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Volvo marks 70th anniversary of its first compact car

A 1940s-era promo photo for the new Volvo PV444 targeted California buyers | Volvo
A 1940s-era promo photo for the new Volvo PV444 targeted California buyers | Volvo

The end of World War II marked a new direction for Volvo of Sweden, moving away from large staid sedans to smaller and sportier cars with their own unique style. Next month, Volvo celebrates the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of its seminal compact car, the PV444, which was presented on September 1, 1944, during an exhibition for the newly built Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm.

Though basically a non-functional concept car, the PV444 met with high acclaim and set Volvo off on its career path of practical yet enjoyable small vehicles. Volvo also showed a more-traditional pre-war-style sedan at the exhibition, the PV60, but the PV444 got all the attention.

Early assembly line in Sweden for the PV444 | Volvo
Early assembly line in Sweden for the PV444 | Volvo

Notably, the PV444 was Volvo’s first unibody car for the then-18-year-old automaker, which in 1944 was looking forward to the end of hostilities in Europe so that the company could begin anew. Volvo’s customer magazine, Ratten, called the proposed post-war cars “Volvo’s doves of peace.”

The first production PV444s rolled out in March 1947 with thousands of customer orders already placed. The car also premiered a new four-cylinder engine with Volvo’s first overhead valve design for a passenger car. The original version of the 1.4-liter engine produced 40 horsepower, which was increased over ensuing years.

Many U.S. driver found PV444's styling familiar and appealing | Volvo
Many U.S. drivers found the styling familiar and appealing | Volvo

Most importantly for Volvo, the PV444 helped to establish the Swedish automaker in the United States. The first batch of cars arrived in Los Angeles in 1955, and by the following year, Volvo had become the second most-popular import brand in California. The resemblance of the Volvo to a scaled-down version of a pre-war Ford no doubt boosted its popularity among U.S. drivers.

The car also raised Volvo’s profile as a mass producer of automobiles, with more than 200,000 PV444s built up to 1958. Its modernized successor, the PV544, was built through 1965 for a total of 440,000 cars for both models, of which 280,000 were sold in Sweden and the remainder exported, primarily to the U.S.

Today, the PV444s and 544s are popular, modestly priced collector cars with a loyal following.

Mecum offers 1,100 classic cars at Dallas auction

The 1967 Camaro has been restored to authentic Yenko Super Camaro specifications | Mecum Auctions
The 1967 Camaro has been restored to authentic Yenko Super Camaro specifications | Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auctions, which now conducts 17 sales of classic cars, motorcycles and farm tractors per year and refers to itself as “the largest collector car auction company in the world,” holds its fourth annual Dallas auction September 2-6 with more than 1,100 vehicles crossing the block.

The Dallas sale, one of three annual Mecum auctions in Texas, takes place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and will be broadcast live and same-day delay on NBC Sports Network and streamed live at

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing | Mecum Auctions
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing | Mecum Auctions

“We’re looking forward to returning to Dallas for our second of three Mecum Auctions in Texas this year and continuing to grow what has become one of the largest Mecum Auctions events,” Dana Mecum, founder and president of Mecum Auctions, said in a news release.

Headlining the Dallas auction is the first 1967 Chevrolet Camaro  delivered to the famed Yenko Chevrolet nearly 50 years ago, built on the first day of production and now completely restored to true Yenko Super Camaro specifications by one of the leading lights in the Yenko community, collector Gary Holub, according to its catalog description.

A 425-horsepower 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda | Mecum Auctions
A 425-horsepower 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda | Mecum Auctions

Fully documented and decoded, the Camaro coupe packs a date-correct 427/450 big block, Muncie four-speed transmission. 12-bolt Positraction rear, fiberglass stinger hood and correct Granada Gold finish.

Another headline car is an iconic 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, freshly renewed to concours condition, according to Mecum.

Other featured cars include a Bloomington Gold Benchmark 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, a rare 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible, a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda.

Goodwood Revival salutes Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell 006 | Goodwood photos
Jackie Stewart in the Tyrrell 006 | Goodwood photos
Jackie Stewart
Jackie Stewart

The annual Goodwood Revival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Stewart’s “discovery” with a series of special parades during the British festival to honor the three-time World Driving Champion.

