The headlines, here and elsewhere, were about the Bugatti Atlantic which, to no one’s astonishment, won Best of Show accolades Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Atlantic is so famous, so rare and so spectacularly beautiful a car that it simply overshadowed the rest of the show field. Continue reading
Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.
As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.
ClassicCars.com, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.
Organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance provide a roped-off area near the awards presentation area reserved for photographers with media credentials so they can capture images of the cars as they roll up and their owners receive their awards. For all but the last of those awards, the cars approach from stage right, so the photo pen onstage left provides the desired, heads-on vantage. Continue reading
A 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible has been selected as the winner of the annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.
This 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the current owner’s son. The car was complete but in poor condition and received a comprehensive 3 1/2-year restoration with over 3,000 man hours invested. Continue reading
The lights of the grand ballroom had been dimmed. Over hushed murmurs and the soft sound of rain, Lyn St. James’s took to the stage and said, “Over time, I learned I wasn’t so unique. When you are so often identified as the only woman in this male-dominated sport, it’s like sometimes you are just this strange person, but you don’t feel strange because you love what you do, so it becomes normal to be so unique.”
After nearly every collector car auction, the auction houses publish on their websites a list of all lots that sold, and for how much. Some also will share information on the high bid on lots that didn’t sell. In most cases, the auction houses also issue a news release listing an overall sales total, a sell-through rate and a list of the 10 lots that brought the most money. Continue reading
If you wanted to see enthusiastic bidding on classic cars, you needed to be inside the Worldwide Auctioneers’ tent in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday morning when 120 fifth graders were introduced to the wonderful world of collector vehicles. Continue reading
One of the things about unsung heroes is that they are accustomed to working quietly, diligent and even dogged, and well behind the scenes, where they might go almost unnoticed. But while they personally might be unheralded, the things they do are not.
Fortunately, from time to time, someone does notice such heroes and offers them praise that they find almost embarrassing. Continue reading
Bradley Farrell may be the owner and chief executive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t handle seemingly mundane tasks as his year-old collector car auction company prepares for its upcoming sales.
One of those sales will take place this spring in The Finest Automobile Auctions’ 48,000-square-foot headquarters and showroom in Danbury, Connecticut, where the CEO sweeps the floors when he’s not negotiating for an auction consignment or working on yet another way to revolutionize the collector car auction process. Continue reading