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Personal touch paying off in Leake Dallas auction consignments

From Pebble Beach to Leake auction block: Rollston-bodied 1929 Packard | Leake Auction Co. photos
From Pebble Beach to Leake auction block: Rollston-bodied 1929 Packard | Leake Auction Co. photos

Richard Sevenoaks sounded perplexed.

“The model traditionally for our auction is that we get half of the cars, build the brochure and then get the other half as a result of the brochure,” said the president of Leake Auction Company.

“But what happened this year with our Dallas sale is that we got 500 cars prior to the brochure. We’re turning cars down!”

Leake is turning away cars for its auction November 20-22 because there’s only room at Dallas Market Hall for around 600 cars, and that’s with 100 of them not on display in the main facility but in a parking garage. Continue reading

Simeone museum opens voting for People’s Choice Demo Day

Simeone museum’s People’s Choice Demo Day candidates (the Nissan 399ZX Turbo is not shown) | Simeone Foundation photos

The remarkable Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, which not only allows visitors to view the collection of sports/race cars in exhibits but to watch them drive and hear them run during Demo Days, has scheduled its annual People’s Choice Demo Day for November 28 starting at noon.

The difference here is that the Philadelphia museum asks that its “dear friends and fans” choose which three cars they would like to see and hear during the event held in the museum’s three-acre parking lot. Continue reading

Millennials on the move: There’s a generational shift taking place in classic car restoration

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Bridging the generation gap: Chandler Wheat on left with Mitch Williams | Photo by Hans Marquez

There is a generational shift occurring in the classic car restoration marketplace. Baby Boomers remain focused on keeping a car original and for show while Millennials pursue performance technology that makes their cars go, go go.

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Steve McQueen pickup camper to be auctioned by Mecum

The Chevrolet pickup camper was owned and driven by the late Steve McQueen | Mecum Auctions
The Chevrolet pickup camper was owned and driven by the late Steve McQueen | Mecum Auctions

Another automotive artifact once owned by the late Steve McQueen comes to auction this weekend during Mecum’s sale in Anaheim, although this one has nothing to do with Porsches, Ferraris or motorcycles.

A 1952 Chevrolet 3800 one-ton custom pickup truck with a hand-built camper shell that McQueen owned toward the end of his life will cross the block during the November 12-14 auction at the Anaheim Convention Center. Continue reading

Keno Brothers share some of their discoveries as they ready for their inaugural auction

Kenos discover new information about a famed racing car | Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions photos
Kenos discover new information about a famed racing car | Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions photos

Since January, Leigh and Leslie Keno have been telling us that their classic car auction will be different on several levels. The Keno twins have become known for digging out previously unknown histories as they spent their lifetimes researching antiques, art and automobiles. To their personal passions and skills, they also promised to apply new forensic techniques to verify the authenticity of collector vehicles.

Their inaugural auction, Rolling Sculpture, is scheduled to take place in New York City on November 19, and here are just three of their discoveries: Continue reading

Saleen supercar assets, intellectual property up for auction

The twin-turbo Saleen S7 was rated at 750 horsepower | Saleen Automotive
The twin-turbo Saleen S7 was rated at 750 horsepower | Saleen Automotive

(An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the sale as being that of a collection of items being sold directly by Saleen Automotive.  According to a Saleen spokesman, the sale items are owned by an outside party with no connection with the automaker.) 

The financial turmoil at supercar tuner and builder Saleen Automotive has gone through a number of intriguing scenarios during the past few years, including the departure and return of its founder, Steve Saleen, and the cancellation of the car designed to save the company, the S5S Raptor.

Now comes the unusual sale of Saleen assets by GA Global Partners, which will conduct the online auction November 18 starting at 10 a.m. (PDT) of what it calls “all remaining inventory, parts, memorabilia, molds, designs and intellectual property related to the Saleen S7, S7R and the Saleen S5S Raptor,” the auction company said in a news release.  Continue reading