After doing well in sports car races, Stewart was invited in 1964 to test a Formula 3 car at the Goodwood circuit. The test for the then-24-year-old racer from Scotland was arranged by track manager Robin Mackay in conjunction with Ken Tyrrell’s team.

The Cooper T72-BMC Stewart drove in that test is one of 24 cars that will comprise a Stewart salute at the Revival.

Also among those cars will be a 1969 Matra MS80-Cosworth, a 1973 Tyrrell 006, the Lola T90-Ford that broke down during the closing stages of the 1966 Indy 500 while Stewart was more than a lap ahead of the field, as well as the 1965 BRM P261 in which Stewart won his first Formula One race at Monza.

Stewart’s sports car career will be featured with two Lola T70 Spyders, Jaguar- and Buick-engined Ecurie Ecosse Tojeiros, a Ferrari 330 P4 and a Ford GT40.

Stewart will participate in each of the three parades, one each afternoon of the three-day Revival meeting.
Other special features at the Revival, scheduled for September 12-14 are:

  • A life-size replica of Stonehenge.
  • The West Sussex at War parade, featuring more than 600 vehicles and 25 WWII veterans, to mark 75 years of the RAF Westhampnett aerodrome.
  • Pussy Galore’s Goldfinger helicopter as focal point for a “Spirit of Aviation’ display.
  • Fifteen categories of vintage races.
  • A classic car show featuring some 4,500 pre-1974 vehicles.
  • Beneficiary of the 2014 Goodwood Revival will be England’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, which has earmarked funds to make sure one of the country’s iconic grand prix cars, the 1950 BRM V16 Type 15, will remain in running order.

For more information, visit the Goodwood website.

MGs star at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car

Sports cars join Simply Classics gathering | Beaulieu
Sports cars join Simply Classics gathering | Beaulieu
People's Choice among MGs goes to this 1937 VA
People’s Choice among MGs goes to this 1937 VA

Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu held its fourth annual Simply Classics car show last weekend, though this time organizers changed the event’s name to Simply Classics & Sports Car. We’re not sure why the word “car” is singular — ah, those witty Brits! — but the idea was that in addition to traditional classic cars, the field this year would be open as well to sports car, and especially sports cars produced by MG, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

More than 200 MGs turned out, ranging from early VAs and TAs to MGBs and Midgets, and even more recent MGT and MG TF models.

Among the awards given were two voted by spectators. The “favorite MG” award went to Mike Short of Holbury, Southampton for his 1937 MG VA drophead coupe wearing British Racing Green colors. Short said he bought his car last year at Bonhams auction at Beaulieu, where it was offered as a non-running project vehicle.

The car had been restored in 1984, but since then was driven only 10 miles and spent nearly 30 years in a home garage. Short spent last winter bringing the car back to life. It recently did a 120-mile drive, though Short says he still has work to do.

Gary Collins accepts People's Choice top honors
Gary Collins accepts People’s Choice top honors

Also honored was the People’s Choice award given to the spectators’ favorite vehicle regardless of marque. That award went to a non-British car, a blue-and-white 1967 Volkswagen camera van owned by Gary Collins of Chichester.

Petersen Museum hosts hot rod stamps dedication

Hot Rods Forever takes on new meaning with the '32 Ford roadster stamps | U.S. Postal Service
Hot Rods Forever takes on new meaning with the ’32 Ford roadster stamps | U.S. Postal Service

The two ’32 Ford highboy roadsters that posed for the U.S. Postal Service’s new Hot Rods Forever Stamps will be shown today at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles during a dedication ceremony of the limited-edition collection.

The cars – the red ’32 McGee Roadster owned by well-known collector Bruce Meyer and the black-with-flames ’32 Frank Rogers Roadster owned by Mark Graham – will be at the museum with their owners for the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ceremony, along with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and emcee Barry Maguiar, host of the TV show Car Crazy.

The colorful Hot Rods Forever Stamps are part of the Post Office’s series of limited-edition designs that celebrate American car culture. Previous sets featured classic icons of the 1950s and another focused on popular muscle cars.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Hot Rods Forever Stamps took place in June at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Street Rod Nationals East Plus at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania.

