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Marie Callas’ limos among family cars headed to Artcurial’s Monte Carlo auction

One of two Mercedes-Benz 600 limos being offered at Callas estate auction | Artcurial photos
One of two Mercedes-Benz 600 limos being offered at Callas estate auction | Artcurial photos

Eleven cars from the estate of the Callas family, including a pair of limousines purchased in 1967 by acclaimed opera singer Marie Callas, will be offered for sale July 20 when Artcurial Motorcars stages an auction at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo.

Maria Callas ordered the pair of Mercedes-Benz 600 limos to carry her on European opera tours. The sale, by Paris-based Artcurial, takes the limos back to Monaco, where Callas lived with Aristotle Onassis from 1959-1968. Continue reading

Bonhams to auction major private collection of predominantly pre-war classics in Denmark

A part of the Frederiksen collection and estate | Bonhams photos
A part of the Frederiksen collection and estate | Bonhams photos

Now in his 70s and with his wife and road-trip traveling companion, Vivi, dying earlier this year, Henrik Frederiksen has contracted Bonhams to sell most of his amazing collection of predominantly pre-war automobiles. Early estimates are that the auction of about 48 of Frederiksen’s classic cars will produce $40 million in sales when it is held September 26 at Frederiksen’s Lyngsbækgaard estate in Denmark. Continue reading

1928 Gardner Model 85 Sport Roadster showing at 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece

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1928 Gardner Model 85 Sport Roadster owned by namesakes Bob and Kim Gardner | Photography courtesy of Bob Gardner

One of the vintage cars being shown at the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance on August 23 is a 1928 Gardner Model 85 Sport Roadster.  The rare car is owned by namesakes Bob and Kim Gardner of St. Paul, Minnesota, who say that taking the car to the concours is like bringing along a family member. Continue reading

Best of Japan on display at Simeone museum

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi; top car design rating and specifications
1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi; top car design rating and specifications | Simeone Museum Photo

Eighteen of the greatest Japanese sports cars will be on display at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia as part of a special exhibit, the Best of Japan, which runs July 5 to 19. This is the first time the Simeone has hosted an exhibit featuring Japanese cars. Continue reading

Hilton Head expands motoring festival with auction, historic aircraft expo

A 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi crosses the block at an Auctions America sale |Auctions America photos
A 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi crosses the block at an Auctions America sale |Auctions America photos

Barely into its teenage years, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance is maturing nicely. In early June, it announced a new Aero Expo and Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala to celebrate the history and future of aviation, and Tuesday it joined Auctions America in adding a classic and collector car auction to its growing list of attractions.

“Whether you like to watch, bid or buy, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as a live collector-car auction and we expect the Auctions America event will be a highlight of this year’s festival,” Carolyn Vanagel, president of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, said in a news release. Continue reading

Three British greats headed to Gooding sale in Monterey

The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos
The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos

Three pieces of British royalty with celebrity connections will be up for auction in August during Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale.

The auction, which takes place August 15-16 at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, offers a collection of top-drawer collector cars during the annual sale, which last year soared well over $100 million during the two-day event.

Each of the three English cars is expected to go into seven figures. They are: Continue reading

George Barris slated for 2015 Corvette Funfest

king of kustomsGeorge Barris, creator of Barris Kustom Industries, is slated to be a special guest at the 2015 Corvette Funfest at Mid America Motorworks corporate campus September 17-20 at Effingham Illinois. Barris the “kind of the kustomizers,” will host seminars and will present a “best kustom award” each day to feature an enthusiast who has made his or her Corvettes truly unique. Continue reading

Lamborghini’s own twin-V12 Riva boat offered for sale

Ferruccio Lamborghini's own Riva Aquarama has been restored and is for sale | Riva World photos
Ferruccio Lamborghini’s own Riva Aquarama has been restored and is for sale | Riva World photos

Ferruccio Lamborghini may not have liked his Ferrari, but he apparently enjoyed his Riva Aquarama speed boat enough to have owned it for more than 20 years before selling it to his friend, Angelo Merli, in the summer of 1988.

The boat, powered by a pair of Lamborghini’s own V12 engines, was thought to have been lost after Merli’s death in 1993 but has been found and restored and is being offered for sale in the Netherlands. Continue reading

Triumph, Lincoln win at Ramapo Concours

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President’s Award: John Daly, 1927 Lincoln Model L | Ramapo Concours Photos

Significant award winners from the recent inaugural Ramapo Concours d’Elegance include the Judges choice that went to 1935 Triumph Southern Cross, owned by Dennis Mamchur of Verona, New Jersey, and the President’s award to a 1927 Lincoln Model L, owned by John Daly from Colts Neck, New Jersey. Continue reading