I think it was my love for Cruella De Vil’s car in the 1990’s 101 Dalmatians movie that cemented my love for old cars with huge rolling fenders and long classic lines. Cruella was the villain in the movie that you just loved to hate and, of course, her ride was undeniably badass.
In the spring of 1946, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a former multi-sport standout at UCLA and a U.S. Army veteran, and Rachel, his bride of two weeks, were flying from Los Angeles to Florida. Twice along the route they were bumped from flights so their seats could be occupied by customers with white skin. During a stopover in New Orleans, they were not allowed to eat in the “whites only” airport restaurant. And after arriving in Florida, the driver ordered them to the back of the bus. Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.