Italian cars, bikes from J Geils estate to be auctioned by Mecum

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 is among the J Geils collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Just about everybody knows J Geils as the leader of the rock band that created such popular hits as Centerfold, Freeze Frame and Love Stinks. But not so many know that Geils, who died in April at 71, was a car guy who founded KTR Motorsports in Carlisle, Massachusetts, to service Ferraris and other mostly Italian exotics.

John “J” Geils also was an avid car collector who focused on his passion for Italian cars and motorcycles after the band broke up. In August, eight of the vehicles from his estate will be auctioned by Mecum at its sale in Monterey, California. Continue reading

Posters unveiled for Pebble Beach Concours, related events

The poster for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concour d'Elegance
The poster for the 2017 Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance

The unveiling of the official posters for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Tour d’Elegance and RetroAuto are highly anticipated every year for their combination of fine art and fine classic cars.

For the three posters celebrating the 2017 events in California this August, artists Barry Rowe and Tim Layzell depicted a pair of historic Ferraris and a classic Isotta Fraschini set in the scenic seaside landscape of the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Ferrari hits 70 with birthday party set for Pebble Beach Concours

A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen
A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours | Bob Golfen

Ferrari marks its 70th anniversary during 2017, and the North American celebration will be held in an appropriate location: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

Four classes of Ferraris will compete on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday, August 20, including special classes for Ferrari Major Race Winners and Ferrari One-Off Spéciales. At the same time as the Pebble Beach Concours, Ferrari North America will be hosting the Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, with more cars lined up on the golf course’s first fairway. Continue reading

Seeing Red: The Petersen’s tribute to 70 years of Ferrari

Part of the 'Seeing Red' exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos
Part of the ‘Seeing Red’ exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos

Red, because Ferrari continues to honor the 1906 Federation International de l’Automobile decision to establish national racing colors to facilitate a spectator recognizing racers from his country — Italian participating cars would be red.

While there have been many manufacturers who spent vast amounts of money modifying production cars to improve racetrack performance, Ferrari in its early days made very minor modifications to make its racing sports cars street worthy. Continue reading

Swiss hillclimb recreated as Das Kurze Klausenrennen

A Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and others line up to tackle the course | William Hall photos
A Pebble Beach-winning Ferrari 212 Export was among the cars that tackled the course  | William Hall

In the age of social media and the internet, there are very few secrets. But for nearly the past three decades, a group of sports car enthusiasts have quietly gathered each May to stage a vintage hillclimb in a small town in southern Wisconsin without fanfare or paparazzi.

Das Kurze Klausenrennen (“The Short Klausen Run”), a.k.a. The New Glarus Hillclimb, is inspired by the famous Klausenrennen hillclimb that took place at Klausen Pass in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland, from 1922-1934. Continue reading

Collector car market shifts toward affordability, experts say

The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson
The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson

Affordability seems to be key in the current collector car market, with buyer interest shifting down market while values of high-end classics and exotics stagnate or even decline slightly, according to the latest findings from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Fiat Dino 2.0 coupe

The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer
The Fiat Dino coupe shows just 40,000 miles on its odometer

Something rare, Italian, stylish, and with an engine designed by Ferrari, but you don’t have to raid the 401K to afford it.

That would describe the Pick of the Day, a low-mileage 1967 Fiat Dino coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V6 created by famed engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and nicely styled by Giorgetto Guigiaro while at Bertone, and with an asking price under $50,000. Continue reading

First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

Porsches, Ferraris among biggest losers in Hagerty Value Rating

Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen
Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen

How the mighty have fallen! Following that Biblical moment, here is the latest compilation of biggest losers in the collector car market, as determined by the numbers crunchers at Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation.

Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s Bottom 25 list for the second quarter is dominated by once-roaring European sports cars, including Porsche 911s and the earlier 356s that saw such a meteoric climb in recent years. Not that the bottom is dropping out of Porsche sales, but appreciation has been minimal as of late. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading