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Barrett-Jackson opens year-around classic car showroom and service center

Some of the cars available for sale at Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom | Larry Edsall
Some of the cars available for sale at Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom | Larry Edsall

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has turned its former headquarters building — itself a former Rolls-Royce dealership — into a full-service classic car dealership that opened Friday.

The showroom and adjacent classic car service shop for repair, maintenance and light reconditioning is located on Scottsdale Road in the historic “Old Town” section of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barrett-Jackson was founded in Scottsdale in the early 1970s by Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett III. The company stages its 44th annual Scottsdale auction January 10-18, 2015. Barrett-Jackson also holds auctions annually at Palm Beach, Florida; Reno, Nevada; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barrett-Jackson's year-around showroom
Barrett-Jackson’s year-around showroom

The 22,000-square-foot Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom facility in Scottsdale offers a variety of classic cars for sale year-round, as well as providing insurance services, car-care products and Barrett-Jackson branded merchandise.

“The Collection Showroom is designed to be a year-round destination for discerning automotive enthusiasts,” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release announcing the two-day open house that launches the facility.

“Whether you want to buy or sell a vehicle, get expert advice, purchase licensed products, or have your collector car serviced, this will be the place to go.”

The Barrett-Jackson Showroom Division is managed by Muffy Bennett.

 

 

Germany’s Auctionata enters classic car marketplace

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport is among the classics offered at new auction | Auctionata photos
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport is among the classics offered at new auction | Auctionata photos

We have another new entry in the classic car auction business: Auctionata, established early in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, and primarily as an art auction house, will stage its first sale of classic cars via an online event November 28.

Those cars range from a 1966 Volvo Amazon and 1968 Triumph Spitfire, each estimated to be in the $6,200 to $13,000 range, to a 1919 Rolls Royce Silver Ghose Alpine Eagle ($186,000 to $375,000), a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport ($225,000 to $450,000), and a 1997 Porsche 911 Gemballa Extremo Speedster ($375,000 to $750,000).

“Auctionata is an auction house that sells not only works of art such as paintings and sculptures, but also successfully auctions luxury items and collectables, such as watches, jewelry and wine,” said Wolfgang Jochum, Auctionata’s director of new business.

“Classic cars is an obvious addition to our portfolio,” he added. “Hence we see the upcoming auction as a great opportunity to tap into this category in the future. However, we are aware that we still have to make a name for ourselves in this field and gauge how this type of auction is received by our customers.”

23-window 1955 'brander' Volkswagen Samba
23-window 1955 ‘brander’ Volkswagen Samba

Auctionata was founded in February 2012 by Alexander Zacke and Georg Untersalmberger in a building on Berlin’s historic Kurfurstendamm. Since then, the company has added offices in Rome, Zurich, London and recently in New York.

The company’s website says it has a global network of more than 250 experts in various collecting disciplines, and has staged some 90 auctions, with an online catalog of some 14,000 works of art.

Jochum said the company is building its classic car department within the Berlin office.

“However, we work very closely with our American colleagues and we will not rule out the possibility of a classic cars auction in the USA next year,” he added.

1934 Riley TT Sprite Special
1934 Riley TT Sprite Special

The company’s initial classic car sale will include 40 lots, including a 1928 Riley Brooklands, 1955 Volkswagen T1 “Barndoor” 23-window Samba, 1967 21-window VW Samba double door, 1926 Nash 233 Special Six, 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 “Adenauer” convertible conversion and a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

A preview of all of the cars will be available in Berlin on November 27 and 28.

 

Rare Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow to Arizona Concours

The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a masterpiece from the classic era | Arizona Concours d'Elegance
The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a masterpiece from the classic era | Arizona Concours d’Elegance

One of the most elegant and evocative automobiles of the  classic era, a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow will be featured at the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance on January 11, 2015, at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.

The Silver Arrow, one of just five built and three known to survive, will appear on the landscaped inner lawns of the Biltmore as part of a special Pierce-Arrow featured class for the 2015 Arizona Concours.

The magnificent sedan was formerly part of the late William F. Harrah’s extensive automobile collection in Reno, Nevada, and was fully restored by the world-famous facility. The car is now owned by the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum in San Francisco.

“The Arizona Concours d’Elegance is honored to welcome this wonderful Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, which will be one of the highlights of the 2015 Arizona Concours,” said Kevin Cornish, executive director of the Concours. “The legendary Silver Arrow is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and its Art Deco design will complement that of the Arizona Biltmore architecture.”

Created by Philip Wright of Pierce-Arrow’s design team, the Silver Arrow embodied advanced concepts of streamlined design while staying true to the Art Deco styling ethos of the period.

