The National Street Rod Association has announced StreetKhana and show winners at the 47th Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.
Perhaps the most unusual item on a collector car auction docket, at least since Barrett-Jackson drew national news coverage when it sold Robosaurus, is Wendell the mechanical elephant, which carries a pre-auction estimated value of $250,000 to $400,000 as it walks into Auction America’s Auburn Fall sale this weekend. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit a local charity. Continue reading
Talk about barn finds: Scott Miedema, whose Repocast specializes in the recovery and sales effort within the Miedema Asset Management Group, was able to find and offer at auction a western Michigan family father’s untouched for 30 years collection of 40 classic cars.
Last week, we asked readers to view eight photographs and determine which ones were authentic, period pictures of classic cars taken between 1950 and the early 1970s. If you haven’t seen them, here’s the link: Photo Quiz. This is your spoiler alert.
We suggested there could be details in the photos that would give the game away, and asked our astute readers to point them out. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, Volkswagen’s Beetle begat a motorsports effort that is being showcased in a special exhibition from September 5 through October 30 at the Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin, Germany.
Eight vehicles from across the VW motorsports spectrum will be featured in interactive modules, including video, audio and photographic installations. Continue reading
Here’s a car to consider when the talk turns to future classics, those vintage vehicles that are relatively unloved and inexpensive today but have a lot of possible upside in the future.
The Pick of the Day is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL, a sporty GT convertible that could become a bona fide collector car not too long down the road, just as the 230, 250 and 280 SL “Pagodas” of the ’60s – so nicknamed because of the shape of their removable hardtops – have soared in value in recent years. Continue reading
With a few post-block sales still pending, the five auction companies conducting live in-person bidding last week on the Monterey Peninsula in northern California officially have reported total sales of $343.4 million.
That figure is a few million more than previously reported by observers from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company, but Hagerty notes that its observers are not immediately privy to transactions that can occur when a vehicle that doesn’t sell on the block moves to post-sale negotiation, which at some auctions can account for as much as 10 percent of all sales revenue. Continue reading
Two cars from opposite ends of the classic car spectrum took pre- and post-war Best of Show honors at the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance held Sunday at Veteran’s Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. Continue reading
Exhibitions of automobiles at art museums don’t happen every day and the ones that draw the most attention are those at the big-city museums — Phoenix, Portland, Atlanta, Houston, Nashville, etc. But another if smaller exhibit that figures to be worth the visit opens August 30 at the Snite Museum of Art on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. Continue reading
In 1956, 14 cars — aging Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, and not one of them having going through what we now recognize as a restoration — were driven to Auburn, Indiana, for a homecoming-style “Parade of Classics” get-together hosted by Delmar and Doris Johnson.
A few years later, and to help raise money to save the old Auburn Automobile Company headquarters building from demolition and later to turn it into a car museum, Johnson and others convinced the local Kruse farm and real estate auction company to stage a sale of classic cars. Continue reading