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Bids are as exotic as the cars Thursday at Arizona auctions

This 2015 McLren P1 sells for $2.09 million at Bonhams auction Thursday | Andy Reid photo
This 2015 McLren P1 sells for $2.09 million at Bonhams auction Thursday | Andy Reid photo

Modern exotics and supercars were in the spotlight Thursday at the classic and collector car auctions in Arizona, and Hagerty notes that “most of them did well.” Continue reading

The Terlingua Mustang returns, with ‘750-plus’ horsepower

A Ford GT40 with a pair of the new Terlingua Mustangs | Matthew Fink photos
A Ford GT40 with a pair of the new Terlingua Mustangs | Matthew Fink photos

The Terlingua Mustang is back, and with a vengeance.

The original Terlingua Mustang was one of Carroll Shelby’s most successful racing efforts. In 2006, the Terlingua name returned to the road, though with a V6 engine boosted to 375 horsepower.At Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction venue, Shelby American introduced a new version, the Terlingua Racing Team Mustang, which is built on a Shelby Mustang Super Snake platform with a supercharged Ford Coyote 5.0-liter V8 engine producing “750-plus” horsepower. Continue reading

February features educational programs at automotive museums

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1946 Ford at the LeMay Museum | ACM Photos

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine, kicks off its Winter Education Series  with a presentation Saturday by author-curator Charles Jacobs entitled “The Zeppelin Hindenburg.” Following presentations in the series are February 27 with  former Group 44 driver, John “Mac” McComb presenting “the Greatest Race Car Driver You’ve Never Heard Of;” March 26 with David Percival, sidecar motorcycle racer and owner of DP Motorsport,  presenting “Sidecar Racing;” and  April 30 with writer and museum professional Mark Wilkins presenting “The Lafayette Escadrille.” Continue reading

Today is the automobile’s 130th birthday

The original Patent Motor Wagon on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum | Mercedes-Benz photos
The original Patent Motor Wagon on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum | Mercedes-Benz photos

On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz applied for a patent on his “gas-powered vehicle.” In other words, it was 130 years ago today that the automobile was born, though it wouldn’t be until later in that year that Gottlieb Daimler, working independently of Benz, actually built the first motorized carriage.

While Daimler’s vehicle had four wheels, Benz had actually built what was considered the world’s first automobile the previous year when he installed a one-cylinder, four-stroke engine in his three-wheeled “patent motor car.” Continue reading

Panelists hope their vision of 2020 is, indeed, 20/20

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Steve Serio on left, Jim Pickering in middle, Carl Bomstead on right | Matthew Fink Photos

Sports Car Market magazine’s team  gathered Thursday at the Gooding & Company auction tent in Scottsdale to look at the classic car market today and to saw what they also see for the year 2020. The first focus was on five vehicles: a Triumph TR6, Porsche 356 CS/C, Jaguar E-type, Ferrari 250 GT and Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

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Muscle cars dominate sales list as Mecum exceeds $90 million in hammer prices at Kissimmee

Mecum's Kissimmee auction drew huge crowds | Mecum photos by Maggie Pinke
Mecum’s Kissimmee auction drew huge crowds | Mecum photos by Maggie Pinke

Hemi-powered muscle cars dominated the top-10 sales list last week at Mecum Auction’s annual auction in Kissimmee, Florida, as total sales topped $91 million. Mecum expects that figure to climb to nearly $93 million when post-block sales are completed.

Unlike other classic and collector car auction companies, Mecum reports hammer prices rather than final prices, which include buyer’s fees. With such fees, final Kissimmee auction figures should exceed the $100 million mark. Continue reading

American muscle showing its strength on the auction block

Barrett-Jackson kicks off the auction action this week in Arizona | Matthew Fink photos
Barrett-Jackson kicks off the auction action this week in Arizona | Matthew Fink photos

If you go strictly by overall numbers, the 2016 Arizona Auction Week is off to a very slow start. Ah, but there are other numbers that may be quite significant…

Through Wednesday night, only Barrett-Jackson has been selling cars, and the $14.6 million in total sales is less than half the amount that the auction house had posted through Wednesday a year ago. But remember: Last year, Barrett-Jackson had a special Tuesday sale of much of Ron Pratte’s stunning collection. Continue reading

Bob’s six picks at Bonhams auction in Scottsdale

The coachbuilt 1936 Hudson Stratton Sedan wears the best grille in the business | Bob Golfen photos
The coachbuilt 1936 Hudson Stratton Sedan wears the greatest grille in the business | Bob Golfen photos

Bonhams has been around for a while, founded in 1793 in the U.K. before people ever dreamed that we’d be able to drive to Starbucks without horses. Now the horses are all under the hood, or bonnet as the British like to call it, and Bonhams has mounted its fifth annual collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, which also did not exist in 1793. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016

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Window Shopping with Nicole | Photos by Nicole Ellan James

Being a Scottsdale native, Barrett-Jackson has always been that one event each year that you just cant miss, at least if you are a car enthusiast. One of the things that I believe draws so many people to the auction is the diversity of the consigned cars. That diversity makes Barrett-Jackson a show. Continue reading

It’s year of the muscle car at Arizona auctions, expert predicts

1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III among the featured cars at Barrett-jackson's Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos
1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air III among the featured cars at Barrett-jackson’s Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos

The big headlines later this week may well involve the first eight-figure sale in Arizona classic car auction history, but “this is the year of the muscle car,” according to Dave Kinney, publisher of the Hagerty Price Guide.

And not only does Kinney expect to see muscle car mania at the Arizona auctions this week, but he says those cars will be selling at what amounts to a one-third-off sale. Continue reading