Category archives: News

Wayne Carini’s preserved Stutz Bearcat hits Times Square

Wayne Carini, star of 'Chasing Classic Cars,' with the Stutz in front of Sardi's | Jed Rapaport photos
Wayne Carini, star of ‘Chasing Classic Cars,’ with the Stutz Bearcat in front of Sardi’s | Jed Rapoport photos

It’s hard to get the attention of New Yorkers, especially those who work near Times Square where almost-naked people and costumed characters wander the streets to hardly a notice. Nonetheless, unload a 1921 Stutz Bearcat on 42nd Street just off Times Square and people gather four deep to take photos.

That’s what happened Wednesday as the aesthetically aged Stutz was unloaded and parked in front of the historic Sardi’s restaurant. The car’s owner, Wayne Carini, star of Velocity’s Chasing Classic Cars, brought it to the Big Apple to go with his speaking appearance at the July meeting of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society. Continue reading

Gooding gains mass of Maseratis for Pebble Beach auction

1957 A6G/54 Spider among a large group of Maseratis on the docket for Gooding & Co.'s Pebble Beach auction next month | Gooding photo (Mathieu Heurtault)
1957 A6G/54 Spider among a large group of Maseratis on the docket for Gooding & Co.’s Pebble Beach auction | Gooding photo (Mathieu Heurtault)

Ferraris tend to race away with the biggest bids during the Monterey car week auction action, but Maserati figures to get some love as well next month.

In addition to eight Trident-badged cars from the Riverside International Automotive Museum on the RM Sotheby’s docket, Gooding & Company has announced nine Maseratis, five from another single collection, for its Pebble Beach sale. Continue reading

Colorful Porsche 911 ‘art cars’ to grace Russo and Steele auction

The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos
The 1989 Porsche 911 creatively painted by a Canadian artist | Russo and Steele photos

Porsche 911s are already works of art, according to most followers of the German marque, but a small group of Quebec artists took that a step further by using the classic sports coupes as canvases for evocative paintings.

The Art Cars Project started in 2006 when a creatively painted 911 by Canadian artist Claude Le Sauteur debuted to acclaim at Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec). Shortly after, the decision was made to expand the project by having eight artists, four Canadians and four from elsewhere around the globe, each design and paint a similar Porsche 911 artwork. Continue reading

Coys expands its classic car auction schedule

Fontwell Gardens will be site of Coys auction in early September | Coys photo
Fontwell Gardens will be site of Coys auction in early September | Coys photo

British auction hours Coys has added to its 2016-17 sales schedule, announcing the Thoroughbreds and Vintage at Fontwell sale to take place September 8. The date was selected because it precedes the Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle, major auctions in London and Sussex, and the vintage races September 9-11 at Goodwood. Continue reading

1963 Ferrari 330 LMB to Rick Cole’s Monterey auction, not up for bidding but offered as a private sale

1963 Ferrari 330 LMB has racing, movie credentials | Rick Cole Auctions photos
1963 Ferrari 330 LMB has racing, movie credentials | Rick Cole Auctions photos

Rick Cole Auctions stages its revived Monterey sales under a very different format, and now it’s adding another option for those seeking high-end collectible cars: A private sale (aka private treaty) next month at the Marriott in downtown Monterey of a 1963 Ferrari 330 LMB. Continue reading

Brexit obvious but Le Mans Classic sale a success

Artcurial hosted its biennial auction at the Le Mans Classic vintage racing weekend (Artcurial photos)
Artcurial hosted its biennial auction at the Le Mans Classic vintage racing weekend (Artcurial photos)

Think Brexit isn’t having an impact on the collector car hobby and the industry that serves it?

“Despite the glorious sunshine, our great friends the British collectors were sadly missing,” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, said in a news release after the French company’s Le Mans Classic sale this past weekend. Continue reading

Costin Nathan racer project sells for triple pre-auction estimate

Barn-found Costin Nathan project sells for six figures at H&H Classics auction | H&H photos
Barn-found Costin Nathan project sells for six figures at H&H Classics auction | H&H photos

A barn-found 1966 Costin Nathan race car “project” sold for three times its pre-auction estimated value last weekend at H&H Classics’ Chateau Impney auction in England. The car brought more than £80,000 (nearly $105,000) after being expected to sell for between £25,000 and £30,000 ($32,500 to nearly $39,000). Continue reading

Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type headlines RM Sotheby’s auction

The Jaguar D-Type is the highly original overall winner of the 1956 Le Mans race | Rm Sotheby's
The Jaguar D-Type is the highly original overall winner of the 1956 Le Mans race | Rm Sotheby’s

One of the most-storied British racing cars of all time, the Ecurie Ecosse team 1955 Jaguar D-type that took the overall win at Le Mans in the 1956, has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its Monterey auction August 19-20 during Pebble Beach Concours week.

The iconic Jaguar is the only remaining Le Mans-winning D-type that has survived intact and remains essentially original to its winning form. It is also the first “Customer Series Production” D-Type and the first Jaguar to be designated by its chassis as a D-Type. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1958 Studebaker Transtar

V8 powered 1958 Studebaker Transtar
V8 powered 1958 Studebaker Transtar

‘Studebaker’s top-of-the-line pickup was the Transtar, whose main feature was its industry-leading cargo space,” the seller of the Pick of the Day, this 1958 Studebaker Transtar, notes in the truck’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Cord completes ACD ‘trifecta’ for Auctions America sale

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton joins classic Auburn and Duesenberg in the docket | Auctions America photo (Rohn Adams)
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton joins classic Auburn and Duesenberg in the docket | Auctions America photo (Rohn Adams)

The annual collector car sale at Auburn Auction Park may get the headlines in the classic car journals, but don’t forget that it’s the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival that is preeminent each Labor Day weekend in northeastern Indiana. Yes, the auction is one of the oldest in the country, dating to the early 1970s, but this September the festival celebrates its 60th anniversary.

But people don’t go to the home of the Auburn Automobile Company (and later also of Cord and Duesenberg) just to show the classic vehicles produced by the ACD automakers. They also go to buy such cars and Auctions America has announced the completion of a docket trifecta for the September sale. Continue reading