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Mecum gears up for Florida, its biggest auction of the year

A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in its rare factory shade of Spring Green | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in its rare factory shade of Spring Green | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum holds lots of full-scale collector car auctions every year – 14 of them at last count – but the Kissimmee, Florida, sale is by far the biggest. According to the auction company, this year the 10-day auction will have around 3,000 vehicles crossing the block from January 6 through 15 at Osceola Heritage Park.

American muscle cars dominate the offerings, with a strong selection of early models and vintage drag racers among the featured lots. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 BMW 630 CSI

The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States
The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States

If you are like me, you are always looking for the next big thing in collector cars. There are a number of cars that fit into that category, but one of the best European classic car deals on the market today and one that may well see an increase in value this year is the BMW 6-Series coupe.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1977 BMW 630 CSI with its original Burgundy paint and tan-leather interior, according to the Los Angeles dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Panel beaters: Topics for talking in Arizona and Detroit

I'll be a panelist at Coker Tire's presentation at Russo and Steele
I’ll be a panelist at Coker Tire’s presentation at Russo and Steele

As Arizona Auction Week approaches… Transition alert:

I’m old-fashioned and probably will always think of it as Arizona Auction Week, but Bob Golfen is right, with the Arizona Concours d’Elegance in its fourth year and the Future Classics Car Show in its second season and with a new weekend of car-oriented educational activities for pre- and brand-new drivers, it’s time to start calling it Arizona Car Week (which my colleague Bob has been doing for some time)… OK, I got that off my chest, so back to the original topic: Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker 2-door hardtop

The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red
The Chrysler New Yorker is a two-door hardtop in gleaming red

‘There are many four-door New Yorkers for sale, but how often do you see a two-door come to market?” the ClassicCars.com advertisement for a mid-century-classic Chrysler hardtop asks. Fair enough. These were fairly scarce cars when new, with fewer than 10,000 built, and they rarely are seen among collector cars today.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chrysler New Yorker, a brawny luxury car that takes a sporty turn with its hardtop roofline. Red with a broad, white-vinyl C-pillar, and white piping on the red seats to match, the New Yorker is indeed an unusual piece of Mopar elegance and performance. Most often, these cars are seen in more conservative attire. Continue reading

First running prototype of Ford GT at Russo and Steele auction

The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos
The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos

If there ever was a car that deserved the title of “instant collectible,” it’s the Ford GT. Modeled after Ford’s all-conquering GT40 endurance racers of the 1960s, the cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and dominated the classic 24-hour race, the mid-engine Ford GT was produced for just two model years, 2005-2006.

Today, it is a star entry at collector car auctions, often selling for twice or more than its original retail price. Continue reading

Your complete Arizona Car Week show and auction schedule

Roof-top view of the Arizona Concours d'Elegance at the Biltmore resort | Larry Edsall photos
Roof-top view of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Biltmore resort | Larry Edsall photos

Here is our list of the public events taking place during the upcoming Arizona Car Week (note that you’ll need to buy an admission ticket for most; see the included links for details):

Saturday, January 14

Arizona Concours d’Elegance seminars, Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; NextGen Autofest, 6440 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, Family Value preview day, 8 a.m. to close; automobilia auction, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; arena polo, noon and 2 p.m.

Sunday, January 15

Arizona Concours d’Elegance, Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix, 9 a.m.

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, preview day, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., automobilia auction, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; arena polo, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Worldwide Auctioneers, 6400 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, January 16

Arizona Concours Tour d’Elegance, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with public viewing of the cars from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Old Town Scottsdale

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; “Behind the Hobby” symposium, 10 a.m.; collector car auction, 2 p.m. until close

ClassicCars.com Future Classics Car Show, Scottsdale Quarter (East garage next to Herman Miller), 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Worldwide Auctioneers, 6400 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, January 17

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; “Behind the Hobby” symposium, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; collector car auction, 2 p.m. until close

Bonhams, The Westin Kierland resort, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ClassicCars.com auction tour at Barrett-Jackson, 10 a.m.

Worldwide Auctioneers, 6400 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Barrett-Jackson auction
Barrett-Jackson auction

Wednesday, January 18

AZ Jet Center, JetLinx Scottsdale (7916 E. Beck Lane), 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; “Behind the Hobby” symposium, 9 a.m.; collector car auction, 10 a.m. until close

Bonhams, The Westin Kierland resort, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ClassicCars.com auction tour at Bonhams, 11 a.m.

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

RM Sotheby’s, Arizona Biltmore resort, Phoenix, auction preview, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, auction preview 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Worldwide Auctioneers, 6400 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 19

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; “Behind the Hobby” symposium, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Meguiar’s Car Care Tips, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; collector car auction, 10 a.m. until close

Bonhams, The Westin Kierland resort, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., auction starts at 11 a.m.

ClassicCars.com auction tour at RM Sotheby’s, 10:30 a.m.

