Category archives: Auctions

Larry’s likes for Saturday at Leake’s Dallas auction

Cars await their turn across the block Saturday at Leake Auction Company's Dallas sale | Larry Edsall photos
Cars await their turn across the block Saturday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale | Larry Edsall photos

I arrived after the bidding already had begun Friday at Leake Auction Company’s Dallas sale, though I arrived in time for the highlight of the day — the sale of Gas Monkey-fame Richard Rawlings’ 1929 Packard, fresh from its appearance just a few months ago at Pebble Beach.

I also arrived in time to wander through the collection of cars that will be crossing the block Saturday. Actually, make that crossing the blocks because Tulsa-based Leake employs two bidding turntables at its sales so the sale finishes each day by dinner time (or in the case of today’s sale, in time for the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Oklahoma vs. TCU football game; both teams are 9-1 and bidding to make the final four in the college football playoffs). Continue reading

Larry’s likes from Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale

Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America's Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos
Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos

Bidding begins Saturday at 1 p.m. for Auction America’s inaugural Hilton Head Island sale, a 100-car boutique event being held in conjunction with the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance at the Weston hotel and spa on the South Carolina coastal island. Continue reading

Window Shopping with Nicole at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

I love getting lost in the beautiful paint, the glimmering chrome and the exotic cars that come to Barrett-Jackson at each auction location, and have learned each site seems to bring out a different style of cars. Maybe it’s because I am in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, but the cars being offered for Barrett-Jacksons’ eighth year in Vegas are to die for. The cars, bikes, trucks and even boats are all show-stoppers in their own right, making it difficult to select just which ones I’d want to take home.

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Larry’s picks at Worldwide’s Auburn auction

Worldwide Auctions offering one of only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes | Larry Edsall photos
Worldwide Auctions offering one of only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes | Larry Edsall photos

Bob Golfen’s already detailed the star car of this sale — one of only four of Carroll Shelby’s 289 Cobra Dragonsnakes. Besides, can you really see me (a) affording such a car or (b) driving such a car? So let’s get real, or as real as we can get in Classic Car News’ version of fantasy football, in which we go to a collector car auction venue and pick the cars we want to take home.

Today, Worldwide Auctioneers stages its eighth annual Auburn Auction in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in northeastern Indiana. Again, the Worldwide sale is being held inside the National Auto & Truck Museum, which itself is located in the L-29 Cord Building located just behind the ACD Museum. Continue reading

Larry picks his favorites at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall sale

Some of the cars awaiting their turns across the block at Auburn Auction Park | Larry Edsall photos
Some of the cars awaiting their turns across the block at Auburn Auction Park | Larry Edsall photos

I’ve already written about the Murphy-bodied 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe that will be offered up for bidding this weekend at the 45th annual Auburn Fall classic car auction, the last several of them staged by Auctions America, a subsidiary of RM Sotheby’s.

Besides, the Deusey figures to sell for somewhere between $1 million and $2 million, so as much as I might like to own such a vehicle, it’s an unrealistic selection for this list of what Larry liked the most Thursday as he and his camera wandered around the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Andy picks top-end cars from Gooding in Monterey

The scene as Gooding & Company gets ready for its Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photos
The scene as Gooding & Company gets ready for its Pebble Beach auction | Larry Edsall photos

Gooding & Company has a history of bringing some of the best cars available to their Monterey sale, and this year’s event is no different. From race cars, both modern and historic, to some of the best sports cars available, Gooding has a knack for finding rare cars and presenting them well.

There are no “affordable” cars at this sale, but of high-end cars, there are plenty.

Here are my picks of the cars at Gooding & Company that I would most want to take home.

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Larry revs up at Rick Cole’s Monterey auction

The Rick Cole Auctions showroom in downtown Monterey | Larry Edsall photos
The Rick Cole Auctions showroom in downtown Monterey | Larry Edsall photos

What a difference walking into the salon-like setting of the Rick Cole collector car auction in Monterey. For one thing, there’s no auctioneer’s block or phone bank on the brightly carpeted second floor of the downtown Marriott Monterey hotel. Nor are there any glossy-paper auction catalogs with lush photography and extensive vehicle descriptions.

Instead, there are Rick Cole and a couple of others vehicle experts who will answer questions you might have about the stunning vehicles being offered up for bidding. Need to know a car’s specs or historical provenance in detail? It’s on the Rick Cole Auctions website. Continue reading

Andy’s ‘pick six’ from RM Sothbey’s

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Selection of cars at RM Sothbey’s | Larry Edsall photo

I have been attending the auctions in Monterey for the past 15 years and I can honestly say that I have never seen a collection of cars at any auction anywhere in the world that even comes close to the amazing cars being offered at RM Sotheby’s this year in Monterey. No matter what car you are looking at at the high end of the hobby, chances are good that RM Sotheby’s has a pristine example of it for sale this year. Continue reading

Bob’s favorites from Mecum’s ‘Daytime Auction’ in Monterey

 This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos
This 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A sunroof coupe made the cut as one of the top picks from Mecum in Monterey | Bob Golfen photos

The vehicles were still arriving Wednesday at the Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey for Mecum’s “Daytime Auction,” so my prowl around the fairways was lacking some of the collector cars that will be crossing the block Thursday through Saturday.

But still, there were plenty of cars, trucks and motorcycles that already were parked on the grass to pique my interest, and I was able to pick out eight that I would like to take home with me. I steered away from the exotic and pricey numbers from Ferrari and such, which seemed like too much of a no brainer, as well as the terrific Porsche 911 Turbo that was the last car ordered by the late movie star Steve McQueen. Continue reading