Many of the 600 or so vehicles that will start crossing the block as early as Wednesday afternoon had not been unloaded when we wandered through the huge tents and around the fairways of the Hyatt Regency Monterey hotel and spa that provides the venue for Mecum Auctions annual sale during Monterey Car Week. But there was still plenty of sheet metal to see and to appreciate, and to share some of it here to whet your appetite, and perhaps even your urge to raise your hand once the bidding begins. Continue reading
Collector cars weren’t the only features on the docket for Mecum Auctions’ recent visit to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The auction house’s Gone Farmin’ division offered more than 130 vintage, collectible tractors at its Summer Showcase sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Continue reading
Monterey Car Week is coming up quickly and a lot has been happening in the classic car auction marketplace leading up to what serves as the Super Bowl of the auction year.
In recent weeks, we have had the Auctions America sale in northern Indiana, the Mecum auction at Indy, RM Sotheby’s at Santa Monica and the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut.
Our analysis: If you are in the hunt for a car priced at $150,000 or less, including a lot less, this has definitely become a buyer’s market. Continue reading
In the 12-decade history of the automobile, 3 decades is but a quarter. Even in collector car auction history, it is not even half. Still, by any reasonable or relative benchmark, the three-decade history of Mecum Auctions’ Spring Classic is worth considering. Continue reading
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
Even if your personal movie-star career hasn’t taken off, there is a way to own a piece of Hollywood and drive it every day. More than 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles that have appeared in movies, TV shows and commercials will be auctioned in online bidding April 20-27 as Picture Car Warehouse sells off some of its no-longer-needed inventory. Continue reading
The Benetton B-191-02 car that was driven by Robert Moreno, Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher during the 1991 Formula One racing season is featured on the docket for Bonhams’ Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21. Continue reading
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
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
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