The Petersen Museum event will include a public hot rod cruise-in, and 20-stamp sheets of the hot rod stamps will be available for purchase. They also can be purchased at, on the Postal Service’s eBay page at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), or at Post Offices nationwide.

Indiana history park to celebrate Festival of Machines that move us

Greg Dawson's 1931 Marmon 16 | photo courtesy Conner Prairie
Greg Dawson’s 1931 Marmon 16 | photo courtesy Conner Prairie

Want to make your inaugural car show memorable? Offer rides in a two-seat Dallara Indy Car. That’s one of the features for the first Festival of Machines: A Celebration of Transportation to be held September 13-14 at Conner Prairie, an 800-acre interactive history park in Fishers, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.

The park includes five outdoor, historically themed “destinations” as well as indoor, experimental learning spaces that focus on history, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and how they have shaped our society.

Among the classic cars scheduled to be present are a 1914 Stutz Bearcat, one of two surviving 1927 Cadillac dual-cowl phaetons, a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria coupe and many others.

Steam engines, vintage aircraft, boats, military vehicles, vintage fire trucks, construction equipment, helicopters and vintage tractors also will be on the grounds.

Because of the facilities proximity to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two-seat Dallara will give rides. Also taking part in the festival is Indy Car racer Pippa Mann, who will talk about her mission to encourage young women to consider careers in motorsports and other STEM-related (Science, Technology, Enginnering, Mathematics) fields.

The Conner Prairie website says the event is being held not only to celebrate Indiana’s history in the design and production of innovative transportation, but also to honor those who are preserving that heritage through classic vehicles.

One of those people is Greg Dawson, who in his early 30s bought a 1955 Jaguar that he admits he really couldn’t afford.

“I didn’t have any money back then but once something so powerful gets in your system, there’s no turning back,” he is quoted in a Conner Prairie news release.

But the time came when Dawson could afford to collect cars. His collection includes some 30 concourse-quality vehicles, including a 1931 Marmon four-door convertible sedan he restored.

“I’m happy to share what I have and what I’ve learned with people of all ages because it’s important to preserve rare cars for posterity’s sake,” Dawson said.

Unlike some collectors of vintage machines, Dawson is eager to let people climb aboard.

”I don’t mind if anyone touches it,” he said. “It’s a petting zoo as far as I’m concerned. I tell people, ‘Get in it. Have some fun. Start it up. It’s OK because that’s what it was made for.’ ”

For more information on Conner Prairie and its inaugural Festival of Machines, visit the Conner Prairie website.

Mitchell museum’s woodies, concept sell well at auction

Mitchell museum started to honor the man who produced  woodie and station wagon bodies for Detroit automakers | Larry Edsall photos
Mitchell museum honored producer of woodie, wagon bodies for Detroit automakers | Larry Edsall photos

The 27 vehicles disbursed in the recent Mitchell Car Museum auction (see our Eye Candy gallery and story) sold for more than $1.8 million, including $228,800 for the 1954 Dodge Granada concept car.

Mitchell-built Dodge Granada concept brings $228,800
Mitchell-built Dodge Granada concept brings $228,800

A 1949 Buick Roadmaster woodie station wagon and a 1948 Pontiac Streamline woodie wagon each brought $165,000, while a 1904 Mitchell B2 runabout sold for $137,500 and a 1911 Mitchell Model T Touring for $110,000.


Breaking news: Completion of pending sales would supercharge Cole’s already-successful Monterey return

Cars on display at Rick Cole Auctions' Monterey return | Rick Cole Auctions photos
Cars on display at Rick Cole Auctions’ Monterey return | Rick Cole Auctions photos

Not only did Rick Cole introduce new bidding technology to the classic car auction world with his bid-by-smart-phone sale on the Monterey Peninsula, he’s also changing the way results are reported.

Here it is, more than a week after bidding ended and we still are unable to report final numbers from the sale.

According to Cole’s website, 24 of the three dozen cars available have sold, and for more than $23.2 million, led by a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti that sold for $12 million. Those numbers boost the overall Monterey auction totals to more than $427 million.

