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$9.735 million Bugatti paces Bonhams to big day at Amelia

1937 Bugatti 57SC on the block at Bonhams | Bob Golfen photos
1937 57SC becomes second most expensive Bugatti to sell at auction | Bob Golfen photos

Preliminary figures from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company, indicate that Bonhams’ auction Thursday at Amelia Island generated $27.3 million in sales with a 65 percent sell-through rate. The sales total was nearly double the figure for the same sale a year ago. The average sales price was more than double the 2015 standard.

A 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC sports tourer led the way, selling for $9.735 million, including buyer’s fees. Three other cars topped $1 million. Continue reading

Bob’s favorites at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction

Part of Jerry Seinfeld's lineup of early Porsche sports and race cars at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos
Part of Jerry Seinfeld’s lineup of Porsches and Volkswagens at the Gooding auction | Bob Golfen photos

David Gooding was all smiles Thursday as he ambled through the tents of his company’s Amelia Island collector car auction, where about 80 vintage vehicles beckoned to onlookers.

The seventh annual Gooding & Company sale is dominated this year by Jerry Seinfeld’s consignment of 16 glorious Porsches and two early-’60sVolkswagens from his personal collection. Auction watchers are waiting with anticipation to see how the celebrity ownership effects the values of his cars, many of them already rare and highly desirable models in pristine condition. Continue reading

Beatles-linked Jag in the bush brings $82,400 at auction

1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos
1963 Jaguar E-type originally owned by designers of The Beatles logo | Coys photos

The 1963 Jaguar E-type found under a hedge in Bisley, Surrey, England brought £58,000 ($82,400) at Coys’ Spring Classics auction in London.

“The derelict E-type attracted attention from all four corners of the world and bidders in a packed auction room and via telephone fought fiercely for it on Tuesday night,” Chris Routledge, Coys chief executive, said in a news release. Continue reading

Salon Prive returns to Blenheim Palace in 2016

 Jaguar XK120 'Jabbeke' set speed record in 1953 and won Salon Prive in 2015 | Salon Prive photos
Jaguar XK120 ‘Jabbeke’ set speed record in 1953, won Salon Prive in 2015 | Salon Prive photos

Salon Prive, is England’s only professionally judged classic car event, will return to Blenheim Palace for its 11th anniversay event September 1-3, it was announced Thursday. Continue reading

Cars of the ’30s featured at Bonhams’ Mercedes museum sale

Saoutchik-bodied 1935 500 K cabriolet goes to auction | Bonhams photos
Saoutchik-bodied 1935 500 K cabriolet goes to auction | Bonhams photos

Elegant cars of the 1930s highlight the third annual Bonhams Mercedes-Benz sale to be held March 19 at the automaker’s museum in Germany, little more than a week after its sale today at Amelia Island. Continue reading

1969 U.S Grand Prix pace car offered at Vicari’s Tampa sale

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro | Vicari Auctions Photos

Eighteen Formula 1 drivers set out October 5, 1969, to do 108 laps around the 2.3-mile Watkins Glen road course in upstate New York. The driver to complete all 248.4 miles in the shortest time would win a $206,000 purse, a record-setting payout at the time, as well as the only North American Grand Prix contest at that time.

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Can-Am to be highlighted at Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Can-Am cars race through the famed Corkscrew turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca back in the day | Mazda Raceway photo
Can-Am cars race through the famed Corkscrew turn at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca back in the day | Mazda Raceway photo

BMW, which this year celebrates its centennial, may be the featured marque for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion coming up in August, but Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced Wednesday that the “golden years of Can-Am racing” will be highlighted during the Monterey Car Week event. Continue reading

Historic Porsches from company museum set for worldwide tour

A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year's Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche Museum
A Porsche 356 Speedster takes part in last year’s Top City Classic Rally in China | Porsche

Porsche’s “Rolling Museum” hits the road again this spring, taking classic sports and racing cars from the automaker’s Stuttgart collection to some of the world’s most prestigious automotive events.

Starting with two cars – a 1955 356 Speedster and a 1956 356 A coupe – in the 1,000-mile California Mille from April 24-28, the Porsche Museum will have a presence at such international events as the Targa Florio Classica in Sicily, the Ennstal Classic in Austria and the Top City Rally in China. Continue reading