The legendary Silver Arrow is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.” 

The Silver Arrow was introduced by luxury automaker Pierce-Arrow at the New York Auto show in January 1933, where its revolutionary appearance stunned the crowd with what seemed to be an exciting vision of the future.

Indeed, the Silver Arrow was a milestone of automotive design, changing how automakers styled their most-important cars from then on. The slogan for the car’s introduction at the 1933 auto show said it all: “Suddenly it’s 1940!”

The Silver Arrow is a car of monumental size, though its fluid body lines create a feeling of speed and lightness. The engine is a powerful V12 that gave the sedan an impressive top speed of 115 mph.

Pierce-Arrow of Buffalo, New York, was struggling from the effects of The Great Depression when it unveiled the Silver Arrow, hoping to gain much-needed attention for its overall lineup of luxury automobiles. The Silver Arrow was certainly exclusive, priced at a then-exorbitant $10,000, which would explain why only five were ever sold. Pierce-Arrow did not survive the economic rigors of the 1930s, but is remembered among the greatest marques of the classic era.

Today, the Silver Arrow is recognized as one of the finest automotive designs of any period, and its appearance on the grass at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance should be a memorable experience for all who attend.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier automotive event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, including ticket sales, see www.arizonaconcours.com.

Farmer knows best? Mecum’s vintage tractor sale tops $2 million

Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos
Vintage tractor auction draws a lot of interest | Mecum Auctions photos

Should your classic car collection include a vintage farm tractor?

You see such vehicles offered for sale from time to time at some classic car auctions, but Mecum Auctions has an entire Gone Farmin’ division that focuses on vintage farm equipment. Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ just held its Iowa Premier sale in Davenport, Iowa, where 234 of 287 tractors sold (an impressive 82 percent sell-through) for a total of more than $2 million ($2,073,653 to be precise).

1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000
1959 John Deere 6030 brings $44,000

The top-dollar sale was $68,500 (hammer price) for a 1959 John Deere 730 LPG Hi-Crop unit, one of only 28 produced and this one formerly displayed in the John Deere Museum.

A 1974 John Deere 6030 went for $44,000, with a 1983 Deere 4050 bringing $42,500.

The top nine sales in terms of dollars bid were John Deere units. Next — 10th overall at the sale — was an Allis Chalmers D21 Series II that sold for $25,000.

Mecum’s next Gone Farmin’ auction is April 10-11, 2015, also at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport.

Famed Wellborn muscle-car collection in Mecum auction

This preserved 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona has been driven just 6,400 miles | Mecum Auctions
This preserved 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona has been driven just 6,400 miles | Mecum Auctions

Muscle-car fanatics go goggle-eyed whenever they hear mention of the vaunted Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection, a spectacular trove of rare and impressive performance icons from Mopar, GM and Ford.

So the torque addicts should take notice that 25 of those cars, nearly half of the collection, are going up for sale when Mecum holds its Kissimmee, Florida, sale January 16-25, 2015. Some 3,000 collector cars will be offered during the Florida auction.

Compiled by Tim Wellborn, one of the world’s top muscle-car and Mopar collectors, the high-quality vehicles from the muscle-car museum include some very special low-mileage, unrestored originals as well as exceedingly rare Holy Grail muscle cars from the late ’60s and early ’70s.

The 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A has a 440 six-pack | Mecum Auctions
The 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A has a 440 six-pack | Mecum

Hemi power dominates the collection – which includes what’s reputed to be the world’s largest gathering of Dodge Chargers – but the competition from Ford and GM are well-represented.

“We’ve undoubtedly had some truly amazing collections cross our block through the years, but this group probably tops all of them,” said Dana Mecum, Mecum Auctions’ president and founder.

Among the Wellborn Musclecar Museum offerings at Mecum are several pristine unrestored cars from the muscle-car apex year of 1970, including a Dodge Challenger T/A, a Ford Mustang Boss 429, and one of GM’s most legendary muscle cars, a Chevelle LS6 coupe.

There are also such things as the famous 1978 Pontiac Firebird featured in the TV series The Rockford Files and a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona with 426-cid Hemi V8, a four-speed manual transmission and only 6,400 mile on its odometer.

he 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is also unrestored | Mecum
The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is also unrestored | Mecum

“It is very rare that collections of the magnitude and notoriety of the Wellborn Collection come up for sale,” said Frank Mecum, the auctions’ consignment director. “It is also important to note that most of the cars coming out of the Wellborn Collection have never been offered to the public.”

Tim Wellborn said he is selling off the cars from his museum in Alexander City, Alabama, to provide space for others.

