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Mecum’s Houston auction reaches nearly $20 million

A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum's sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition topped Mecum’s sale with a $425,000 bid | Mecum Auctions

Nearly $20 million worth of collector cars were sold by Mecum Auctions during its fifth annual auction last week in Houston, with 543 vehicles selling out of 820 that crossed the block. That number is off from the 2015 Houston sale with more than $25 million for 645 cars sold out of around 900 offered. Continue reading

Leake does $4.1 million on busy auction weekend

Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos
Leake debuted its new auction stage backdrop at its Dallas Spring sale | Leake photos

Sandwiched geographically between the big Mecum Auction in Houston and the semi-annual Branson Auction in Missouri, Leake Auction Company’s spring Dallas sale posted $4.1 million in business last weekend with 59 percent of the 497 lots selling.

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Museums: Woman Workers of the Auburn Auto Company

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Exhibit photo circa 1925; women in the upholstery shop | ACD Museum Photo

On display through September 15, 2016, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is hosting its traveling exhibit, “The Women Workers of the Auburn Automobile Company,” at the museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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Star power helps two cars sell for record prices at H&H

Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos
Capri with TV credits tops high pre-auction estimate | H&H Classics photos

A car with royal history and one seen several decades ago on British television set world auction price records for their respective makes and models Wednesday at H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Continue reading

Victoria’s Secret owner finally gets his $18.3 million Ferrari

The 'Fearsome Forty-Nine' was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo
The ‘Fearsome Forty-Nine’ was the last of the 1954 375 Plus Ferraris and subject of a long legal dispute | Bonhams 2014 photo

The bidder who paid then-record $18.3 million at a Bonhams auction two years ago finally has won the right to possess his 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus, a car known as the “Fearsome Four-Nine.” Continue reading

A chilly Chicago startup for Fuelfed club’s driving season

Cold and rainy weather fail to deter Fuelfed's first driving event of the year | Fuelfed
Cold and rainy weather fail to deter Fuelfed’s first driving event of the year | Fuelfed

In the midst of on-again, off-again spring weather in the Midwest, members of the Chicago-based classic car group Fuelfed braved 30-degree temperatures and a wintry drizzle to hold their season-opening driving event in the northern suburb of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Club members displayed their American and European cars in “The Fuelfed Open,” an informal gathering that was supposed to shake off winter’s chill and help them reconnect for the upcoming driving season. Continue reading

1931 Talbot 105 Alpine wins Flying Scotsman vintage rally

Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos
Muddy but smiling faces in a 1935 Riley 12/4 Special 1495 on the Flying Scotsman Rally | Endurance Rally Associaiton photos

There were 110 historic vehicles and their drivers and co-drivers facing rain, hail, sleet and snow on a 700-mile Flying Scotsman vintage rally that turned out to be the most challenging in the event’s eight-year history. At the finish, a 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine manned by Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner won, ending Bentley’s winning streak.

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Last of the NART Spiders headed to RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider will be offered for sale at Monaco | RM Sotheby's photo by Tom Gidden
1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider will be offered for sale at Monaco | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tom Gidden

No. 11057 wasn’t only the 10th and therefore the last of the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spiders, it was the only example originally sold in Europe of the car like the one Steve McQueen drove in the original The Thomas Crown Affair.

As a result, RM Sotheby’s expects 11057 to be “one of the most valuable automobiles offered at auction in 2016” when it crosses the block at the auction house’s Monaco sale scheduled for May 14.

RM Sotheby’s expects the NART Spider, which also was the third-to-last of all the 275 models built, “to fetch in excess of €19 million,” according to the auction house news release. That number translates to $21.59 million. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Crosley Hot Shot

 

The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body
The 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster wears what looks to be a custom body

During gas-rationed World War II when every driving errand had to be considered carefully, Crosley Motors of Cincinnati produced teeny, tiny cars that became popular because of their fuel mileage. After the war, Crosley tried to stay relevant by upgrading its pint-size offerings with such things as a sporty roadster.

The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot built in the company’s waning years of production. Just 12 feet long and weighing 1,100 pounds soaking wet, the Hot Shot was diminutive even by small sports car standards; the contemporary MGTC from the U.K. outweighed it by several hundred pounds. Continue reading