Category archives: Auctions

Larry’s likes at Silver’s Spring in Arizona auction

Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos
Silver Auctions tent with resort and Four Peaks in the background | Larry Edsall photos

A couple of days ago, our collector car marketplace analyst Andy Reid shared word that while the tip of the auction iceberg is solid (at least if the car you’re selling is immaculately preserved or restored and has stunning provenance), the values of much of the mass of cars below the surface, those with six-figure valuations, is, well, melting. Continue reading

Analysis: Entry-level flexes muscles at Amelia Island auctions

1967 MGB sells for $38,500 on Amelia Island | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
1967 MGB sells for $38,500 on Amelia Island | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The auctions at Amelia Island were very interesting to watch, with entry-level cars still seemingly on the rise and with the modern classic market still pretty hot, though showing some signs that it is leveling a little. Continue reading

Brabhams, Indy racer headline Australian collection auction

Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham's engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos
Cosworth-powered Brabham BT21 was owned by Jack Brabham’s engine builder | Lloyds Auction photos

A collection of American open-wheel and Brabham-built racing cars are being sold March 18 by Lloyds Auctions, an Australia-based sales house. The vehicles come from Brian King’s “The Kings Garage” collection.

The Brabhams are a pair of BG21Bs, one powered by a rare Cosworth SCB four-cylinder engine that is believed to be one of only two or three still in existence. The car was built, owned and raced by Jack Brabham’s engine builder Bob Ilich. To propel the car, Ilich was able to obtain an experimental 1.5-liter SCB Cosworth engine. Continue reading

What’s Andy likes at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy's picks at RM Sotheby's auction | Andy Reid photos
Zagato-bodied 1955 Alfa 1900CSS among Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s auction | Andy Reid photos

Due to mechanical issues with the collector car I drove down the East Coast to attend the activities at Amelia Island this weekend, I’m a little late in sharing my favorites among the cars available at RM Sotheby’s auction, which begins today with the selling of the Orin Smith collection. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Carlisle’s Winter Autofest

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1973 Chevrolet Camaro offered at Carlisle Events Winter Autofest auction in Florida | Nicole James photos

I have attended Carlisle Events Florida events before, but this is my first time experiencing the Winter Autofest, which includes the first Carlisle Auction of the 2017 event season.

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Passion as enterprise: Mecum offers car-guy dreams at real-guy prices

Something for everyone: '50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos
Something for everyone: ’50s convertible, Corvette and 2004 Ferrari 575 Maranello | Larry Crane photos

Mecum Auctions’ Los Angeles 2017 sale last week was produced at the storied Pomona fairgrounds — now Fairplex — long-established epicenter of Southern California car enthusiast thought and action. True to the facilities’ welcome to all who play in the hobby, Mecum delivered on its promise as “every-man’s auction company” to present a broad selection of vehicles “from entry-level to museum-grade” with sale prices of cars from just a few thousand dollars to several hundred thousand.

There in is the carefully groomed reason that Dana Mecum’s auction company, created in 1988, has become the volume leader in “collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales” throughout the United States. Continue reading

10 tricks to make your car stand out at auction

A pair of vintage Pontiac Firebirds on stage at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction | Bob Golfen
A pair of vintage Pontiac Firebirds on stage at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction | Bob Golfen

With more collector car auction venues and consignments than ever before, how do you make your car stand out from the crowd at auction?  Buyers fall in love with a particular car because of its condition, uniqueness and story. There are a number of easy ways to communicate those factors, which can add excitement to your sale.

Take a look at these presentation ideas that will make buyers take a longer look at your car. Continue reading

1,000 vintage motorcycles is a sight to behold

From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left...
From the balcony at Mecum, looking to the left…
... and to the right | Larry Edsall photos
… and to the right | Larry Edsall photos

You may recall the scenes in the Nicholas Cage National Treasure movies when the bedraggled group somehow has survived a succession of life-and-limb threatening ordeals and finally beholds the acres of treasure arrayed below. Continue reading

Arizona auction analysis: Emerging trends in the marketplace

Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo
Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo

The final results from the Scottsdale auctions held during Arizona Car Week are in, and it looks like the total sales numbers are $262.8 million this year compared with $250 million last year. So, it looks like the market is climbing and all is great.

But if you actually attended the auctions, you probably have a different opinion about the pulse of the collector car marketplace. Continue reading

What makes Arizona Car Week special? It’s the people

Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos
Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos

I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:

  1. You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
  2. The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.

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