Transport trucks still were arriving Thursday as I worked my way around the garage where the cars are being kept in anticipation of Leake Auction Company’s inaugural Motor City collector car sale. So I got to see only a fraction of the 300 or so cars that roll up onto the turntable at the MotorCity casino hotel Friday and Saturday in an auction being staged with sponsorship from Penske Corporation, which is sort of like the official seal of approval here in the renaissance city these days. Continue reading
It started with a classic Ford Thunderbird and over the course of 50 years, Fred and Elaine Goulden’s car collection grew to the point they moved from Paradise Valley, Arizona, to Coolidge so they could have room for their cars.
The Gouldens turned their cars and other collections into the Golden Era Toy & Auto Museum and on September 29-October 1, the J. Levine auction and appraisal company of Scottsdale will offer some 10,000 items, including 25 classic, muscle and antique, cars for sale. An auction was preview was staged Thursday in an airport hanger in Mesa, Arizona, under the banner of “Hops and Horsepower.”
On Saturday, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts the “Summer Ender Fender Bender” cruise-in. Participating cars are eligible for awards. Guitars from Fender will be available to play. Children 8-14 can participate in the Hagerty Youth Judge program.
One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.
The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years. Continue reading
Auctions America’s annual Fall Sale, held over the Labor Day weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana, posted more than $21.5 million in sales with a 79 percent sell-through rate. The event drew more than 85,000 visitors, a record attendance, including bidders from 45 states and 12 countries. Auctions America said 30 percent of those bidders were new customers.
The United States has Pebble Beach. But Canada has Cobble Beach, and “our stones are bigger,” Rob McLeese notes with a chuckle as he prepares to host Cobble Beach’s fourth annual concours d’elegance on the shores of Georgian Bay some 130 miles northwest of Toronto.
The Canadian concours takes place September 17-18 on the nearly 600 acres of the Cobble Beach Golf Resort. Continue reading
An 1875 Abbott-Downing Concord stagecoach emerged as the star of the 39th annual New England Auto Auction to benefit the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The horse-drawn vehicle sold for an auction-topping $203,500 (including buyer’s fees).
Even without front wheels and after being in storage for some 30 years, a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 sports car drew substantial bids at Bonhams’ Beaulieu Sale, an auction held last weekend in conjunction with the British National Motor Museum’s 50th annual Autojumble (Autojumble is British for swap meet).
The barn-found Aston Martin “project” sold for £203,100 ($270,887) including buyer’s premium. Only one other vehicle at the sale sold for more. Continue reading
On our side of the pond, we call them swap meets. Ah, but once again, the British have a way with words and thus the 50th International Autojumble last weekend, with more than 36,000 people going to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu to buy parts and pieces and assorted automobilia from 2,378 vendors.
Ten rare 2009-10 Corvettes from a single private collector are to be offered September 10 at Dan Kruse’ 42nd Hill Country Classic auction at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.