Category archives: News

RM Sotheby’s upgrades one auction, but cancels another

Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby's auction | Auctions America photo
Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby’s auction | Auctions America photo

RM Sotheby’s is adding a collector car auction to its calendar but eliminating another. The company announced Tuesday that it will take over presentation of the fifth annual Santa Monica, California, sale previously staged by its subsidiary Auctions America.

However, RM Sotheby’s will not stage the sale it has done for some 20 years in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of American in the Detroit suburbs, although it will continue as an event sponsor and will have a showcase of cars at the Inn at St. John’s. Continue reading

Unique 4-headlight 1956 Lincoln Mark II at Russo and Steele

The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling
The quad headlights look well-integrated with the Lincoln styling | Russo and Steele

No, your eyes do not deceive you. This 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II has a set of quad headlights up front. Certainly not a factory design, it was a custom treatment created decades ago by a well-known, eccentric and prolific collector of Lincolns.

This unique Mark II, which goes to auction during Russo and Steele’s fifth annual Newport Beach, California, was owned and customized by the late J.C Daniels, who collected hundreds of Lincolns after striking it rich as a Texas oilman. Before going into the oil business, he owned a Lincoln dealership, and apparently never lost his affection for Ford’s luxury cars. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991
The Alfa Romeo Spider was redesigned for 1991

The Alfa Romeo Spider had one of the longest running product lifespans of any sports car. Introduced in 1966 as the Duetto, it was immortalized by Dustin Hoffman, who drove it in the movie The Graduate.

As time passed, the car lost much of its stunning looks while struggling to comply with federal crash regulations, such as receiving larger and uglier non-integrated bumpers to comply with federal rules. Continue reading

After 50 years (but only 8,500 miles), a hero’s Corvette is going to auction

First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt
First father, then son have meticulously maintained this car since new | Mecum Auctions photos by David Newhardt

Like many who were drafted into military service and sent to fight in Vietnam, and who were fortunate enough to come home, Keith Richard Litavsky returned and bought the car of his dreams, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette: Marina Blue with Bright Blue interior, and a 427-cubic-inch, 435-horsepower V8 linked to an M21 four-speed manual transmission.

Fifty years later, the car has been driven only 8,533 miles, a figure that may tick up slightly as it is driven across the block at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction, May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Continue reading

Artcurial adds collector car auction in Monaco

1974 Porsche RSR 3.0 in competition | Artcurial Motorcars photo
1974 Porsche RSR 3.0 in competition | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars is adding a biennial sale to its collector car auction calendar, issuing a “save the date” news release for Monaco 2017. The date will be July 2 for the first of the sales. Continue reading

Worldwide does $6.52 million in inaugural Arlington auction

L-88 Corvette sells for $616,000 | Worldwide Auctions photos
L-88 Corvette sells for $616,000 | Worldwide Auctions photos

Worldwide Auctioneers reports $6.52 million in sales and an 82 percent sell-through rate for its recent Texas Classic Auction, held for the first time in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The high-dollar sale of the auction was the $1.1 million paid for a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster (figure includes buyer’s fees). The 300 SL went to auction after being displayed on the fairways of the Amelia Island and Hilton Head concours. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1936 Packard 120 rumble-seat coupe

The beautiful Packard 120 in a beautiful setting
The beautiful Packard 120 in a beautiful setting

The fascination with pre-war classic cars, which after all started the collector car hobby, has been fading during the past decade as new generations of enthusiasts have come on the scene. Yet there are still those who love and collect the special-interest automobiles of their grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ eras.

The Pick of the Day might not be a “true classic” as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, but the 1936 Packard 120 three-window coupe is a beautiful craft that evokes the lush styling of the 1930s. Continue reading

10-99: Corvette museum and its friends complete car’s restoration for police officer’s family

Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos
Melissa Rhoads and her daughter, Jacquelyn, are reunited with the Corvette | National Corvette Museum photos

Burke Rhoads, a police officer in Nicholasville, Kentucky, bought a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette and was restoring it as time and finances permitted. His goal was to have the car ready so his daughter, Jacquelyn, could use it for the trip to her high school prom after she turned 16.

But Burke was killed in a car crash while on duty in 2015, and his widow, Melissa, called the National Corvette Museum to seek recommendations about a shop that might finish what Burke had started. Continue reading

Ray Davies’ Bentley, a rock ‘n roll relic, at Silverstone auction

The Benley sedan has been in storage since 1991 | Silverstone auctions
The Benley sedan has been in storage since 1991 | Silverstone auctions

In 1966, Ray Davies – the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic British rock band The Kinks – took some of his newfound rock ‘n roll money and bought a 1960 Bentley S2 sedan. His family had convinced him to buy the huge car despite the fact that he didn’t drive.

The Davies family did use the car, however, according to the legendary rock star who is quoted in a news release from Silverstone Auctions, which will offer the Bentley on May 13 at its Silverstone circuit sale in England. Continue reading

More than parts, NPD has 200+ classics in its collection

Remember these slick Indy Pace Car Mustangs?  This one has only traveled 56 miles since new | Jim McCraw photos
Remember these slick Indy Pace Car Mustangs? This one has only traveled 56 miles since new | Jim McCraw photos

With 207 cars and trucks already in place, and more on the way, the NPD Collection in Ocala, Florida, must be among the largest private classic car collections on Earth.

Put together by the father and son team of Jim and Rick Schmidt, the collection traces its roots back to Jim’s basement in Cleveland in 1976. The company he started there, National Parts Depot, is one of the world’s premier producers of reproduction parts for classic American cars and trucks, a company that started making parts for the 1955-57 classic Ford Thunderbirds, branched out from there to Mustangs, and now covers just about every American classic car make and model you can think of. Continue reading