However, and this is a big however, Cole is telling his public relations person that he’s confident all four cars listed as “sales pending” soon will become sales completed. The closure of those four sales would add $34.5 million to the auction’s sales total.

Some of the Cole cars at the Marriott
Some of the Cole cars at the Marriott

Apparently, we’ll have to watch Cole’s website to learn when those sales close because he told his publicist that the negotiations between the car owners, the high bidders and Cole’s staff will not play out in public.

The four cars are a 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport, currently bid to $22.111 million; a 1962 Ferrari 250 short-wheelbase GT, now at $9.65 million; and a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs — a 1956 gullwing coupe at $1.595 million and a 1962 roadster at $1.155 million. Each of those bids has increased since the midnight Sunday close of the auction.

It is typical in the classic car auction world for cars which don’t meet the owner’s reserve price during live bidding to move from the block to “still for sale” status. Such after-the-bidding sales can be very important to an auction house’s bottom line.

For example, among the other auction companies with sales this year on the Monterey Peninsula, at least two enjoyed significant post-block sales: The preliminary figure of $106.5 million at Bonhams turned into $108 million in the final accounting while Russo and Steele’s auction total grew from $9.6 million to more than $12 million.

Cole was the first to conduct a classic and collector car auction on the Monterey Peninsula. That was back in 1986 (he sold rights to that original sale to RM in 1997). Cole returned this year, but with the new auction format. Only some three dozen cars were included in Cole’s new sales format, and bidding on them didn’t take place across a traditional auction block but via smart-phone technology.

A somewhat similar format has been used with success recently for some contemporary art auctions. With the very busy schedule of events — including five live auctions — during Monterey Classic Car Week, Cole thought bidders might like the opportunity not only to see the cars at their leisure — the cars were on display during the week at the Marriott hotel — but also to bid the same way, without having to be present in the room, or even live via phone or internet.

Under the format, bidding was to extend until midnight on the Sunday of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Soon thereafter, Cole’s website indicated that 18 cars had sold, and for more than $20 million, led by the ’65 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Cienti and with four other Ferraris going to new owners in transactions priced between $1.05 and $2.2 million each.

Cole reported that his new auction format attracted 330 bidders.

Through his publicist, Cole said there is a positive public perception. According to an email to, “The system was easy to use, fun to use, no hassles, no time limits, time to think and mull things over. We didn’t charge hundreds of dollars to bid, and the room was a great place to network as anybody who was anyone was there including many great international collectors.”

The email reports “that the biggest compliment to all of this is the affirmation that there is a future for this type of auction, as evidenced by rumors that other major auction companies are already planning similar events.”

Even with four sales pending, Cole’s sales-so-far total of more than $23 million, plus the updated figures from Bonhams and the Russo and Steele sales, pushes the Monterey auctions total sales to more than $427.5 million, easily a record for the week and nearly $100 million more than the $352 million figure compiled in 2013. Completion of those four pending sales by Rick Cole Auctions, even for the current bid amounts, would boost that figure to a stunning $461.5 million.

Of course, those pending sales are, well, pending, so we present the following reports of the top-10 sales (so far) at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction and also the top-10 for all of the Monterey auctions. (All figures include buyer’s fees.)

Rick Cole Auctions Monterey top 10:
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti, $12,000,000
1962 Ferrari 250 PF cabriolet, $2,200,000
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, $2,200,000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, $1,980,000
1973 Ferrari 375 GTB/4, $1,155,000
1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder, $715,000
1973 Ferrari 376 GTB/4 Daytona, $688,600
1974 Ferrai 365 BB, $550,000
1974 Ferrari 246 GTS, $447,000
1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th anniversary edition, $346,500

Overall 2014 Monterey top 10:
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO coupe, $38,115,000 (Bonhams)
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale coupe, $26,400,000 (RM)
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder, $15,180,000 (Gooding)
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB competition Clienti, $12,000,000 (Cole)
1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, $11,550,000 (RM)
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $10,175,000 (RM)
1953 Ferrari 250 MM coupe, $7,260,000 (Bonhams)
1965 Ford GT40 prototype roadster, $6,930,000 (RM)
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica coupe, $6,875,000 (Bonhams)
1958 Ferrari 250 SI cabriolet, $6,820,000 (Bonhams)


Auburn launches full fall schedule of auction action

Sale of this 1964 Chevrolet Impala will send veterans to Washington, D.C. | Auctions America photo
Sale of this 1964 Chevrolet Impala will send veterans to Washington, D.C. | Auctions America photo

Are classic car buyers and their bank accounts exhausted after the auction action on the Monterey Peninsula? It won’t take long to find out, because the torrent of cars across the block doesn’t dissipate anytime soon.

