Category archives: Auctions

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

Window shopping with Nicole at inaugural MAG

Cars await their trip across the block at the inaugural MAG sale in Reno | Nicole James photos
Cars await their trip across the block at the inaugural MAG sale in Reno | Nicole James photos

The Motorsports Auction Group launches its first sale this week in conjunction with the 30th annual Hot August Nights custom car and hot rod gathering in Reno, Nevada. This being the new company’s first event, I wasn’t sure what type of cars would be crossing the block. Continue reading

Road-racing star Don Roberts and ‘The Winningest Cobra’ readied for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey

Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966
Don Roberts racing the 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Phoenix International Raceway in 1966 | Courtesy of Don and Sharon Roberts

A number of great Shelby Cobras will cross the block during RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, including the very first one ever built by Carroll Shelby. But only one of those cars has the right to be called “The Winningest Cobra” of all time.

That roadster is number CSX2473, a 1964 Cobra 289 that scored a record number of victories during its heyday in SCCA racing and other events from 1966 through 1973, including three years as an SCCA divisional champion. Of course, there’s also a “winningest driver” to go along with the winningest Cobra, and his story is inextricably linked with that of CSX2473. Continue reading

New kids on the block: MAG readies for inaugural auction in Reno

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Dodge cruising to parking space during Hot August Nights 2015 | Photography by Matthew Fink

A longing for the innocence, prosperity, and cars of the 1950s and ‘60s verified the nostalgia that saturated the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in 1986 as thousands of people gathered to hear live music from the bygone era. Recognized as Hot August Nights, the event has grown in the last 30 years, still featuring live music, but thought of as one of the must-be-at-events for classic and custom car and hot-rod enthusiasts.

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Backstory: How a Petunia bloomed into the Ford GT

Ford GT CP-1 will be offered up for bidding at Barrett-Jackson's Connecticut auction | Barrett-Jackson photos
Ford GT CP-1 will be offered up for bidding at Barrett-Jackson’s Connecticut auction | Barrett-Jackson photos

Automaker mergers were all the rage in the late 1990s. Daimler-Benz absorbed Chrysler in 1998 and a few months later, Ford acquired Volvo. Believe it or not, one result was the Ford GT, the supercar that celebrated Ford’s centennial and whch has become an increasingly valuable collector car.

One of the most important of those GTs — Confirmation Prototype 1 — will cross the block later this month at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural New England auction. You can read the Countdown to Barrett-Jackson story today for details; in this story, I’ll share the backstory of the GT program and CP1, as based on research for my book, Ford GT: The Legend Comes to Life (published in 2004 by Motorbooks). Continue reading

Larry likes these, too, at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Auction

With lots of buildings and a couple big tents, there's still not room for every car to be under cover | Larry Edsall photos
Even with multiple buildings and a couple big tents, there’s still not room for every car to be under cover | Larry Edsall photos

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cars available this weekend at Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Auction taking place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But I also noted that I hadn’t gotten out to the tents that housed some of the vehicles. Well, I did that Wednesday morning, and I also discovered two more buildings full of other cars, of which there are some 1,800 on the grounds. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic

Seventeen cars and an engine from the Joe McMurrey collection cross the block Friday | Larry Edsall photos
Seventeen cars from the Joe McMurrey collection, including many by Shelby, are scheduled to cross the block Friday | Larry Edsall photos

There are so many collector cars in buildings and beneath tents at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that I only had time Tuesday to look at those in the permanent structures, which meant the stars of the Mecum Auction sale and those that were crossing the block Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue reading

Interview: Mark Delzell, chief auctioneer, Mecum Auctions

Mark Delzell on the block at Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos
Mark Delzell on the block at Mecum | Mecum Auctions photos by Maggie Pinke

Mark Delzell has been the lead auctioneer for Mecum Auctions since Dana Mecum staged his classic car sale at the airport in Rockford, Illinois, in 1988. He’ll be back on the block May 17-21 when Mecum stages its 29th annual Original Spring Classic sale at Indianapolis. Delzell, who is in his mid-50s, recently talked with Classic Car News about his career.

CCN: How did you get started in the auctioneering business?

Delzell: “My father was in the car business (a Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership in Iowa). We’d go to (wholesale) auto auctions. I started going when I was about 6 years old. In the late ’70s and early ’80s I started selling popcorn at the local auto auctions, and then was driving the cars (across the block). I started working the ring (as what we now know as a bidder’s assistant) and figured out that to make the money, you had to be the auctioneer. So I went to auction school, Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. Continue reading