Summary Monterey Auction Report 2014

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor 2014 was the year Bonhams sold Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT for $38,115,000, an all-time record for a collector car – or any car at all for that matter – at auction. Some pundits thought the GTO, the first time one has been offered publicly since Brooks Auctioneers offered s/n 4293GT, second overall at Le Mans in 1963, at Gstaad in 2000 with an unsuccessful high … [Read more...]

Bonhams Maranello Rosso Collection 2014 – Auction Report

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta

Bonhams Maranello Rosso Auction, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, August 14, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It has been a quarter century since a 250 GTO was offered publicly. There was, therefore, considerable interest when Bonhams announced they had consigned 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851 GT along with nine other Ferraris from the Maranello Rosso collection of Fabrizio Violati. … [Read more...]

Collector Car Market – The Beginning of The End?

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

By Rick Carey, Auction Editor The collector car market cratered in 1989-90. What were the significant events that preceded the collapse? 1. Auction companies popped up everywhere trying to get a piece of a rapidly growing number of transactions, increasing prices and resulting commissions; 2. Cars sold to speculators, not collectors; 3. Individuals like Hans Thulin took on huge bets on the collector car … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Motor City 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible

RM Auctions 'Motor City', Inn at St. John's, July 26, 2014 Another little change this year as RM separated itself from the Inn at St. John's location by re-naming Meadow Brook/St. John's less specifically as 'Motor City'. It's probably insignificant in the overall scheme of things. Sunday's Concours d'Elegance of America was bigger and better than ever. Cars are how the Detroit area defines itself and RM's … [Read more...]

Pur Sang Argentina – An Introduction

Pur Sang 8C 308

By Rick Carey, Auction Editor | Photos by author and Rhonda Kiblinger Wind back the clock on your DeLorean to 1930 or so, eighty-plus years ago. Your [great] grandparents might still have been dancing the Charleston. It was the time of Machine Age design. Craftsmanship, dedication, style, design and ingenuity were its hallmarks. It persists today at Pur Sang in Paraná, Entre Rios, Argentina. And it is … [Read more...]

Mecum Seattle 2014 – Auction Report

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Mecum Auctions, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle, Washington, June 13-14, 2014 Mecum Auctions is constantly refining its calendar, trying new places and dates, usually with success. Frank Mecum said, "We looked at where we're shipping cars, and a lot were heading to the Pacific Northwest so we thought this would be a good place to try an auction." It turned out that they were right, with a good … [Read more...]

Mecum Indianapolis 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster

Mecum Auctions Spring Classic, State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 13-18, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor [First an apology to readers for the lateness of this report. May and June were two months of nearly continuous travel, with barely enough time to take a shower and get clean clothes between trips. The following report – comprising almost 190 cars out of the 1,600 Mecum … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO Auction – Boys Will be Boys

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851 GT

Bonhams has recently announced that it will offer Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851 at its Quail Lodge auction, scheduled for August 14-15, 2014 at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California. The GTO is one of a number of Ferraris from San Marino's Maranello Rosso collection recently acquired from the estate of Fabrizio Violati. Bonhams will also offer another nine of the Maranello Rosso Ferraris at Quail … [Read more...]

Motostalgia Houston 2014 – Auction Report

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

Motostalgia Auctions, Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance, Seabrook, Texas, May 2, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Motostalgia Auctions moved into the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook (Houston), Texas in early May, the slot abandoned three years ago by Worldwide now holding forth at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas at La Toretta, north of Houston in … [Read more...]

Worldwide Houston 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Porsche 356 "Pre-A" 1500 Super Speedster

Worldwide Auctions, Concours d'Elegance of Texas, Montgomery, Texas, May 3,2014 Worldwide Auctions returned to the La Torretta Resort in Montgomery, Texas for its third auction in conjunction with the Concours d'Elegance of Texas, bringing an intriguing variety of cars and a big crowd. Competing for the first time with Antonio Brunet's Motostalgia Auction at the Keels & Wheels Concours, Worldwide's former site … [Read more...]

Bonhams Greenwich 2014 – Auction Report

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopica Coupe Roadster

Bonhams, Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Greenwich, Connecticut, June 1, 2014 Report by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Bonhams featured a couple of headline cars at Greenwich, particularly John Fitch's Fitch Phoenix prototype which John had driven many times down from Lime Rock to the Concours. The Fitch Phoenix's thunder might have been overshadowed in the auction results by the $1.2 million Countach … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Spring 2014 – Auction Report

1954 Jaguar XK 120SE Drophead Coupe

Auctions America by RM, Auburn Spring, Auburn, Indiana, May 8-10, 2014 Auburn Spring has never been like this, a $19 million dollar sale with 780 cars offered and 636 (81.5%) sold. The sale performance was urged along by over 400 cars offered by John Scotti without reserve, hour after hour on the West ring of cars, good and mediocre, but none bad, selling to the highest bidder. It fostered the excitement … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2014 – Auction Report

Ford GT40 at Mecum Houston

Mecum Auctions, The Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, April 10-12, 2014 Mecum hasn’t been coming to Houston for very long but already they’ve made themselves known. Mecum’s Houston auction was capped by the $7 million hammer ($7,560,000 with commission) sale of Ford GT prototype GT/104, a car that – if comparison is needed – Gooding & Company sold at Pebble Beach in August 2012, not quite two years ago for … [Read more...]

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2014 – Auction Report

1963 Shelby Cobra Roadster

Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 14-16, 2014 Many auctions seem to be struggling for quality consignments, probably because there are so many auctions popping up all over the place. Based on their Fort Lauderdale auction this year, Auctions America doesn't seem to have that problem. There were quality cars everywhere – along with some bufonidae – making Fort Lauderdale a car show that … [Read more...]

Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 17-26, 2014 By my count 2,743 vehicles, by far most of them automobiles, crossed the Mecum Auctions auction block in Kissimmee, Florida during its nine-day run January 17-26, 2014 (nine days since only 'Road Art' was offered on Monday.) It is a sea of cars, under a blanket of tents scattered across the Osceola Heritage Park site. The schedule … [Read more...]