The Labor Day weekend is no holiday for classic car auction houses. RM’s Auctions America stages its biggest annual event, its Fall Auburn sale, August 27-31 at Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana.

The sale is held during the annual Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, and it’s not the only auction action in town as Worldwide Auctioneers holds its annual hometown event August 30 in the historic Cord L29 assembly plant right behind the ACD Museum.

Meanwhile, Silver Auctions will be at Sun Valley, Idaho, for a sale August 30-31 in conjunction with that community’s Wagon Days festivities.

In early September, the sales spotlight shifts across the Atlantic Ocean in early September with Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive sale on the 4th, Bonhams auction at Beaulieu on the 6th and RM’s annual London auction on the 8th. And just a few days later, Bonhams does its annual auction at the Goodwood Revival (the 9th through the 11th). Oh, and a few days earlier — on August 30 — Historics at Brooklands will stage its largest auction yet with 161 cars crossing the block.

However, don’t forget that Mecum Auctions is at Dallas with a thousand cars from September 3-6 and then goes to suburban Chicago for another thousand-vehicle sale September 9-11.

Also in September, Silverstone, a serious if relatively new player in Europe, has its Autumn auction, Silver Auctions is in Portland, and Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele go head-to-head in Las Vegas.

Ferraris were all the rage on the Monterey Peninsula, but traditional classics get to stage a comeback in early October at Bonhams Preservation sale at the Simeone museum and at RM’s annual auction at Hershey.

Here are some highlights of the Labor Day and early September sales:

In addition to its usual assortment of hundreds of collector cars, Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale will feature some 80 cars from one private collection and 20 from the Disiere Collection, assembled over the past 20 years by Dallas insurance executive David Disiere, whose collection includes several Ford concept cars; the Maggio Mascot and Memorabilia Collection; the MacPhail Collection of classic auto parts, which includes a flock of parts for Duesenbergs; more than three dozen vintage tractors, circa 1930s through the 1950s, from a single collection; as well as the Fred Smith collection of automotive fine art and the 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost used on the Boardwalk Empire television series.

Among the “usual assemblage” Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale comprises more than one thousand cars, including a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, an F-code 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and a 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria.

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ by LaGrande | Auctions America
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ by LaGrande | Auctions America

Since this is the A-C-D Festival weekend, the auction also features cars from the local automakers, including a 1937 Cord 812 supercharged convertible, a 1935 Auburn 851 supercharged speedster and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual cowl phaeton with body by LaGrande.

“Auburn has always been the place where people bring their cars home to sell them,” said Auctions America car specialist Megan Boyd.

This will be the 58th annual A-C-D Festival. It includes a downtown Auburn cruise-in that starts at 1 p.m. Friday and runs well into the night, the ACD Club car show on Saturday and the A-C-D Parade of Classics on Saturday afternoon, as well as many other events.

Worthy of special mention at Auction America’s sale is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible that will be auctioned to benefit the honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. The car is donated by Jerry Rathburn, a Vietnam era veteran and founder of Rathburn Tool and Manufacturing, who hopes the car raises enough money to fly 70 Northeast Indiana veterans, especially aging WWII veterans, to Washington, D.C., to visit the various memorials.

The activity at Auburn Auction Park includes more than the auction, which is conducted on two side-by-side blocks. It also includes a swap meet, car sales corral, celebrity appearances and this year ATV and dirt bike exhibitions, as well as helicopter and monster truck rides.

The idea, said Boyd, is to keep the entire family involved and entertained.

