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Walking Wendell, the mechanical elephant, will cross the block at Auctions America’s Auburn sale

Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos
Wendell is an elephant-sized cybernetic animal | Auctions America photos

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

Sold: 40 untouched classic cars reach $300,000 at auction

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This 1956 Ford Thunderbird was the highest sale, earning $27,100 | Repocast photos

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.

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Photo quiz answers: Did you spot the fakes?

A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane from over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos
A vintage Ford Tri-Motor passenger plane passes over The Shakedown | WIlliam Hall photos

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

Volkswagen celebrating 50 years (plus 3) in motorsports

Formula Vee cars racing in 1968 | Volkswagen Motorsports photos
Formula Vee cars racing in 1968 | Volkswagen Motorsports photos

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

Pick of the Day: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original
The Mercedes-Benz 380SL looks extra clean for a 32-year-old preserved original

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

Monterey sales wrap up: Auction houses report $343.4 million

Race cars, antiques, motorcycles and more. There was something for everyone at Mecum and other Monterey auctions | Larry Edsall photos
Race cars, antiques, motorcycles and more. There was something for everyone at Mecum and other Monterey auctions | Larry Edsall photos

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

Isotta-Fraschini, GT40 win Best of Show at Milwaukee Concours

The best of show winning Ford GT40 and Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Boat Tail | William Hall photos
The best of show winning Ford GT40 Roadster and Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Boat Tail | William Hall photos

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

Notre Dame’s art museum showcases trio of classic cars

1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet among cars in exhibit at Notre Dame's art museum | Notre Dame photos
1934 Auburn 1250 V12 Salon Cabriolet among cars in exhibit at Notre Dame’s art museum | Notre Dame photos

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

ACD Festival preparing for 60th anniversary celebration

Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg are line downtown streets | ACD Festival photos
Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg are line downtown streets | ACD Festival photos

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