Car star power boosts auction action on Monterey Peninsula

Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby's | Andy Reid photo
Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby’s | Andy Reid photo

The star cars shined Friday at the collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula.

In the daily report from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle-valuation tracking company that monitors each of the sales, “Much of this week’s perceived success hinged on RM Sotheby’s selling its 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, Gooding & Company selling its 1970 Porsche 917K, and Bonhams selling its 1995 McLaren F1.

“From that standpoint, the upper-most reaches of the market are strong, as each company achieved good results for each model. Continue reading

Worldwide helps shift Monterey auction sales into higher gear

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos

Things certainly picked up Thursday at the collector car auctions that are a big part of Monterey Car Week, and the sales should shift into high gear Friday with Bonhams staging its auction and RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company starting their two-day sales.

The auctions are monitored by personnel from Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, which reports that sell-through rate, average price and media price are all up compared with 2017 totals. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Mecum’s 2017 Monterey auction

Mecum Auctions seems to have something to satisfy every automotive taste | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum Auctions seems to have something to satisfy every automotive taste | Larry Edsall photos

Many of the 600 or so vehicles that will start crossing the block as early as Wednesday afternoon had not been unloaded when we wandered through the huge tents and around the fairways of the Hyatt Regency Monterey hotel and spa that provides the venue for Mecum Auctions annual sale during Monterey Car Week. But there was still plenty of sheet metal to see and to appreciate, and to share some of it here to whet your appetite, and perhaps even your urge to raise your hand once the bidding begins. Continue reading

Ex-Mayweather supercar on the docket at Mecum Monterey

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather paid $4.8 million for this CCXR Trevita | Mecum Auctions photos

So the sports world is abuzz about the upcoming fight between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed-martial arts specialist Colin McGregor. The fight is scheduled to take place August 26.

It will be interesting to see if there’s nearly so much excitement on the Monterey Peninsula, where an extremely rare supercar formerly owned by Mayweather, a collector of high-speed exotic vehicles, will be offered for bidding at Mecum Auction’s “Daytime” sale. Continue reading

Winged Mopars lead $20 million Mecum auction in Harrisburg

A low-mileage 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird was the star of the show | Mecum Auctions
A low-mileage 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird was the star of the show | Mecum Auctions

Led by a pair of Mopar “winged warriors,” Mecum Auctions claimed $20 million in sales (not including auction fees) from its collector car sale this past weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which included a Gone Farmin’ auction of vintage tractors and equipment.

The collector car auction boasted a 74 percent sell-through rate with 636 vehicles going to new homes. American muscle cars from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the results, with seven of the top 10 sellers coming from the muscle era. Continue reading

Diverse Mecum auction in Denver hits $11.4 million in sales

A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1960 VW 23-window bus was the second-highest seller in Denver | Mecum Auctions photos

In case you needed evidence that Mecum brings a diverse selection of collector cars to its auctions, just take a look at the five top sellers from the Denver sale last weekend.

The highest sale was that of a modern exotic, a 2016 Ferrari California T convertible sold for $165,000 (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). The Ferrari was followed by a vintage vehicle from the opposite end of the spectrum, a 1960 Volkswagen 23-window Samba microbus that went for $120,000. Continue reading

13 cars from Comer collection going to Mecum’s Monterey sale

1958 Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos
1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ was owned and raced by Briggs Cunningham | Mecum Auctions photos

From an ex-Cunningham Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” sports racer to an unrestored, 39,000-mile Ford Pinto Squire station wagon, and from a 1956 Bimbo racer formerly owned by E.L. Cord to an ex-Bud Moore NASCAR stock car, Colin Comer’s consignments for Mecum’s Monterey auction are eclectic, to say the least.

Oh, and there’s also an Indy car in the mix. Continue reading

Van’s sale will deliver ‘bread’ to children’s hospitals

Chevrolet bread van crosses the block today at Mecum's auction in Oregon | Mecum Auctions photos
Chevrolet van crosses the block today at Mecum’s Portland auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Technically, Lot S181 up for bidding today at Mecum Auctions’ sale in Portland, Oregon, is a highly customized 1950 Chevrolet bread delivery van powered by 383 cubic-inch “stroker” engine linked to a 700R4 automatic transmission.

But the “bread” this truck will deliver isn’t the kind that comes out of an oven. Instead, proceeds from the van’s sale will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Continue reading

Bringing it home: Mecum adds trucking to its auction business

Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions
Semi tractor trailers sporting Mecum graphics are used for collector vehicle transport | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions has branched out from the auction business and into collector car-transportation, offering its buyers a means to bring their prizes home in enclosed trailers emblazoned with the Mecum logo.

The new Mecum Auto Transport service, launched in April, already has transported some significant vehicles to auction, such as the collection of the late Chevrolet Dealer Bob McDorman to the recent Indianapolis sale, as well as providing delivery of cars sold at auction. More than 1,000 collector vehicles consigned to auction or purchased from various Mecum auctions have been transported for customers so far, according to Mecum. Continue reading

Hot Corvettes, Camaros star at Mecum’s Portland auction

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a three-time NCRS Top Flight Award winner | Mecum Auctions photos

While green Portland, Oregon, is most-often considered the land of Subarus and vintage Volvos, Mecum Auctions returns to the Northwest city June 16-17 with a sale featuring a pair of high-performance Corvettes. Continue reading