Pur Sang Argentina – An Introduction

Pur Sang 8C 308

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 not only in the meticulously crafted automobiles that are mirror images of … [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...]

Artcurial Paris Retromobile 2014 – Auction Report

1953 Ferrari 166 MM/53 Barchetta, Body by Oblin

Artcurial, Briest-Poulain-F. Tajan, Retromobile, Paris, February 7-8, 2014 The signature auction at Retromobile, February's big car collecting show in Paris, has been traded around. From Christie's to Bonhams to this year's Artcurial, it arrived at its 2014 expression as a two-day auction of some 175 automobiles with diverse marques on Friday and a 'Solo Alfa' auction (of post-war cars) on Saturday. Now, I have … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer

RM Auctions, Place Vauban, Paris, France, February 5, 2014 RM Auctions joined the fray during Paris Retromobile week this year, setting up on Place Vauban, adjacent to L'Hotel national des Invalides and much of the military history of France. The sale's highlight was the race car collection of Australian Peter Harburg, seven cars that individually and collectively could not fail to get any historic race fan's … [Read more...]

Bonhams Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1984 Ferrari 126 C4 M2 Formula 1

Bonhams, Grand Palais, Paris, France, February 6, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor There are just a few particularly charismatic places to hold collector car auctions. Worldwide's auction in the Cord Front Drive L29 Assembly Building in Auburn is one. Bonhams at the Grand Palais, site of the early Paris Auto Shows, is another. It is impossible to be unaffected by the … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Report

1959 Porsche RSK Spyder

Gooding & Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 7, 2014 Bitter cold didn't do much to deter the bidders at this year's Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction although it kept the line long at the Chubb Insurance latte stand. In addition to some superior Porsches and the beautifully original, preserved and maintained Ferrari 250 Europa GT s/n 0409GT this year's Gooding Amelia … [Read more...]