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1957 Porsche Speedster ‘barn find’ uncovered by ClassicCars.com

The 1957 Porsche Speedster sits outside its garage fpr the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos
The 1957 Porsche Speedster sits outside its garage for the first time in decades | Bob Golfen photos

The lure of a great “barn find” has taken on a life of its own in the world of classic car collecting, with many musty relics being hauled from long-term storage, some of them achieving startling prices at auction.

There is a certain romance attached to discovering a desirable vintage car that was put away decades ago to collect dust, especially a rare car that remains in original condition without damage or the ravages of rust.

So it is with great excitement that ClassicCars.com announces its own “barn find” discovery, and it is one that pushes all the buttons for rarity, desirability and condition: an original 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster that was put into storage more than 50 years ago.

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McCaw’s ‘Blue Train’ Bentley dominates German concours

Bruce McCaw's 'Blue Train' Bentley drives off with quartet of honors | Bentley photos
Bruce McCaw’s ‘Blue Train’ Bentley drives off with quartet of honors | Bentley photos

American car collector Bruce McCaw’s Bentley Speed Six “Blue Train” drove away with four awards at the recent Schloss Bensberg Classics concours d’elegance near Cologne, Germany, where it was declared best of show by the judges and by public vote, and won best pre-war closed model and the Style of Speed award. Continue reading

Three million-dollar sales boost Auctions America in California

Two Ferraris and a '38 Mercedes top million mark at sale | Auctions America photos by Karissa Hosek
Two Ferraris and a ’38 Mercedes top million mark at sale | Auctions America photos by Karissa Hosek

With three vehicles selling for more than $1 million, Auctions America’s California sale generated more than $15.4 million in sales in its new location, the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica.

“We’re very pleased with results from our third annual California sale, which cements our reputation as the leading auction house serving the Southern California collector community,” Ian Kelleher, managing director of Auctions America’s West Coast Division, was quoted in a post-sale news release. Continue reading

Monterey seminar to examine collector car trends

Photograph shows previous Russo and Steele auction panel discussion | Russo and Steele photo
Photograph shows previous Russo and Steele auction panel discussion | Russo and Steele photo

‘Global Collector Car Trends” is the theme for the annual seminar being staged at Monterey in conjunction with the Russo and Steele auction.

Presented by the auction company and Coker Tire, the seminar is designed to examine and update the audience on the classic car marketplace.

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Artcurial exceeds its expectations for Monte Carlo auction

Marie Callas' Mercedes limos sold for nearly $345,000 | Artcurial photos
Marie Callas’ Mercedes limos sold for nearly $345,000 | Artcurial photos

Artcurial’s sale of 11 classic and collector cars last weekend at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo generated $753,234 in sales, twice the pre-auction estimate.

Featured in the sale were a pair of Mercedes-Benz limousines that were used to transport famed soprano Maria Callas for her opera tours of Europe. Continue reading

Alloy Ferrari 250 GT raises ante for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s
The alloy 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione is one of just 45 built | RM Sotheby’s

Once again, the auctions of Monterey Classic Car Week next month appear to be a Ferrari wonderland of fabulously rare and valuable sports cars and race cars that wear the prancing horse. Seven- and eight-figure sales should be plentiful, as they were during last year’s Ferrari lovefest. Continue reading

Amelia Island Concours to honor Pegaso sports cars

he Pegaso Z-102 Touring show car Thrill at Concorso Villa d’Este | Wouter Melissen/Ultimatecarpage.com
The Pegaso Z-102 Touring show car Thrill at Concorso Villa d’Este | Wouter Melissen/Ultimatecarpage.com

The 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has chosen the exotic Spanish marque Pegaso to be featured during its March 2016 event, concours official have announced.

Pegaso, a manufacturer of trucks and buses, built just 84 sports cars during a seven-year run in the 1950s, but their advanced design, high performance and unique style had a tremendous impact. The Pegazo Z-102 named Thrill with styling by Touring was introduced to strong acclaim at the 1953 Turin Auto Show.

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Race cars to fire up start of Monterey Classic Car Week

Vintage race cars roll through Monterey in last year’s show | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Vintage race cars roll through Monterey in last year’s show | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The events of Monterey Classic Car Week start Friday, August 7, when 30 vintage race cars roar through the streets of downtown Monterey for a motorsports car show, giving spectators a close-up taste of the competition that will take place at nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Continue reading