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Brightwells schedules three 2017 auctions at Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos
Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos

Bicester Heritage, the former Royal Air Force base in England that has been turned into a 348-acre campus for classic car and vintage aircraft restoration and events, will add auctions to its schedule in 2017 in a partnership with Brightwells.

In business since 1846 and selling art, real estate, livestock, machinery and more, Brightwells added classic car and motorcycle sales to its auction offerings in 2005. Continue reading

Last LaFerrari heads to charity auction this weekend

Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction | Ferrari photo
Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction in Daytona Beach | Ferrari photo

Original plans called for Ferrari to produce 499 examples of its hybrid-powered LaFerrari. But late this summer, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced that one more LaFerrari, the 500th and final, would be produced and sold for charity.

That charity auction is scheduled for Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida, as part of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Britain’s 2017 royal concours set for Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of excellence in 2017 | Royal concours photos
Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of elegance in 2017 | Royal concours photos

Britain’s Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace in 2017. The site of Henry VIII’s riverside retreat also hosted the automotive celebration in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s long reign in 2014.

Established in 2012, the concours features 60 cars posed on the grounds of one of England’s royal castles, with hundreds of other cars and activities staged elsewhere on the property. The concours is scheduled for September 1-3, 2017. Continue reading

‘2,000 Wheels’ auction generates $54.85 million in sales

Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby's photo by Simone Caldirola
Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby’s photos by Simone Caldirola

The challenge was daunting but the reward was overwhelming as RM Sotheby’s staged the largest sale of a single consignor’s collection in European history with the Duemila Ruote (2,000 Wheels) auction, which posted $54,851,698 in total sales with a 100 percent sell-through rate late last week in Milan, where the AutoClassica classics and sports car show also was taking place. Continue reading

Mossgreen with envy: Australian auction sets records

Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos
Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos

With $2.4 million (Australian) in sales, Mossgreen’s recent sale of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia claims the title as the highest by dollar value classic car auction in the Southern Hemisphere in 2016. In U.S. dollars, the auction did $1.79 million. Continue reading

Mecum Auctions winds up year with Kansas City sale

A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos
A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos

About 700 collector cars are expected at the Kansas City Convention Center for Mecum Auctions’ final sale of the year December 1-3.

One of two auctions held in Kansas City annually – the first one happened in March – the event has gained a reputation for its accessible collector car offerings, typically averaging around $25,000, as well as some premier classics from Midwest collections. Continue reading

Parade in Paris caps FIVA’s 50th anniversary celebration

More than 100 classic cars from around the world drove through cold and rain in Paris | FIVA photos
More than 100 classic cars from around the world drove through cold and rain in Paris | FIVA photos

‘A Century of Mobile Heritage” display at UNESCO’s headquarters and a tour of Paris by more than 100 classic cars were highlights of “Paris Week,” the finale of the World Motoring Heritage Year celebrated by FIVA, the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens, which staged several events through the year as part of its own 50th anniversary. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

What Bob would buy at Silver’s fall Arizona auction

A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr stands among the collector car selections at the Silver Auction | Bob Golfen photos
A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr stands among the collector car selections at the Silver Auction | Bob Golfen photos

Three times a year, Mitch Silver brings his laid-back collector car auctions to the Fort McDowell Casino in Arizona: In January during the famous Classic Car Week in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, in March as the snowbirds prepare to fly back to their northern homes, and in November to catch the snowbirds as they return for the sunny winter season.

The fourth annual Arizona in the Fall auction is happening this weekend with the goal of providing a cool set of fun wheels for the out-of-town folks to enjoy over the winter, and possibly re-sell at Silver in the spring. But it’s also just a fun, local sale in which old-car fans can engage without spending a whole lot of money. Continue reading