“The goal here is really to make room to continue rotating the museum inventory,” Wellborn said. “Space is limited, so we can’t just keep adding to the current group of cars, and we want to keep the muscle-car displays fresh – and always the best of the best. This is actually the start of a new era for the Wellborn Musclecar Museum.”

For more on the Wellborn muscle cars, see the Mecum website at mecum.com/collection.

The triple-black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 coupe is powered by a 454cid/450hp V8 | Mecum Auctions
The triple-black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 coupe is powered by a 454cid/450hp V8 | Mecum Auctions

Goodguys caps 2014 shows with Southwest Nationals

A wide array of cool custom cars will be on the field at WestWorld | Goodguys
A wide array of cool cars will be on the Goodguys field at WestWorld | Goodguys

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association wraps up its 2014 season this weekend when the 17th annual Southwest Nationals rolls into WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classics are expected to take part in the sweeping showcase of automotive artistry scheduled Friday through Sunday. The Scottsdale show will be the final event this year in Goodguys’ national agenda of 19 hot-rod and custom car shows, which started in March.

New this year at WestWorld will be the selection of Goodguys’ Truck of the Year-Late (Model) award for custom trucks produced between 1955 and 1972. The seven finalists from around the country will be lined up for judging, with the winner announced Saturday at 1 p.m.

A 1954 Pontiac Star Chief won the Custom Rod of the Year award | Goodguys
A 1954 Pontiac Star Chief won 2014 Custom Rod of the Year | Goodguys

“Normally, we have the Truck of the Year selected already, but we decided to invite all seven finalists and do the award right there at Scottsdale,” said Goodguys spokesman John Drummond.

The late-model Truck of the Year will join the top 10 other Cars of the Year that have been awarded so far by Goodguys and its sponsors during 2014. The national winners will all be present for inspection by the public in the gleaming Champions Arena at Westworld.

One more annual winner will be awarded during the Southwest Nationals: The champion of the Goodguys AutoCross Finals Shootout. The Shootout is a popular competition in which 32 finalists will compete on a tight, complex autocross track for the fastest times in bracketed elimination racing.

“The final Shootout autocross race is a 32-car field from all over the country to determine one overall winner, who becomes the Autocrosser of the Year,” Drummond said. “It’s a real cutthroat tournament.”

This 1936 Dodge was chosen as America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod | Goodguys
This 1936 Dodge is America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod | Goodguys

The Autocross Shootout is a crowd-pleasing event because spectators get to see the high-performance custom cars in roaring, tire-shrieking action, Drummond added.

Along with the thousands of special vehicles filling the polo grounds at WestWorld will be hundreds of vendor exhibits, a massive swap meet and cars-for-sale corral, a model car show, free games and activities for kids, and entertainment.

The weekend gets started Thursday with the traditional Hot Rod Cruise organized by the event’s host club, the Over the Hill Gang Phoenix Chapter. After visiting seven locations in the Phoenix area, including shops and collections, the final stop is at Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler for a night of live music, food, drinks and lots of hot rods. The party gets under way at 5 p.m.

For more information about the Southwest Nationals and the Hot Rod Cruise, see www.good-guys.com.

UK’s 2015 Royal concours set for Scottish castle

Cars on tour for UK's Concours d'Elegance Royal | Cd'E Royal photo
Cars on tour for UK’s Concours d’Elegance Royal | Cd’E Royal photo

The United Kingdom’s annual Concours of Elegance Royal will be held September 4-6, 2015, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, “with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen,” the organizers have announced.

Not only does the event attract a group of the world’s most historic and significant classic vehicles, but is hosted by a different royal venue each year. The inaugural concours was staged at Windsor Castle in 2012. Subsequent events were held at St James Palace and, this year, at Hampton Court Palace.

In addition to the concours, participants will take their vehicles on a two-day driving tour of Scotland, September 2-3.

“Set against the backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a truly exceptional venue, standing at the end of Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Mile, and being Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland,” the news release said. “The annual Concours of Elegance remains totally unique in being the only automotive event in the UK to enjoy an authentic and spectacular Royal Palace as its backdrop, with keen Royal motoring enthusiast HRH Prince Michael of Kent as the event’s Patron.”

While the concours is limited to 60 vehicles, hundreds of other cars from automakers and car clubs will be arrayed on the palace grounds.

2015 Goodwood Festival theme: ‘Flat-out and Fearless’

 A 1970 Porsche 917 short tail takes to the track during last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed | Goodwood Festival

A 1970 Porsche 917  takes to the track during last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed | Goodwood Festival

“Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge” has been announced as the official theme for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, an annual motorsports celebration and hill-climb for historic and modern race cars that takes place June 25-28, 2015, on the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England.

