“One of the most coveted muscle cars of its time” is how Mecum Auctions describes the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible that will play a starring role in next week’s “Daytime Auction” in Monterey, California.
Today, August 7, “Just Track It” will run on the full 3.15-mile course with the track day event at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The open track event is set to allow all driving levels multiple 30-minute sessions on the track. Instruction via in-car coaching followed by classroom sessions will be provided to all novice drivers. The cost to participate in the event is $275.
Barrett-Jackson watchers will see a few key changes on the auction stage during the third annual Hot August Nights sale, which starts today at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
A new lead auctioneer has been identified by Barrett-Jackson. The award-winning Joseph Mast will head the team of auctioneers and bidder assistants starting with the Reno event.
Mast replaces long-time lead auctioneer Spanky Assiter, known for wearing spectacles on his forehead, who had been with the Scottsdale-based auction house since 1992. Also gone from the stage is Assister’s wife, Amy, a bidder assistant whose charismatic presence was popular among Barrett-Jackson regulars.
Barrett-Jackson recently severed ties with Assiter & Associates, auctioneers of Amarillo, Texas, reportedly over a contract dispute. But auction chairman Craig Jackson said in an interview with ClassicCars.com that a change in the most-public face of the auction was “inevitable.”
“I’m trying to move onward and upward and bring on fresh blood and energy,” Jackson said of his choice of the young Mast to lead the show. “He’s a hot shoe.” Continue reading
Two of the greatest and most-evocative examples of custom coachwork, one a pre-war American classic and the other a famous Italian beauty, will cross the auction block during Gooding & Company’s annual sale August 15 and 16 adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Mecum Auctions returned to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for its second annual classic and collector car auction last weekend and reported $20,566,598 in sales of classic cars, motorcycles, farm tractors and items of road art.
Continuing its “museum in motion” series, the National Corvette Museum has several trips planned, and not only for this year but into next year as well. Continue reading
We’ve known for several months that Leslie and Leigh Keno, famed for their participation in PBS’ Antiques Roadshow and their expertise on art and antiques, are launching their own classic and collector car auction company. They announced today that company will be known as Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions, which will stage its inaugural sale, called “Rolling Sculpture,” November 19 in New York City.
While not announcing the specific location, the brothers’ news release promised a “museum-quality showroom” where the pre-sale exhibition begins November 17 to “celebrate automobiles as purposeful ‘rolling works of art’.” Continue reading
A muscular, one-of-a-kind gentleman’s racing machine from the early days of automotive competition has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its Hershey auction in October.
Hagerty, the classic car insurer and valuation tracker, forecasts $415 million in sales at the various auctions scheduled next week in on the Monterey Peninsula. That figure falls short of the record $428 million in sales posted on the peninsula in auctions last year, but again far exceeds the $306 million in sales in 2013.
And while Hagerty expects total sales to slip, it predicts there will be “a signifiant increase” in the number of million-dollar — and multi-million-dollar — sales. Continue reading
Stirling Moss called the short-wheelbase version of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “the greatest Ferrari road car, perhaps the greatest road car of any make.” Only 103 such cars were produced, and the very last of them to roll out of the Ferrari factory will be offered for sale at Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale early next year in Paris.