Category archives: Auctions

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

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale is always a great mix of cars of different types and eras and very much is a reflection of the cars that will be on display come Sunday at the concours d’elegance. This year is no different with RM offering a amazingly diverse and interesting collection of cars.

Of the 100 cars on offer, I picked these I would most like to park in my garage:

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The Interview: Joseph Mast

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Full area during Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 | Photos by Hans Marquez

Joseph Mast became the lead auctioneer for Barrett-Jackson in August, 2015, and has done three auctions since then, including Barrett-Jacksons 45th anniversary event in Scottsdale in January.

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Bob’s favored few from the Silver auction in Arizona

Checking under the hood of a custom Dodge pickup during bidding at the Silver auction | Bob Golfen photos
Checking under the hood of a custom Dodge pickup during bidding at the Silver auction | Bob Golfen photos

Compared with the five other Arizona collector car auctions going on this week, Silver’s Fort McDowell sale is way out in right field, both in location and substance. While the other auctions are situated within the Scottsdale/Phoenix metro hub, Mitch Silver has planted his event northeast of town at the Fort McDowell Casino and Resort in the Yavapai tribal community.

And while the other auctions try to outdo each other in the splendor of their sales, Silver remains a laid back and easily accessible affair for the everyman enthusiast, with most of the collector cars on the docket readily affordable. Continue reading

What’s caught Andy’s eye at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

This makes my 16th year of covering RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction. I have had some great times and seen some great cars at the sale. Part of the charm of this auction is the diversity of the cars that RM Sotheby’s offers.

This year is no different, which makes it difficult to narrow my “Pick6” selection. Actually, I couldn’t reduce my list of likes that far, so I’m including seven cars on the docket that I would love to have in my personal collection. Continue reading

Larry’s likes at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction

Cars fill four huge tall tents at 16th Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos
Cars fill four huge tall tents at 16th Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction | Larry Edsall photos

The first of the several hundred cars on the docket is scheduled to roll into Russo and Steele’s auction-in-the-round “block” at noon Thursday, when Drew Alcazar and his team launch their 16th annual Scottsdale sale. Wow. Has it really been 16 years since this high-energy auction made its debut? Continue reading