“ ‘Flat-out and Fearless’ typifies some of the most spectacular drivers and moments from motor sport’s past and present,” according to the Goodwood news release. “Who could forget the wheel-bumping final-lap battle between Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari and Rene Arnoux’s Renault at the 1979 French Grand Prix, or the sight of the legendary Colin McRae hurling his Subaru over the Bunnings jumps on Rally Australia in 1997?

“Juan Manuel Fangio’s decision to race ‘at 100 percent for the only time in my life’ to overhaul the Ferraris to win the 1957 German GP, and the legendary duel between Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts at Silverstone in 1979 provide further examples of how racing on the edge has captured the imagination of motorsport fans across the globe.”

The festival opens June 25 with the Moving Motor Show, where many of the world’s largest automakers showcase their latest models. That’s followed by three days of spectator-friendly action as race cars dating from the earliest examples to the latest compete on the famous hill-climb course.

Tickets are on sale for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and associated events on the website at www.goodwood.com.

Arizona Concours d’Elegance hosts two new events

Peter Brock, designer of the Le Mans-winning Cobra Daytona Coupe, will be one of the Elegance at Speed panelists  | Carroll Shelby Foundation
Peter Brock, designer of the 1964 Le Mans class-winning Cobra Daytona Coupe, will be one of the Elegance at Speed panelists | Carroll Shelby Foundation

The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance has announced two new featured events – an insider’s look at Arizona’s famous collector-car auction week and a panel discussion with acclaimed race car designers – that take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, where the concours will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Both forums happen on Saturday, January 10, in the Grand Ballroom, and tickets are available for the public to attend what should be a fascinating afternoon of classic and competition car talk leading up to the Concours, staged the following day on the landscaped inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore.

First up is the annual auction week preview presented by the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA).   The preview features a panel of collector-car experts who will discuss the trends of today’s market, and what cars they expect will be getting all the attention during the six collector-car auctions that happen in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area during the week following the Arizona Concours.

The PAPA discussion also will include representatives from the various auctions who will present the highlights of their upcoming sales. The auctions will be held through January 18 by RM, Gooding and Company, Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Russo and Steele, and Silver.

Automotive journalist and author Larry Edsall will moderate the PAPA event, which starts at noon and runs to 1:30 pm. The members of the expert panel will be announced at a later date.  Edsall is editorial director of ClassicCars.com.

Veteran race driver Lyn St. James will moderate Elegance at Speed
Veteran race driver Lyn St. James will moderate Elegance at Speed

Next is a special panel discussion entitled Elegance at Speed, in which three top designers will speak about race car design over the decades. The forum will be moderated by former race driver Lyn St. James, who was the second woman to race the Indianapolis 500 and the first to be selected rookie of the year in 1992.

Panelists for Elegance at Speed are Nigel Bennett, designer of F1 and Indycars, who spent 10 years at Penske Racing contributing to 53 wins and five driver championships; Peter Brock, best-known for designing the Cobra Daytona Coupe for Carroll Shelby’s team to compete with at Le Mans, among his many accomplishments; and Kip Wasenko, the former director of design for GM’s Cadillac Division and designer of Cadillac’s Le Mans Prototype (LMP).

The Elegance at Speed panel discussion starts at 2 pm and continues through 4.

Tickets are now available for the PAPA auction preview and Elegance at Speed – one $50 ticket gains entry to both events. Seating is limited and tickets are expected to go quickly. Tickets for the panel discussions and for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance the following day are available online at www.arizonaconcours.com.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier automotive event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Deadline nears for California museum’s trip to Cuba

Havana street scene| California Automobile Museum
Havana street scene| California Automobile Museum

Friday, November 15 is the deadline to register for the California Automobile Museum’s cars and culture trip to Cuba. The 9-day, 8-night “Cuba’s Classic Cars” is scheduled for March 27 through April 4, 2015, and will include the museum’s executive director, Karen McClaflin.

“It is estimated that Cuba has approximately 60,000 classic American cars that are still in almost-perfect working condition,” the museum said in its most recent update. “You will meet with the owners of these amazing cars and exchange ideas to understand the level of ingenuity required to maintain these automotive treasures.

“Cuba is the only place in the world where you will be able to see this amazing array of vintage automotive gems, as they are part of the national heritage or Patrimonio Nacional, and cannot leave the island.”

In addition to meeting with various car clubs, the tour will include the Museo de Autos Antiguos, a cruise in classic cars down El Malecon, as well as visits to the national art school, Portages cigar factory, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Chocolate, the Hemingway Museum, Bellamar caves, Morro Castle and other locations.

Cost, which includes transportation from Miami to Havana, is $5,050 for double occupancy or $5,550 for a single. For details, visit the museum website.