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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

What Larry likes best at the Russo and Steele sale

The Thomas Scott Collection features Buick Rivieras and other American cars | Larry Edsall photos
The Thomas Scott Collection features Buick Rivieras and other American cars | Larry Edsall photos

When I arrived at the parking lot at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf where cars were being prepped for the Russo and Steele auction that begins today, I asked auction founder and owner Drew Alcazar if he was getting ready to for a classic and collector car sale or for a flag football game. 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

What Larry liked at JR’s Cannery Row auction

Monterey Bay is the backdrop as bidding begins at JR Auction's inaugural sale | Larry Edsall photos
Monterey Bay is the backdrop as bidding begins at JR Auction’s inaugural sale | Larry Edsall photos

The new kid on the Monterey auction block certainly found a great setting for selling cars.

That new kid is JR Auctions, the J from Jeff Davi and the R from Robert Tybor, entrepreneurs and car collectors who got together about 15 months ago and decided to launch their own classic and collector car enterprise. 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

Putting Dad’s ’61 Corvette convertible up for auction

1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was purchased new by Eve's father | Larry Edsall photos
1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible was purchased new by Eve’s father | Larry Edsall photos

Back in March, I received an email from Eve Nichol, who moved to Monterey, California, several years ago to take care of her ailing parents. She told me she liked my writing and knew I’d written a book on the Chevrolet Corvette. She said she finally was considering the sale of her late father’s beloved 1961 Corvette and wondered if I might offer her some advice about dealing with auction companies.

We emailed back and forth a couple of times and I said I’d try to find her and to see her car when I was in Monterey this summer for Classic Car Week.

Tuesday afternoon, I met Eve and her partner, James Hood, at the Hyatt Monterey where Mecum will stages its “Daytime Auction” this week and where Lot F162 is the Corvette that Eve’s father bought new, a car that still wears its original paint, that has an interior that shows remarkably little wear for having been used as his daily driver for many years, and that still bears (just below its driver-side headlamps), the Sandia National Laboratory security sticker. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, Golf SportWagen

The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen
The latest VW Beetle convertible received a fresh new look with less overt cuteness | Bob Golfen

Two very different sorts of Volkswagens parked in my driveway recently, one for pleasure and one for practicality. But what they had in common was that each demonstrated how much VW has upped its game and raised its latest generation of cars to a new level of refinement.

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Driven: 2015 Kia K900

2015 Kia K900 at Hidden Springs Ranch | Howard Koby photos
2015 Kia K900 at Hidden Springs Ranch | Howard Koby photos

Having covered the Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car road rally for the past 15 years, I know the Arizona landscape and that you can snow on the mountains and blistering temperatures on the floor of the desert, so I always make sure the car I drive is capable to handle the varied environments and weather.

I own a 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider (which did the Copperstate with its prior owner), and would love to drive on the rally, but… Alas! I can’t afford for a 52-year-old car to break down while I’m on assignment.

When I found out my vehicle for the 1,000-mile event would be a new and luxurious Kia K900, I thought, “Wow, a luxury automobile on a thousand-mile rally, that ought to be an experience, and unusual but very, very comfortable. Continue reading

Window shopping at Barrett-Jackson Reno with Nicole

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What I love about Barrett-Jackson is the variety of cars at each event. You can see everything from the stock and original to the high-horsepower and highly modified muscle cars, and more. While I’ve gone to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction dozens of times, this was my first time experiencing Reno and I have to say, it’s amazing.

It’s amazing because instead of looking over thousands of vehicles, like you would in Scottsdale, you have a few hundred here at Reno. I was able to look at each vehicle and get lost in the details that made each of them unique, ultimately causing me to fall in love with things about each vehicle. Continue reading