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...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Report

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster, Body by Figoni and Falaschi

RM Auctions, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 8, 2014 Highlighted by the disposition of Greenwich, Connecticut's Malcolm S. Pray, Jr. collection, RM Auctions hit a home run at Amelia Island this year, recording a record total sale for the sixteen years they're been at Amelia Island of $35.9 million, just over a third better than the previous best set last year. The top sale, not surprisingly, was the … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

McLaren F1 GTR at 2014 Gooding Scottsdale

Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 17-18, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor $49,446,095 in sales, a 94% sale rate (110 of 117 cars offered) is a huge result for Gooding & Company. More to the point, however, are the number of cars that achieved exceptional, over-estimate prices: 14.6% of the lots offered. They were in some cases astounding and reflected in most … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 14-19, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Barrett-Jackson opened a completely revised auction site in 2014. Gone was the famed giant fabric covered auction arena with its huge American flag. Gone were the flood prone preview tents in the 'Polo Field' catchment basin. Gone were the rows of plastic and trailer potties. The new site … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2014 – Auction Report


RM Auctions, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona January 16-17, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor RM Auctions again changed its Arizona auction format this year, offering a few more cars than last year but in two separate sessions starting in the late afternoon each day. The revised schedule overcame some of the marathon aspects of prior years, ending in time for a civilized meal or even a … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

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Bonhams, Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 16, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor January 16, 2014 marked the third year since Bonhams joined the Arizona collector car auction week familiarly known as "Scottsdale." The sale exploded in value and quality, nearly tripling the $6 million total of 2012's first year sale and firmly setting Bonhams' cat among the Arizona car collector … [Read more...]

Arizona Auction Week 2014 – Summary Report

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series 1 sold for $6,160,000

While there were records set at the Arizona auctions, they were individual benchmarks. The overall auctions’ results, reduced to a combined bottom line for Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM Auctions, Gooding and Bonhams, were modestly better, $245.3 million in 2014 up from $226.2 million in 2013, an 8.4% increase in the sales’ total, but achieved by selling slightly fewer lots, 1,837 in 2014 against 2,029, a … [Read more...]

Arizona Concours 2014 – Report and Photos

1957 Maserati 300S Sports Racer

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, At Last Report and photos by Rick Carey The presentation of the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance at The Arizona Biltmore is the ultimate chapter in the maturation of Arizona’s auction week. Its only surprise -- because it was exceptionally successful and well-attended -- is that it took this long for the Arizona car community to realize the opportunity and take advantage of … [Read more...]

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2012-2013 – Book Review

Classic Car Auction 2012-2013 cover

Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It isn’t until page 12 of the 2012-2013 Classic Car Auction Yearbook that authors Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi slip in the paragraph that defines their conservative, reasoned take on the 2012-2013 auction results: “The question is: Are we at the crest of a wave with some of these high prices? Those who have been so kind to read our comments over the years probably noted … [Read more...]

Mecum Kansas City Fall 2013 – Auction Report

1960 MG A 1600 Coupe

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, Missouri December 5-7, 2013 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor The Mecum Auctions machine rolls through Kansas City twice a year. They had 695 cars cross the block in April. (See Full Report). How do they do that and still find 791 collector cars to sell in December? The answer probably lies somewhere in the fact that they sold 63.6% in April and 62% in … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2013 – Auction Report

1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, Body by Pininfarina

Bonhams "Preserving the Automobile" Simeone Foundation Museum, Philadelphia, October 7, 2013 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor In its second iteration this venue is proving to be a successful niche for Bonhams. The site, of course, is superb. Surrounded by Dr. Simeone’s magnificent collection of racing cars from both pre- and post-war eras that demonstrate his determination to promote the … [Read more...]

Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 – Driving Report

Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2

Alfa TZ 2-Much - A Summer Friday Drive on the Monterey Peninsula By Rick Carey I got a chance to drive an Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2, the ultimate postwar Alfa, at Monterey. The Monterey week is full of marvelous sights and sounds, but for the most part onlookers are just that, enthusiastic witnesses to an intermittent parade of Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguars, Lotuses, Alfas, Allards, Delahayes, … [Read more...]