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Muhammad Ali’s RV on the block today at Mecum auction

Muhammad Ali owned this Winnebago for several years | Mecum photos
Muhammad Ali owned this Winnebago for several years | Mecum photos

A 2005 Winnebago motor home that Muhammed Ali owned until six weeks before his recent death will be offered up for bidding Saturday at Mecum Auctions’ Louisville collector car sale. Ali, the former Olympic and professional boxing champion and often polarizing advocate for various causes, was a native of Louisville. Continue reading

Porsche prices make news at RM Sotheby’s London auction

A trio of Aston Martins, with DB4GT in the middle | RM Sotheby's photos by Tim Scott
A trio of Aston Martins, with DB4GT in the middle | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

Although the more than $3.2 million paid Wednesday for a 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT represented the top sale of the event, RM Sotheby’s believes it will be “the game-changing prices achieved for some of the Porsches which prove to be the sale’s most potent legacy.” Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Leake’s Motor City auction

Cars off the transport truck but waiting to be processed onto the Leake Motor City docket | Larry Edsall photos
Cars off the transport truck but waiting to be processed onto the Leake Motor City docket | Larry Edsall photos

Transport trucks still were arriving Thursday as I worked my way around the garage where the cars are being kept in anticipation of Leake Auction Company’s inaugural Motor City collector car sale. So I got to see only a fraction of the 300 or so cars that roll up onto the turntable at the MotorCity casino hotel Friday and Saturday in an auction being staged with sponsorship from Penske Corporation, which is sort of like the official seal of approval here in the renaissance city these days. Continue reading

‘Hops and Horsepower’ previews Goulden classic car auction

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Ford Thunderbird among 25 cars headed to auction | Nicole James photos

It started with a classic Ford Thunderbird and over the course of 50 years, Fred and Elaine Goulden’s car collection grew to the point they moved from Paradise Valley, Arizona, to Coolidge so they could  have room for their cars.

The Gouldens turned their cars and other collections into the Golden Era Toy & Auto Museum and on September 29-October 1, the J. Levine auction and appraisal company of Scottsdale will offer some 10,000 items, including 25 classic, muscle and antique, cars for sale. An auction was preview was staged Thursday in an airport hanger in Mesa, Arizona, under the banner of “Hops and Horsepower.”
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Museums: Busy weekend as summer winds down

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ACM car show | ACM photos

On Saturday, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, hosts the “Summer Ender Fender Bender” cruise-in. Participating cars are eligible for awards. Guitars from Fender will be available to play. Children 8-14 can participate in the Hagerty Youth Judge program.

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang convertible

The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original
The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original

One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.

The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years. Continue reading

Auctions America tops $21.5 million at Auburn sale

At $880,000, 1931 Duesenberg Model J was highest-priced car sold at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photos
At $880,000, 1931 Duesenberg Model J was highest-priced car sold at Auburn Auction Park | Auctions America photos

Auctions America’s annual Fall Sale, held over the Labor Day weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana, posted more than $21.5 million in sales with a 79 percent sell-through rate. The event drew more than 85,000 visitors, a record attendance, including bidders from 45 states and 12 countries. Auctions America said 30 percent of those bidders were new customers.

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Cobble Beach: Like Pebble Beach, but with a Canadian accent

Getting properly aligned for the awards presentation on the shores of Georgian Bay | Cobble Beach concours photos
Getting properly aligned for the awards presentation on the shores of Georgian Bay | Cobble Beach concours photos

The United States has Pebble Beach. But Canada has Cobble Beach, and “our stones are bigger,” Rob McLeese notes with a chuckle as he prepares to host Cobble Beach’s fourth annual concours d’elegance on the shores of Georgian Bay some 130 miles northwest of Toronto.

The Canadian concours takes place September 17-18 on the nearly 600 acres of the Cobble Beach Golf Resort. Continue reading

Stagecoach tops New England Auto Auction

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1875 Abbott-Downing Concord stagecoach | Owls Head museum photos

An 1875 Abbott-Downing Concord stagecoach emerged as the star of the 39th annual New England Auto Auction to benefit the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The horse-drawn vehicle sold for an auction-topping $203,500 (including buyer’s fees).

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DB4 Series 1 (or parts of one) tops Bonhams’ Beaulieu auction

Restoration project starts with $270,887 purchase price for remains of 1959 Aston Martin | Bonhams photos
Restoration project starts with $270,887 purchase price for what remains of this 1959 Aston Martin DB4| Bonhams photos

Even without front wheels and after being in storage for some 30 years, a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 sports car drew substantial bids at Bonhams’ Beaulieu Sale, an auction held last weekend in conjunction with the British National Motor Museum’s 50th annual Autojumble (Autojumble is British for swap meet).

The barn-found Aston Martin “project” sold for £203,100 ($270,887) including buyer’s premium. Only one other vehicle at the sale sold for more. Continue reading