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sports Car Market Insider’s seminar, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

RM Sotheby’s, Arizona Biltmore resort, Phoenix, auction preview, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; auction begins at 5 p.m.

Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, auction preview 9 a.m. – noon; auction begins at noon

Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, auction preview 8 a.m., automobilia auction, noon – 1 p.m.; auction 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, January 20

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; “Behind the Hobby” symposium, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Meguiar’s Car Care Tips, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; collector car auction, 10 a.m. until close

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., auction begins at 11 a.m.

RM Sotheby’s, Arizona Biltmore resort, Phoenix, auction preview, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; auction begins at 5 p.m.

Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale,Revving Up Your Investments with Collector Cars seminar, 10 a.m.; auction preview; 9 a.m. – noon; auction begins at noon

Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, auction preview 8 a.m., automobilia auction, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.; auction 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 21

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Meguiar’s Car Care Tips, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; collector car auction, 10 a.m. until close

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, Scottsdale, auction preview, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., auction begins at 11 a.m.

Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, auction preview 9 a.m. – noon; auction begins at noon

Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, auction preview 8 a.m., automobilia auction, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; auction 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, January 22

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld of Scottsdale, automobilia auction, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.; Ford and Chevrolet ride ’n drives and Dodge thrill rides, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; collector car auction, 10 a.m. until close

Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, auction preview 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; auction begins at 11 a.m.

Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, auction preview 8 a.m., auction 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

After 9 decades, family gives Renault racer to Simeone museum

1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo
1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo

The Simeone Museum has received what it is calling a “landmark gift,” an iconic 1907 Renault Racing Roadster given to the museum by its owner for the past nine decades.

“The story of this wonderful gift requires a bit of explanation, which we proudly reiterate,” the museum said in its news release. Continue reading

They’re gone, but they are not forgotten

A few of the cars in the Hostetler Hudson Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana | Larry Edsall photos
A few of the cars in the Hostetler Hudson Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana | Larry Edsall photos

As we begin a new year, we also remember those in the classic car community to left us in 2016 (presented in chronological order):

Tyler Alexander, Team McLaren racing pioneer
Robert Carini, co-founder of Model A Restorers Club (Wayne Carini’s father)
Maria Teresa de Filippis, first woman to race in Formula One
Eldon Hostetler, Hudson owner and museum founder
Brian Bedford, actor who starred in movie Grand Prix (but who never learned to drive)
Gordon Apker, car collector
Robert Lee, twice winner of best of show at Pebble Beach
Jim Travers, of Travers and Coon racing engines
Stanley Mann, British Bentley collector and racer
David Mihalko, owner, Restoration Specialties & Supplies
Ralph Eckler, restoration parts supplier
Louis Senter, hot-rodding pioneer and one of the founders of SEMA
Mark Smith, Rubicon Trail pioneer and co-founder of Jeep Jamboree

Krause provided land for annual and massive Iola Car Show
Krause provided land for annual and massive Iola Car Show

Chester L. Krause, founder, Krause Publications and Old Cars Weekly
Carl Haas, Lola importer and racing team owner
Art Chrisman, drag racing pioneer
Cliff Vaughs, Easy Rider custom motorcycles builder
Jan Wilsgaard, designer of the Volvo Amazon and other cars
John Cooper, long-time motorsports executive
Betty Jean France, NASCAR pioneer and philanthropist
Ann Bothwell, 3-decade caretaker of late husband’s vintage racing car collection
Brock Yates, author/editor and Cannonball rally founder
Tony Adamowicz, former racer and vintage racing ambassador
Hiroyuki Hasegawa, co-founder of HKS suspension components and systems
Rick D’Louhy, finder of Forgotten Fiberglass sports cars

2016 top stories: 1 – Demographic shift churns the marketplace

Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but a new generation of bidders is turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo
Gray is great and bald may be beautiful, but new generations of bidders are turning out for collector car auctions | Larry Edsall photo

‘Among other notable trends, the company continued to welcome increasing participation from a younger generation of collectors (under 50 years of age), as well as experience dramatic online growth. Approximately 20 percent of bidders at RM events this year participated online, representing a 12 percent increase on the previous year, proving that you longer need to be physically present in the sale room.”

— RM Sotheby’s in its 2016 year-end news release

And it wasn’t just RM Sotheby’s that witnessed a demographic shift at its auctions in 2016. New and younger bidders were participating in seemingly every collector car auction in 2016. At some sales, half of those bidding were Gen-Xers (basically those aged 35 to 50), and even Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are showing up with numbers hanging from lanyards. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 2 – Muscle cars come roaring back

Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from 'Smoky and the Bandits' | Barrett-Jackson
Veteran actor Burt Reynolds with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ | Barrett-Jackson

Pontiac GTOs, Hemi ‘Cudas, Olds 442s, Shelbys, big-block Corvettes – American muscle cars were back with a vengeance during 2016. High-horsepower Detroit iron gained in value, not just among the expected Boomer generation but with younger performance enthusiasts who embrace the classic muscle of the 1960s and early ’70s. Continue reading