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Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Rare and spectacular, 1913 Rolls-Royce going to Bonhams sale

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos

A rare “colonial spec” 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer will highlight Bonhams’ autumn sale in Philadelphia.

The grand luxury Silver Ghost was specially configured as a London-to-Edinburgh car, differing from other models with larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. As a colonial-specification car, the Rolls is fitted with an enlarged radiator and fuel tank for traveling in remote areas. Continue reading

Gooding lists Italian star cars for Pebble Beach auction

1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell
1959 250 GT Series I cabriolet could bring $5 million to $7 million | Gooding photo by Matt Howell

Calling them the “Quintessential Gentleman’s Lineup of Italian Sports Cars,” Gooding & Company has announced seven classic Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat automobiles for the Pebble Beach auction scheduled for August 18-19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

Combined, the vehicles have a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $25 million, according to Gooding & Company. Continue reading

Goodwood Festival of Speed elevates Ecclestone’s F1 career

Goodwood's tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone's reign over F1 | Festival photo by Paul Melbert
Goodwood’s tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone’s F1  reign | Festival photo by Paul Melbert

Gerry Judah has created art to remember the Holocaust for Britain’s Imperial War Museum. He has done set designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company. And since 1999, he has done the huge automotive sculptures that soar above Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Last week, his latest Goodwood sculpture was designed to recognize the long motorsports career of former Formula One chieftain Bernie Ecclestone. Three of the cars mounted on the lanes that spun off a circle towering some 100 feet were selected to reflect specific F1 eras ruled by Ecclestone. Those cars were a Lotus, a Ferrari and a Mercedes. Continue reading

Elton John-owned Ferrari Daytona in Silverstone auction

The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos
The Ferrari Daytona was owned by Elton John from 1973-75 | Silverstone Auctions photos

British pop star Elton John, fresh off the success of his breakthrough album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, went right out and bought a Ferrari Daytona. Or so the story goes.

What is documented it that the singer of Rocketman zoomed around in his 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona from 1973 to 1975, no doubt enjoying the music of its 352-horsepower V12 engine. Continue reading

Bugatti that served as target practice now headed to auction

Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos
Bullet holes repaired, Type 44 Bentley heads to auction | H&H Classics photos

A 1929 Bugatti Type 44, now wearing restored Vanvooren bodywork from a car formerly owned by the Peugeot family and used for target practice by invading Nazi troops who occupied the family’s chateau, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics auction July 26 at Britain’s Imperial War Museum, the auction house has announced.

Unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1927, Bugatti’s Type 44 was reported by Motorsport magazine to be the company’s “first serious attempt at a touring car.” The chassis was basically that of the Type 38 but with the axles and manual transmission from the Type 40/43 models. Continue reading

Rare ’69 Camaro ZL1 highlights Mecum’s Denver auction

The Camaro ZL1 has its original aluminum 427 V8 and four speed | Mecum Auctions
The Camaro ZL1 has its original aluminum 427 V8 and four speed | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum expects 1,000 collector cars to cross the block July 20-22 during its third annual Denver auction at the Colorado Convention Center, where the docket features an array of muscle cars, sports cars and classics.

Leading the list is a bright-orange 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, No. 30 of 69 produced that year. It also is one of the few surviving examples with its original all-aluminum 427cid ZL1 V8 linked with the factory four-speed manual transmission. Original equipment also includes heavy-duty suspension, brakes and other performance components. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce Phantom belonged to famed speed-record holder

A 1933 Phantom once owned by Malcolm Campbell was named by Rolls-Royce for the exhibit | Rolls-Royce
A 1933 Phantom once owned by Malcolm Campbell was named by Rolls-Royce for the exhibit | Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has revealed the third car in its exhibition of The Eight Great Phantoms, which will be shown July 29 through August 2 at Bonhams’ salesroom in London. Seven of the cars are vintage models representing each of Phantoms’ seven generations, while the eighth is the upcoming 2018 Phantom that will debut at the show. Continue reading

The Fiat 500 is having quite a 60th birthday party

Adrian Broidy appears in Fiat 500 short film | FCA photo
Adrian Broidy appears in Fiat 500 short film | FCA photo

Recently, the compact car — initially introduced on July 4, 1957, was featured on an Italian postage stamp.

On the Fourth of July, MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, announced it had acquired a Fiat 500 F series, the most popular version produced from 1965 to 1972, as part of its permanent collection. Continue reading