Category archives: Auctions

RM Sotheby’s reveals ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ collection for Italian sale

Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby's photos
Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels,  which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.

The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading

At auction today: One collector’s Cadillacs, and more

Water spots the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston's collection | Larry Edsall photos
Leak in roof left water streaks on the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston’s collection | Larry Edsall photos

The notice caught my eye: An estate auction of classic cars, including nine Cadillacs ranging from a 1938 60 Special sedan to a 1970 DeVille convertible, and two of them with V16 engines beneath their hoods. I needed to know more. Continue reading

Challenged for garage space? Consider this micro-car ‘collection’

A 1990 Suzuki Join 660 Deluxe van is on the block at Auction America's Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos
A 1990 Suzuki Join 660 Deluxe van is on the block at Auction America’s Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

It was somewhere between the 1940 Bantam pickup truck and the 1970 Fiat Moretti 500 coupe that the idea struck me.

I was working my way up and down the aisles where Auctions America had nearly 850 cars parked last weekend at Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana, when I wondered if someone might come to such a sale wanting to start a car collection but faced the reality of being challenged for garage space. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall sale

The ACD trio greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park's sales building |  Larry Edsall photos
The ACD trio — (from left) an Auburn, Duesenberg and Cord — greets visitors to Auburn Auction Park’s sales building |Larry Edsall photos

The 46th annual Labor Day weekend collector car auction in Auburn, Indiana, is underway with the star cars crossing the block today at the Auctions America sale.

I think I walked past all of the nearly 1,000 cars on the docket during my visit Friday to Auburn Auction Park and here I’m sharing the ones I’d most want in my personal collection. Continue reading

Larry picks his favorites at Worldwide Auctioneers sale

Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers' Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos
Historic Auburn auto facility is site of annual Worldwide Auctioneers’ Labor Day weekend sale | Larry Edsall photos

For the ninth year in a row, Worldwide Auctioneers, which is based in Auburn, Indiana, stages its annual Labor Day weekend collector car sale in its hometown. But not just in its hometown but in the historic L-29 Cord Building that for the rest of the year serves as the site of the National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States. Continue reading

Best of Bob’s picks at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey

The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby's auction cars | Bob Golfen photos
The first Cobra built by Carroll Shelby is among RM Sotheby’s auction cars | Bob Golfen photos

Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.

The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million. Continue reading

Window shopping with Nicole at Russo and Steele at Monterey

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“Art Car” Porsche 911 | Nicole James photos

For what feels like months, the Classic Car News team has been sharing stories -– almost daily -– of the unique cars set to cross the various auction blocks this week in Monterey. Wednesday, I got to see some of those cars as I went window shopping and day dreaming at Russo and Steele. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Bonhams’ Quail sale

A 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville is among the cars scheduled to cross the block Friday at Bonhams' Quail auction | Larry Edsall photos
A 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville is among the cars scheduled to cross the block Friday at Bonhams’ Quail auction | Larry Edsall photos

One of the premises behind our auction picks stories is that we don’t care about the prices or even necessarily the provenance of the collector vehicles on display. What matters here is purely personal taste: We give our reporters and editors the freedom to wander around an auction house’s offerings and then share what they liked the best. Continue reading

Reggie Jackson giving back: Sharing stories, selling cars

At age 70, baseball star and car collector Reggie Jackson joins Rick Cole Auctions | Larry Edsall photos
At 70, baseball star/car collector Reggie Jackson joins Rick Cole Auctions | Larry Edsall photos

These days, at the age of 70, baseball Hall of Famer and long-time and well-known car collector Reggie Jackson is selling a lot more cars than he’s buying.

“It’s time to turn them over,” Jackson said while leading a search through the nooks and crannies of his garage for the hubcaps missing from a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe that’s headed to the Rick Cole Auction this week on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Mecum’s Monterey auction

A Bugatti Veyron is among the amazing cars on the docket at Mecum's auction in Monterey | Larry Edsall photos
A Bugatti Veyron is among the amazing cars on the docket at Mecum’s auction in Monterey | Larry Edsall photos

OK, so maybe only a third of the 600 vehicles expected to cross the block this week at Mecum’s’ annual Monterey “The Daytime Auction” were on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa when I arrived early Tuesday afternoon. But it’s Monterey Car Week and I was eager to get out and see some cars, so we’re presenting my choices even though there’s so much more yet to come.

But before sharing my picks with you, a group of cars I’d like in my collection and cars on which you might actually want to bid, I would be negligent not to note how much Mecum has upped its game this year here on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading