Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar, the brand known for its leaping feline mascot, enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at nearly every single collector car auction in 2014, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm. Not surprisingly, the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2014. After a … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2014

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at RM Amelia Island

Mercedes-Benz has long represented a great choice for enthusiasts that want a beautiful, well-engineered automobile that will actually crank on a cold morning. As the world's oldest automaker, the brand's history is littered with numerous important open and sporting cars like the famed White Knights, the dominating Silver Arrows, the elegant 540K series and the blue-chip 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster. The level of … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 – Auction Report

1956 Lancia Aurelia B20S 6th Series Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina

Bonhams 'Preserving the Automobile', Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA, October 6, 2014 2014 marked Bonhams' third foray into the delightful environs of Dr. Fred Simeone's marvelous collection near the Philadelphia airport. If the auction isn't sufficient to induce people to come, the chance to see the collection of competition automobiles that Dr. Simeone has put together should be. His dedication to presenting … [Read more...]

Porsches Sold at Auction in 2014

1968 Porsche 907 Longtail (photo: Eric Fairchild / Gooding)

Porsche products resonate with enthusiasts. Whether it's the remarkable story involving a seemingly perpetual product that's enjoyed over a half century of development or their deep motorsport heritage, the iconic brand has cemented itself as one most enthusiasts aspire to experience at one point in their life. For some, they need more than one taste of the brand, evidenced in 2014 by what seemed like an endless … [Read more...]

Ferraris Sold at Auction in 2014

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Auction Editor Rick Carey reported from 30 different auctions in 2014, starting with the Scottsdale, Kissimmee and Paris sales, moving quickly into the Amelia Island sales and continuing on a frenetic pace throughout the rest of the year. Ferraris -- the unquestioned epicenter of the collector car market -- were a huge focus of Carey's reports, with no less than 169 of Maranello's finest methodically examined in … [Read more...]

Branson Collector Car Fall 2014 – Auction Report

1951 AC Frazer-Nash Roadster

The Branson Auction, Branson, Missouri, October 17-18, 2014 Fall 2014 marked the completion of the Branson Auction's thirty-fifth year, a series started in 1979 when Mark Trimble decided to sell off a few cars from his collection. Both the Branson Auction and Mark Trimble's collecting have now persisted through more than a generation. The auction is now run by Jim and Kathy Cox, but Mark still brings – and … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Hershey 2014 – Auction Report

1958 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster

RM Auctions, Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 9-10, 2014 Two collections headlined this year's RM auction at Hershey. The first was John Moir, Jr.'s unique assemblage including the 'A-Z' collection of 26 marques comprising the full alphabet from A-Z, augmented with his peerless collection of AC cars. The second was restorer Jeffrey Day's collection of Fifties cars – mostly Fords - all done to … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report

1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, September 25-27, 2013 2014 marked Barrett-Jackson's seventh year in Las Vegas. With the Barrett-Jackson auctions now concentrated in the great Southwest, skeptics might think that B-J had mined its Scottsdale-Reno-Las Vegas vein down to tailings, but 2014 was B-J's biggest ever Las Vegas auction – in consignments and in total sales. Charity sales are always a Barrett-Jackson … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Fall 2014 – Auction Report

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by La Grande

Auctions America by RM, Auburn Fall, Auburn, Indiana, August 28-31, 2014 2014 is the fifth year since RM's Auctions America brought new life to the Auburn Auction Park. Results have more than doubled since 2010 and although this year's sale was down slightly in the number of cars, total sale and sale percentage from last year the cars may have been Auctions America's best quality offering since it took … [Read more...]

Rick Cole Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Sports Racer

Rick Cole returned to the Monterey auctions this year after a long absence, bringing with him a new format with on-site previews and on-line only bidding. Rick was the first to hold a collector car auction in Monterey, conducting the first one in 1986 and continuing well into the next decade. Until Christie's appeared on the grounds at Pebble Beach, the Rick Cole auction in Portola Plaza was the only game in town, … [Read more...]

Bonhams Quail Lodge 2014 – Auction Report

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina/Scaglietti

Coming off the ten-car Thursday sale of no-reserve Maranello Rosso Ferraris, marked by the Monterey week benchmark sale of Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT, Friday's Bonhams auction had high expectations to meet. And meet them it did. Bonhams offered 105 cars on Friday, selling 95 of them, a 90.5% sale rate and $41,550,100 in total sales. The total is $10 million more than last year's record Quail Lodge auction, … [Read more...]

Mecum Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am; S/N M20-1

When Mecum Auctions announced early in 2009 that they'd be joining the annual auctions crush at Monterey they put themselves in the cross-hairs of the most intense, demanding week on the annual auctions calendar. The other Monterey auctions – RM, Gooding, Bonhams and Russo and Steele – had made Monterey their premier events, selling million dollar cars with seeming ease and racking up multi-million dollar sale … [Read more...]

Gooding and Company Pebble Beach 2014 – Auction Report

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, Body by Pininfarina

Gooding & Company concluded its 2014 Pebble Beach auction with $106,004,800 in sales, concluding 107 of 121 lots, an 88.4% sell-through, in its two-day sale. The total continued Gooding's string of $100 million plus sales at Pebble Beach over the past three years. The sell-through was down 2.9 points, 3.2%, from last year's extraordinary 91.3% sale rate. The average sale of $990,699 was up 2.6%, the median … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Berlinetta Speciale, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti

RM established itself, by a large margin and with authority, as the top Monterey auction this year, selling a nearly inconceivable 93% of the 129 lots crossing the block, bringing in a total sale of $144,309,350, an average transaction of $1,202,578 and a median of $451,000. The average transaction at RM was $1.2 million, equivalent to an average hammer bid of nearly $1.1 million. The total dollars changing hands … [Read more...]

Pur Sang 308 Debuts at Goodwood Revival

Pur Sang 8C 308

Alfa Romeo built four Tipo 308 Grand Prix cars for the 1938 season. One of them, driven by the immortal Tazio Nuvolari, set fastest lap in qualifying for the Pau Grand Prix in the Tipo 308's first racing appearance. Later in the Pau meeting it was destroyed after a fire due to a faulty fuel tank installation. The other Alfa Romeo Tipo 308s survive: the four-time Indianapolis 500 entrant and three-time top ten … [Read more...]