Worldwide’s Auburn sale includes a Figonii et Falaschi-designed 1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 sport cabriolet, 1949 Mercury and 1952 Buick woodie wagons, a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, a 1938 Cadillac V16 limousine, a 1929 Cord L-29 town car, various versions of Ford Models T and A, a 1955 Hudson Italia, a pair of Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadsters, a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible, and 18 Packards, including a 1929 645 roadster, 1934 Twelve 1108 convertible, 1938 1604 Super Eight coupe, a 1942 U.S. Army staff car, a 1947 Clipper taxi, a 1953 Henney ambulance and a 1958 hardtop coupe.

Featured lots of Mecum’s Dallas sale include the first 1967 Chevrolet Camaro delivered to the Yenko Chevrolet dealership, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that earned Bloomington Gold Benchmark honors, a 1969 Corvette L88 convertible ordered new by racer Tony DeLorenzo, and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda.

Featured lots for Mecum’s Chicago sale include a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro that was Nickey Chevrolet’s last Stage III conversion, the first 2010 Nickey Camaro Stage II SE offered for public sale, a 1967 COPO Corvette convertible with Bloomington Gold Survivor status, and a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A originally sold by Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge dealership.

'Tour de France' Ferrari | RM
‘Tour de France’ Ferrari | RM

The star car for RM’s London auction, held in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, is a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competitionze ‘Tour de France’ and the eighth of the nine such cars built. Pre-auction estimate is $7 million to $9 million.

Also on the docket are a 1964 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio, and a dozen Ferraris from a single collection, among them an alloy-bodied 1966 275 GTB.

'Kohlod' flying laboratory up for bidding at RM London | RM
‘Kohlod’ flying laboratory up for bidding at RM London | RM

However, the highlight of the sale could be the very first lot, a CIAM-NASA Hypersonic Flying Laboratory “Kohlod,” basically a rocket capable of traveling at nearly 5,000 miles per hour, though presented for sale as “a static technical aerospace artifact.”

Silverstone’s Salon Prive sale features cars from The “Stradale” Collection while Bonhams auction at England’s National Motor Museum includes the estate sale of a collection of vintage motorcycles and a bevy of barn- or garage-found automobiles that are candidates for restoration or preservation.

The featured lot for Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction is the 1938 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports-racing two-seater known as “Epe 97” and with racing history both before and after World War II.

Bonhams offers some more-affordable collectibles

Model car "toys" from a major collection being offered at Bonhams auction | Bonhams
Model car “toys” from a major collection being offered at Bonhams auction | Bonhams

You may not have been able to afford the cars offered at Bonhams’ most recent sale in northern California, but the auction house that just sold a Ferrari GTO for more than $38.1 million has another sale scheduled for this week, and the vehicles are expected to be sold for three and four figures, not seven or eight.

This sale, to be held Monday in San Francisco, is the Yoku Tanaka Toy Collection, which includes many vintage tin model cars, as well as tin-toy boats and airplanes.

According to the sales catalog, Yoku Tanaka started collecting such “toys” as a teenager, but his collecting became serious after college and expanded to include other items, including kimonos. His collections, the result of what Tanaka calls 53 years of “careful acquisition and curation,” have been featured in exhibitions in Tokyo as well as New York and Boston.

Being offered at this Bonhams auction is one-fifth of the collection. Several items were sold at an earlier sale in January, where hammer prices ranged from $1,200 for a boxed 1952 Cadillac convertible by Alps to $14,000 for a 1962 Chrysler Imperial with its decorative box. (Hammer prices do not include a 25-percent buyer’s premium fee.) Another portion of the collection is scheduled to come to auction in November.

This pair has pre-auction estimated value of $400 to $600
This pair has pre-auction estimated value of $400 to $600

Some lots at the auction Monday include a single vehicle while others include more than a dozen. For example, the lot shown here that includes the two remote-controlled vehicles shown here has a pre-auction estimate of $400 to $600 while the grouping of six friction vehicles with boxes is estimated at $300 to $500.

The highest estimates we saw in the catalog were $2,000 for a Condor motorcycle and its prototype version and for an Astroboy-Mighty Atom lithographed bus.

For more information, visit the auction website.