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Leake posts record $12.5 million at OKC auction

Low-mileage Ford GT from Tom Falbo Collection tops the sales chart at Leake's OKCity auction | Larry Edsall photos
Low-mileage Ford GT from Tom Falbo Collection tops the sales chart at Leake’s OKCity auction | Larry Edsall photos

With the Tom Falbo Collection of some 100 cars, among them 40 vintage Chevrolet Corvettes, generating $4.5 million in sales, Leake Auction Company shattered its records for its annual Oklahoma City auction last weekend, posting more than $12.5 million in transactions.

The Falbo cars all were offered with no reserve, as were about 100 other vehicles on Sunday, the third and final day of the auction. Continue reading

Goodguys Spring Nationals kicks off AutoCross for Kids

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Danny Popp in his Corvette, named 2015 Autocrosser of the Year | Hans Marquez photo

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association resumes its “AutoCross for Kids” program to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer at the 7th Goodguys Spring Nationals, March 4-6 at WestWorld in Socttsdale, Arizona.

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Famed Alfa Romeo-Brabham going to Amelia Island Concours for special class honoring driver Hans-Joachim Stuck

Hans-Joachim Stuck's brilliant drive of the Alfa-Brabham in the rain at Watkins Glen is legendary | Amelia Island Concours
Hans-Joachim Stuck’s brilliant drive of the Alfa Romeo-Brabham in the rain at Watkins Glen is legendary | Amelia Island Concours

Hans-Joachim Stuck thrilled the soggy fans at the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States at Watkins Glen with his dominating performance of wet-weather driving, besting the pack that included reigning Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt.

Stuck drove an Alfa Romeo-powered Brabham BT45B, which he put on the front row and led the rain-soaked race until mechanical trouble ended his run in the 14th lap.

That legendary race car is on permanent display at the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese, Italy, near Milan. But next month, the Brabham will appear at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida as the centerpiece of the Cars of Hans Stuck Class. Continue reading

The cars of the 2016 primary presidential front-runners

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Lamborghini Diablo | Lamborghini photo

For most, what car a presidential candidate drives may seem like a minor detail, but for gear heads it can give insight into the candidates and whether their lifestyle agrees with their verbal stand on issues like the environment. Driving their own cars may reassure voters that the candidates are in touch with reality, paying for fuel, tolls, and dealing with traffic and road conditions.

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H&H auction features cars from Britain’s ‘Minder’ TV series

The cars and stars (in cardboard) from the 'Minder' TV series | H&H Classics photo
The cars and stars (in cardboard) from the ‘Minder’ TV series | H&H Classics photo

From the fall of 1979 through the spring of 1994, Minder was a British television series in which Dennis Waterman played Terry McCann, honest and likable bodyguard (minder), and George Cole was Arthur Daley, unscrupulous used-car salesman.

In the show, Daley drove a 1981 Daimler Sovereign and McCann a Ford Capri. Both cars are being offered for sale April 20 at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK.

The story goes that Cole tried to buy the Daimler in the mid-1980s but instead it was given away in a contest. It has been restored recently and shows 43,990 miles on its odometer. Meanwhile, the Capri was headed to the crusher but also has been “rejuvenated” and has 88,700 miles on its odometer.

“Both cars have been sympathetically restored and estimated to make allowance for their small screen history,” James McWilliam, H&H motorcar specialist, said in a news release.

“We know from past experience that playing a major role in a TV series can have a big impact on value, as witnessed by the 1976 Jaguar XJ12C that we sold last October which made a record-breaking £69,440 despite needing total restoration due to its New Avengers TV provenance. These cars are celebrities in their own right.”

H&H estimates the Daimler to be worth $50,000 to $65,000 and the Capri to fetch $90,000 to $125,000.

ClassicCars.com presents Auction Insider tour at Amelia Island 2016

Andy Reid Giving tour at RM Sotheby’s

Classic Car News readers attending the annual collector car weekend on Florida’s Amelia Island have an opportunity to tour the RM Sotheby’s auction preview with ClassicCars.com East Coast editor Andy Reid.
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1939 Mercedes 540 K stars in RM Sotheby’s Florida auction

The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A is the only one of this style known to exist | RM Sotheby's
The 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A is the only one of this style known to exist | RM Sotheby’s

A 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A gets top billing at RM Sotheby’s Florida sale next month at Amelia Island, according to the auction company, followed closely behind by an exotic 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico and a veteran 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer.

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Second time’s a charm for a pair of Falbo Corvettes at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction

There's a 1976 Chevrolet Corvette L89 somewhere behind the people on the block Saturday at Leake's OK City sale | Larry Edsall photos
There’s a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L89 somewhere behind the people on the block Saturday at Leake’s OK City sale | Larry Edsall photos

Leake Auction Company sold the Corvette-rich Tom Falbo Collection for some $4.5 million dollars (hammer prices) Saturday, Leake president Richard Sevenoaks said at the conclusion of a day in which two of the Falbo Corvettes, including a rare 1967 L89 convertible, crossed the block twice. Continue reading

Leake schedules Detroit auction for September

Leake announces Detroit sale as it opens its Oklahoma City auction | Larry Edsall photos
Leake announces Detroit sale as it opens its Oklahoma City auction | Larry Edsall photos

Leake Auction Company opened its 2016 calendar and its annual Oklahoma City auction Friday by announcing that the company would stage a new sale, scheduled for September 9-10 in Detroit. The venue will be the MotorCity Casino Hotel. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction

Colorful hoods on the Falbo Collection Corvettes | Larry Edsall photos
Colorful hoods on the Falbo Collection Corvettes | Larry Edsall photos

There’s a lot more to Leake Auction Company’s Oklahoma City sale than the 100 cars from the Tom Falbo Collection. But with those cars — among them some 40 significantly historic Chevrolet Corvettes — crossing the block today at no reserve, it would be easy to limit our focus to just those Corvettes, let alone the 60-other cars from the collection: amazing Cadillacs, a low-mileage Ford GT, GTOs, Mopars, even a Lincoln that was marooned inside a stuck warehouse elevator for a few years. Continue reading