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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

Mercedes-Benz museum selling part of its collection

A 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type 630 Kompressor, a supercharged touring car, is the oldest classic offered | Mercedes-Benz Museum
A 1929 Mercedes-Benz Type 630 Kompressor, a supercharged touring car, is the oldest classic offered | Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, has opened part of its gleaming collection of vintage vehicles for public sale and they are backed by the museum’s expert technicians for condition and provenance. Continue reading

George Barris, famed “kustom car king” and creator of TV’s original Batmobile, dies at 89

George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the iconic Batmobile | Jana DeHart
George Barris in 2012 at his North Hollywood headquarters before the sale of the original Batmobile | Jana DeHart

George Barris, the Southern California “King of Kustomizers” best-known today for his creation of the original Batmobile for the 1960s TV show, died Thursday at his Encino home. He was 89. Continue reading

Iconic Disneyland ‘attraction ride cars’ offered at auction

Space Mountain car has pre-auction estimated value of $50,000 to $60,000 | Van Eaton Galleries photos
Space Mountain car has pre-auction estimated value of $50,000 to $60,000 | Van Eaton Galleries photos

Classic car collectors who like something a little different than the usual motorized vehicles might be interested to know that several “attraction ride cars” from Disneyland will be offered at Van Eaton Galleries’ “Collecting Disneyland” auction November 21 in Sherman Oaks, California.

According to Van Eaton Galleries, which specializes in animation artwork and collectibles, this is a “rare opportunity to own original Disneyland attraction ride cars.” Continue reading

Peter Sellers-owned Lotus Elan highlights Silverstone auction

Comedy icon Peter Sellers shows his unique driving style of the Lotus Elan in this magazine clipping | Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions
Comedy icon Peter Sellers shows his unique driving style of the Lotus Elan in this magazine clipping | Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Celebrity ownership by the late comedy icon Peter Sellers should bring a solid boost to the sale of a rare 1966 Lotus Elan S2 roadster when it crosses the block at Silverstone’s auction November 14 in Birmingham, England. Continue reading