Category archives: News

Greenwich Concours gears up for classic motor weekend

The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that finished fourth at Le Mans will appear at the Greenwich Concours | Jim Glickenhaus
The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that finished fourth at Le Mans will appear at the Greenwich Concours | Jim Glickenhaus

The 21st annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance presents three days of unbridled classic car exuberance from June 3-5 in Greenwich, Connecticut, starting off with a tour and downtown parade of the beautiful concours cars and motorcycles. The weekend also is highlighted by a pair of collector car sales by British auction house Bonhams and Dragone Auctions of Westport, Connecticut. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reaches $31.2 million at Monaco auction

A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta was the high seller at $12.6 million | RM Sotheby's photos
A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta was the high seller at $12.6 million | RM Sotheby’s photos

By most measures, RM Sotheby’s spring auction in Monaco was a solid success, scoring €27.5 million (nearly $31.2 million at the current exchange rate) as 114 cars crossed the block during Monte Carlo’s famous historic-racing weekend.

The fourth of the biannual Monaco sales (the auction house alternates yearly between Monaco and Villa Erba during the Villa d’Este concours in Italy) boasted seven cars selling for more than $1 million each, topped off by a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta that achieved €7.28 million ($8.23 million). All sales results include auction fees. Continue reading

Silver Flag hill climb salutes Alfa Romeo’s racing history

The paddock for the Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb in 2015 | Bonhams photos
The paddock for the Vernasca Silver Flag hill climb in 2015 | Coys photos

Some 200 classic cars from across Europe will gather to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s racing heritage by participating June 17-19 in the 21st Silver Flag hill climb in Vernasca, Italy.

In addition to the hill climb, participants can do a track day June 16 at the Varano de Melegari racing circuit and visit the Dallara race car factory where many Ferrari F1 and F3 cars were constructed.

On the hill
On the hill

Continue reading

Nuvolari-raced Bugatti Type 51 on Bonhams’ Quail sale docket

Fazio Nuvolari at the Brooklands in Lord Howe's Bugatti Type 51 | The Brooklands Society photos
Fazio Nuvolari at the Brooklands in Lord Howe’s Bugatti Type 51 | The Brooklands Society photos

Unseen in public for more than 20 years, a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix two-seat racer, originally owned by Lord Earl Howe and driven by Tazio Nuvolari has been consigned for Bonhams’s annual Quail Lodge auction during Monterey car week in August.

Never previously offered for public sale, the car has had only two owners since the 1950s. Its current owner has had the car for more than 30 years. Continue reading

Mustangs to form American flag at Carlisle

Corvettes-at-Carlisle-American-Flag-2015
Corvettes at Carlisle American Flag | Carlisle Events Photo

For years, Carlisle Events has organized the construction of an American flag out by parking Chevrolet sports cars by color at its Corvettes at Carlisle event. For the first time, the flag will be made by Mustangs at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, June 3-5 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Continue reading

C-type, Schumacher F1 racer spark Bonhams’ Monaco sale

Also raced by 3-time champion Nelson Piquet, Benetton-Ford racer took Michael Schumacher to his first podium finish | Bonhams photos
Hammer time: Also raced by 3-time champion Nelson Piquet, Benetton-Ford racer took Michael Schumacher to his first podium finish | Bonhams photos

With an unrestored LeMans Jaguar C-type selling for $8,221,626 and the Benetton-Ford B191 that carried Michael Schumacher to his first Formula 1 podium finish going for four times its pre-auction estimate, Bonhams’ Monaco Sale generated $17.3 million in sales on 23 of 39 vehicle lots.

A 1965 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe brought $2,061,931 while a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix two-seat racer first owned by “Bentley Boy” Glen Kidston sold for $1.058 million. Continue reading

Queen of Diamonds Duesenberg headlines Auburn Labor Day sale

Franky-Bodied 1934 Duesenberg Model J Berline is known as 'The Queen of Diamonds' | Auctions America photos
Franky-Bodied 1934 Duesenberg Model J Berline is known as ‘The Queen of Diamonds’ | Auctions America photos

Think there isn’t a lot of competition for attention among the collector car auction houses? Then consider that Auctions America just finished its Auburn Spring sale, has a major sale coming up in Santa Monica, California, but also has released the first couple of big consignments for its annual Labor Day auction at its Indiana home grounds.

Those consignments are a 1934 Duesenberg Model J Berline known as “The Queen of Diamonds” and a 1929 Auburn 8-90 cabriolet. Continue reading

What a Duesie! Model J’s sale to benefit independent college

1929 Duesenberg Model J  'Disappearing Top' convertible coupe being sold at auction to benefit Hillsdale College | RM Sotheby's photos by Darin Schnabel
1929 Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ convertible coupe being sold at auction to benefit Hillsdale College | RM Sotheby’s photos by Darin Schnabel

A 1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe, one of the headliner vehicles being offered this summer at RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale, will be auctioned to benefit Hillsdale College, a small, independent four-year school in southern Michigan. Continue reading