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RM Sotheby’s auction swells interest in Milano Autoclassica show

Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos
Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos

Although a relatively new event in the classic car scene, now on its sixth edition, the Milano Autoclassica Show managed to attract 60.000 visitors last week. But that 18 percent increase in attendance is largely due to the presence of the Duemila Ruote Collection sale organized by RM Sotheby’s.

With more than 800 lots and all available without reserve, the auction definitely attracted more foreign visitors for the first time to the show staged in the Milano-Rho Fiera halls just on the outskirts from the capitol of the Lombardy region. Continue reading

Coveted 1963 Jaguar E-type ‘lightweight’ racer set for auction

The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive
The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive

In 1963, Jaguar built just 12 of its celebrated “lightweight” E-type race cars, and today they are considered something of a Holy Grail of British competition cars.

One of those original factory lightweight cars will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale in January, the 10th one produced. The auction house describes the car as an “exceedingly well-preserved and documented championship-winning example.” Continue reading

Leake ends year with $7.2 million sale at Dallas

1969 Ford Mustang tops all sales at Leake's Fall Dallas event | Leake Auction photos
1969 Ford Mustang tops all sales at Leake’s Fall Dallas event | Leake Auction photos

Leake Auction Company concluded its 2016 calendar late last month in Dallas with a two-day Fall sale that generated $7.2 million with a 66 percent sell-through rate. More than 585 lots were offered.

“We had a great weekend in Dallas,” Richard Sevenoaks, Leake president, said in a news release. “This was one of the best lineups we have presented in Dallas. We a had a nice variety of sports and exotics, muscle and customs as well as high-line cars. There was something for every car enthusiast in this sale.” Continue reading

Museums host Cars and Coffee, Toy Drive

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Classic at Cars and Coffee | Blackhawk Museum photos

Sunday, Muscle Car City holds a toy drive car show in Punta Gorda, Florida, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry to the car show is the donation of an unwrapped toy for a child 2-14 year old. The car show will award 18 trophies and includes a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and music by Randy.

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, plans Cars and Coffee on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Continue reading

Driven: Acura ILX Tech Plus

The Acura ILX is a premium but affordable sports sedan | Bob Golfen
The Acura ILX is a premium but affordable sports sedan | Bob Golfen photos

The Acura ILX is a satisfying sports sedan that doesn’t cost a boatload of money, but looks cool enough to garner admiring glances (especially from young guys in tuned Hondas) while providing practical, economical transportation.

Sadly, ILX falls victim to one of the most pernicious trends in today’s automobiles, the demise of the manual transmission. No more can you purchase the agile Acura sport compact with this most-engaging form of sports car driving, which seems to be going the way of carburetors and breaker points. Too bad, as a generation of millennials grows up not getting what it’s all about. Or caring, apparently. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero was repainted in its blue-and-white factory colors
The Ford Ranchero was repainted in its blue-and-white factory colors

Model year 1959 was the unmitigated height of rococo styling for American automakers, who produced imaginative creations with towering tailfins and loads of chrome details. Over at Ford, the full-size Fairlane and upscale Galaxie 500 adhered to the trend in their own square-rigged fashion.

One grand recipient of all this ebullience was the once-humble Ranchero pickup, which for 1959 emerged with the full-bodied style of the Fairlane/Galaxie models, complete with their complex grille design, chrome accents and Ford’s unique interpretation of tailfins. Continue reading

‘Ammer’ time for a famed boxer’s Ferrari

Henry Cooper's 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard
Henry Cooper’s 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard

The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 doesn’t figure to draw the highest bids Monday at Coys’ True Greats auction at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, but its next owner will drive away with a great story.

The car, one of only 55 high-hand-drive models, formerly was owned by British boxer Henry Cooper, who used his famed left hook — “Enry’s ‘Ammer” — to knock down Muhammad Ali in the fourth round of their fight June 18, 1963, when Ali still fought under his given name, Cassius Clay. Continue reading

Formula Juniors return for 2017 Rolex Monterey Reunion

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Steve McQueen driving a Formula Junior at Laguna Seca in 1962 | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Photo

Among the 14 historic race car groups set to run next August 17-20 in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are two groups of Formula Juniors that raced between 1958 and 1963.
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Art auction headlines bode well for upcoming collector car sales

The scene at Sotheby's recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby's photos
The scene at Sotheby’s recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby’s photos

Recent headlines that should be of interest to the collector car community:

Monet’s ‘Grainstack’ Sets Record With $81.4 Million at Auction
Strong Sales at Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction Despite Postelection Jitters
Sotheby’s Stages Robust $276 Million Contemporary Art Sale to Close Out Auction Week
A Richter, Owned by Clapton, Fetches $22 Million at Christie’s
Edvard Munch Leads Sotheby’s $157.7 Million Impressionist Sale Continue reading