once owned and raced by Hollywood film legend Paul Newman will be among the pack of Porsches offered by Rick Cole Auctions next month in Monterey, California.

Driven by Newman and Bill Freeman in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring, the Porsche marked the start of the Newman-Freeman Racing partnership. The late actor’s racing career continued through his participation at Daytona in 2005. Continue reading

Normandy Tank Museum collection headed to auction

Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos
Mr Sherman tank with 105mm Howitzer will be up for bidding | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In the 1980s, Patrick Nerrant began collecting and restoring tanks and other vehicles used in World War II. His sons Stephane and Olivier joined him in the effort, and in 2013 they opened the Normandy Tank Museum at the A10 Airfield in Catz, France, just a few kilometers west of the Omaha Beach D-Day Monument.

Patrick Nerrant is retiring after 35 years of collecting and with his sons has decided to sell his collection at what Artcurial Motorcars is calling The D-Day Sale, scheduled for September 18 at the museum. Continue reading

Star power: John Lennon’s limo going to auction

John Lennon owned and customized this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby's photos by Stephen Kim
John Lennon owned and customized the interior of this 1956 Austin Princess | RM Sotheby’s photos by Stephen Kim

John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess, which carried The Beatles to performances in England and also appeared in the movie Imagine, is among the collector cars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s London sale, September 7 at Battersea Park. Another celebrity car, a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE cabriolet owned since new by actor James Mason and his family, also will be auctioned. Continue reading

Rob Myers getting award for contributions to classic car hobby

Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby's photos
Rob Myers started doing restorations, then added auctions | RM Sotheby’s photos

From restoring old cars in a one-stall garage to building a full-service restoration business with 30 expert craftsmen, Rob Myers has propelled classic cars to best of show honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And in his spare time, he also has built a pretty decent side business, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions.

For all of his contributions to the collector car hobby, Myers will be presented this week with the Nicola Bulgari Award from America’s Automotive Trust during the Buick Nationals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Mustang Club seeks world record at Indy celebration

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Previous MCA Event | MCA/ Donald Farr photos

The Mustang Club of America needs more than 766 cars to break the record for the “longest Ford Mustang parade,” and to dethrone the Mt. Hood Mustangs and Fords Club. The MCA’s world-record attempt is scheduled as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration, September 1-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Pick of the Day: 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson
The Chevelle has been fitted with a big block 454 cid V8 hooked with a four-speed manual transmisson

If you’re yearning for some serious big-block muscle, here’s a Chevelle resto-mod whose plain-Jane appearance belies the massive power lurking under its hood.

The Pick of the Day, a custom 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle coupe, is described by its seller as a former show car with a mighty 454 cid crate engine slipped into its extra-clean engine bay. Hooked up with a Muncie four-speed, 3.73 posi-traction rear and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, it has the right ingredients for an impressive performance machine. Continue reading

Bonhams’ Quail sale adds trio of pre-war classics to its docket

1930 Duesenberg Model J  has spent time at Imperial Palace and Blackhawk collections | Bonhams photos
1930 Duesenberg Model J has spent time at Imperial Palace and Blackhawk collections | Bonhams photos

They may not have the provenance of being driven by Tazio Nuvolari or of having been owned by Jane Russell or Diana Ross, but three pre-war cars that are on the docket for Bonhams auction at The Quail in northern California’s Carmel Valley have plenty in their own right to attract bidders.

Bonhams has announced that its sale at The Quail will include a 1904 Mercedes-Simplex 28-32 HP 5-seat rear-entrance tonneau, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J town cabriolet and a 1938 Talbot T23 r-liter cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Continue reading

Andy Reid ready to show you around Monterey auction venues

Andy Reid (right) meets a tour group outside the Bonhams tent | Classic Car News photo
Andy Reid (right) meets a tour group outside the Bonhams tent | Classic Car News photo

ClassicCars.com and Classic Car News’ own in-house collector car marketplace expert, our East Coast editor Andy Reid, will lead two free auction venue tours at Monterey, and all you have to do to join in is to sign up in advance. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Vintage racing at Elkhart Lake

Race fans and spectators check out vintage competition cars during the Race Car Parade
Race fans and spectators check out vintage competition cars during the Race Car Parade | William Hall photos

With one of the largest turnouts in recent years, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, kicked off its signature vintage races of the summer, a four-day track event featuring the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am series and historic gatherings of the UOP Shadow and Corvair Stinger race cars.

The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by Hawk – known simply to locals and old timers as “Vintage” – is the longest-running retro-race tradition in the Midwest and the highlight of the summer calendar. Continue reading